Irving House at Harvard

24 Irving Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138
Innkeeper(s): Rachael Solem
  • Introduction

    Irving House at Harvard, marquee

    Welcome to our guesthouse. Just two blocks from Harvard Yard, an easy walk to Harvard Square, in Cambridge MA, Irving House offers convenient, economical, friendly accommodations.

    Irving House at Harvard's 44 guest rooms, in all shapes and sizes, accommodate travelers from all over who are visiting Cambridge to enjoy its cultural, culinary and academic riches.Included in our rates: off street parking, delicious breakfast with local and organic offerings, broadband wifi and a community computer, books to take away! Families welcome.

    The aim of our style is to be simple, comfortable accommodations, with small reminders of our Cambridge location. Our wide range of room types and convenient location make Irving House the perfect choice for solo travelers, vacationing families and those visiting Cambridge for work.

    Irving House at Harvard, common lounge

    Located on a quiet Cambridge street, the winding corridors of Irving House lead to a range of uniquely cozy rooms. The first floor living room is the perfect place to relax or chat with other guests. The dining area is located on the lower level, where you can start your day with a wholesome breakfast.

    Since 1945, Irving House at Harvard has been serving travelers from all over the world.

    Visit us and experience our friendly accommodations in the heart of Cambridge.

  • 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 Rachael Solem for sharing her own secrets with!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    Most of our guests are visiting Harvard University or enjoying the cultural delights of Harvard Square. Because we are close to Boston, many of the world class great attractions of that city also bring visitors to us.

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

    Our guesthouse is large but homey. It was converted from a two family house into a 44 room guesthouse in the 1920s for Harvard students. Some of the rooms are very tiny. This allows us to provide some very economical accommodations in a very pricy market: a single room with bath across the hall. The variety of room types and the great variety of cultures represented in our staff and with our guests are what I love most about Irving House.

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

    I love the small venues for music: Ryles Jazz Club, The Regattabar, Club Passim, as well as The Sinclair and Beat Hotel, all of which have live music (of all kinds!) nearly every night of the week. The restaurant scene is also very lively and delicious! And the riverfront is great for walking, picnicing, running, biking.

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

    "Irving House has a very European feel. You are not pretentious, but very accommodating. It's a lovely and very comfortable place to stay." Geoff Muldaur

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    The quirky little stores: one for games old and new--with an amazing collection of excellent puzzles!--one for just honey! A real, old fashioned shoe repair place, smelling of leather and wood.

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

    Check out the theater listings to see what will be playing. There is live theatre in several venues within walking distance. All of the music clubs named above are within a ten minute walk of our front door. The Charles River Boat Company provides lovely cruises up and down the Charles River, giving spectacular views of Boston and Cambridge.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    Harvard Square, Inman Square and Central Square are all within walking distance. The activities in those charming commercial centers are too numerous to list. ALL have dining, shopping and theater. At least two have museums as well.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    I enjoy many of the restaurants around. Dolphin Seafood, Grafton Street Pub, Henrietta's Table, Toscano, Rendezvous, Kika Tapas, Central Kitchen, the list goes on.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?,

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    We have 44 rooms.

    Do you accept pets?

    We can only accommodate assist animals. I do not know of nearby hotels that accept pets.

  • Amenities

    Irving House at Harvard, dining area

    At Irving House, we hope to provide a range of amenities that will make for a comfortable and relaxing stay. If you have additional needs that are not outlined below, please contact us, and we will do our best to accommodate your request.

