PHOTO: Welcome to Irving House!

Irving House

24 Irving St., Cambridge, Massachusetts, 02138, USA, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138, USA

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.

room

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

bathroom

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

Photo: our parlor

lobby

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

dining

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.

LOCATION

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.

Restaurants

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.

Bars

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.

WHY WE LIKE IT

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.

QUICK FACTS

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

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 617-547–4600;877-547–4600

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