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
The room was so noisy, with the subway running right under the hotel, and the street noise from Massachusetts Avenue, I barely slept. Also, the bed was the kind where when one person rolled over, the whole bed shook.
Walking distance to Harvard etc. Very friendly and helpful staff. Family friendly. Free beverages and snacks in the lobby. Free WiFi. Cosy rooms. Would definitely come back. Had to pay extra for parking.
I would definitely stay here again. The location was great--right in the middle of Cambridge. The staff was very accommodating and the rooms were well appointed and had everything we needed. No complaints whatsoever. There was some light rumbling from the subway beneath the hotel (we were on the first floor), but it didn't bother us and only added to the charm.
I had a wonderful experience at Hotel Veritas. I choose it because of the location. It was an easy and pleasant walk to Harvard/Harvard Square. The hotel is lovely outside and inside. I saw other reviewers said they saw scuffs and stains, but I saw nothing like that. Everything was clean and attractive. The staff was warm and helpful. I loved my room with the large bright windows and the view of the intersection. The room was small, but not at all cramped. I look forward to coming back soon.
We stayed three nights, a queen with balcony for us and a double for our teenage boys. The boys room was small and faced the back, but had a little balcony, comfy beds and they were happy with it. Our room was on the 4th floor with a large balcony and plenty of sky. The bed was very clean and very comfortable, the bathroom great, good shower, good amount of room in there. The room itself was a bit small, but that goes with the territory on the east coast in an authentic building. The ambiance was great. No fuss efficient front desk with all the water, OJ, coffee, tea you want all day. Was easy to come in, grab a refreshment and bring it up to your room, or take bottles of water with you on your way to explore the city. The valet parking was excellent with all the in and out we did, we never had to wait and the front desk people were helpful, friendly and willing. We even hung out a bit on two occasions in the front lobby, our room was too small to meet visitors in there, so we sat in the posh lobby and felt quite at ease.
It's time for them to refresh some of the rugs, in our room at least, and while the furniture looked great (not my husbands style), the dressers were cheap functionally, but just fine for us. We liked it and agreed that we would stay there again should we make our way back to Cambridge in the future.