Parkside on Ellery

74 Ellery Street , Cambridge, MA 02138 USA (Show map)
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Parkside on Ellery in Cambridge, Massachusetts has been described by a guest as having “…all the comforts of home and all the privacy of a hotel”. Built in 1865, this post Civil War Victorian has been renovated for modern comforts. While this B&B in a garden setting maintains a relaxed atmosphere, it is just a ten-minute walk to bustling Harvard Square. The Bed and Breakfast is also perfectly located for university visits, experiencing historic Boston or day trips to quaint Cape Cod. Three unique guestrooms featuring private entrances, private baths, complimentary local telephone service and internet access. The Victorian Room is decorated with American Renaissance period furniture of rosewood and walnut. American and Asian inspired simplicity invites guests to enjoy the treetops in the cheery Cambridge Room. Chinese lions welcome guests to the tranquil, study-like, Scholar Room. A continental breakfast menu offers choices of regular or decaffeinated coffee and tea, English muffins with assorted jams and muesli cereal. Breakfast is served in-room. Parking is on-street with a provided permit.



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  • Guest room4.4
  • Service4.6
  • Value4.2
  • Cleanliness4.6
  • Onsite Dining3.7

Tiny little bed......

2.4 on July 28, 2018

First off, clean well kept B&B in the heart of Cambridge. Easy walking everywhere. I would hardly call it a B&B though when breakfast consists of coffee and juice. However the coffee WAS amazing. Liked the privacy, basically no room service. They do not re-enter your room until you leave. The bed however was unbelievable small. Pretty sure it was a full, we sleep in a king. So needless to say things were cozy. Overall nice B&B IF you understand in advance what you are and are not getting. Housekeepers were very informative and helpful.

Recent Stay

3.6 on March 15, 2018

The room was lovely and the convenience to Harvard can't be beat. The steps to the room are extremely steep which is problematic if you have mobility issues. David was wonderful.

You will like this place

4.4 on September 01, 2017

The Parkside on Ellery has many things going for it. First off, it's charming. It's also well-appointed, quiet, and a nice walk (or short taxi ride) from Harvard and Central Squares. One is greeted with warm hospitality from the owner who explains what you need to know before giving you your privacy. Breakfast service, while modest, was delivered to me (in Room 1) via a private access, which was different. It's hard to describe here but it basically meant I could eat in my room in my PJs, knowing that I would not be seen at all. The view from my room was of the park/library across the street, which was very nice. And. the mattress was great! The older I get, the more I appreciate that.

Fantastic location and wonderful host!

5 on August 28, 2017

David is a wonderful host. I had contacted him to say I would be a late check in and he was waiting out the front for me when I arrived. He also gave me some wonderful suggestions about where to eat and visit during my stay. The room is charming and I lived the breakfasts. What more can I say but thank you for being a wonderful host and for providing such a relaxing and comfortable place to stay. I will definitely return if I am visiting Boston again.

Excellent Location and Comfortable Accommodations

4.8 on May 01, 2017

A quick walk into central Cambridge. Nicely furnished, clean and very comfortable. Breakfast is light but tasty and on-time. A reasonable price compared to local hotels and other B&Bs. Owner does a nice job of making this a great place to stay!

Great location, host and value

5 on April 12, 2017

The location is excellent and priced very reasonably. Lovely homemade continental breakfast and friendly owner. Thumbs up from me!

Loved my stay at the Ellery

4.4 on April 12, 2017

I loved my stay at the Ellery! Our host was wonderful and provided just the right touch of friendly and attentive but also allowing privacy and autonomy. Took his recommendation on what to see and do in Cambridge and had a great trip. Will definitely stay here again!

Pleasant stay in Cambridge

3.4 on March 21, 2017

David is a great host! I enjoyed my stay in the Ellery B&B - the basement room available was basic but made for a great "home base" for my time at Harvard.

Experienced, thoughtful attention to detail

4.4 on January 24, 2017

I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at Parkside on Ellery. From the excellent, easy-to-follow directions for using (free) public transportation that David forwarded before my arrival in Boston to the good-sized room, furnished with antique furniture, to the warm welcome and excellent location, all aspects of my stay were very good. David is a very experienced host and has thought through all the details, including a clever system for ordering and delivering breakfast to each guestroom. Highly recommended.

A great place in Boston

4.8 on October 17, 2016

A clean, comfortable room neat Harvard university. The owener is very knowladgable and willing to help alas hard to get by phone (no cell phone). Nice garden and good location in Cambridge. We enjoyed our stay there. Breakfast was very good and nicely served.

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Rooms & Rates

Room 1, the Victorian

The Victorian Suite is decorated with richly carved furniture made of walnut and rosewood from the American Renaissance period. This B&B suite's warm and welcoming atmosphere is presented in a comfortable Victorian era setting. Enjoy views of Cambridge and our garden from all four windows in the suite.

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

Room 2, the Cambridge

The Cambridge suite provides all the comforts and convenience to help make your stay for the 360th Harvard University Commencement, a memorable event. The Cambridge, in a quiet, rear location, overlooking the tree tops, has a breakfast alcove and provides a tranquil retreat with a king size bed for guests. This light and airy B&B suite contains American and Far East inspired decorations that take you on a world tour. Whether enjoying the views from the room or the pleasantries inside the room, the Cambridge Suite is a choice destination.

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

Room 3, the Scholar

A walk through the garden of Parkside Bed and Breakfast leads you to the private entrance of the Scholar suite which is located on the basement level of the B&B. This suite is warm, serene, and comfortably appointed with Chinese decorative accents and contemporary furniture. The Scholar’s south facing window provides the room with plentiful light and a garden view.

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

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Location Type

Airport, Downtown, Urban


Boston, MA (BOS-Logan Intl.) 4 miles

Directions to property:

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Area Attractions

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

Inn Details

Establishment type


On-site amenities

Fax Machine

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Fridge, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Private entrance, Radio, TV, Telephone, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Canoeing, Kayaking, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Tennis courts

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  • Check In:: 2:30pm
  • Check Out:: 11:30am
  • 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

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: 50% of Total Booking
  • Cancellations: Cancellations or a reduction of the nights booked if made 14 days or more in advance of the arrival date: A $30 service fee is charged. Cancellations or reductions if made less than 14 days in advance of the arrival date: The entire deposit is non-refundable unless the cancelled dates are refilled. In the event the dates are refilled, and to the proportion that they are refilled, the deposit will be returned minus a $30 service fee. Cancellations within 24 hours,in addition to the above, the first night is non-refundable. Cancellations or a reduction of the nights booked at times of Special Events, Commencements, Boston Marathon, Fall Foliage in September & October if made 30 days or more in advance of the arrival date: $100 service fee is charged. If the cancellations or reductions are made less than 30 days: The entire deposit is non-refundable unless the cancelled dates are refilled. In the event the dates are refilled, and to the proportion that they are refilled, the deposit will be returned minus a $100 service fee. See 24 hour above. *One night Cancellation: Payable in advance and non-refundable.



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