Harding House

288 Harvard Street , Cambridge, MA 02139 USA (Show map)


Minutes from Harvard, MIT and downtown Boston, we are known for our warm, welcoming atmosphere and our impeccable hospitality. Enjoy modern amenities in our updated 1860s Victorian home. Savor hearty and delicious breakfasts, relax in our cozy, clean and comfortable rooms, and view rotating art exhibits in our parlor. You'll see why National Geographic Traveler calls us a "Charming, spacious and bright place in a great neighborhood, filled with nice people."




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  • Guest room4.4
  • Service4.7
  • Value4.4
  • Cleanliness4.6
  • Onsite Dining4.3

Nice B&B; Excellent staff

4.2 on October 26, 2015

Nice B&B: rooms and bathrooms very clean, rooms decent size, excellent staff and innkeeper, okay breakfast (not great, but not that important to me). Will definitely stay again and recommend highly.

Happy at the Harding House

3.4 on September 12, 2014

We stayed at the Harding House for our first visit to the Boston area and were very pleased with our stay. For us, the location was a big selling point - we parked our car when we arrived and never touched it again until we left 2 days later. We walked to Fenway, walked to all major tourist attractions, and were always close enough to return home for some rest and be willing to head back out for dinner or more adventure. The staff was helpful in printing walking maps when we needed them or answering other questions that we had. The room did not feel small at all - we were in a deluxe queen and felt plenty happy with its size. Breakfast was a very nice layout and with good hours - even an option to get it to go on your last day if you leave early in the morning, which was yet another service we took advantage of. Overall we were very happy at the Harding House and would absolutely return there on our next visit.

Mediocre B & B

3.0 on April 17, 2013

Room was average, nothing special, clean and small. Front desk was friendly and accommodating. Sitting room and dining room were just....rooms. Buffet breakfast was average fare. There were no afternoon food offerings except on Thursdays. Location is very good, walkable to most points of interest.

Recent stay at Harding House

3.8 on November 29, 2012

Nice place, nice service, good experience. Second stay and would definitely stay again.

1st time to Harding House

5 on June 06, 2012

Such nice, hospitable people working there. Convenient to MIT, Harvard and downtown Boston. Highly recommend!

The Best

5 on March 31, 2012

Our stay was outstanding. The room was perfect, breakfast was great with lots of choices. This was our first trip to Boston and the staff offered great dining suggestions, maps of the area, and directions. Will certainly stay at the Harding House our next trip.

Convenient, clean, comfortable

4.0 on March 14, 2012

Enjoyed our stay at the Harding Inn. Easy access and comfortable. Would come again.

Worth going back to.

4.4 on July 19, 2011

Harding house was very nice, and I will definitely consider staying there again next time I'm in town. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The location is nice, the neighborhood quiet, and it's a 10-20 minute walk to almost anywhere in Cambridge (MIT, Harvard, Central Sq). The room was small-ish, as you'd expect from a house this era, but it served my needs just fine. Everything was clean and comfortable.

June 2011

4.4 on June 12, 2011

My 1st time staying at a bed and breakfast I enjoyed it much more than a hotel. The staff was helpful and friendly. And the house was very clean.

Harding House - April 2011

4.0 on April 19, 2011

Stayed for a few nights in April '11. Excellent experience, location is not too far from Harvard Square and close to MIT. Great service, tasty breakfast, and probably roomier than a chain hotel. Definitely recommended.

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Rooms & Rates

Deluxe Queen Room

Our friendly staff invites you to enjoy spacious modern accommodations in our classic Victorian home. All rooms available for online reservations have hardwood floors, one queen sized bed, a private bath, individual thermostat, cable, and free local telephone calls. A hearty continental breakfast with daily specialty entree, and wireless internet. Free parking is available on a first come, first served basis. Check in time is 3:00 pm and Check out time is 11:00 am. Please call to inquire about rooms with shared bath, rooms with multiple beds, or our single occupancy rate.

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

Nightly Rate: $100 - $350

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Location Type

River side (Charles River), Harvard University, M.I.T., Airport, Urban


Boston, MA (BOS-Logan Intl.) 5 miles

Directions to property:

From the Central Square station of the Red Line Subway, start walking on Mass Ave toward Harvard Square. Turn right onto Bigelow St. At Harvard St turn left. Harding House is on the left, at the corner of Clinton St.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Beach, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Night life, Ocean, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Performing Theater, Religious Services, River, Sports venue, Tours, University

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Inn Details

Establishment type


On-site amenities

Computer, Fax Machine, Fridge, Microwave, Parking, Walk to mass transit, Wheelchair access, Wired internet

Room amenities

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

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  • Check In:: 3:00 pm
  • Check Out:: 11:00 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No According to city regulations, no indoor smoking is allowed
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Yes
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Yes

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Cancellations: There is a penalty of one night stay plus tax for cancellations made after 9am the day before arrival
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Briana Pearson

Languages spoken

English, Spanish

Resident Pets

About the innkeepers

This is a family business for us so I grew up in it. Having lived in Cambridge since I was 11 and the Boston area my whole life, I love sharing it with interested travelers. There is so much to do and so much history here that whether you are traveling for studies or for pleasure you will find day of activities.

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Continental Plus

  • Time Served: 7 - 10
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area

Special meal options

Call us to request

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