What We Love
- Free amenities including WiFi and gym access
- New England–produced liquors and craft beers served in front of the lobby fireplace or on the outdoor patio
- Service refined to a T — the staff uniforms are by Brooks Brothers
What To Know
- At 175 to 225 square feet, petit queen and queen rooms are too small for families
- No on-site restaurant or room service, but Harvard Square is a foodie haven
- Massachusetts Avenue wakes up early; request a rear-facing room if you don’t want to do the same
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Reminiscent of 19th-century Boston, Hotel Veritas blends in among the historic townhouses along Massachusetts Avenue on Harvard Square. As soon as you pass through the hotel’s glass front doors, on the corner of Remington Street, the split-level lobby reveals a scene of European glamor, with curved, satiny sofas and high-backed Queen Anne chairs. A minimalist limestone fireplace, blond hardwood paneling and glass banisters add a modern spin.
Bed and Bath
The 31 guestrooms feel like modern French boudoirs, thanks to Victorian-inspired accent chairs, padded headboards and crown molding. Mirrored dressers and white Egyptian cotton linens by Anichini add a soft sheen to a soothing color scheme of light green and pale blue. The design is understated so as not to overwhelm the romantic feel and intimate size of the rooms. Only a handful of the bathrooms have tubs, but all have stand-up showers, marble walls, radiant heated floors and Etro toiletries.
The first-floor lounge, Simple Truth, serves cheeses and charcuterie from the Cambridge-based Formaggio Kitchen, along with Berkshire Mountain Distillers liquor and craft beers from around Massachusetts. During warmer months, a patio offers open-air seating and excellent people watching. Although there’s no fitness center in the building, the concierge will give you a pass to the spacious gym above Karma Yoga Studio, across the street. Free soda, tea, water, juice and sugar cookies are available around the clock in the lobby, as is coffee from the Nespresso machine.
In the Area
A 10-minute T ride from downtown Boston, and home to Harvard and MIT (two stops away on the Red Line), Cambridge has cultivated a world class arts and culture scene to satisfy its intellectually curious residents. Catch an imaginative production of a classic play at the American Repertory Theatre, known as the ART. Nearby, the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology holds more than a million artifacts from the Americas, Africa, Europe and Asia. Afterward, treat yourself to a hearty meal and a pint at one of the neighborhood’s many gastropubs, such as Russell House Tavern or Grafton Street Pub & Grill. Jogging along the Charles River and visiting the charming Harvard Book Store (which has its own printing press inside) are favorite activities for locals.
How to Get There
A great location in Harvard campus. Clean facility and wonderful staff. Although the room is small but well organized. There are very convenient to the restaurants around here with walking distance to the beautiful Charles River. We would choose this hotel again next when we visit the area.
Stayed at Hotel Veritas recently while traveling to Cambridge for a work event and had a great experience. I arrived several hours before the scheduled check in time but the staff were very accommodating and checked me into my room as soon as I arrived which was very helpful as it gave me time to shower after a long flight. From the outside the hotel looks like an old home but the interior is very modern. The bathroom floors were heated and the bedding was very comfortable. In addition to the early check in the front desk staff were also very helpful with everything from assisting with directions to making a dinner reservation for my coworkers and myself.
The free unlimited soft drinks and coffee in the lobby were a great touch. I have previously stayed at other properties in the area and was accustomed to paying $2-$3 for the same bottled drinks.
I was unable to give five stars in this review only because they do not have a full restaurant on the property so room service options were limited to cheese and charcuterie.
My qualms with Hotel Veritas stem from the fact that the room I was assigned was either incorrectly represented on the booking site (the onus is on the hotel to remedy this) or was simply not the correct room (I raised this concern to staff, but to no avail). As consumers, we are oftentimes expected to roll over and just be grateful for whatever the "Daddy" Warbucks-es of the world deign to give us; I'm just here to point out the differences between what I was ensured of as a patron of this business and what I actually got.
I'll start with the good stuff, because Hotel Veritas does have some nice perks. Its location is pretty fantastic with public transit links and easy-going, reasonably-priced valet service available for those who want it. There is a nespresso machine, drawers of water, juice, and soda, and (in the morning at least) tortas free for the taking right by the front desk. The communal areas are thoughtfully put together and welcoming.
Now, the bad. I booked what was advertised as a 172-sq.ft. "Queen Room" with a standard, queen-sized bed, down duvet, and Egyptian cotton linens, and all your modern amenities (ie. heating, ipod dock, flat-screen tv); this sounds pretty good, right? Yeah! The problem is that as soon as we walked into the room, we knew that //most// of what we'd paid for, we weren't getting. We could see that the bed in the room wasn't a queen; so, I let the front desk know—to which I was told that it absolutely was a queen, but a PETITE queen. Many people misuse the word "literally," but I literally had to bite my tongue in that moment so as to avoid laughing in the face of this poor soul who was probably just trying to do their job. But, really:
Okay, so I didn't get the bed that was advertised; what else? Well, the 172-sq.ft. room also turned out to be 20 ft. smaller than listed, the heating was dismal and hotel staff seemed to think that a space heater (which was not in the best condition) placed within two feet of the bed was both a safe and effective alternative, there were bodily fluids on the poly-fill duvet (ducks and geese, as you know, are full of down but completely devoid of this material...), cotton-poly blend sheets on the not-queen-sized bed, no ipod dock, and the building's one elevator had a state inspection certificate that was already six months into being expired.
In all, Hotel Veritas could certainly do more to live up to its name. There needs to be more truthfulness in their room descriptions—had I known I was getting a 150-sq.ft. room with a bed somewhere between a full and queen, cotton-poly sheets, a poly-fill duvet, and minimal heat/questionable cleanliness, I would've either looked into booking a different room or sought out accommodation elsewhere.
Want more details? Check out the pics I've provided of my stay.
This is a great option in the heart of Harvard Square. My only complaint is that I wish there were a thicker blanket on the beds, but I didn't ask for an additional one either. Other than this, great. The cookies in the front desk are awesome!
The room was nicely decorated and had everything it needed - even as one of the smaller ones. Quiet.
The front desk staff were friendly.
I would give it 5 stars but I had to get dressed before I could go get coffee (great setup) downstairs in the lobby.
Really nice looking common spaces.
Sorry it didn’t have a gym. Though the river is right there for running.