We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

A Friendly Inn at Harvard Square

Booking.comUS$ 214*
View Deal
04/06/2017 05/06/2017
1 room 2 adults 0 children
Lock in the lowest price from our partners
View Deal
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 1 more site!
Professional photos
A Friendly Inn at Harvard Square
View Map
{"widget":{"name":"ibex_photo_carousel","moduleList":["handlers"],"template":"ibex_photo_carousel__widget","dust":{"nav_controls":"ibex_photo_carousel__nav_controls"},"divClasses":"prw_rup prw_ibex_photo_carousel","js":{"handlers":"(ta.prwidgets.getjs(this,'handlers'))"}},"containerClass":null,"scriptFlags":null}
Add Photo Write a Review
Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / Payback Arrow

102 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 95: English reviews
Start your review of A Friendly Inn at Harvard Square
 Click to rate
Reviewed 18 April 2017

I've stayed in a lot of hotels, budget and super luxury, and honestly, have never had such rude front desk staff. The night man could barely be bothered to open the door, then was what I can only describe as surly. The morning woman was obnoxious and offensive. Quite surprising, not to mention disappointing - especially since I'd had high...

Thank Emerson N
Beacon, New York
Reviewed 17 October 2016

If you are looking just for a clean, quiet place to spend a night or two, this is a good value considering the location. It's a cute building in a nice neighborhood but could really use a couple of upgrades. Our bed was so creaky, it was still making noise after we got out of it! The wifi didn't work...

Thank Jennifer M
Reviewed 20 September 2016

Very clean, confortable beddings, very very close walking to the harvard square. Some improvments have to be set : water heat is irregular during showering, breakfast is just almost none and no fresh items or almost none, bananas at most. Wifi broke down 2 days, they should reparait their system and also when a customer has several little complaints like...

Thank belphegore
Reviewed 11 August 2016

The location is great with easy access to metro into downtown Boston. The rooms were clean and quiet. Breakfast was continental. The staff were nice and professional. It was a good deal considering the proximity to both Harvard and downtown Boston.

Thank HannajoyM
Reviewed 12 July 2016

The location is its best value if you have Harvard business. The quaint room and bathroom were on the small side, but if you consider that this used to be a women's dorm ages ago, it makes sense. Everything was clean and made up daily. The service, hmm, depends on the person you get. The first desk clerk I met...

1Thank pagoda_seattle
Reviewed 2 July 2016

Great location, nice room. AC unit was a window unit, it was cool enough to open the windows. Breakfast is limited. The Inn was predominantly empty so we had no trouble with parking or sitting for breakfast. The location is great. Easy walk to Harvard and/or the Harvard station of the T.

Thank Scott C
Jonesville, Virginia
Reviewed 7 June 2016

We wanted a place to stay that allowed us to be car free, walking to the Harvard campus. This bed and breakfast is close. There are three floors with at least five guest rooms per floor. When we came for our first breakfast, we found three tiny tables, seating a total of eight people! We got our food, returned to...

1Thank AnnMarie M
Hartford, Connecticut
Reviewed 25 May 2016

The review is based my one-night stay at A Friendly Inn on May. I was at Harvard for a conference. The stay was booked and paid directly by the university (about $250). The Inn is a lousy and depression place. Despite its prime location, some of minimal functions as an acceptable lodging are lacking. There does not seem to have...

3Thank Lan-Hsuan H
Reviewed 19 May 2016

This quaint B&B is within walking distance to Harvard campus and the T. Despite it's being located on a rather busy street the room was quiet and conducive to rest. Like a typical B&B the bathroom was small (but clean). I stayed in May on a warm day and could not find a way to adjust the temp in the...

Thank PeveStinson
Norwich, United Kingdom
Reviewed 27 April 2016

For staying somewhere this close to Harvard, this place is a good deal because everything else around it is vastly over-priced. Friendly Inn is not always friendly - some of the staff are nice, while others were pretty rude (and I am not someone who is very demanding or difficult). The rooms are comfortable enough, but nothing special. It's a...

Thank KBY23

4 photos of this hotel

Traveller photos: See what travellers like you saw

All Traveller Photos (4)
Room/Suite (1)
Hotel & Grounds (3)
04/06/2017 05/06/2017
Hotels you might also like...
Travellers also viewed these Cambridge hotels
1.0 km away
Charles Hotel
Charles Hotel
#3 of 20 in Cambridge
1,537 reviews
0.5 km away
Hotel Veritas
Hotel Veritas
#5 of 20 in Cambridge
490 reviews
1.0 km away
Harvard Square Hotel
Harvard Square Hotel
#12 of 20 in Cambridge
717 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
1.0 km away
Sheraton Commander Hotel
Sheraton Commander Hotel
#8 of 20 in Cambridge
198 reviews
1.7 km away
Porter Square Hotel
Porter Square Hotel
#18 of 20 in Cambridge
40 reviews
2.4 km away
Kendall Hotel
Kendall Hotel
#1 of 20 in Cambridge
920 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices


  • Breakfast included
  • Free Parking
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
About the property
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
Room types
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
In your room
  • Air Conditioning
  • Free Internet
  • Public Wifi
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Breakfast included
  • Free Parking

Additional Information about A Friendly Inn at Harvard Square

Address: 1673 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02138-4316
Region: United States > Massachusetts > Cambridge
Price Range: ₹ 12,273 - ₹ 14,534 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — A Friendly Inn at Harvard Square 3*
Number of rooms: 17
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, Priceline, TripOnline SA and HotelsClick so you can book your A Friendly Inn at Harvard Square reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
a Friendly Inn At Harvard Square Hotel Cambridge
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what travellers have asked, with answers from A Friendly Inn at Harvard Square staff and other travellers.
2 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (2)

Questions? Get answers from A Friendly Inn at Harvard Square staff and past guests.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Can tickets for local attractions be purchased at the front desk?
  • Do you have to pay extra for a mini-fridge?
  • At what time does the pool open each day?

See which rooms travellers prefer

“not in front , try to choose backwards for bus stops on cambridge street”
belphegore, 20 Sep 2016 | Read review
“First floor had noise from close neighbors outside the open window.”
66annmariem, 7 Jun 2016 | Read review
“The bay window rooms at the front are larger and have larger bathrooms (although no dresser).”
Havanistim, 14 Apr 2016 | Read review
“Its a quirky hotel with many corridors and stairs, difficult to suggest a room , ours was fine it was overlooking the main road and not noisy at all.”
smallsy28, 6 Nov 2014 | Read review
“No elevators.”
621WilliamS, 23 Aug 2014 | Read review
5 of 5
US$ 214* /night
View Deal
TripAdvisorUS$ 214
PricelineUS$ 214
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Change dates