    Included In Our Rates

    • Breakfast
    • Afternoon snacks
    • Guest refrigerator
    • Daily papers: Boston Globe, New York Times, Wall Street Journal
    • Wireless Internet throughout the house
    • Computer in parlor to share
    • Books around the house, yours to take
    • Local phone calls
    • Umbrellas to borrow
    • Post cards you can send to anywhere in the world, on us!
    • Parking in our lot (free except at Commencement)
    • Boarding passes printed from parlor computer

    Irving House at Harvard, study area

    Pay As You Use

    • Laundry facilities: coin op, ironing
    • Wellbridge Athletic Club passes for just $8 daily
    • Fax services, incoming and outgoing

    Long Term Stays Amenities

    • Weekly housekeeping
    • One set of towels & Bedding changed weekly
    • Kitchenette (sink, refrigerator, microwave oven)
    • Electric kettle & Coffee maker
    • Toaster or Toaster combo
    • Crock pot OR Rice cooker
    • Dishes & Cutlery
    • Phone with answering machine
    • Clock/radio
    • Television
    • Broadband Internet with wifi throughout the house
    • Off street parking
    • Use of laundry facilities at 24 Irving Street
  • Area Information

    Irving House at Harvard, front yard

    On a quiet street, Irving House is located in the heart of Cambridge, and is the perfect base for visitors to explore the cultural, academic and historic attractions of one of the countries most unique communities. The three best “squares” are a 15 minute walk from our front door, so no matter the season, visiting Cambridge will be a memorable trip. We encourage you to explore and enjoy, and hope that you will return to Irving House for many years to come. This is just a sample of the area attractions. Please visit our website for much more!

    American Repertory Theater

    64 Brattle Street Cambridge, MA 02138 617.547.8300

    Lizard Lounge

    1667 Massachusetts Avenue Cambridge, MA 02138 (617) 547-0759

    American Repertory Theatre

    64 Brattle Street Cambridge, MA 02138 617.547.8300

    Grafton Street

    1280 Massachusetts Ave Cambridge, MA (617) 497-0400

    Harvard Book Store

    1256 Massachusetts Avenue Cambridge, MA 02138 (617) 661-1515

    Broadway Marketplace

    468 Broadway Cambridge, MA 02138 (617) 547-2334

    Savenor's Market

    92 Kirkland Street Cambridge, MA 02138 (617) 576-6328

    José Mateo Ballet Theatre

    400 Harvard Street Cambridge, MA 02138 (617) 354-7467

    Cambridge Historical Society

    159 Brattle Street Cambridge, MA 02138-3300 (617) 547-4252

    Harvard University

    124 Mt Auburn St Cambridge, MA 02138 (617) 495-1636

    Lesley University

    29 Everett Street Cambridge, MA 02138 (617) 868-9600

    Longy School of Music

    1 Follen Street Cambridge, MA 02138 (617) 876-0956


    10 Garden Street Cambridge, MA 02138 (617) 495-8540

  • Directions

    Irving House at Harvard, front view

    Irving House is located at 24 Irving Street in Cambridge. Like Boston, Cambridge is a walking city, with great public transportation. Irving House is a short walk from the Harvard Square stop on the MBTA Redline.

    From Harvard Sq subway station

    Exit the station by the "Harvard Yard/Church Street" stairs. Follow signs for Harvard Yard, enter the Yard through the nearest gates from those stairs, and bear left across it, exit by the north (Thayer) gate. In front of Science Center, make a sharp right. When you leave the campus, you will be on Cambridge Street (by Gund Hall) Irving Street is 3rd left off Cambridge Street, #24 is first house on right. If you are going to stay at Turner House, you must check in at 24 Irving and then continue up the street to 40 Irving Street.

    From Logan Airport--Free June-August 2012!

    Buy A Charlie Ticket in the terminal: look for the “T” kiosk. The S1 Silver Line leaves from the far right end of each terminal. Take the S1 to South Station. Take the Red Line from South Station Inbound (towards Alewife), exit at Harvard.

    From South Station

    South Station is a commuter, Amtrak & bus terminal. Take the Red Line from South Station Inbound (towards Alewife), exit at Harvard. Taking the Fung Wah / Bolt / Megabus / Lucky Star bus from NYC? It will leave you in South Station.

    Back Bay Station

    Back Bay Station is a terminal for some New England buses. Take Orange Line Inbound to Downtown Crossing; then Red Line Inbound (towards Alewife), exit at Harvard. (Amtrak and some commuter trains stop at Back Bay, but they continue to South Station which is much better for getting to Cambridge)