This house of apartments offers great value for two, one-bedroom apartments (sleeps 1- 4 or 1-5), one 2-bedroom (sleep 6 + a young child)and one individual guest room (sleeps 1-2). One of the apartments can include the individual room, making it a two-bedroom, two-bath apartment. Each unit has a contemporary style, with crisp, eclectic character and fine art. Just a two-block walk takes you to the Porter Square indoor shopping mini-mall, with casual restaurants, and to the subway for a ten-minute ride into downtown Boston. It is also just a ten-minute walk to Harvard. There are many boutique shops and ethnic restaurants within a few minutes walk along Massachusetts Ave. Karin operates a small yoga studio and healing center in the apartment house, and you are welcome to join her during some classes. She has lived in France for several years and can converse with you in French. PLEASE NOTE: UNLESS SHORT NOTICE THERE IS A 3 NIGHT MINIMUM, 4 NIGHT MINIMUM,MARATHON in April and REGATTA in October.
3.0 on November 02, 2014
Nice, cheerful room, very convenient to the T, coffee shop, restaurants. The walk through the yard and the stairs to the second floor are dark at night, so use your phone's flashlight app. Yoga studio upstairs with discount for B&B guests.
We are glad this guest enjoyed the unit. There are plenty of lights around the house. There may have been a time we needed to replace light bulbs when this guest was with us.
3.8 on October 26, 2014
The apartment was lovely and Karin was extremely helpful and gracious, but unfortunately she was out of town. The housekeeper was useless-Our beds weren't pushed together to make a king size; the keys didn't work, so we used the fire escape for the 5 days; the housekeeper left us standing in the rain instead of greeting us as he was supposed to (I ended up calling Karin who was out of town and she told us about the fire escape.). I would only use the apartment again if Karin was in town or they had a different housekeeper.
5 on October 12, 2014
Karin was very helpful, and the apartment was large, sunny and comfortable. We came to visit children who have recently moved to the area.We preferred the location and layout to a hotel. We will probably be visiting Cambridge several times a year and will stay here again if available.
4.6 on October 06, 2014
The apartment was super clean and quite large. It is on a quiet street, but very close to restaurants and bars; steps from the T stop. The only thing I would change is to move the TV from the bedroom to the living area.
4.2 on September 22, 2014
I've spent 8 days in the Apartment #7 and it was an excellent choice. It was spacious, with a private bathroom and kitchen, all the equipment present and working without a glitch. An ideal location, a few minutes walk to the subway and various diners and shops. No breakfast or any other meal is offered, but that's exactly what I was looking for. All in all, when in Cambridge, I'd return there.
4.8 on June 29, 2014
I attended a conference at Harvard Law School. The conference hotels were $100/night more expensive than my apartment at Gray House, and they offered less. I had a comfortable bed in its own bedroom, full kitchen, a desk with work area, and a living room. The internet was even more reliable than Harvard's. It was fantastic. The only thing that could improve the room itself would be to put the TV in the living area instead of the bedroom. My one complaint is that other tenants below me had a get together outside on my last night. It got a bit loud and lasted until 1 or 2 am. I finally had to turn on the AC unit just to drown them out. I wish the innkeeper would have said something to them.
4.4 on November 17, 2013
Lovely sun-filled accommodation near Porter Square. Close to public transport, safe + quiet surrounds at night time. Some construction work during the week days, starting reasonably early, but as I was up and about for work this was not a problem for me. Lovely generous host who will do everything she can to make your stay comfortable and enjoyable! A lovely place to come home to each day, I only wish I could have spent more time at home enjoying the light, airy apartment.
4.0 on November 07, 2013
Positives: very clean and attractive room; close to mass transit and Harvard Square; quiet area; great sun with trees outside of windows; friendly host; great value. Negatives: a little noise from foot traffic on stairs; room a little on the small side; no breakfast provided. But notice that the negatives are minor ones. I did not expect breakfast.
4.4 on October 29, 2013
We would definitely stay here again due to the great yoga classes offered, convenient location, and cleanliness.
4.0 on October 22, 2013
We stayed at this place last week. I was little concerned reading a recent review on Trip Adviser. However, pleasantly found out all the concerns were addressed adequately. You can't beat the location considering the rent. The place is very close to Porter Square. A shopping area is near by, within 5 mins walking distance. They have coffee shop, sandwich places, pharmacy and a Shaws (super market) in there. There are so many restaurants on Mass Ave. to chose from. A liquor store and another supermarket (on Beacon St.), a nice play ground for kids (on Oxford St) are all within walking distance. Harvard Sq. is also not that far. The apt. (unit# 3) was in the 3rd floor. The staircase from 2nd to 3rd is a narrow one but it was really not a big deal considering that I'm 7 month pregnant. the unit itself was very clean, has everything essential for a small family (remember you are not renting a resort). The flat screen TV with cable was nice. We could watch some of the Red Sox playoff games at home. The apt was very quiet. We never heard anybody else...or no disturbance from the yoga class if it was going on. The biggest advantage was to have an assigned parking spot. I used to live in Boston for many years. I know how difficult and expensive it is to find parking in that area. So we were very happy. Only thing bothered us little bit was the wifi connection. It never really worked. We solely depended on our 3G/4G network. But it wasn't a big deal for us either. Renting through the agency was also totally painless. We reached the place after 10 PM. Tenji was waiting there for us to hand over the apt. He also responded to all my calls prior to arriving and also during the stay (as I could not initially find the hair dryer- by the way, there's a plug next to the mirror in the bathroom for electric equipment). We will definitely stay here next time if it is available.
Harvard University, Leslie University, City
Boston, MA (BOS-Logan Intl.) 3 miles
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Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, Harvard University, Boston's Freedom Trail, Boston historic sites, MIT, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services
Air conditioning, Desk, Fridge, Hairdryer, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Microwave, Private entrance, Satellite/Cable TV, Wi-Fi
Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Billiards, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Tennis courts
Karin operates a small yoga studio and healing center in the apartment house, and you are welcome to join her during some classes. She has lived in France for several years and can converse with you in French.