The Best Places to Stay When Visiting Harvard University in Massachusetts

Walking tours, boutique shopping and world-class restaurants surround the campus of Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Harvard is situated in the center of historic Harvard Square, a vibrant neighborhood with a diverse array of attractions and events. The best hotels in the area range from university-owned properties closest to campus to pet-friendly options.

University-owned hotels offer proximity and value. Both the Inn at Harvard and the Harvard Square Hotel are managed by Collegiate Hospitality ( Both offer access to the Harvard Faculty Club’s dining facilities. The Inn at Harvard’s on-campus location makes it the closest hotel to the university. It features a fitness room, concierge services, free wireless Internet service and an ATM in the hotel lobby. The Harvard Square Hotel is located less than a quarter-mile from the Harvard Square Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority station and steps away from shopping and restaurants on Harvard Square.

Hotels on Harvard Square

Hotel Veritas ( is close to campus and the shops and restaurants around Harvard Square. It is a boutique-style hotel with 31 rooms, each of which features contemporary, Art-Deco furnishings. Hotel amenities include 24-hour business center, access to a fitness center across the street and 24-hour refreshments in the lounge.

The Charles Hotel ( is a pet-friendly hotel next to the Kennedy School of Government on Bennett Street. It features an on-site restaurant, jazz club, cocktail lounge, seasonal ice skating rink, 24-hour in-room dining, laundry services and a “Kids Kit” with books and toys.

Pet Friendly Hotels

The Best Western Hotel Tria ( allows a maximum of two dogs in each room, with a weight limit of 80 lbs. per dog. Other types of pets may also be accepted with prior approval. The Best Western charges an additional daily pet fee. The hotel is two miles northwest of Harvard and one-half mile from an off-leash dog park.

The Liberty Hotel ( is three miles from campus, in Boston’s Beacon Hill neighborhood. It is within a few blocks of a dog park and has designated pet-friendly floors. The Liberty requires the type and name of your pet upon making a reservation. The hotel charges an additional nonrefundable pet fee and offers a pet package that includes a free pet portrait, pet bed, bowls and treats.

All-Suite Hotels

A boutique-style suite hotel, 53 Wendell ( is small and in a quiet neighborhood less than one-half mile from Harvard University and a 10- to 15-minute walk from Harvard Square. It has four suites, each with a private bathroom, fully equipped kitchen, washer and dryer and weekly housekeeping.

Residence Inn Boston Cambridge hotel ( is two miles from campus. It is situated on the corner of Broadway and Ames Street in Kendall Square. All suites have a fully equipped kitchen, living area with a sleeper sofa and free Internet service. Additional amenities include a free hot breakfast buffet, laundry facilities and optional grocery shopping services.