It's all about MIT at Le Meridien, which is located on a quiet side street just outside of Central Square, a true melting pot. Guests are generally heading to the school, or to one of the local pharmaceutical companies, resulting in plenty of business travelers during the weekdays. However, it can also be a bargain for weekend vacationers—there are great off-season rates.
Rooms aren't anything to write home about, but they're suitable. Done up in warm coppers and rich dark blues, they overlook the city of Cambridge's peaceful streets, and feature Le Méridien Euro Top mattresses, puffy white duvets, flat-screen TVs, and ergonomically designed furniture. Refrigerators are available for an extra charge.
YOU SHOULD KNOW If you're a light sleeper, suggest a room farther away from the elevators, which tend to be a bit noisy.
Bathrooms have makeup/shaving mirrors, bathrobes and hairdryers.
Filled with cool metal decor with burnished maple, redwood, and oak, the hotel's lobby is just the modern oasis you'd expect from a spot right next to MIT. Grab a seat on one of the couches and watch some TV, or head to the lobby bar, Amuse.
Don't miss the cool interactive lobby art.
The 24-hour Fitness Centre has treadmills, ellipticals, strength-training machines, and space to stretch out or do yoga.
The Amuse Bar serves up hand-crafted cocktails, wines, and more. Guests can also order small bites from a menu at the bar.
The Central Square stop on the MBTA's Red Line is just three blocks from the Le Meridien.
Central Square is filled with great restaurants, ranging from ethnic food like Moody's Falafel Palace (7-minute walk) to acclaimed restaurants like Little Donkey (4-minute walk). For delicious coffee, pastries, and sandwiches, head to Flour Bakery and Cafe (5-minute walk), Joanne Chang's acclaimed mini-chain with the best sticky buns around. And certainly don't miss a visit to Toscanini's Ice Cream (2-minute walk).There's also a Star Market around the corner that is open until midnight.
The Asgard Irish Pub & Restaurant (2-minute walk) is a lively spot just around the corner from Le Meridien. The Middle East (2-minute walk) is an iconic live music venue, which is also just down the street in Central Square.
WHY WE LIKE IT
If you want to be as close as possible to MIT, Le Meridien can have you on campus in just a couple steps.