My first impression on walking into this hotel was *WOW*. The lobby and open atrium design are very impressive. My enthusiasm cooled a little when I got to the room, which was a little on the small side and just couldn't live up to the expectations set by the main lobby, which is very 21st century. The heater in my room seemed to be broken; no matter what temperature I set the thermostat at, nothing but cold air came out of the vents. Eventually it was warmer to have the heat off. I mentioned it to the front desk and they said they would have someone look at it, but as far as I can tell, no one ever did. Housekeeping staff and door staff are all very helpful and friendly.
Alijuan (sorry if misspelled) at the front desk at 4am was great. I needed a room during the snow storm, he understood my needs, he was polite, courteous, with a smile had my room key ready when I showed up! Great job!
Chef Danny G
My wife and I stayed at the Kendall Hotel for 2 nights while our son was at a swim meet at M.I.T. pool, which is an easy walk. The hotel was ultra cool! Our room was one of the original dormitory rooms used by the firemen, and was unlike any hotel room we've ever seen. Somewhat tiny (fine for the 2 of us) and oddly shaped -- kind of like an attic bedroom with slanted ceilings and small alcoves everywhere. The comfortable queen bed was nestled in a small cubby off of the main sitting room. We were in the front part of the building -- the original firehouse -- but everything was totally modernized and pristine. Carpeting, paint, electrical, plumbing, free WiFi, 2 flat screen TV's with HD cable ... all state-of-the-art and extremely comfortable. (The rooms in the back "tower" part of the hotel are much bigger than the one we stayed in, but we actually liked our cozy nest just fine!) The entire hotel has to be seen to believed -- a real historical landmark, and decorated with unique artwork and artifacts from its Firehouse history. The included breakfast buffet was fantastic. We will absolutely stay there again -- LOVED IT!!!
Cambridge’s celebrated universities, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard, take full advantage of the scenic Charles River. Harvard Square, at Massachusetts Avenue and Brattle Street, is a hotbed of activity, both intellectual and otherwise. Down the road, Central Square supports a lively music scene. Young bohemians trend toward neighboring Somerville, north of Cambridge.