A Room at the Top

51 Avon Hill Street , Cambridge, MA 02140 USA (Show map)


Bright and spacious room at the top of a 3-story home in an historic conservation area convenient to tranportation, restaurants, shops and Harvard Square.

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Innkeepers: Joan Friebely



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  • Guest room4.2
  • Service4.3
  • Value4.0
  • Cleanliness4.1
  • Onsite Dining3.8

We will stay there again!

4.6 on August 15, 2015

We (Two Females) have stayed 3 weeks in July 2015 with no problems! The decent comfortable room with air-conditionner is located in a quiet and safe neighborhood, 7-minute walk from Porter Square (subway station). Laundry (The Laundry Room Etc.) is 7-minute walk, too. Joan and Elliot are awesome, accommodate your needs like breakfast and help you like Boston sightseeing. Small Fridge in the room is good fit for us. The wireless Internet was setting up. We would stay there again when we visit in Boston.

Very convenient to Cambridge attractions.

3.0 on October 27, 2014

Quiet place; the room is decent. Bed is comfortable but quite small for two people; fine for a single traveller. The best thing about staying here is the short walk to both Harvard and Porter Squares. There are red line stops at both. The TV is the size of a computer monitor and not too watchable. A nice, 32", flatscreen HDTV can be purchased today for $199, just a little more than the price of a traveller's one night stay.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for your comments about how your satisfaction with your stay at A Room at the Top might have been better. We are very sorry it did not meet your expectations. We always appreciate learning what guests would like, and especially as soon as possible so that we can do whatever we can while they are still here.

- Joan Friebely (innkeeper)


4.4 on November 24, 2011

Great room. Extremely friendly and polite hosts! Absolutely 100% recommended

would stay there again!

4.2 on August 12, 2010

Large and comfortable room with air-conditionner! (very appreciated). Located in a quiet neighborhood, 10-minute walk from Porter Square (subway station), and about 20-minute walk from Harvard. Downtown Boston is a 25-minute subway ride. Joan and Elliot are very nice and try hard to accomodate your needs. Fridge in the room is a good idea. I would stay there again if I have to return to Boston.

a quiet haven in Cambridge

4.4 on June 21, 2010

I've stayed here twice now while working at the smithsonian astrophysical observatory and have really enjoyed it. It's in a quiet residential neighborhood, a short walk from the Porter Square T station (Red Line) and walking distance to Harvard Square. There are good restaurants, an excellent bakery, coffeehouses and convenience stores close nearby. The room is a large suite on the third floor (separate entrance, somewhat steep steps up), and is bright and clean, with large windows, skylights, a fireplace, and a private balcony overlooking trees and gardens. It is very quiet, private and cozy- perfect for a quiet stay for one or two people. There is good, free internet service, and the room has a tv and a fascinating book collection. The owners are very friendly and check in daily, but you are mostly left to your own. An excellent breakfast of fruit, yogurt and a generous array of fresh gourmet breads and sweet pastries arrives on a tray every morning; there are coffee and tea facilities in the room and a small fridge supplies milk, juice, butter and jams. I cannot imagine a more comfortable, peaceful and home-like place to come to after a busy day working or exploring the Cambridge and Boston area.

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4.8 on January 06, 2009

This is a beautiful home in a quiet residential neighborhood. When my husband and I arrived at the inn, we were greeted cordially by Joan. She was very kind and asked us if she could make any special accomodations for breakfast; we said no and were surprised with a nice spread of fruit and muffins the next morning! I highly recommend this B&B, great value for its location, beauty and privacy! Thanks Joan and Elliott!

Cambridge, MA

3.4 on November 21, 2008

I was pleasantly surprised when they were willing to work with some of the logistics of my stay. I was truly grateful for that. I opted for no breakfast so cannot comment on the "dining" experience and service. The room was huge and there was a tv with cable available with basic channels. It was so close to everything, definitely within walking distance and the public transportation was very easy, so no car rentals were needed. You need to climb a flight of three stairs, so keep that in mind if that sort of thing is a hindrace. I never saw the owners and everything was very private. Would stay here again just for the value comparitively to what else is available.

Ideal for 2 people who like to discover Cambridge

4.0 on September 23, 2008

Very quiet and relaxing location (no traffic), nice neighborhood, 4 minutes walking distance from subway "T" red line. Nice view from the balcony. The bathroom was clean. What we liked most was the kindness of the innkeepers they asked us every time if everything is ok and if when wanted something special for breakfast. You got to make coffee and tea by yourself. There's a little fridge and lots of books. The TV is small. One night we weren't able to open the door of our independent entrance; we woke them up and smiling they solved the problem in 2 minutes

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4.4 on August 04, 2008

While searching for the famous white squirrels of the Brevard we stayed at the Inn at Brevard - recommended by the locals. A truly delightful stay in a beautiful location.


3.6 on July 27, 2008

THis is a cute place for 1 person to stay a night or two. The breakfast is very minimal though so FYI. The towels were not fresh- smelled mildewy. Its got a small cute little balcony & the bed was comfortable. It had a tiny old fashioned t.v. with basic cable if that is important to you. The owner was very nice, but they dont take credit or debit cards.

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Rooms & Rates

A Room at the Top

The beauty of the outdoors meets the comfort of the indoors in the 16' by 25' space with windows all across the front, large skylights in the cathedral ceiling, and French doors to a private balcony in the trees. The entrance is separate from the main house. There is a queen-size bed; full bookshelves, several chairs and sofas invite work or lounging. The quiet house and historic conservation neighborhood are a few minutes' walk from restaurants, shops, transportation, Harvard Square. The room has a small fridge, microwave and coffee pot.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $115 - $145

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Location Type



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

Directions to property:

From Harvard Square, go North to Porter Square. Turn left on Upland Road. Go 4 blocks to left on Avon Hill Street. The 10th house on the right is #51. Other detailed directions are available by phone or email.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Beach, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, Nature area, Night life, Performing Theater, Religious Services, River, University

Inn Details

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On-site amenities

, Private balcony

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Library, Microwave, Parking, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Wired internet

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  • Check In:: 2 pm
  • Check Out:: 11 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No Smoking is not allowed.
  • 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: The minimum stay is 2 nights
  • Accepted payments Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: A deposit for one night will be applied toward the last night of the stay; for reservations over 1 week, 2 nights deposit is requested.
  • Cancellations: Deposit will be returned on 2 weeks cancellation notice; otherwise, only if the space is filled. There is a $25 cancellation fee.



Joan Friebely

Languages spoken

English, French

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  • Time Served: After 7:00 AM
  • Serving Location: Guest room