A Bed & Breakfast In Cambridge

1657 Cambridge St , Cambridge, MA 02138-4316 USA (Show map)


Located in Cambridge in the historical district, just two blocks from Harvard Yard, our 1897 colonial revival house, designed by architect George Fogerty, is noted for its "simplicity of design and crispness of detail." We have preserved many of its original details. We are just a short "T" ride across the river to Boston. Our rooms are for double or single occupancy with king, queen or twin beds. The tax-free price includes parking, breakfast, afternoon tea and sherry. We have antiques, lace curtains, down pillows, fresh flowers in the room. Breakfast includes homemade bread, homemade jams, and fresh fruit and we make crepes, Belgian waffles or blueberry pancakes for breakfast. The rooms are air-conditioned, have cable TV, voice mail, overstuffed chairs, and antique writing desks. They are shared bath with a dressing gown and a basket for your toiletries, with no smoking on the premises. The rooms are on the third floor and they are light and airy. There is a back porch surrounded with trees. The common room has a small library of history, poetry, and tourist literature, a book of menus, and my grandmother's rocking chairs. If you wish to swim or use the weight room across the street, remember to bring your suit. We donate 5% of our profits to the Cambridge Action Fund, a nonprofit that helps the Cambridge homeless.



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  • Guest room3.5
  • Service4.0
  • Value3.5
  • Cleanliness3.0
  • Onsite Dining3.5

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5 on May 22, 2013

A Bed and Breakfast in Cambridge is a very non-descript B&B that features wonderful service, a clean environment, and great conversations with the owner (Karen) and the manager (Byron). They are a wealth of information about the surrounding communities, and also have fascinating stories and commentary about their experiences. A super-fun place to stay!

Dissapointing at best.

2.0 on August 16, 2011

Very disappointed in this bnb. Great location, over sold on the phone & website. Ok for a frat house, but not a great bnb.

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Rooms & Rates

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King or twins. Wireless internet access. Antiques, lace curtains, down pillows. Fresh flowers in the room. 1897 colonial revival house designed by architect George Fogerty and noted for its simplicity of design and crispness of detail. Stylishly decorated with original paintings and oriental rugs and antique writing desks, this warmly elegant retreat offers guests both privacy and good conversation. cable television, down comforters and pillows, antiques, and air conditioning in season. A library of history, poetry, and tourist literature available. No smoking No pets Children 6+ years only.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

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Location Type

Cambridge, MIT, Harvard, City, Downtown


Boston, MA (BOS-Logan Intl.) 6 miles

Directions to property:

Available on request by email or fax or phone.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Boston Harbor, Whale Watches, Foliage, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Symphony, Museum of Science, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Religious Services

Inn Details

Establishment type

Private Home Bed and Breakfast, Urban Inn

On-site amenities

Fax Machine, Library

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, Desk, Hairdryer, Internet Service, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

American Repertory Theater, House of Blues, Sanders Theater, Head of the Charles Regatta, Passim, Harvard Square

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  • Check In:: By arrangement
  • Check Out:: 9:30 am
  • Open All Year Round: No
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: No
  • Alcohol Provided Outside only
  • Suitable For Children: No
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Usually three nights on weekends
  • Accepted payments Other, AMEX, VISA, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Cancellations: MasterCard, Visa and American Express credit cards are accepted. A minimum of three (3) nights or 50% of your total is required to guarantee your reservation. This deposit can be paid by check or credit card and will be credited to the end of your stay. We will gladly refund your deposit up to fourteen days (twenty-one days in April, May, June; twenty-eight days in July, August, September and October) before your arrival, subject to a $25 service charge, and after that date by replacement booking only, subject to a $25 service charge. A two-night minimum is required on weekends, more for special events. Checkout time is 10 a.m. although you usually can make arrangements to leave your things here for the day. We cannot be responsible for accidents or injuries to guests, for loss of money, jewelry or valuables. We honor a no smoking policy.



Doane Perry

Languages spoken

Boston, Greek, Swahili, English, French, German

About the innkeepers

Doane is from Cambridge and is a former teacher and computer industry manager. He continues to consult in the telecom and Internet industries. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uganda and did anthropology fieldwork in Greece. He also operates A Bed & Breakfast in the Berkshires.

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Crepes/ waffles/ etc

  • Time Served: 7:30 Weekdays, 9:00 Weekends
  • Serving Location: Quiet back porch surrounded by trees, Breakfast/dining area

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian

Signature Dish

Homemade Crepes
Homemade crepes with fresh fruit, flavored yogurt with homemade bluebberry syrup and topped with whipped cream or yogurt and sliced strawberries. We also serve Crepes sauvage with cornmeal, apricot-mango yogurt, sliced apples, homemade applebutter, and maple syrup.