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
We've always been received warmly, gracefully and professionally by the staff at Hotel Veritas. It is a welcoming and comfortable experience which elevates what it's like to stay at the hotel. The accomodations are more than adequate, beds are comfortable and it's a fantastic Harvard Square location. Has the "home away from home" quality.
My husband and I are former Cambridge locals (he was born and raised there and I lived there for nearly 20 years). You can’t beat the location of Hotel Veritas. It is perfect: within walking distance of Harvard and Central Squares, near the T, accessible to the Charles, and just a block or two away from the public library, museums and supermarket. The valet parking is a great convenience and is reasonably priced and the rooms are much less expensive than most hotels in the area. The staff are also exceptional- they are friendly, warm and responsive.
All of this being said, the hotel seems as if it is getting a bit run down and in need of some TLC. There was a big dent in the wall with paint scratched off from where a chair had banged into it, and there were stains on the bathroom counters and nightstand. The duvet poked out through the duvet cover during the night, and I saw at least one bloody stain (I know it’s covered with a duvet cover but this just speaks to the need for some TLC). The water pressure was poor and the amount of hot water variable.
Again, none of these things were deal breakers and we didn’t come to town to sit in the room, but if you’re looking for something a bit luxurious, or if you are a person who needs attention to detail to feel comfortable in your hotel, you might want to check carefully as to what room you will be in. We love boutique hotels and I am a fan of “shabby chic” but there was nothing intentional about the wear and tear of this hotel. The building itself is gorgeous and Harvard Square needs unique businesses like this, so it would be a shame for it to fall to neglect just because it “can.”
Great location and very nice to have the unlimited beverages - I really enjoyed the coffee! but the rooms are very small and the service is variable. I am not sure if there is better options the area.
My room was beautiful and had a lovely balcony. The bed was comfortable and the sheets were soft. The hotel is a quick walk from Harvard Square and great restaurants. The front desk staff was very friendly and helpful. I would definitely stay there again.
This hotel is quaint and charming. My wife had an excellent 2 night stay. The hotel has upscale furnishings and very friendly staff. Rooms are small but very comfortable. The lobby offers free water bottles and non alcoholic beverages. The coffee is fantastic. My wife takes classes at Harvard University and loves to stay at this hotel when in town!