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 love the location of this hotel- if you are visiting Harvard you can walk everywhere. I like its small size and coziness. They have a great free coffee machine and light breakfast pastries and free water. My room was nice but starting to show wear with com carpet stains, or sheets not as new or hard to close room window due to an older bar. Was disappointed by the bill price as they had told me something else on phone but still think this is best option near the u.
The staff allowed us to check in early and were very helpful letting us know about the amenities at the hotel. Our room was nice, but there was a huge water stain on the floor. We loved that the windows opened, and we could let in the fresh air. We had a view of the street which was fun to watch, but very noisy. The hotel offers drinks and cheese to buy and has a nice complementary coffee and juice bar. Overall, it was a pleasant stay though I think the exuberant price is more for the location than the hotel.
The positives are the location is very close to Harvard Square (5 minute walk), the staff is very friendly and in general the room and facilities are very clean and maintained. The negatives are the rooms are quite small (no good place to put your bag other than blocking the door) and at least for the room we had the bar across the street is very noisy and will keep you up if you are a light sleeper.
There was no heat in the room we were first assigned to, but after initial refusal of the receptionist to provide us with another room, a new receptionist moved us to an upgraded room and we had a wonderful stay. The "petite queen" room is very small, and apparently has somewhat chronic heat issues (see other reviews).receptionist moved us to an upgraded room and we had a wonderfull stay. The "petite queen" room is very small, and apparently has somewhat chronic heat issues (see other revies).
Elegant and thoughtful touches without being fussy...elegant essentials. Free wi-fi that works! Heated bathroom floors were a relief in 20-30 degree weather. Staff was friendly and very helpful. Beds were comfortable...lots of pillows.