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Huntsville, Alabama
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56 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2016

Autumn in New England, historic home, great weather. This was the perfect setting for an outdoor wedding and reception. Also provided economical accommodations for the wedding party. the food was excellent, especially the desserts.

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Thank jlw0lf
Mary T, Manager at Friendly Crossways Hostel, responded to this review

Thank you! We are blessed with beautiful couples and their loving families and friends, and so glad the fall foliage and weather has also contributed to these joyous weekend weddings. More 

Brookline, Massachusetts
1 review
Reviewed 14 July 2016

My group has been coming to Friendly Crossways for years so we know the ropes. Mary Helan is always very helpful and we love it here, it's our home-away-from-home! it helps that we bring our own food and have a system for cleaning up after ourselves, so this is a perfect DIY hostel for our group. The grounds are lovely... More 

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Burlington, Vermont
2 reviews
Reviewed 20 March 2016

We were warmly welcomed and made to feel at home by Mary, the owner/operator of the hostel. Our group of 8 used the dorm and a smaller room. The beds were clean, comfortable, and with far better mattresses than one might expect of the old-school hostels. And although this is the oldest continually operating hostel in the US, there has... More 

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Thank DeclanMcC2014
Mary T, Manager at Friendly Crossways Hostel, responded to this review

Thank you so much, Declan, for your kind words and for bringing your students. So much fun to be around their happy energy! Just a clarification on renting linens: that is an option for groups. Linens are included for individual (non-group) guests staying overnight. More 

Krakow, Poland
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33 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2016 via mobile

A group of 8 of us stayed here for a night and it was great. Mary is a fantastic host and it was very quaint and cute. We stayed in the main dorm and it was quiet and comfortable. Definitely would recommend for anyone staying in the area who doesn't want to pay an arm and a leg for a... More 

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Thank vt2europe
Mary T, Manager at Friendly Crossways Hostel, responded to this review

Thanks! More 

Newton, Massachusetts
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 13 July 2015

I was recently at Friendly Crossways for the Moishe Kavod House Retreat. This has been an incredible space to hold this. The immense amount of outdoor space allows multiple workshops and activities to happen simultaneously without interrupting each other. The outdoor space is almost perfect for rituals. The only downside is the gun range across the street could interfere with... More 

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1 Thank Bryan M
Mary T, Manager at Friendly Crossways Hostel, responded to this review

Sorry for really tardy 'Thank you!' for your kind words. We so enjoy having the Moishe Kavod House retreats here. Yep, sometimes there is activity at the sportsmen's club during the day, and I appreciate that you recognize that it can be "tuned out" pretty easily. More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 May 2015

We had exclusive use of Friendly Crossways for our wedding this month, and it was the perfect place for us! If you are looking for a private, luxury getaway in the heart of the city, this is not it. But if you want a budget-friendly, community-centered, laid-back lodge to spend a weekend with your closest friends and family, Friendly Crossways... More 

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Thank Jennifer C
Mary T, Manager at Friendly Crossways Hostel, responded to this review

A (rather late) THANK YOU for your lovely review. More 

Somerville, Massachusetts
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 9 May 2015

I recently stayed at Friendly Crossways for a weekend workshop retreat, and had a wonderful time. It was convenient -- I came up by commuter rail from Cambridge, and the station was only a few minutes' drive away from the center, and they'll send a shuttle for you. Plenty of parking for those driving up. The food was incredible, even... More 

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Thank Molly R
Mary T, Manager at Friendly Crossways Hostel, responded to this review

Wow! Thank you! More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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17 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 August 2014

I traveled here with a group of high school youth for a team-building retreat. We spent three days here, and it was a great stay. I enjoyed the hostel and its grounds, which were well-kept. Mary Helen provided many answers to my questions and suggestions for to-dos, and David was extremely helpful in making sure that my youth and I... More 

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Thank cmwww
Mary T, Manager at Friendly Crossways Hostel, responded to this review

Thank you for your positive review our property and services. I am so sorry that you and some of your students experienced allergy symptoms during your stay in August. We are striving even more diligently to stay on top of this possibility. More 

Montreal, Canada
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7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 July 2014

A very pleasant stay: the surroundings are extremely beautiful and the owner indicated great jogging/ walking trails nearby. I believe public transportation to Boston/ Cambridge may be long, but if you’re driving that is definitively a good option--much better than a road motel.

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Thank Azevgui
Mary T, Manager at Friendly Crossways Hostel, responded to this review

Thank you! More 

Greenville, South Carolina
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6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 July 2014

Let me preface this by saying the location is very nice, clean and comfortable. I booked my stay there in late March for a June arrival. I have a special needs autistic son and wanted a home like atmosphere with kitchen privileges instead of a motel/hotel even though it was farther away from the city. We were checked in and... More 

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4 Thank Kimee12901
Mary T, General Manager at Friendly Crossways Hostel, responded to this review

We are very sorry that the remainder of your vacation after you left our hostel/retreat center was so unpleasant. To be honest, I blew it. When I booked the nonprofit retreat group for exclusive usage of our property on the dates which coincided with the last two nights of your stay, I should have alerted you immediately, but it slipped... More 

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
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  • Wheelchair Access
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  • Kitchenette
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  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Free Parking
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Situated in central Massachusetts apple country only 30 miles west of Boston, this New England retreat center has been a special place for family reunions, nonprofit workshops and outdoor weddings since 1947. A century-old carriage house and barn have been renovated to accommodate up to 65 people in a combination of dormitory and private rooms with a unique meeting space, huge kitchen for self-catering--or our owner-chef will cook for your group--and beautiful grounds with organic gardens, a fire circle and a wedding glade. We provide affordable accommodations for individual travelers or groups on a budget. We’re in the peaceful, rural town of Harvard, 40 km away from Harvard University, but accessible by commuter rail from Boston or Cambridge. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Friendly Crossways Hostel

Address: 247 Littleton County Rd, Harvard, MA 01451-1445
Region: United States > Massachusetts > Harvard
Number of rooms: 15
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