Le Meridien Cambridge Hotel

, Cambridge, United States
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Le Meridien Cambridge Hotel

4 star

Rooms: 210

20 Sidney St. - Cambridge - Massachusetts - 2139 - United States | 617-577-0200
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Great business hotel + convenient location

from petchia
My experience with the hotel @ MIT was a good one. I found it was a nice comfortable room great for a business traveler and incredibly convenient to MIT, Kendall Square, and public transport.

Our room was extremely clean and bright, the high speed internet worked perfectly, and the desk was extremely comfortable and large - great for working!

The front desk staff were helpful, and able to give me a map of the MIT campus and directions to the nearest T stop.

The location is extremely convenient if you have business at MIT or need to go elsewhere in the area. You are a 5 minute walk to the edge of MIT campus, and a 3 minute walk to the nearest T stop (Central on the redline).

Not quite four star

from A TripAdvisor Member
Stayed here two nights with my wife and daughter on an AARP rate of $79.50 per night. We were given a clean and decently furnished room on the top (8th) floor right off the elevator with two comfortable queen beds and an excellent view to the east. My daughter wanted to know the location of an MIT dorm where a high school friend lives, but no one at the front desk had a clue. She was referred to the concierge, who left at 9 PM, so she didn't find out until the next day that it was right around the corner. We'd passed it when we went out for a walk after settling in, and could see the back of it from our room.

The smallish room was nicely decorated with equations on the bedspreads and techie pictures on the walls. The Berber carpet appeared to be clean, unlike the floor of the elevator, which had debris throughout the whole weekend. There were two heavy terry robes, an umbrella, and an iron in the closet, and on the dresser a coffee maker with one packet each of nondescript decaf and regular and three tea bags, two herbal and one Bigelow English Breakfast. There was no creamer or sweetener the first night, but a slightly rumpled packet with non-dairy creamer, two sweeteners, and a stirrer appeared when the room was made up the following day. Other than in the bathroom, the only outlet into which the coffee maker could be plugged was on the desk, which also had the ethernet cable. Only one of the two outlets worked, so the computer connected to the complimentary high-speed Internet access was run on battery during coffee time. There is no longer any morning coffee in the "cyber" library.

One of two dressers contained a refrigerator and a safe. The safe held two laptop computers plus a digital camera or two if it was loaded carefully. It operated with a four digit self-selected code, which redisplayed briefly before locking. The lower dresser next to it supported the TV. There was an office chair at the desk and an upholstered chair between the bed and the window. The three-way floor lamp behind the chair was equipped with only a low wattage bulb, as were the other lamps in the bedroom.

The bathroom lighting was the brightest in the room and included a night-light, which came on when the overhead light was turned off. The small counter held an unusual white porcelain basin, which extended above the red granite surface. Linens were sufficient but not abundant, toiletries were Aveda, and water pressure adequate. After making the reservation I had inquired about the location of any ADA height toilets in the hotel. (I can't sit on a standard height toilet due to bilateral hip replacements.) I was promised a "booster" seat for the toilet in the room and it was indeed installed when we arrived. Unfortunately the toilet itself didn't flush adequately and had to be unclogged by housekeeping staff twice during our stay. That plus the inadequate lighting and non-functioning outlet left me feeling that this is not really a 4* property.

The restaurant, Sidney's, certainly charges 4* prices however. We tried the breakfast buffet, which included an omelet and waffle station, and it was good, but not a good value. Sunday we went to the S & S Restaurant, a short drive north to Inman Square, which was nearly as good and much less expensive. Mary Chung's, a short walk on Mass Ave, was a good place for dinner but be aware they don't accept plastic. We didn't try the Asgard, an Irish pub at Mass Ave and Sidney, but it always appeared busier than the hotel restaurant, perhaps because it has a 3 AM liquor license.

The self-park has increased to $22 and still allows multiple re-entry (you get a card at the front desk) but you have to go around the block to get back to the front of the hotel because the street is one way. When we were leaving the valet tried to give us the "bum's rush" even though our luggage was just inside the front door and there was no one behind us.

My daughter left the power adapter of her laptop in the safe, and despite three or four long distance calls to the hotel I haven't even been able to learn if it was found, or even speak to anyone on the housekeeping staff.

Horrendous Experience

from A TripAdvisor Member
This is absolutely the worst 4-star hotel I have ever stayed in. It's hard to know where to begin, but what stands out was the rude, inept, tactless service, from everyone except the bellhops. And as far as I'm concerned, those are the only people who should be allowed to keep their jobs. It's the kind of place that when you call down to the desk for, say a wake-up call, you're kept on hold for several minutes, and then treated rudely, as if you're bothering the person.

They rent rooms with clogged drains, the heat was so noisy it sounded as if there were a generator in the room, the desk lamp fell apart, and the place is of such shoddy construction that you'll hear the people breathing in the next room, especailly is you're in one with an adjoining door; you'll also hear people running through the halls all night. The hotel is not well insulated against noise.

The only good thing I can say about this egg crate of a lodging is the bathrobes are nice (they're light, not that heavy terrycloth many other places provide), and they give you an umbrella. And they did fix the drains. And those items were the highlights of my stay.

Don't risk the bar at the restaurant, unless you you're a masochist who revels in rude, tactless service(that was one night); on another night, service wasn't rude but simply incompetent (it took 17 minutes to pour tomato juice into a glass; yes, I timed it).

