Best hotels and hostels in Cambridge

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    Harding House

    This treasure blends refinement and comfort, artistry and efficiency. Old wooden floors spread with throw rugs furnish a warm glow, and antique decor completes the inviting atmosphere. Noise does travel in this old house, but the place is quite comfortable. Other perks: free parking (a rarity), a thoughtfully designed continental breakfast and complimentary museum passes.

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    Kendall Hotel

    Once the Engine 7 Firehouse, this city landmark is now a cool and classy all-American hotel. Its 65 guest rooms exhibit a firefighter riff, alongside the requisite creature comforts. The hotel excels with its service, style, and appetizing breakfast spread. The on-site Black Sheep restaurant is worth visiting for lunch or dinner, too.

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    Royal Sonesta

    Following an upgrade, the Royal Sonesta offers spacious rooms with a modern, minimalist flair and up-to-date amenities. Those facing the river yield some of the most expansive city views around. The hotel also has an incredible contemporary art collection on display throughout the public spaces, including the awesome ArtBar.

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    Irving House at Harvard

    Call it a big inn or a homey hotel, Irving House welcomes the world-weariest of travelers. Rooms range in size, but every bed is quilt-covered, and big windows admit plenty of light. There is a bistro-style atmosphere in the brick-lined basement, where you can browse through books or munch on a complimentary continental breakfast. Free parking is a great bonus.

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    Hotel Marlowe

    The Kimpton Hotel Group’s flagship property in the Boston area, just steps from the Charles River, embodies chic and unique. Perks include down comforters, Sony PlayStations and the New York Times delivered to your door – enough to please everyone, from creatures of comfort to free spirits to intellectual elites.

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    Charles Hotel

    Calling itself ‘the smart place to stay,’ this institution has hosted the university’s most esteemed guests, ranging from Bob Barker to the Dalai Lama. Guest rooms include sleek Shaker-style furnishings, Italian marble bathrooms with TV mirrors, and all the luxuries and facilities one would expect from a highly rated hotel. Prime location overlooking the Charles River.

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    Hotel Veritas

    Most guests agree that the super-chic design and top-notch service more than make up for the small size of the rooms at this Harvard Square newcomer. Rich fabrics, shimmering textures and local artwork adorn the rooms. Dressed to the nines in Brooks Brothers uniforms, the Veritas team does whatever it takes to ensure a satisfying and truly special experience.

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    Porter Square Hotel

    About 1.5 miles north of Harvard Square, the Porter Square Hotel is a quick T-ride from central Cambridge, but there's plenty of life in the immediately surrounding streets as well. This boutique hotel has simple, fresh rooms – including 'petite' twins for the cost-conscious.

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    Harvard Square Hotel

    Guest rooms here are small but stylish, with oversize photos of local sites adorning the walls. Large windows offer excellent views of the surrounding square. The place has undeniable potential but it lacks amenities (such as a restaurant, a gym and soundproofing) and, at the time of research, it was overdue for some serious maintenance.

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    A Friendly Inn

    While this Victorian-era inn has its pros and cons, nobody can dispute that it is indeed ‘a friendly inn.’ Service is efficient, offering a clean and quiet (if a little cramped) respite for budget travelers.