Irving House At Harvard

24 Irving Street , Cambridge, MA 02138 USA (Show map)


Since 1945 Irving House has been serving the traveling public. Many guests come to study at one of several universities, or tour the historic areas around the campuses. Irving House provides simple, convenient accommodations for short or long term stays. Located within easy walking distance of Harvard University's main campus, and not far from MIT, Tufts, and Boston University, Irving House is also close to many fine theaters, bookstores and a wonderful variety of restaurants with easy access to downtown Boston.




Write A Review
  • Guest room4.1
  • Service4.5
  • Value4.4
  • Cleanliness4.5
  • Onsite Dining4.0

Beautiful B&B at Harvard!!

5 on April 09, 2015

Outstanding service, Out of this world breakfast... We will be back again!!

Great place

4.6 on December 14, 2013

Great place, great value, good location, nice people. I'd definitely stay here again!

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for this kind review! We are very pleased to hear when we are doing right by our guests! I will share this (as I do all reviews--) with my staff to let them know of their good work.. We look forward to seeing you again on your next visit to Our Fair City!

- Rachael Solem (innkeeper)

Another good stay at Irving House

3.4 on July 25, 2013

I am an infrequent visitor to Harvard but have stayed as Irving House perhaps six or eight times in the last ten years. I like the place. Rather a strange building but it suits my needs, walking distance to Harvard Suuare, Harvard Yard etc.

Shared Bath Gets You a Good Deal

4.0 on February 08, 2013

Exceeded expectations in almost every way. Food was very decent; condition of the rooms was good; staff was pleasant; location was great. Accepting a shared bath got my price down and it wasn't an inconvenience. In almost every way I enjoyed my stay and it's well located for all things Harvard. The only down side was their public computer, an antiquated Mac which took forever to print my boarding pass. Regardless, this place is easily recommended!

Just what I was looking for

4.4 on December 21, 2012

For Cambridge they are distinguished because this is a quiet location with parking included, a good continental breakfast, all at a reasonable price.

Can't Beat the Location

4.0 on July 20, 2012

We were visiting our daughter, who is at Harvard for the summer, and couldn't have asked for a nicer place or a better location. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful, the rooms were clean, and we were able to walk everwhere. We looked at the area hotels, but they were more expensive, charge for parking, don't include breakfast, and aren't nearly as convenient. The Irving House was the perfect choice. We would definitely stay there again.

Highly reccomended

4.4 on January 20, 2011

Bed a bit uncomfortable but everything else about the property was great. Excellent value right next to Harvard!

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for your overall kind review. I would love to know which room you stayed in. In the week just before your visit we made a mattress order to replace about 1/4 of our beds. Perhaps your 'uncomfortable bed' was one of those! I hope so! We hope to see you again some time when your travels bring you back to Our Fair City.

- Rachael Solem (innkeeper)

Very cute and comfortable

3.8 on December 28, 2010

Warm, quiet and comfortable rooms, very friendly atmosphere and nice breakfast

clean, convenient, affordable

3.8 on December 21, 2010

I planned a research trip to Harvard's Schlesinger Library on pretty short notice, and was expecting either to pay a small fortune to stay within walking distance of the library, OR to stay farther away and spend a long time in transit. Irving House was a lovely and pleasant surprise! My room was small, and there aren't any typical hotel accoutrements (like a television or ironing board), but if you just need a place to sleep and refuel in the morning, and want to be within walking distance of everything Harvard Square/central Cambridge have to offer, Irving House is perfect!

high recommendation

4.4 on September 24, 2010

Nice location in the city, really cozy.

View More Reviews

Rooms & Rates

Private bath, queen bed

Our standard room, there are some on each of our four floors. The top floors are quieter. Fourth floor rooms have skylights. All private baths have televisions.

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

Nightly Rate: $125 - $280

Single bed, shared bath

A simple little room for a single traveler, still has books, a desk, and all the general amenities of our house.

  • Maximum Capacity: 1
  • Beds 1 Twin

Nightly Rate: $75 - $165

Double, private bath

Our economical room with bath. Smaller room, smaller tv, full instead of queen bed. Same price for one or two. Cozy, bright--

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

Nightly Rate: $105 - $275

Family room

Queen bed and trundle beds, a privacy screen if you wish to use it. We also provide cribs.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 2 Twin

Nightly Rate: $155 - $345

Visit Website


Location Type

Harvard Yard, MIT, City


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

Directions to property:

On foot from Harvard Square, across Harvard Yard right on Cambridge Street, left on Irving. #24 is first house on right

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Ocean, Harvard University, MIT, Harvard Square, Tufts University, Fenway Park, Performing Theater, Religious Services, River, Zoo

Visit Website

Inn Details

Establishment type

Urban Inn

On-site amenities

Board games, Computer, Conference Rooms, Fax Machine, Washer/dryer , post cards to send anywhere in the world, free, books to take away

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Desk, Hairdryer, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Library, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bird watching, Golfing, Festivals, Historic tours, Shopping, Theatres, Museums, Academe, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Tennis courts

Visit Website


  • Check In:: 3 pm
  • Check Out:: 11 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No Outdoors only
  • Drinking Allowed: No
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Yes Cribs available request when reserving, please!
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No Seeing eye dogs only
  • Disabled Access Yes

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: First night's stay in full. For Groups, 50% of total.
  • Cancellations: 24 hours prior to arrival without penalty. Group reservations, two weeks prior to arrival, no penalty. Must get cancellation number.
Visit Website



Rachael Solem

Languages spoken

Bulgarian, Russian, Hindi, English, French, Italian, Spanish

Resident Pets

Visit Website



Continental +

  • Time Served: 7-10 am
  • Serving Location: Front porches, Breakfast/dining area

Visit Website