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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
I am absolutely in love with this place. This hotel has a very good location. I really loved the room. The place is very well maintained and is very clean. The service from the staff was excellent. I'll make sure to stay here again next time I'm in the area. Overall great experience.
The carpets were stained, there was no luggage rack so I had to use the ironing board, there was no chair at the desk (only at ottoman-style seat that had no back), there were barely any outlets to plug into (I had to unplug a lamp) and the safe did not work. When I called to ask about the safe, they promised to send someone to fix it and they never showed up. They could not even change a $20 bill at the front desk but sent me out to a convenience store. For the prices they charge, this was bad, especially given the lack of amenities (no fitness center, restaurant, etc).
We arrived for a four night stay late and were put in a room that had carpet stains and smelled dirty. If you're going to have plush carpet in a room, you have to clean it, especially at over $300 per night! We moved hotels the next day. The staff was very pleasant, but the room cleanliness was not what it should be.