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Harding House Guest House

288 Harvard Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139
Innkeeper(s): Briana Pearson
  • Introduction

    Harding House Front viewLocated in Cambridge, Massachusetts, minutes from MIT University, Harvard, and downtown Boston, we offer a refreshing alternative to chain hotels. Experience unparalleled service, in a friendly atmosphere that feels like home. Your stay at our updated 1860's Victorian includes hearty breakfast, wireless internet, free local calls, parking, museum passes, fresh baked treats and wine and cheese.

    Our 14 spacious and bright guest rooms feature en suite full bath and all the amenities of a modern hotel, plus the charm of a bygone era. We are known amongst our many repeat guests for our pleasant, clean accommodations and our kind, caring staff. Children are welcome. 

  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Briana Pearson for sharing her own secrets with!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    Some of our guests are here for work or study given that we are walking distance to Harvard and MIT. However, especially in the summer months, we get a lot of couples and families who are traveling for pleasure and excited to see all the sights of Cambridge and then because we are only 3 subways stops from downtown Boston they are kind of getting a two-cities-for-one deal!

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    Our big old house feels like a home when you walk in but has the size to give you privacy and amenities that a smaller property might not offer. Many of our returning guests say that Harding House is their "home away from home". My favorite part is given our size and location, at any given time we can have guests from all over the world sharing ideas and information over breakfast or a cup of tea in the afternoon.

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    I think people generally come to the area for the history. Whether it is American history or just to see one of the oldest universities the area has history for everyone!

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    My favorite is that people feel like it is a "home away from home" but recently a guest wrote, "The price was just right for our budget and we believe we got much more for our money than we would have gotten at a hotel chain"...just about sums it up.

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    I think this area, "Mid Cambridge," is specifically great because we are within walking distance of 3 city "squares". Harvard lends itself to tourism and sightseeing. Central gives you a slice of the diversity in Cambridge; it is also where I can get errands done. The lesser known Inman Square is more like a neighborhood to the locals. All three squares have great restaurants, coffee shops, local shops and some even have live performance and/or theater.

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    Day one I would walk into Harvard Square, take an "unofficial tour” and walk around the campus. Day two could be the Harvard Museums or even into Boston for the MFA, ICA or the Museum of Science. Day three might be a neighborhood walk and lunch at the Druid, traditional Irish pub complete with sessions some evenings! Day four could be shopping on fancy Newbury St in Boston or a walk on the waterfront stopping for some seafood along the way!

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    As mentioned above we are within walking distance of three city squares as well as a subway ride to downtown Boston.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    My personal favorite is Oleana. You will need reservations but the atmosphere is warm and inviting the food is Middle Eastern influenced amazing-ness!

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?   All three have loads of info to help plan a great trip!

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    We have 14 rooms, two of which are shared baths for a traveler looking for a more economical option. We also have larger family rooms that sleep up to 4 people.

    Do you accept pets?

    We only allow service dogs.

  • About Cambridge

    Harding House city of cambridgeLocated just across the river from Boston, Cambridge is a quirky, intellectual, and multicultural city in the shadows of the world’s most prestigious universities: Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

    Harvard, America's oldest university, and MIT, with over 50 Nobel Prize winners, attracts students, professors and researchers to Cambridge from around the globe. These academics mingle with a diverse multi-ethnic local population (over 50 languages are spoken in the city, and its public school students come from 82 different countries) to create a true urban cultural melting pot. Packed with bookstores, cafes, museums, pubs, student hang-outs, unique shops, and music venues, the city has been called "Boston's Left Bank. Cambridge also has arguably the most wide-ranging selection of international restaurants in America: from North African, to Portuguese, to Indian, to Tibetan and everything in between.

    Founded in 1630 as the Colonial village of Newtowne, Cambridge was the first planned town in English North America. The marshland was a perfect location because the Charles River was deep enough for large ocean-bound ships, while the winding channel's limited maneuverability acted as protection against pirates. The city's name was later changed to Cambridge after the famous England university attended by the town's Puritan founders.

    Today, the city with its red brick cobble-stone sidewalks, still retains much of its old-world charm. Many of the original streets are still in use today, and there are countless homes and buildings that date back to the 1700s.

  • Amenities

    Harding House breakfast muffins

    All of our amenities are included free of charge except those with a ($) which are available for an extra charge.

    Breakfast and Snacks

    • Hearty continental breakfast
    • Daily breakfast entree
    • Options for special dietary needs upon request
    • Coffee, tea, water and snacks available all day
    • Guest microwave and fridge

    Sightseeing, Fitness, and Leisure

    • Seasonal art shows in our common areas
    • Complimentary books to take home and treasure
    • Summer flower garden and patio

    Harding House Deluxe Queen Room

    The Comforts of Home

    • Individually controlled heat and a/c in each guest room
    • Cribs and cots upon request
    • Irons and Ironing Boards
    • Umbrellas to borrow

    Business and Communications

    • Wireless internet access or lobby computer
    • Fax services, incoming and outgoing
    • Local calls
    • Daily newspapers
    • Post cards you can send anywhere in the world, on us!
    • Daily U.S. Postal pick up

    Harding House dining tables

    Transportation and Travel

    • Off-street parking: first come, first served
    • Airline boarding passes printed from our front desk