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24 Irving Street, Cambridge, MA 02138-3007
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
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#3 of 20 B&Bs / Inns in Cambridge
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Irving House is a large bed and breakfast in Cambridge offering uniquely cozy accommodations and a variety of amenities for our guests to enjoy. Built as a two-family house in the 1890s, Irving House was converted to hotel use in the 1920s with 44 guest rooms in a variety of sizes. There are many room types to accommodate the ranging needs of our guests, from individual travelers to families. We encourage booking directly on our site, not through third parties. In this way, we can offer you better options for your stay. Bookings that come through a 'book now' button cost us high commissions! Be a savvy traveler and go to our site to book for best availability and rates.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Baggage storage
24-hour front desk
Self-serve laundry
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Non-smoking hotel
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Room features
Air conditioning
Flatscreen TV
Hair dryer
Wake-up service / alarm clock
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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English, French, Spanish, Hindi and 1 more
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floridatraveler52 wrote a review Sep. 2021
Florida74 contributions43 helpful votes
Our bathroom had a small shower stall with a shower head that seemed to spit out needles. Ended up using shower in one of the shared bathrooms. Linens are worn. Flat hard pillows first night, housekeeper changed the out for some fluffier ones. Excellent location adjacent to Harvard, the primary thing that recommends it. Unfortunately, everyone's "complimentary breakfast" has deteriorated, covid being the excuse. For the price of staying her, they could at least put out high quality product - bread, bagels, pastries, fruit (more than apples and bananas). No, putting cheerios in a glass dispenser doesn't cut it. Good coffee shop a block away that makes really good breakfast sandwiches, fyi. Front desk staff were efficient. Room no larger than a cruise ship cabin. A/C is centrally controlled so your only control is to open a window. And beware, no elevator, so 4th floor is stairs all the way up.
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Date of stay: September 2021
1 Helpful vote
Response from Rachael Solem, Owner at Irving House at Harvard
Responded 2 weeks ago
Thank you for taking the time to review your stay with us. We are looking into why the shower in your room was stinging! Sometimes our Cambridge water leaves mineral deposits in the shower heads, forcing the water to pass through ever smaller holes. We have to clean the shower heads and some times replace them. And we are replacing the pillows as we can. We do have a variety of breads and baked goods, locally sourced. I am surprised you did not see them...We are aiming to improve our breakfast as business improves and we can hire more staff to produce it. We hope you otherwise enjoyed your stay.
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Martin L wrote a review Jul. 2021
1 contribution1 helpful vote
The Irving house is a great B&B just 10mins walk from Harvard sq. It is very well located and has very comfortable rooms and an attentive staff. The staff work to accomodate the needs of the guests and are very personable. Angel, was very helpful and helped me feel at home in hos family's accomodation. Breakfast was buffet and had hot/cold selections and there was always fresh fruit or home made cookies with coffee in the lobby. Enjoyed my stay and hope to come again in the future. Great value for money - (room309 'mini cooper')
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Travelled on business
1 Helpful vote
Response from Rachael Solem, Owner at Irving House at Harvard
Responded Jul. 26, 2021
Thank you! I will let Anguel know you appreciated his good work.
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Karen S wrote a review Feb. 2021
2 contributions2 helpful votes
Our (& groom’s) immediate family traveled from Colorado and Michigan to celebrate our daughter & son-in-law’s marriage. Rachel, and her staff at the Irving House, could not have been more hospitable and kind! Each and every one of them were so friendly & accommodating. Several of us stayed at the Irving house & we all enjoyed a very welcoming, cozy atmosphere & comfortable rooms. They made us feel right at home… Just what you want at a B&B :-) We will stay there again if the opportunity arises to go back. It was a perfect location, within walking distance to Harvard Square & the church. Just an awesome old home & wonderful people!
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Date of stay: January 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
2 Helpful votes
Response from Rachael Solem, Owner at Irving House at Harvard
Responded Jul. 26, 2021
Thank you! I will share this with my hard working employees...We are so pleased you were here for a special event...We hope to see you again some time.
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Christophe D wrote a review Dec. 2020
Baltimore, Maryland2 contributions4 helpful votes
This is a giant BnB with lots of cozy rooms I stayed in a strangely shaped corner room with a view of nearby buildings. It was quiet, except for the occasional creaking stairs. Located in the basement, breakfast is decent and makes staying there a fine value. Staff is very helpful and kind as well as on the alert for anything out of the ordinary (though this seemed like a very safe area).
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Date of stay: February 2020
Trip type: Travelled on business
2 Helpful votes
Response from Rachael Solem, Owner at Irving House at Harvard
Responded Jul. 26, 2021
Thank you. I will share this with my hard working employees. We hope to see you again some time...
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Shobha wrote a review Nov. 2020
1 contribution2 helpful votes
I recently stayed in Irving House as I went to visit my child at college. In these Covid times, as a small business I was impressed with their cleanliness, sanitization and safety protocols and a very friendly staff to boot. I will stay at this place any time when I am in the area.
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Date of stay: November 2020
Room Tip: Accessibility to Cambridge and Harvard
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2 Helpful votes
Response from Rachael Solem, Owner at Irving House at Harvard
Responded Jul. 26, 2021
Thank you! We look forward to hosting you on your future visits to Cambridge!
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US$109 - US$334 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Irving House at Harvard
Which popular attractions are close to Irving House at Harvard?
Nearby attractions include Harvard Art Museums (0.3 km), Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology (0.5 km), and Sanders Theatre (0.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Irving House at Harvard?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Irving House at Harvard?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a desk.
What food & drink options are available at Irving House at Harvard?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Irving House at Harvard?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Irving House at Harvard?
Conveniently located restaurants include Dali Restaurant & Tapas Bar, Darwin's Ltd., and The Biscuit.
Is Irving House at Harvard located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.6 km away from the centre of Cambridge.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Irving House at Harvard?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French, Italian, and Hindi.
Are there any historical sites close to Irving House at Harvard?
Many travellers enjoy visiting The Printing Office of Edes & Gill (4.8 km), Longfellow House Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site (1.3 km), and Old North Church & Historic Site (4.7 km).