Best Western Hotel Tria Rating: 3.0 Pearls
Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

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Pros

Cons

  • Far from most tourist sites
  • Small bathrooms
  • Nightly parking fee (though it is considerably cheaper than other Boston hotels)
  • Per night pet fee

Bottom Line

This 121-room hotel in northwestern Cambridge, which completed a $10 million renovation in 2009, has clean, modern rooms and lots of great freebies: free Wi-Fi, free breakfast, and a free shuttle to Harvard Square. But for the price, leisure travelers can find a hotel closer to the tourist sites.

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 Location

A five-minute ride in the free hotel shuttle to Harvard Square, and a 10-minute drive to Tufts University

The Best Western Tria's location in northwestern Cambridge is removed from the Boston tourist action, but the hotel offers a free shuttle to Harvard Square and to the Alewife Subway Station between 7:30 a.m. and 9:30 p.m.

The hotel is within easy walking distance of a Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, CVS, Chipotle, and movie theater, but for the picturesque part of the neighborhood near Harvard Square, you'll have to hop on the hotel shuttle.

Cambridge provides much of the classic and academic imagery for which Boston is known: stately red brick townhouses; the sight of rowers launching from ancient boathouses on the banks of the Charles; the elite atmosphere of Harvard, the nation's oldest university. And yet Cambridge virtually buzzes with energy; biotech companies, countless startups, and the studious whir of college-town activity combine to make it one of the country's most vibrant intellectual centers. Cambridge is also home to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and just as Harvard exudes a musty air of Yankee establishment, MIT proudly embraces its own brand of nerdiness: Where else do you find a street named Galileo Galilei Way?

  • 5-minute drive to Harvard Square
  • 10-minute drive to Tufts University
  • 15 minute drive (50 minutes by bus ) to Fenway Park, home of the Red Sox
  • 20-minute drive (35 minutes by bus and subway) to Boston Common and the start of the Freedom Trail
  • 20-minute drive (40 minutes by bus and subway) to Faneuil Hall, a historic tourist marketplace with more than 150 shops and cafes
  • 30-minute cab ride or 65-minute subway ride to Logan International Airport

 Rooms

Clean, comortable rooms were last renovated in 2009

King Room
King Room

The Best Western's modern rooms have both mini-fridges and microwaves, making this a great pick for travelers who want to save a bit on food. But bathrooms are small and some have outdated fixtures (faucets, sinks, toilets) -- although all the tubs were refinished in September 2010.

All rooms include:

  • 32-inch flat-screen TVs with premium cable (HBO, CNN, ESPN)
  • Microwaves and mini-fridges
  • Free Wi-Fi and local calls
  • Beds and linens upgraded in 2009
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Hairdryer
  • Iron and ironing board
  • AM/FM alarm clock

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 Features

All the mid-range basics -- fitness center, business center, and a lobby bar -- plus a free breakfast buffet

The 24-hour Fitness Center
The 24-hour Fitness Center
  • Game room with pool table and arcade games
  • Pets allowed for a per day fee
  • Nightly parking fee in an open-air lot (limited free street parking available)
  • 24-hour fitness center with a treadmill, cross-trainer, recumbent bike, weight training equipment; and a flat-screen TV mounted in the corner
  • Small business center (an alcove in the lobby) with computer and printer
  • Hotel Tria Panini Kitchen and Lobby Bar opens at approximately 4 p.m. and has a full food and drink menu; Tria Bar 220 serves cocktails and light fare
  • A Starbucks and WholeFoods is located adjacent to the hotel
  • Room service is available while the bar is open
  • Free Wi-Fi and free hot breakfast buffet
  • Free shuttle to Harvard Square and to the Alewife Subway Station during the day

 Bottom Line

This 121-room hotel in northwestern Cambridge, which completed a $10 million renovation in 2009, has clean, modern rooms and lots of great freebies: free Wi-Fi, free breakfast, and a free shuttle to Harvard Square. But for the price, leisure travelers can find a hotel closer to the tourist sites.

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Address

  • 220 Alewife Brook Pkwy, Cambridge, MA, 02138

Room Types

  • King Bed Room
  • King Suite
  • Standard Room
  • Two Doubles Room

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 121
Fitness Center: Yes
Internet Access: Yes
Pets Allowed: Yes
Cribs: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts
Address: 220 Alewife Brook Pkwy, Cambridge, MA, 02138
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