A Cambridge House Inn at Porter

2218 Massachusetts Ave , Cambridge, MA 02140-1836 USA (Show map)
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We are conveniently located just outside of Davis and Porter Squares, within walking distance to the subway (REDLINE) allowing easy access to Harvard Square, Tufts University, MIT, and Lesley University. The inn has two buildings; one offering Victorian rooms and the other offering contemporary decor. All are equipped with private baths, cable TV and Wi-Fi. We serve a continental breakfast in our lounge in the Victorian building and where our guests can relax and enjoy tea, coffee, during the day or evening. Parking is included in rate but it is not guaranteed, limited spots; (first come basis). There is also a common computer in the lounge for guests to use. Guest(s) must be 21 years of age unless accompanied by an adult.



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  • Guest room3.9
  • Service3.6
  • Value3.7
  • Cleanliness4.0
  • Onsite Dining3.5

June in Cambridge

4.4 on June 24, 2016

Bathroom was tiny and tight but clean and adequate. Very friendly staff. Enjoyed having an area to sit outside in outstanding weather!

A nice place to stay

4.0 on August 31, 2014

Our friends from Switzerland wanted a place to stay in Cambridge overnight, and we suggested The Cambridge House Inn. They received great service from a friendly staff. The bed was comfortable, and the room quiet. The breakfast had many options to choose from. The interior is Victorian style and full of personality. This was the second couple we recommended to go there, and both really enjoyed their stay. I'd recommend it again!

August 2014

3.6 on August 26, 2014

The room was spacious and comfortable. The breakfast was very good. The service excellent. The parking was very good with a spot available at all times. Second floor rooms are problematic since there is no elevator and the stairs are quite steep.

Excellent B+B

5 on June 04, 2012

This was a perfect place. Very close to both Davis and Porter squares, so plenty to do all around. Maybe a five minute walk to the Davis square t stop. The room was very nice, bed was comfortable and the service was outstanding. I will definitely be staying here again.

Good value and location

3.4 on May 15, 2012

The price is very reasonable. A short walk (several blocks) brings you to the Davis Square T-station. We took public transportation everywhere. The rooms and premises are comfortable and clean. Service gets a lower mark, because there was no Interenet connectiom (and staff could offer no assistance, repeatedly offering the same non-working password), maps of the city were inadequate and maps of the trains were unavailable, no assistance given when asked about local restaurants (a binder with menus is available). These problems were probably exacerbated by language limitations of the foreign-born staff (polite, but not very verbal). Breakfast was just ok (cold selections only)--some cheeses and cold cuts would have helped the mini-bagels feel more substantial. BUT overall, the stay was nice--I would come again.

A night in Cambridge

2.6 on May 13, 2012

The room was nice enough, but the non-English host who checked us in and was there the first night was less than communicative and not very helpful in answering questions of where to go out for dinner, or even pointing the way to where the room was etc. It seemed that English verbalization was difficult. The following day a local (English speaking) woman was in charge of the desk and was very friendly and helpful--a total 180 from the day before. The next day the non-Englisah speaker again, and again a very non-communicative day. The breakfast was adequate, but not memorable. The croissants and pastries did not seem to be that day fresh, but I guess as much as can be expected. The price was right and the location very convenient to the Davis station T (about 4 blocks away), so in summary, if you need a reasonably priced place to stay in Boston, close to public transportation, it's a good place. You just have to be prepared to figure things out on your own.

Decent place to stay

2.6 on April 13, 2012

We booked at Victorian room at the Cambridge house, the room was clean and a showed a little wear. The Bed was quite high off of the ground but steps were provided if needed. The staff were friendly and helpful. The breakfast was similar to what I would expect from a chain hotel and not a Bed and Breakfast. Which made the experience feel a little over priced. Overall it was a pleasant place to stay in a nice area.

Second Stay Was Exactly as Expected

3.0 on March 11, 2012

Ironically, we were in exactly the same room during both stays. It would have been nice to see more rooms, but the familiarity had its advantages. The inn is certainly convenient and the innkeepers are friendly. There are many nice touches such as chocolates and coffee/tea available in the breakfast room round the clock. I will stay there again!

Lovely place but slow Wireless connection

4.0 on November 27, 2011

Everything about this place was perfect, except for the wireless connection. It was so slow I couldn't work in my room, but there was a computer available in the living room downstairs that was fine. Also, not in good walking distance to Harvard, but the 77 bus runs frequently and it was easy for me to get back and forth

Awesome first B&B experience

3.6 on October 31, 2011

This was the first time my husband and I stayed in a bed and breakfast, and after this experience it will definitely not be our last. It was a beautiful room we stayed in with our own gas fireplace that we could control, and the bed was very comfortable. The staff were very friendly and helpful, and were around 24 hours a day, which I understand not all B&B's provide. The breakfast was simple but sufficient providing hot and cold cereal, pastries and fruits.

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Rooms & Rates

Victorian Room

Victorian-style rooms, some with four-poster canopy beds, some rooms have fireplaces, all have private bathrooms, one queen size bed. A limited number of Victorian rooms can accommodate an extra bed (cot) and are based upon availability. Extra charge will apply. Must contact the Innkeeper in advance to check availability. An extra person charge will apply for each additional person in same room.

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

Nightly Rate: $129 - $279

Contemporary Room

Contemporary style decor room (next-door building), private bathroom, one Queen size bed. Extra bed charge will apply. Extra beds are based upon availability; must contact the Innkeeper in advance to check availability. An extra person charge will apply for each additional person in same room.

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

Nightly Rate: $119 - $269

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Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, Night life, Freedom Trail in downtown Boston, Red Sox in Fenway Park, Harvard Square, MIT campus, Boston Duck Tour, Minuteman Bike Path, Performing Theater, Religious Services, River, University, Zoo

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Other, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Computer , Continental Breakfast included, limited parking; first come basis

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, Telephone, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Shopping, Sight-seeing

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  • Check In:: 3:00 pm - 11:00
  • Check Out:: 11:00 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only A $200.00 fee will be charged for violation
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited 6 years and older, only
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No A $200.00 fee will be charged for violation
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Two nights or three nights minimum for graduation or busy weekend.
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Mastercard, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: Payment is due at the time of check-in. Room reservations require a valid credit card. Without a valid credit card we reserve the right to cancel the reservation
  • Cancellations: Cancellation policy is normally two days (48 hours) prior to check-in date. Special cancellation policies are in effect during certain times (graduations, special events; check with the Innkeeper); A cancellation fee equal to one night's stay will be charged to the credit card on file. Guest(s) must be 21 years of age unless accompanied by an adult
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Andrea & Axel

Languages spoken

Chinese, English

Resident Pets

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  • Time Served: 7:00 - 10:00 a.m.
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area

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