I was hoping to love this hotel, because I (as well as several colleagues) have a lot of business in this area of Boston through the winter. I'm grateful there's plenty of pleasant alternatives nearby. And you should be too.

horrible experience w staff and manager.

from A TripAdvisor Member
horrible experience w staff and manager. also check your bill. they overcharged me and lied about it. even the manager kept defending his staff and called me a liar. it really ruined our trip to boston. they were so hostile towards us. it was quite a trauma. also pubic hair in bath. but most significantly, we were treated so badly and they were so rude. we have never experienced anything like it and we travel a lot and stay in many hotels.

A pleasant, good value hotel, a bit out of Boston

from A TripAdvisor Member
We stay at this hotel regularly when we fly into Boston. We choose it because it is good value, friendly (including family friendly) and has good amenities and nice rooms. It is a little out of the middle of Boston, which may be a problem if you are a tourist there. However, as a base for business or on the way to elsewhere (or if you don't mind a bit of a hike) it is a really good place to stay.

An Oasis

from falsesmall
Second visit to this modern hotel in a funky neighborhood in Cambridge. Hotel is spotless, modern (run by MIT students) with a first class restaurant and first class service. Rooms are large, well laid out and chock full of all the necessary amenities and added touches. Walking distance to the "T" which putsyou in downtown Boston in a few minutes or take it the other way to Harvard Square, also only minutes (you can walk to Harvard Square as well). Note however the walk to the T is through a shady several block area of Massachuesetts Avenue, not recommended after dark. A cab from the North End of Boston where we dined on Italian food near paul Revere's house is 10-12 minutes and about $12.50. Recommended as cabs are ample. My wife and I stay here when we drop our son at BC. Easy access to Boston and all the colleges surrounding it. By far the best bang for the buck. Less for more at other venues.

proximity and cleanliness- 4 stars

from A TripAdvisor Member
Based on previous reviews, I had low expectations for this hotel. Boy, was I surprised.

My parents stayed in the Hotel at MIT for four nights over the July 4th weekend. We booked our rate ($60/night) on priceline. WHAT A DEAL! This hotel is VERY clean and attractive. The decor was designed specifically for MIT. Mathematical/Physical equations were printed on the bedspreads. This hotel does a great job of distinguishing itself from other large chains. The location is a convenient walk to the MIT campus and Inman and Central Squares.

I would definitely recommend this hotel for it's very new looking rooms and polished lobby. The breakfast in the hotel restaurant was also commendable.

My only negative comment is that the concierge and desk staff were unknowledgable. They gave us the wrong directions to a local church and we ended up at a construction site.

Unique Hotel

from SweetPea
Due to some business in the Cambridge area, I had the opportunity to spend one night at the Hotel at MIT.

Check In:
Unfortunately, when I arrived the system showed that my reservation had been cancelled by someone at the hotel. It took a very long time to sort things out and have a room assigned. I probably would have felt better about this situation had the front desk staff apologized for the inconvenience.

Room:
The first room that I was assigned was a handicap accessible room - which had no bath tub. After a very long drive to Cambridge, I wanted to relax in a hot bath before bed. I called the front desk and they immediately reassigned me to another room. The room was impressive with modern decor and very nice linens. In addition, wireless internet service was available free of charge from the room. The concierge was very helpful thorughout my stay and my request for a late check-out was honored without any issue.

Location:
The hotel is in a very convenient location in Cambridge. There were a variety of restaurants and bars within walking distance.

I would recommend the Hotel at MIT should you need to stay in the Cambridge area, especially on business.

Pretty Darn Cool Hotel(minus very small concerns)

from Camando
I would definitely recommend staying here for business or pleasure. The room were pretty much of you standard fair with not too much out of the ordinary. What you would expect, however the decor is contemporary with some nice attention to detail.

I believe the choice of rooms either face the street or face the pretty rooftop courtyard, which is a serene area that is slightly intruded by the multitude of laboratory building surrounding it.

The lounge/restaurant is all there is in the hotel, which offers decent fair at reasonable prices. The menu boasts a mainly continental flavor, which in MA includes plenty of seafood.

The Gym offers some decent equipment, however no free-weights and the air conditioning is absent, i.e.. it gets HOT.

The surrounding area is comical in that the range of demographics are extremely varied. This you will notice if you plan on doing any traveling via transit or subway. On that note the regional transit is safe and easy to use, with the closest subway station merely a few blocks away.

An great pub is only half a block down the street along with the main "drag" along its front entrance. The main avenue also provides a great variety of food and drink options.

All in all hotel @MIT is a great value for it's interesting location, contemporary decor and helpful staff.

Friendly, convenient to MIT

from A TripAdvisor Member
The staff was very friendly, the fitness room and restaurant were excellent, the room was quiet, the Internet connection fast, the decor MIT modern but not sterile. We'll be back.

Top Local Tips for Cambridge

where not to eat Avoid the Phoenix Pub up the street on Mass Ave. Bad food even for a bar. Vomit in the sink! Yuk!!!!!

Central Square nightlife at your doorstep The Middle East is right around the corner and usually has great bands and shows. Great nightlife - located one block from Mass Ave

Middle East If you're youngish and up to it, the Middle East (down the road) is worth checking out. It has 4 rooms including 2 live music rooms (saw some great ones in the day), 2 dining rooms with very good middle eastern cuisine, and 4 bars. It's a geat lively place with an ecclectic clientele and great history.

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  • Address: 20 Sidney St. - Cambridge - Massachusetts - 2139 - United States
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