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
Very convenient to Harvard and Harvard Square. The rooms are small and have little in the way of electrical outlets let alone usb plugs. I was there on business and was disappointed by the lack of plugs or a comfortable place to work on my computer. Shower and bathroom are adequate. Bedside lamps weren’t working.
I stayed here for a wonderful weekend back in July for 3 nights and absolutely fell in love! I had originally booked for a regular queen but upon arriving, a lovely young man named Justin informed me that i was upgraded to a queen balcony! He stayed very helpful throughout our stay here.
Being able to get fresh air from the room itself without having to traverse through the lobby was a godsend. There were complimentary drinks in the lobby including soda, coffee, water along with a pretty well stocked bar that had many selections of wines, local liquors and beer.
The Veritas gives you a sense of luxury in its design as well. Very soft sheets, great down pillows and a robe for lounging around in your room.
5/5 Would come again!
Upon arrival, the staff was extremely helpful and kind. Checking in was fast, and when I got to my room, it was incredible. The room was immaculate; clean and refreshing. I had very specific requests and all of them were met with high levels of detail. I frequent many hotels around the area due to work and will definitely return and recommend to anyone visiting Cambridge or Boston.