PHOTO: Welcome to Irving House!

Fodor's Expert Review Irving House

24 Irving St., Cambridge, Massachusetts, 02138, USA, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138, USA See on Map

Located on a residential street three blocks from Harvard Square, this four-story gray clapboard guest house is a bargain. It has two small porches, hardwood floors, and Tibetan carpets, making it homier than a hotel, and there's a real sense of conviviality among guests, mostly Europeans and visiting parents or professors. The limited off-street parking is a real coup in car-clogged Cambridge, as is the green and guilt-free solar thermal water-heating system.

YOU SHOULD KNOW There is no elevator, so be sure to request a first floor room if that is a problem.


The small, super-clean rooms are recently refurbished with bright new paint, flat-screen TVs, and original art. They really vary in size, ranging from single rooms with a twin bed to family-size rooms with a queen and bunk beds. All rooms have flat-screen TV's.

Photo: Irving House
Photo: small room, double bed private bath
Photo: single bed, shared bath


Some rooms have shared baths, located right across the hall. The majority of them have their own, however.

Photo: our parlor


Truly a communal environment, guests can gather in the parlor area to chat, or use the computer to print boarding passes. The inn maintains a giving library, which means you can take home that book you enjoy.

As a nice added touch, Irving House will mail postcards anywhere free of charge.

Photo: our parlor


There is a dining room located in the basement. Breakfast is free for guests from 7 to 10 am, and has a variety of baked goods, cereals, and fruit.


Getting Around

Just about a 10-minute walk from the Harvard stop on the MBTA's Red Line, The Irving House is best reached by public transportation. (There are also a variety of bus routes in the area.) The Irving offers free parking (except during Harvard Commencement weekend), however it is very limited.


For a hot bowl of ramen, try Santouka Hokkaido Ramen (9-minute walk). A local favorite, Darwin's ltd. (9-minute walk) serves up high-quality coffee and sandwiches right around the corner from the Irving. If you want to visit one of the city's acclaimed restaurants, try Waypoint (10-minute walk), which is located between Harvard and Central Squares.


For live music and a busy bar scene, head to The Sinclair (12-minute walk) in Harvard Square. If you're willing to stroll a bit, head toward Central Square and visit classic dive The Cantab Lounge (x-minute walk), where you can hang by the bar, or enjoy everything from live soul to bluegrass music every night of the week.


The Irving House is a friendly environment just minutes to Harvard Square, an area where it can be quite hard to find a reasonably priced hotel.


44 rooms, 29 with bath
Breakfast yes
Lunch no
Dinner no
Bar no
Cafe no
Room Service no
Free Parking,Parking Lot


Phones: 617-547–4600;877-547–4600

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