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The quiet, reserved boutique is popular with couples and college visitors
Because of its location in Cambridge, Hotel Veritas tends to attract older couples and university guests visiting on business or leisure. The lobby sets a relaxing mood, with a warm fireplace, soothing blue decor, oversized chairs and antique-finished furniture; the free welcome drinks enhance the mature vibe.
The hotel is small (just 31 rooms), but service is personal, and the feel is refined without being stiff. Features are few, on account of the hotel's limited size, but Hotel Veritas does have a lovely lobby cocktail lounge and free access to the neighboring fitness center. The hominess of the hotel extends to the rooms, which are outfitted in warm, sophisticated decor and feel as if they could belong in a traditional New England mansion.
A conveient stay for travelers visiting an area college
Hotel Veritas is located in Cambridge, about two blocks from Harvard Square and several area colleges. The neighborhood, though a short distance from the center of the city, still has a classic Boston feel, with its brick roads and a culture steeped in academia. The hotel, consequently, is somewhat removed from many popular Boston attractions, but the nearest subway offers a quick ride to the center of town, and the scenic Charles Rivers is just a few block away.
Cambridge seems at once part of and distinct from the city. It provides much of the classic and academic -- some would say dowdy -- 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 almost colonial atmosphere that envelops Harvard, the nation's oldest university. And yet Cambridge virtually buzzes with energy; biotech companies, 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 American influence and success (Kennedys, Roosevelts, Obama), MIT proudly embraces its own brand of nerdiness: Where else do you find a street named Galileo Galilei Way?
Rooms may be small, but they make up for their size in pleasant details and decor
All 31 rooms of the Hotel Veritas are cozy, albeit compact, with classic decor and modern amenities. Even though rooms start at a petite 175 square feet (the average for Boston is about 300 square feet), they are still lovely with light, creamy tones and lovely floor-to-ceiling windows. Upscale details include heated bathroom floors, Turkish bath linens, and Nespresso coffeemakers. And because space is limited, not all rooms are created equal: Most do not have full tubs, safes, or room for cribs or rollaways.
This cozy, 31-room boutique hotel has a stately Cambridge location a few blocks from Harvard Square, with easy access to the subway and several area colleges. Cozy rooms, though small, have refined decor and great amenities such as free Wi-Fi, decadent Egyptian cotten linens, and marble showers. Though on-site features are few (not unexpected for a small property), the hotel offers access to the neighboring fitness center and yoga studio, and in the evening the lobby becomes a lounge serving craft drinks.