Located 755 feet from the famed Harvard University and set in the heart of Harvard Square, this charming guest house offers cozy accommodations, a delicious free daily breakfast and an on-site library. The Irving House at Harvard provides a warm and friendly atmosphere along with a guest-use refrigerator, free wireless internet access and free daily newspapers. The property also offers on-site laundry facilities along with discounted passes to a nearby fitness center. Guests staying at the Harvard Irving House are 1.7 mi away from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as well as charming shops and local restaurants. The sites of downtown Boston are also 3.7 mi away.

Couples in particular like the location – they rated it 9.3 for a two-person trip.

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Property highlights

Top Location: Highly rated by recent guests (9.5)


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Room Type
Number of guests
2 bunk beds
1 queen bed
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Property practices

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Guest reviews


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Free Wifi
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  • Zhiyue
    China China
    excellent location, literally in Harvard, love to see lots of young students with full energy
  • Audrey
    United States of America United States of America
    Good location and close to Harvard museums and Harvard Square. Room was cosy and bed was comfortable.
  • Weichen
    United States of America United States of America
    Very peaceful yet convenient location. Great breakfast and nice staff. Would stay in here again.

Host Info

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Irving House has been under the current ownership and management since 1990. We have renovated this old house several times to improve guest comfort and safety. Located on a quiet residential street, we are also near to the excitement and convenience of Harvard Square, with easy access to Boston. Irving House is an award winning green hotel too! Breakfast is locally sourced, organic and healthy as much as possible.
Languages spoken: Bulgarian,Czech,English,Spanish,French,Russian

Area info

Amenities of Irving House at Harvard
Great facilities! Review score, 8.4

Most popular amenities
  • Free Wifi
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Family rooms
  • Facilities for disabled guests
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels
  • Free toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Linens
  • Alarm clock
  • City view
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Outdoor dining area
  • Sun deck
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Dining table
  • Cleaning products
  • Washing machine
Room Amenities
  • Clothes rack
  • Cycling
Living Area
  • Dining area
  • Desk
Media & Technology
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Cable channels
  • Radio
  • Telephone
  • TV
Food & Drink
  • Special diet meals (on request)
Wifi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
No parking available.
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Shared lounge/TV area
  • Baggage storage
  • Fax/Photocopying
    Additional charge
  • Wake-up service/Alarm clock
  • 24-hour front desk
Front Desk Services
  • Invoice provided
Entertainment & Family Services
  • Board games/Puzzles
  • Board games/puzzles
Safety & security
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Smoke alarms
  • Safe
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Air conditioning
  • Smoke-free property
  • Heating
  • Fan
  • Family rooms
  • Ironing facilities
  • Facilities for disabled guests
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Iron
  • Toilet with grab rails
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Upper floors accessible by stairs only
Languages Spoken
  • Bulgarian
  • Czech
  • English
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Russian

House rules

Irving House at Harvard takes special requests – add in the next step!


From 3:00 PM to 12:00 AM

Guests are required to show a photo ID and credit card at check-in


From 3:00 AM to 11:00 AM



Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodations type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check what conditions apply to your preferred room.

Children & Beds

Child policies

Children of all ages are welcome.

Children 18 and above will be charged as adults at this property.

To see correct prices and occupancy info, add the number and ages of children in your group to your search.

Crib and extra bed policies

0 - 1 years
Extra bed upon request
$25 per child, per night
Crib upon request
2 - 17 years
Extra bed upon request
$25 per child, per night
Adult (18+ years)
Extra bed upon request
$35 per person, per night

Prices for cribs and extra beds aren't included in the total price. They'll have to be paid for separately during your stay.

The number of extra beds and cribs allowed depends on the option you choose. Check your selected option for more info.

All cribs and extra beds are subject to availability.

Age restriction

The minimum age for check-in is 21

Mastercard Visa Discover Diners Club American Express Irving House at Harvard accepts these cards and reserves the right to temporarily hold an amount prior to arrival.


Smoking is not allowed.


Parties/events are not allowed

Quiet hours

Guests need be quiet between 10:00 PM and 8:00 AM.


Pets are not allowed.

The fine print
Must-know information for guests at this property

When booking for 3 or more rooms, different policies and additional supplements may apply. Reservations for 3 rooms or more require full prepayment and can only be refunded if canceled two weeks prior to arrival.

Please note, parking is limited.

Please note, there is no elevator at this property.

Guests are required to show a photo ID and credit card upon check-in. Please note that all Special Requests are subject to availability and additional charges may apply.

This property does not accommodate bachelor(ette) or similar parties.

Quiet hours are between 22:00:00 and 08:00:00.

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), make sure you're booking this property in accordance with the destination's local government guidelines, including (but not limited to) the purpose of travel and maximum group size.

FAQs about Irving House at Harvard

  • Irving House at Harvard offers the following activities/services (charges may apply):

    • Cycling

  • Irving House at Harvard is 0.8 miles from the center of Cambridge. All distances are measured in straight lines. Actual travel distances may vary.

  • Check-in at Irving House at Harvard is from 3:00 PM, and check-out is until 11:00 AM.

  • The prices at Irving House at Harvard may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates, hotel's policy etc.). To see prices, enter your dates.

  • Room options at Irving House at Harvard include:

    • Double
    • Single
    • Family
    • Twin/Double