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
This boutique hotel was perfect for my one night solo stay while visiting my daughter at Lesley University. Staff was wonderful. Upon check in there was a computer glitch and I had to roam around for a bit til it was fixed. Luckily it is right by Harvard square- plenty to do. I had a lovely glass of Cabernet in my room that night, recommended by the front desk. Will absolutely return
Everything was excellent. Very clean and quiet room with bay windows, which I loved! Beds are big and comfortable. Furniture is rather elegant. Staff was professional, helpful and extremely kind. They might want to improve the internet connection. It is quite slow.
I have stayed in this hotel several times and each time the staff has been friendly, the rooms clean (but small) and the experience excellent. I have a daughter at Harvard and the location is very convenient for visits and athletic events. The coffee bar is well-appointed and you can get a snack and some wine at any time.
The hotel is in a good location, close to transit but there are several things that may be deal breakers for some people. The biggest draw back is the subway noise from the T underneath the hotel. It sounds like thunder and when it is quiet outside, is very loud especially for rooms on the lower floors. Also, in our particular room, the toilet was suffering from the phantom flush - meaning every so often it would just refill the tank even though no one flushed it! Although the room was nicely appointed, its fairly small and had no luggage rack. The space underneath the door is large and allows in lots of light at night from the hallway. The hotel staff was very professional, the hotel offers free waters, torta pastries and cookies - which are good points. They offer valet parking for a charge. The room was clean and the bed was very comfortable. It was a good place to stay as we only were there for two nights.
The Veritas Hotel is conveniently located near Harvard, with plenty of close food options and shops. The hotel staff was very friendly and the room was larger and nicer than I expected. The only negative thing I have to say about the hotel is that their hot water is ridiculously hot. Other than that, it reminded me of a place I stayed in Florence, Italy. I would recommend this hotel to anyone traveling to the Cambridge area.