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Top tips for finding Cambridge hotel deals
If you’re looking for a cheap hotel in Cambridge, you should consider visiting during the low season. You'll find cheaper accommodations in Cambridge in February and January.
Hotel room prices vary depending on many factors but you’ll most likely find the best hotel deals in Cambridge if you stay on a Friday. The opposite is true for, Monday, which is usually the most expensive day.
Book at least 26 days before your stay begins to get the best price for your Cambridge accommodation.
How long should you stay? KAYAK users usually book their accommodation in Cambridge for 0 days.
The best neighborhood in Cambridge for tourists is Harvard Square. There is a good choice of hotels in Cambridge located close to the main attractions. Stay at Harvard Square Hotel located close to Harvard University and John F. Kennedy Park on the Charles River, which is perfect for sightseeing. Sheraton Commander Hotel is also close by and overlooks Cambridge Common Park, as well as being half a mile from the Harvard Museum of Natural History.
If you are looking to shop on your visit to Cambridge, you should look for hotels in East Cambridge. Kimpton Marlowe Hotel is conveniently located near the CambridgeSide shopping mall, which has over 100 stores and restaurants and is close to the CambridgeSide Galleria. Less than a mile up Cambridge Street is another shopping outlet, Twin City Plaza. The nearest hotel to this outdoor mall is Holiday Inn Express & Suites Boston.
When you are looking for hotels in downtown Cambridge you should try to stay near Harvard Yard, at the heart of the city. Centrally located hotels in this area include 4-star The Charles Hotel, which boasts a jazz club and several restaurants and old New England themed Hotel Veritas with 3-stars.
Rich in cultural attractions, Cambridge is home to a variety of museums, with the majority located close to Harvard University. Within its grounds, the Harvard Art Museums is comprised of three museums: the Fogg Museum, the Arthur M. Sackler Museum and the Busch-Reisinger Museum, as well as four research centers. Look at booking hotels in Harvard Square, like A Friendly Inn at Harvard Square, which is only a two-minute walk away.
For cheap hotels in Cambridge, you should plan to visit in late summer when the average temperature is 73 °F and the tourist crowds are less. Avoid staying in the center of Cambridge and opt for south of the river, near Fenway Park, like the Best Western Cambridge University Hotel, which is just 3 miles outside of Cambridge.
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For good access across Cambridge, you can take your pick from the rail, subway, trolley and bus services. If you stay in the Central Square area, you will have easy access to the bus line, so book a room at Le Meridien Boston.
Overlooking the city of Boston and close to the MIT Museum, the AAA Four Diamond Hyatt Regency boasts an indoor pool with a retractable roof and adjoining sundeck. Another AAA Four Diamond hotel is the Royal Sonesta Boston which has an atrium-style indoor swimming pool that overlooks the Charles River.
Equipped with an indoor pool and a selection of family rooms with kitchenettes, the Residence Inn by Marriott is ideally suited to families and has easy access of the Museum of Science and close to Fenway Park, so you can catch a baseball game.
Central Square is known as the Historic District of Cambridge and is home to many old churches, including Christ the King Presbyterian Church and Helen Greek Orthodox Church. The Kendall Hotel in Cambridge is ideally located to these sites. Elsewhere, in West Cambridge, not far from Harvard University, is the poet Longfellow House Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site. Freepoint Hotel Cambridge, Tapestry Collection by Hilton is a good place to stay as it is only 1.5 miles away.
The most popular neighbourhoods amongst KAYAK users are Mid-Cambridge and Neighborhood Nine. Hotels in walking-distance from Harvard University are also very sought-after.
KAYAK users like staying at Irving House At Harvard, Sheraton Commander Hotel and A Friendly Inn at Harvard when looking for a hotel in close proximity to Harvard University.
Hotels are safe environments for travellers as long as they properly implement sanitary measures in response to coronavirus (COVID-19). However, we recommend getting in touch with the local authorities regarding safety procedures for hotels in Cambridge. For more advice, please view our information page on what to know about coronavirus (COVID-19) and travel.
After you launch a hotel search on KAYAK, you can refine your research by neighbourhood, which allows you to pick the central Cambridge districts. You can also do a search using the city map to choose a specific location, like Cambridge city centre
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