Whitman House

17 Worcester Street , Cambridge, MA 02139 USA (Show map)


Enjoy Your Trip to Cambridge and Boston with Us! Rate Adjustments occur with Seasons, look at our website for a breakout, or explore availability to see the change. Don't worry we do the comparisons to ensure they are reasonable with everywhere else in the city and lower than the hotels. 15 minute walk from both Harvard and MIT, 3 minute walk to the local subway One stop to either Harvard or MIT and three stops to the Heart of Boston. We have been personally involved in community affairs for 26 years and glad to be your conduit to the cities of Boston and Cambridge. No Extra Taxes Free off street parking on site, Free wireless internet, Private bathrooms available, and a flexible breakfast schedule; This is a beautiful place that we wish you to enjoy, share and experience to its fullest as you conduct your stay. Please see our full site for the rest of the story Then be sure to Call Us Directly for any questions, comments, requests and bookings. Thank you and Enjoy!



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  • Guest room4.5
  • Service4.6
  • Value4.5
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Onsite Dining4.2

A quiet bolt hole in an ideal location

4.2 on July 27, 2017

Excellent accommodation in Cambridge, Boston within walking distance of both Harvard and MIT. The Gold Room was excellent - spacious, quiet and with a very good en suite bathroom. The whole house had inbuilt air conditioning. Breakfast was a 'help yourself' affair but more than adequate with numerous cereals, breads, jams/honey etc and fresh fruit. Tea and coffee was available throughout the day. David was a excellent host. Very knowledgeable and helpful. Also, it was a pleasure to chat to both him and other guests in the house during the evening and at breakfast.

close and calm

4.0 on September 28, 2016

Kind but no intrusive people, walkable to the University

Nice and close

4.0 on September 18, 2016

It was a very good selection for me to go to conferences at Harvard. It is cheap, confortable and walkable to the campus.

Fantastic Experience!

5 on September 16, 2015

We had an absolutely wonderful experience staying with Robert and David at the Whitman House . The home is clean and updated. It is refreshingly decorated with very modern but minimalist decor. We thoroughly enjoyed the conversations with both Robert and David , we honestly felt like we were in our own home right from the start. The location was perfect just a few blocks from the redline and tons of restaurants and shopping within close proximity. The breakfast every morning was great ! There was really a wide variety and everything was always so fresh. I also particularly enjoyed having access to a full kitchen and refrigerator as well. This was so much better than staying in a chain hotel !! Will definitely be back :)

Whitman House

3.8 on September 02, 2015

Very nice and good location in Cambridge

Very comfortable stay at the Whitman House.

4.4 on May 28, 2015

Highly recommended. David and Robert are gracious hosts.

Quintessential Cambridge

5 on October 28, 2014

Location, location, location! Whitman House Inn is in the heart of vibrant history sandwiched between Harvard U. and MIT. The neighborhood is a quaint and eclectic area that crosses between bohemian and intellectual. Dining venues within walking distance are superb - especially Craigie on Main and The Cellar. The hosts are kind, fun, intelligent and a wealth of knowledge, stories and humor. The breakfast was plentiful, delicious and was quite the variety. The home itself is understated, yet refined. It was minimalist, yet appointed with nice luxuries. I hope to come back time and time again!

Amazing stay!

5 on September 13, 2014

I ended up at Whitman House because my airbnb was cancelled and it turned out to be an incredible stay!!! I am really happy of this last minute change. The rooms are really cosy, Robert and David friendly and welcoming, and the area is convenient.

Best B&B in Boston/Cambridge

5 on July 22, 2014

Spent 4 days in May, 2014. Excellent location. Close to subway and local dining. Robert & David are excellant inn keepers. We rented the whole B&B for attending a wedding. Parking was included with the room. Much better than staying in any nearby hotel. The innkeepers let us host a small reception after the ceremony and before the formal reception. Had great conversations and talked about many social issues. Look forward to them coming out to California so we can meet up with them. All the rooms are as pictured. Great accommedations. Many breakfast items layed out so that we could eat at our leisure.

Great place to stay in Boston

5 on April 13, 2014

Would definitely stay here again. We loved our hosts and the bed in our room was very comfortable.

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Rooms & Rates

Green Room

The Green Room is on the second floor with a king sized memory foam mattress and granite topped counter top desk. The room has a custom made headboard, cable TV with dvd, wireless internet (as throughout the house), and shared bathroom just across the hall with glass fronted jacuzzi tub that is shared with the room right next to it.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Beds 1 King

Blue Room

This room contains a queen sized bed, plenty of room for storing clothing, flatscreen television with cable, wireless internet, alarm clock, and a private dedicated bathroom that is just downt he hall. The statue in the room is a repro from the Boston Museum of Fine Arts collection, and there are unique South African postcards on the wall. It is a sunny, friendly, large room you will find quiet, comfortable and you have the ability to change its temperature from zoned central heating and AC at any time. You can also relax in an original Ames chair if you desire.

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

Gold Room

The gold room is our master suite located on the second floor away from the fuss of the open kitchen and fire warmed living area hosting a private bath in the room, king sized memory foam mattress, flat screen tv with premium cable and dvd player, and plenty of privacy.

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

Red Room

The Red Room is on the second floor, it has a queen sized bed and granite counter topped side tables and desk built into the room. There is a flat screen TV with cable/DVD, and a large closet for storage in the room. The Red Room shares a bathroom with the Green Room which is right next door. The bathroom is just across the hall with a glass fronted shower and jacuzzi tub.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 Queen

Overflow Room

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

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Location Type

Harvard and MIT, Airport, City, Downtown


Boston, MA (BOS-Logan Intl.) 3 miles

Directions to property:

15 minutes walking distance to Harvard Square, five minutes to M.I.T., ten minutes by subway to downtown Boston, 20 minutes by foot to the Hynes Auditorium-- close to everything!

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Beach, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, Harvard and MIT, The Freedom Trail and Duck Tour, Museums of Science, Art, Natural History, 30 Minutes to Walden Pond, DeCordova Sculpture Park, Gerhy, Steven Holl, and Machado buildings, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Zoo

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Private Home Bed and Breakfast, Bed and Breakfast, Urban Inn, Historic Inn, Homestay

On-site amenities

BBQ grill, Computer, Copier, Desk, Fax Machine, Fireplace, Library, Piano, Telephone, Videos, Washer/dryer, Wedding Facilities , Noon Check-Out with option to store luggage, Large DVD Library, Chargeable Charlie Cards, Free On site Off Street Parking, Wireless Internet

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Board games, CD player, DVD Player, Hairdryer, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Microwave, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

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  • Check In:: 3:00pm
  • Check Out:: 12:00pm
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 3 days
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: inquire with innkeeper
  • Cancellations: 7 day prior notice required in winter, 30 day prior notice remainder of year. Winter is December, Jan, Feb. Special events all of May first Week of June, Boston Marathon no cancellations accepted.
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David & Robert

Languages spoken

Greek, English, French

About the innkeepers

David is a mathematician who founded two nonprofits one in India the other which worked in Malawi. He founded searchforacure.org. He is well-traveled, and enjoys culture, local history. Feel free to ask about local history... as a former Northeastern professor, he has many interesting stories! David's partner Robert is a Harvard scholar and architect. Feel free to chat with them... they love people!

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Continental Plus

  • Time Served: flexible
  • Serving Location: Luna Cafe close by, Breakfast/dining area

Signature Dish

chicken a la marsala

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