Cambridge, MA

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Cambridge which includes street scenes and a city
Home to two of the most prestigious universities in the U.S., Cambridge has a distinguished feel, with fine dining, museums and riverside strolls among its charms.

Tour the grounds of Harvard and admire the elegant buildings in which some of America’s finest minds have been nurtured. Visit museums and galleries within the grounds, before making your way to the contrasting Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where cutting-edge architecture houses students that are shaping the future. Cruises down the River Charles, numerous boutique stores and a culinary culture to rival some of the finest cities in the country will keep you busy for the rest of your stay.

Cambridge was founded in 1630 and is the fifth-largest city in Massachusetts. It’s known as the “City of Squares” because of the way town planners designed the town around an easily navigable network of plazas.

Take a tour of the Harvard grounds and learn about the many famous alumni who have studied here, including President Barack Obama and poet T.S. Eliot. Conduct some learning of your own and stop in at the Harvard Museum of Natural History where over 12,000 specimens are on display. Art fans should head to the Harvard Museum of Art, which is made up of three distinct sections focusing on Western, Germanic and Asian art.

Visit MIT for the architecture alone, with the stunning Stata Center and Simmons Hall among the highlights. Don’t miss the MIT museum, which focuses on exhibits that showcase scientific, artistic and technology innovations in the modern era.

Stroll beside the Charles River, which boasts hundred of acres of nature reserve on each of its banks. Take a visit to Mount Auburn Cemetery, the first landscaped cemetery in the United States. It’s also notable for being the burial place of the poet Henry Longfellow. Visit Longfellow House in the town to find out more about this literary great.

Cambridge is well served by public transport, with a good network of trains and public buses covering all the major sights. It’s also an easy city to cycle around in. Rent a bike during the warm summer months and discover the extensive network of cycle routes.

Where to stay in Cambridge

Hyatt Regency Boston/Cambridge
Hyatt Regency Boston/Cambridge
4 out of 5
575 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA, 02139
The price is $229 per night from Aug 14 to Aug 15
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Cambridge. Enjoy free WiFi, a 24-hour health club, and valet parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (135 reviews)
"It was a nice trip. It was just a little pricey."

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2022

Hyatt Regency Boston/Cambridge
Royal Sonesta Boston
Royal Sonesta Boston
4 out of 5
40 Edwin H. Land Boulevard, Cambridge, MA, 02142
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Cambridge. Enjoy free WiFi, a 24-hour fitness center, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,002 reviews)
"This is a very well-located hotel if you want to go to Boston but avoid the traffic nightmare. You can walk to Boston in 30 minutes or so (great walk along the river and across the bridge with spectacular view of the city). Relatively close to highways as well. The place was quiet despite construction ..."

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2022

Royal Sonesta Boston
Kimpton Marlowe Hotel, an IHG Hotel
Kimpton Marlowe Hotel, an IHG Hotel
4 out of 5
25 Edwin H. Land Blvd, Cambridge, MA, 02141
The price is $233 per night from Aug 14 to Aug 15
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Cambridge. Enjoy breakfast, WiFi, and 24-hour room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (1,010 reviews)
"Very lovely place to stay! It’s attached to a mall and parking garage so perfect for out of towners"

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2022

Kimpton Marlowe Hotel, an IHG Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Sonder 907 Main
Sonder 907 Main
4 out of 5
907 Main Street, Cambridge, MA, 02139
The price is $142 per night from Aug 14 to Aug 15
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Cambridge. Enjoy WiFi, a flat-screen TV, and complimentary toiletries. Popular attractions Fenway Park and ...
4/5 Very Good! (201 reviews)
"Absolutely wonderful location. Def recommend. Major city hotspots of Boston are only 15 min away"

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2022

Sonder 907 Main
The Cambridge Karma House
The Cambridge Karma House
3.5 out of 5
17 Banks Street St, Cambridge, MA, 02138
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly apartment in Cambridge. Enjoy free WiFi, a terrace, and a garden. Our guests praise the spacious rooms and the overall ...
3.2/5 (48 reviews)
Not a good experience
"I am sorry I did not take the reviews into account when booking this property. The house is falling apart, very run down. Even though the cleaner made a huge effort to clean, it is actually not clean-able.Not sure how come this is listed on hotels.com"

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2019

The Cambridge Karma House
Quiet and cozy bedroom and warm lounging area with shared spaces
Quiet and cozy bedroom and warm lounging area with shared spaces
Cambridge, MA
Stay at this vacation home in Cambridge. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness center, and onsite parking. Popular attractions Harvard Square and Assembly Row are located ...
3/5 (3 reviews)
Exactly what we expected.
"We came into Boston knowing we would spend most of our time out on the town. The listing is exactly what it said. We had access to a bathroom and could come and go as we pleased. Camar kept in touch with us and answered questions through the app. We had a window unit and were able to adjust the temp ..."

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2022

Quiet and cozy bedroom and warm lounging area with shared spaces
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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