Rowers of the Charles Regatta, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Top 4 Bed and Breakfast Hotels in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Beyond some of the world’s most prestigious universities, Cambridge is also home to some of the most interesting and unique things to do in Massachusetts. For travelers of all styles and budgets, there is a wide variety of options for cheap hotels in Cambridge. Few, however, will be more memorable and quintessentially New England than staying in a traditional bed and breakfast. There are scores of B&Bs throughout Cambridge, but here are four top choices for their blend of location, price, amenities, and charm.

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Rowers of the Charles Regatta, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Rowers on the Charles River in Cambridge © EandJsFilmCrew

Parkside on Ellery

The Civil War-era Parkside on Ellery bed and breakfast offers just three unique guest suites decorated with various 19th- to 21st-century antiques and furnishings. Its quiet, secluded rooms are an ideal choice for couples seeking a romantic getaway or guests looking for a bit of extra privacy. With off-season rates starting as low as $145 nightly, it’s among the most affordable B&Bs in Cambridge. The Parkside takes pride in providing classic New England hospitality and countless online reviews are testament to just that. Notable amenities include continental breakfast delivery, free Wi-Fi, private baths, in-room refrigerators, and free parking.

A Cambridge House Inn

Each of the two buildings at A Cambridge House Inn at Porter offers guests the option of sleeping in either a restored Victorian or a modern, contemporary room. Both buildings provide basic, comfortable accommodations starting at $129 nightly – a great value for Cambridge. Notable amenities include free Wi-Fi, fireplaces in most Victorian rooms, deluxe continental breakfast, and free parking (first come, first served).

Mary Prentiss Inn in Cambridge, MA
Mary Prentiss Inn in Cambridge, MA © bagaball

The Mary Prentiss Inn

The Mary Prentiss Inn resides in an elegant, fully restored 1843 mansion that boasts a spot on the National Register of Historic Places. With unique, Greek Revival-style architecture and many original details throughout, it’s among the most charming and beautiful spots to stay in Cambridge. University visitors will appreciate the less than ten-minute walk to Harvard, as well as its proximity to the Red Line subway. The friendly staff is also happy to point guests to the nearby wine shop, cafe, restaurants, and pharmacy, all within two blocks. Notable amenities include free Wi-Fi, afternoon tea service, and complimentary hot breakfast.

Cambridge Bed & Muffin

Of the B&Bs on this list, the old-fashioned, quirky, and adorably named Cambridge Bed & Muffin feels most like sleeping at grandma’s house. This bed and breakfast is located just one block from the famous Charles River, however it’s set back from the street at the end of a garden path to offer plenty of peace and quiet. Notable amenities include public transportation nearby, eco-conscious staff, and no in-room phones or televisions (and that’s a good thing).

Cambridge offers many boutique and upscale luxury hotels with amenities and appointments that rival those of Boston. But travelers looking for an authentic Massachusetts experience should look to the city’s myriad B&Bs and traditional inns. With quaint New England charm and ideal locations near Cambridge’s most popular landmarks, there’s no better choice.

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