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Get an overview of this hotelRestored Cambridge Victorian firehouse adjoining MIT

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Gateway to Boston

Across from the Kendall Square transit station in Cambridge, The Kendall Hotel is ideal for exploring the Haymarket, Museum of Science, USS Constitution, and Boston Harbor, all less than 1 mile away.

Complimentary buffet

Formerly a Victorian firehouse in Cambridge, the hotel serves a complimentary breakfast buffet. The acclaimed Black Sheep Restaurant showcases organic and locally grown produce.

Quilts and Americana

Guestrooms at The Kendall Hotel feature Colonial-style quilts and antique reproductions. Modern touches include Ralph Lauren cotton sheets, complimentary wireless Internet access, and jacks for MP3 players.

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Hotel Amenities

Hotel Amenities

A member of Historic Hotels of America, this boutique hotel was formerly the Engine 7 Firehouse, the oldest building on Kendall Square, built in 1895. The “T” transit station, across the street, offer fast and easy access to downtown Boston's businesses and historic attractions. Firehouse memorabilia, antiques, original art, and handmade quilts pay tribute to the area's rich history.

Guests at The Kendall Hotel enjoy a complimentary breakfast buffet each morning. The Black Sheep Restaurant, serving lunch and dinner, was named in honor of the Engine 7 firefighters, who considered themselves “the black sheep” of the Cambridge Fire Department. The bar serves locally brewed beers and domestic wines.

The hotel hosts a wine hour from 5 PM-6 PM in its rooftop retreat, a solarium with views of the Boston skyline. Hotel guests have complimentary access to Fitcorp, a nearby health club open Monday - Saturday.

Limited self-parking is available in the hotel's garage and is currently priced at $35 per night - parking rates may change and cannot be guaranteed until check-in. Parking is available at the Ames Street Garage, located across from the hotel - please check into the hotel first to unload luggage and check-in.

  • 24-hour front desk 
  • Total number of rooms - 77 
  • Number of floors - 7 
  • Bar/lounge 
  • Business center 
  • Coffee/tea in common areas 
  • Coffee shop or café 
  • Free newspapers in lobby 
  • Free breakfast 
  • Concierge services 
  • Conference space 
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service 
  • Elevator/lift 
  • Fireplace in lobby 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Free wired high-speed Internet 
  • Meeting rooms 2 
  • Multilingual staff 
  • Parking (limited spaces) 
  • Restaurant 
  • Self parking (surcharge) 
  • Year Built 1895 
  • Free reception 
  • Smoke-free property 
  • Free use of nearby fitness center 


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi , Free wired high-speed Internet

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi , Free wired high-speed Internet


Self parking (surcharge), Parking (limited spaces)

Room Amenities

  • Premium bedding 
  • In-room climate control (air conditioning) 
  • Air conditioning 
  • Phone 
  • Free local calls 
  • Refrigerator 
  • Coffee/tea maker 
  • Daily housekeeping 
  • Designer toiletries 
  • Free toiletries 
  • Hair dryer 
  • Iron/ironing board 
  • Television 
  • Desk 
  • HDTV 
  • Rollaway/extra beds available 
  • Cribs/infant beds available 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Free wired high-speed Internet 
  • Cable TV service 
  • Rollaway/extra beds (surcharge) 

Where to Eat

The Kendall Hotel serves a daily complimentary Fireman's Full American Breakfast Buffet, including scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, and homemade granola and scones.

The Black Sheep Restaurant & Bar: Classic and innovative American home-style cooking. Focus on fresh organic and local ingredients. Menu may include Pan-Fried Red Snapper, Baked Scallops, Country-style Pork Ribs, Butternut Squash Ravioli. Named in honor of the “black sheep” firefighters of the Engine 7 Firehouse. Located in lobby of original firehouse building. Lunch, dinner weekdays. Light dinner Saturdays. Bar features local microbrews and domestic wines. Closed Sundays.

Nearby Things to Do

Guests enjoy complimentary access to a health club five blocks away. The club, open daily except Sunday, includes cardio machines, circuit-training equipment, a sauna, and locker rooms with showers, towel service, and toiletries.

The Charles River Esplanade, less than a mile from the hotel, offers miles of waterfront walking, running, and bicycling paths, along with views of sailboats and racing college crews. Tennis courts and picnic areas are located in parks along the Esplanade.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or near the hotel; fees may apply.

  • Golfing nearby 
  • Sailing nearby 
  • Scooter/moped rentals nearby 
  • Mountain biking nearby 
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby 


To make special requests for accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when you book your room.

  • Accessible bathroom 
  • Roll-in shower 
  • In-room accessibility 

Hotel Policies


Minimum check-in age is 21

Check-in time starts at 3 PM


Check-out time is 11 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! Children 11 years old and younger stay free when using existing bedding.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available for USD 25.00 per night.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are available.


  • Pets not allowed

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.

  • The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guestroom reservation.

Please note: Room rates are based on single or double occupancy and extra guests age 18 or older will be charged a USD15 extra person fee. No more than 4 people can occupy a room with two double beds. For more details, please contact the office using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.


You'll be asked to pay the following charges at the property:
  • Deposit: USD 100.00 per stay
The charges below are included in your overall room price:
  • Resort fee
The resort fee includes:
  • Breakfast
  • Nearby fitness center access
  • Business center/computer access
  • Internet access
  • Phone calls
We have included all charges provided to us by the property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.
  • Self parking fee: USD 40 per night (in/out privileges)
  • Late check-out fee: USD varies
  • Rollaway bed fee: USD 25.00 per night
The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

Hotel Name

We should mention

A resort fee is included in the total price displayed. Children 11 years old and younger stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding.

Awards & Affiliations

  • The property is a member of Historic Hotels of America.