Things to Do in Cambridge, MA
If you are planning on staying in the Boston-area, you should strongly consider staying in the historic city of Cambridge, Massachusetts. And you should consider staying at Hotel Veritas. I recently went on a trip to Boston with my girlfriend for three days and we couldn't find any hotels in Boston that we liked, or they were booked on short notice, so we ultimately decided on staying at this hotel located in nearby Cambridge, home of Harvard and MIT University.
Hotel Veritas Review
Our goal was to find a hotel that wasn't too expensive, but was also nice and not run-down. There are several reasons why this hotel stands out. First, Hotel Veritas is reasonably priced, at around $200 - $250 a night (we stayed during the week). Second, the hotel has a very nice appearance and the rooms looked very nice. The scene is also a plus - Hotel Veritas is located in Harvard Square which is just a 5-minute subway ride to Boston.
"Hotel Veritas is a 31-room luxury, boutique hotel offering personalized service in an intimate Cambridge setting... Our guests are as diverse and interesting as Harvard University and the city itself. Our boutique hotel in Cambridge, MA strives to provide our guests with wonderful, memorable experiences," according to their website.
This hotel is currently ranked number 1 out of 17 hotels in Cambridge. So, did it live up to the hype? Here are my thoughts.
Service - 5 out of 5 stars. The staff at Hotel Veritas were very helpful and friendly (and young!). They helped me get to my car which was parked in the garage, and gave us tips on what restaurants and bars to visit in Cambridge.
Location - 4.5 out of 5 stars. This was very important to us because we were visiting Boston, so we wanted a hotel in Cambridge that was also close to Boston and easy to travel to. Hotel Veritas fits the bill well. You walk a couple of minutes to Harvard Square and take the T subway train to Downtown Boston. Very easy to get there and costs $2.50 a ride. I would recommend getting the one-day Charlie pass for $10 if you are going to Boston.
Restaurants - 4.5 out of 5 stars. Cambridge actually has a number of great restaurants and bars, which I will be talking about in more detail below.
Value - 4 out of 5 stars. You can expect to pay around $200-$250 a night during the week days and a little more on weekends. We booked it about two days before we left and still got a good price. Parking is extra, however.
Overall Rating - 4.5 out of 5 stars. The negatives are small rooms and having to pay for parking, but the positives far outweight these small inconveniences. I would stay here again and I would recommend this hotel for couples, singles, work trips, but I would be hesitant to recommend this to a large family.
Things to Do in Cambridge, MA
You don't even have to go to Boston to have a good time because Cambridge is a fun city itself! We walked around Havard Square and walked around the campus of Harvard for hours. There are a bunch of cute stores and small shops to visit, such as the Curious George store in Cambridge (the only one that exists!).
The Best Bars and Restaurants in Cambridge, MA
My girlfriend and I visited at a number of hip bars and great restaurants. I would recommend all of the following establishments:
Thelonious Monkfish in Cambridge Review - A Japanese/Sushi bar located in Cambridge. This was the first restaurant we visited on our trip. A great selection of beers! I had the Red Riding Hood Roll and the Ancient Fried Rice (Duck, crisped bacon, egg, onions, etc.) Both were absolutely delicious! This place is reasonably priced as well. I would recommend for lunch. Price - $$ out of $$$.
Middle East Nightclub in Cambridge Review - This was a very fun bar to go to at night. We went on a Tuesday night and it was packed. The downstairs is big as fits enough people to hold concerts (the band "The Green" performed). The upstairs had an open mic where people did stand up comedy. The drinks were reasonably priced.
The Best Restaurant to Go To in Boston
The one place I need to recommend here is the restaurant Grotto in downtown Boston.
I looked up the best Italian restaurants in Boston and Grotto came up among the top picks online.
Appearance: This restaurant is very small and kind of hidden on the street. It has a very cozy and homey feel to it. We went around 8 p.m. and it was very dark inside, even though there were candles all over the place. I needed to use my cell phone to see the menu. Still, it was a very romantic setting for a couple.
Service: Good service, friendly and knowledgable staff.
Food: The best part about our experience at Grotto was of course the food! We got the Mare Grilled calamari as an appetizer and I got the Lobster Fra Diavolo as a second dish. For the third dish, we both got Cioccolato Melting chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream. Everything was great but the Lobster Fra Diavolo is to die for and I highly recommend it!
Value: You can do a three-course prix fixed option for $37. Not bad in my opinion.
Overall Rating: 5/5. Small and cute with great food. Look closely or you will miss it!
Having Fun on Vacation in Cambridge, MA
There are plenty of things to do in Cambridge as well as hotels to stay in. Whether you are visiting your son or daughter in college, going as a couple on vacation or visiting as a family, I am sure you will have a great time in the historic town of Cambridge, MA.