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Carolyn's Bed & Breakfast

102 Holworthy Street , Cambridge, MA 02138 USA (Show map)
17 Reviews
$120 - $150
per night

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The perfect destination for college visits, business trips or visiting the Cambridge/Boston area. Located on a quiet street in a residential neighborhood, this delightful renovated 100 year old farm house is 1.5 miles west of Harvard University. The bus to Harvard Square is a short walk, an eight minute ride to the "T into Boston. There are neighborhood restaraunts. It is between Fresh Pond Reservoir and the Mount Auburn Cemetery. Fresh Pond is a popular spot for joggers and walkers. Mount Auburn Cemetery is known for its horicultural landscape also as a bird sanctuary. A 15 minute walk to Mt. Auburn Hospital. Each guest room has a private bath. There is wireless internet access. Breakfast includes home made bread and granola. Check out our great reviews on TripAdvisor!



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  • Guest room4.4
  • Service4.5
  • Value4.5
  • Cleanliness4.6
  • Dining4.3

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A Wonderful Welcome

5 on November 08, 2014

Ms. Fantasia's airy and elegant house is full of various art, and gave us a calm and restful nest after hectic days in Cambridge and Boston. Her healthy and tasty breakfasts got us off to a good start. We would definintely stay there again.

Wonderful Place to Stay in Cambridge

5 on October 20, 2014

We recently spent three nights at Carolyn's lovely B&B and enjoyed the quiet neighborhood setting. There is easy access to the bus into Harvard Square and to the trail around Fresh Pond. We loved the healthy breakfasts and conversations. After busy days of sightseeing, it was nice to relax in such a comfortable home.

A home away from home in Cambridge . Mass .

4.0 on October 07, 2014

We had the pleasure of staying 3 nights with Carolyn in her warm & comfortable home. We were delighted with the standard of our accommodation, both our room, & the ensuite bathroom being clean, quiet & very well equipped to meet all our needs . We had a great quality of sleep in this very quiet neighbourhood , & enjoyed the outlook through the trees . Carolyn's breakfast was delicious , with her homemade granola & baked bread adding a touch that you won't find elsewhere . The location is great, being only a 5 min walk to the Bus , which takes around 8 mins to Harvard Square, from where you can catch the Red train into Boston. Very convenient, with no need to take the car into town . We certainly recommend staying with Carolyn if you are planning to be in Cambridge ..

lovely and central

5 on September 20, 2014

Everything was perfect. The house is beautiful, located in a quiet but central location. Breakfast was very nice and Carolyne's hospitality made the experience even better. I loved my stay there and I hope I will comeback soon.

Great Stay

5 on September 18, 2014

I stayed at Carolyn's for 4 days in September. The place is near Harvard Square. Coffee and breakfast was great. Carolyn is a wonderful host. She gave me a lot of useful sightseeing tips. I had a large room with en suite bathroom. The house was very comfortable and clean.

It was great being there!

5 on September 12, 2014

Big room, lovely furniture, nice and cozy. Great breakfast. Very warm wellcome from Carolyn, Just like being at home...


3.0 on July 23, 2014

We experienced a warm and friendly atmosphere. Stating " met my expectations" may sound too "normal", but from the announcement, that is what I had expected, a friendly bedandbreakfast.I will recommend it to whomever is looking for a saty in Cambridge.

A Lovely Setting!

4.0 on July 09, 2014

I have stayed at Carolyn's B&B twice while visiting my daughter and family in nearby Watertown. My sister joined me on both trips. Carolyn makes her own granola for our breakfasts, served with yogurt, fruit and toast. This healthy breakfast is perfect! Our bedroom has two comfortable twin beds. We have our own private bathroom just outside our bedroom door. Carolyn's B&B is located in a lovely, quiet neighborhood in Cambridge, with the bonus of a beautiful yard! Thank you, Carolyn, for making us feel welcome in your home.

Great stay in Cambridge!

4.6 on June 30, 2014

We spent 8 wonderful days with Carolyn. She is a most gracious hostess!

Very pleasant inn keeper in a lovely setting

4.8 on June 26, 2014


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Rooms & Rates

Twin/King Room

Twins or King size beds. This is a bright cheery room. The beds have lovely linens and down comforters. There is a desk, TV, and wireless internet access. The private bath is large, with a bathtub/shower.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 2 Twin

Nightly Rate: $120 - $145

Nightly Rate: $120 - $145

Queen Room

Bright cheery room with queen size bed. Private bath, large bathroom with shower. Lovey linens, TV, Internet access, telephone, desk.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $125 - $150

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Location Type

Mt Auburn Hospital, McLeans Hospital, Harvard University, Access to the "T", City, Suburban, Village


Boston, MA (BOS-Logan Intl.) 8 miles

Directions to property:

From Mass Pike West follow signs for Newton-Watertown, take exit 17. After stop sign stay left, at second light take left (there are signs Mass Pike--Watertown-Newton)....Move to right lane. At light follow signs to Watertown Route 16 to large intersection, move to right of four lanes (two left lanes are for left turn)--distance thus far 9/10 mile. Continue straight Route 16 East (Mt. Auburn St) through eight lights. At ninth light take a left on Arlington St. Continue to light, take a right on Belmont St. Follow Belmont St. for 3/10 mile. Just before second light take a left on Holworthy St. Carolyn's house is 2/10 mile on the left. Beige house. Total distance from Mass Pike exit is 3 miles.ALTERNATE ROUTE from Mass Pike: Follow signs for Cambridge-Allston. Take Cambridge exit. After second set of lights take a left on Soldiers Field Rd. Continue straight through lights (this is Storrow Drive) Follow signs Newton-Arlington (do not take Cambridge-Harvard Square exit). Follow signs Arlington-Fresh Pond Parkway to the right. Be sure to go right, not left). Stay in left lane (Mt. Auburn Hospital will be on the right). Follow signs Watertown 16 south through large intersection (Distance thus far from Mass Pike exit is 9/10 mile.) At fourth set of lights (Star Market will be on the right) bear right and take an immediate right on Holworthy St. Beige house 2/10 mile on the left.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Beach, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, Nature area, Ocean, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Private Home Bed and Breakfast

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Desk, Hairdryer, Internet Service, Ironing Board, TV, Telephone

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing

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  • Check In:: 3:00 PM
  • Check Out:: 11:00 AM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: No
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Two (2) nights March through November
  • Accepted payments Other, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: One-night deposit.
  • Cancellations: One-night deposit quarantees room rate and days of stay. Deposits are refundable if reservation is canceled 2 weeks prior to arrival.



Carolyn Fantasia

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About the innkeepers

Born and raised in the Boston area. Raised four sons in upstate New York. Studied ceramics at Elmira College & Alfred University. Owned and operated a boutique in Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA for 12 years. Developed a porcelain jewelry and a functional ceramic line, sold in local galleries as well as my boutique. Started a B&B in home 4 years ago. Working ceramic studio located in home. Have always maintained a strong interest in design which is reflected in my home.

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  • Time Served: from 8 AM to 10 AM
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian

Signature Dish

Homemade granola
Variety of grains and nuts sweetened with maple syrup


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Innkeepers: Carolyn Fantasia


  • Nightly Rate $120 - $150
  • Reviews (17) 4.4
  • Rooms 2
  • Accepts Gift Cards
  • Phone 1-6178647042 1-6178647042
102 Holworthy Street , Cambridge, MA 02138 USA (Show map)

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