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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?
Clean, comortable rooms were last renovated in 2009
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 But bathrooms are small and some have outdated fixtures (faucets, sinks, toilets) -- although all the tubs were refinished in September 2010.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:
All the mid-range basics -- fitness center, business center, and a lobby bar -- plus a free breakfast buffet
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.