Please be aware that the house you are booking is an old house. It has not been recently remodeled and it will be considered by most people to be 'messy'.
All guests can expect a freshly vacuumed room with clean linens and towels, but the living areas outside of your room will not necessarily be 'spic-and-span' and so if this is something that would bother you then please inquire elsewhere.
For guests that do book, we kindly ask that if you write a review for the room after your stay, for the cleanliness rating, from one to five stars, please rate us at least a 4 as a courtesy to us for the value that we are offering.
While our lodgings may not personally meet your standards of 4 out of 5, guests know prior to booking that the place has character. We are simply requesting a favor of you in exchange for a quiet and cheap stay in the heart of Cambridge and if you are not willing to give us the benefit of the doubt in this matter please book elsewhere.
We are located in the Middle of Cambridge, 3 blocks from the Red Line Subway Stop at Central Square. Walking distance to MIT, Harvard, restaurants, bars, cafes, yoga and dance studios, night life, library, wide variety of restaurants, Harvest food co-op, Whole Foods, and Star Market. Despite proximity to dense, urban, happening location, the house is peaceful and quiet and the neighborhood is very safe. Central Square is a colorful and fun part of historic Boston. If you are looking to get downtown you can take the #1 bus which goes down Mass Ave, take the Red Line "T" 4 stops to Park Street, or you can even just take a leisurely walk over one of the bridges that cross the scenic Charles River. We often go on walks from here to various areas in downtown Boston for fun and exercise. Cambridge is also worth visiting all by itself. Harvard Square is an easy 15 minute walk from us.
Our house offers casual, friendly, basic accommodations, and is furnished. This listing is for one of 2 rooms in the downstairs apartment which has one common bathroom with tub, a living room, and a kitchen. There is a communal refrigerator, stove, toaster-oven, couches, kitchen sink, pots n pans, dishes...and of course, the all important: WiFi. You will see the other rooms listed separately on this website.
Guests who stay downstairs are more than welcome to hang out in the common areas upstairs if the downstairs feels too "lived in" for your taste. The owner Adam lives in the downstairs part of the house with his son Gabe, while the upstairs apartment is entirely for guests and has its own entrance. You will probably meet some fellow travelers, as we often have a full house.
If you are bringing a car you must let us know that in advance. We do have one or two flexible parking spaces in front of the house and may be able to accommodate you. But Absolutely and UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES is it permissible to park in the lot behind the house, EVER, not for any amount of time! This could result in immediate expulsion! Please do not put your car anywhere other than where is previously agreed upon or you could lose your reservation with us on the spot!
Please also try to give us an idea of when you will be arriving. If it's impractical to greet you we will put out a key. We can't stay home all day every day and so if booking please include expected arrival time. If you need to check-out in the late afternoon or evening then tell us how late in case somebody is checking in on the day you want to leave. You can always store your luggage with us and come back and get it later.
One last thing, we are often adding $5 extra to the cost for booking for only one night since we receive dozens of requests for solo nights and it turns out to be inadequate return for the effort involved.
I was in Boston to visit old friends and people at Harvard. The house is situated in a very convenient spot that is close to everything (walkable distant to Whole Foods, Harvard Square, MIT, bars and the T stop). I was staying in a large room on the first floor, and did not have too many problems that would disturb my stay in this charming old house. Alissa was fast at responding to my questions, and was a very helpful host. I have met the other host who was living on the first floor, and he was very nice, as well.
friendly host, good vibes. clean and pleasant bedroom. I was only there one night, and everything was very convenient
This room was great. It was right next to central square so i could get wherever i needed to. The house was nice and quiet and i slept great.
Very comfortable and clean room. Beautiful room upstairs with kitchen and TV. Parking was a breeze and very convenient in front of house. Wifi worked well. Tenants of the house are very nice. Would definitely recommend this room to anyone or any couple who is okay with the description provided by Alissa. I was very happy with the accommodations!
Great stay at Adam's house, which (as advertised) is one with a lot of personality. This place is good for those who seek a local experience, and The house has been around for a long time! Lots of history in the place, and he can tell you all about it.
This is a great place to stay if you only need a bed for the night. We arrived late at night, but found the room at the ground floor. Next day we met the great people living there. Adam and Gabe were very friendly (Alissa was not there). It's as described and the bed was good. The room was nice and bigger than expected. Some water was put out for us and heating so had a nice stay and good chats.
Nice house with good vibrations and open minded hosts. You won't have to socialize for the sake of it but if you want to have an interesting conversation Adam is very nice and interesting.
The room was clean, cheap, and easy to reach from the central station (red line). Nice neighbourhood, greeted by Michelle (Alissa was away). Was there on a work trip so worked late into the night, but could have interacted with other people in the house if I had had the time. The house is a kind of life-sized cabinet of curiosities, full of strange (cool) things, but really really clean.
This was perfect for what I needed: a bed to fall asleep on. The bed was very comfortable. Alissa was also very accommodating. As far as the house itself, I loved it! However I'm a fan of weird old houses, with lots of random "stuff" accumulating in it over the years. I felt I could've just spent the day exploring through what was there, instead of historic Boston. Don't let this make you think it's unclean though. There's not trash all over the place, or anything like that. Read through the description, to make sure you would like it.