The Mary Prentiss Inn

6 Prentiss Street , Cambridge, 02140 USA (Show map)
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Experience our historic town by staying in a house whose family was part of early 17th century Cambridge history. Over 150 years ago The Mary Prentiss Inn was a county estate. Built in neoclassic Greak Revival style with monumental pilasters-a full front porch adorned with fluted columns & Ionic capitals. Today it is set in an urban landscape with renowned universities, museums, theaters, bookstores, shops and resturants just footsteps away. Relax in casual elegance. The Inn's 20 rooms, all with private bath, feature four-poster and cannonball beds. Each room is unique with a variety of amenities-exposed beams, pine floors, shutters, wallpaper, and furnished with one of a kind antiques. Many rooms have recently been refurbished and some feature working fireplaces and large soaking jacuzzi tubs.



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  • Guest room4.1
  • Service4.3
  • Value4.3
  • Cleanliness4.3
  • Onsite Dining4.2

Lovely, Historic B&B - Mary Prentiss Inn, Cambridge, MA

4.8 on January 03, 2017

We were looking for a place to stay close to my daughter's apartment (about 4 blocks away). I had wanted to book this Inn on an earlier visit and I am so glad I did this time. The Inn is beautiful, each room has its own charm, with antique furniture. I asked for a room on the first floor and the staff was very accommodating; we stayed in the Longfellow room. The breakfast room was lovely. Fireplace, a little sun porch with a Christmas tree. Breakfast was very special -- freshly prepared and each day something different: blueberry pancakes with bacon, french toast with bacon, mushroom omelet with sausage. There were also hot & cold cereal, yogurt. An afternoon tea (tea, coffee, hot chocolate) with baked goodies. Location is very convenient Between Harvard and Porter Squares). Off the street parking was also a plus. We parked our car and walked everywhere. Just a lovely place and a wonderful experience. Definitely plan to stay at the Mary Prentiss Inn again. It was quiet and comfortable. There are also a number of restaurants within walking distance (2 or 3 blocks). Great place. Maryann Chach.

MP Stay

5 on January 02, 2016

Great value for downtown Cambridge/Boston.

Perfect Cambridge lodging

5 on December 01, 2014

This is one of those rare finds that you both want to tell everyone about AND want keep as your own precious secret. Location is terrific. Rooms have all the amenities of a major hotel, but are cozy and have character. We felt like we were in a friend's well appointed guest suite. Having spent the previous weekend at a well known Vermont resort, I could not stop gushing about how much better this little spot was--across the board-- and that's not even mentioning what a better value! Free tea and coffee, as well as the generous and delicious homemade breakfast were the perfect cap to a perfect stay. We will definitely be back!

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for taking the time to review our property and for the wonderful comments. We look forward to your return!

- Lisa G. (innkeeper)

Delightful Stay!

5 on October 20, 2014

The laid back welcome, great breakfasts, yummy tea time treats, lovely room and easy access to public transportation made my visit to Boston easy and fun.

Cambridge at its best

5 on January 24, 2014

We spent 3 wonderful days in the Longfellow room. It felt like we were visiting a family friend or relative. We might even have felt Henry's presence. Jean and Doug

Thanks for a wonderful stay!

4.4 on March 14, 2013

We had a wonderful experience! The staff was exceptional and helped out whenever we had questions or needs!


4.6 on February 08, 2013

The hotel was well situated for our Boston trip. The staff were friendly, and helpfull. Our room was clean and spacious. A perfect stay from beginning to end. We will never stay anywhere else.

Enjoyed our one nice stay

5 on July 17, 2012

great room with separate entrance. Nice having parking available. Great location for visiting our son, daughter-in-law and new gradson. Staff was very helpful.


5 on November 15, 2011

Everything was quite wonderful for our recent stay. The rooms were spacious and the food delicious. The only drawback is that a guest checked out quite early (4 a.m. or so) and slammed the door quite hard and woke us up! That was not the fault of the Inn, but rather a guest who doesn't know his own strength. I would definitely recommend this B & B!

Georgians visit Harvard

4.6 on August 29, 2010

Though our room was a bit small, the garden terrace and quaint dining rooms extended our space nicely. The walk to Harvard Square to see our son was easy; the location is great!

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Rooms & Rates


All suites have private full bath with shower and tub. All suites have either a queen or king bed. Check in time is 3:00 pm and Check out time is 11:00 am.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Standard Queen

Queen bed with private bathroom.

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

Check Dates


Location Type



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

Directions to property:

From the west: I-90 East (Mass Pike) to exit 18 Brighton/Cambridge. Cross Bridge left onto Memorial Drive to JFK st. Turn right, go through Harvard Sq.,bear left on to Massachusetts Ave. 1/2 mile turn right on Garfield St. (Gulf Station), left on Oxford St., Left on Prentiss St. to #6.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, Night life, Fenway Park, Hynes Convention Center, Downtown Boston, Harvard University, Lesley University, Tuft's University, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Tours

Inn Details

Establishment type


On-site amenities

Board games, Computer, Copier, Fax Machine, Parking, Secretarial services, Wi-Fi , Tea Time with Freshly Baked Cookies, Complimentary Parking, Return Guest Gifts and Upgrades, Complimentary Wireless Internet Access

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Ceiling fans, Desk, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Microwave, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Wet bar, Wired internet

Check Dates


  • Check In:: 3:00 pm
  • Check Out:: 11:00 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No We have a $250.00 smoking fee
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Yes All children are welcome, 1 portable crib available & cots
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Yes

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Two night minimum on some weekends three nights on some graduations
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Mastercard, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: One night room rate required to guarentee reservation.
  • Cancellations: If you need to cancel for any reason we must receive your cancellation at least 14 days prior to your scheduled arrival date in order to receive a refund of your deposit. Cancellation less that 14 days prior to your arrival will result in a forfeit of your one night deposit. Specific room requests can not be guaranteed but every effort will be made to honor them. There are occasions when guests have to be moved so please be understanding.



Lisa Gartland and Jennifer Fandetti, innkeepers

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Check Dates



Full Gourmet & Deluxe Continental

  • Time Served: 7:30AM - 10:00AM
  • Serving Location: Outside on our private deck (weather permiting), Breakfast/dining area