A Literary Agent's Guest Place

Apartment - Private room · Cambridge Park Dr, Cambridge, MA 02140, United States

Easy access to all the sights you want to see. A spacious guest room with private bath in a bookish apartment. Healthy breakfasts, tour tips, WIFI, rent a bike for getting around town. Pool is open in the beautiful courtyard. (Read our reviews)

Your host, Carolyn
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Easy access to all the sights you want to see. A spacious guest room with private bath in a bookish apartment. Healthy breakfasts, tour tips, WIFI, rent a bike for getting around town. Pool is open in the beautiful courtyard. (Read our reviews)

The Space

IF YOU LIKE books, breakfasts, and conversation this is perfect for you. A spacious guest room in an apartment in a luxury building close to any event in less than 20 minutes. Whether you are here for the regatta on the Charles, a Harvard or MIT event, a Red Sox game, or one of the many reasons one comes to Cambridge/ Boston, your stay will be happy. From the moment you park your car or step out of the Red Line T across the street it's easy from our location. Our guests are tourists, professionals, writers, parents, and the wonderful Airbnb community.
Follow a hectic schedule or relax. Free WIFI and TV. Washer and dryer, drycleaning service, ironing board, hairdryer. Complementary continental breakfasts weekdays, full breakfasts on weekends. Courtyard, picnic area and a view of downtown Boston. ATM, and mailroom in lobby. Fitness Club, saunas and showers 24/7. Outdoor swimming pool and grill reservations needed.

Your room is spacious, private bathroom. door locks . 5 minute walk to Whole Foods, Panere, Trader Joe's, Summer Shack, Staples, movie complex, TJ Maxx, and liquor stores in Fresh Pond Shopping Center. 5 Star restaurants Fresh Pond Reservoir minutes away with 3 mile nature walk. Bike or hike Alewife Marshes from our door to Arlington, Harvard, and Boston. NOTE: If you are a writer or booklover you'll feel right at home. Come Meet Angus and Finn ( will not be allowed in your room.) If you dislike or are allergic to cats, this is not a good choice.

We do not store suitcases or baggage or boxes and request that guests limit themselves to one suitcase per person.

Note: we do not offer guests an opportunity to view the premises before booking. We hope our reviews, photos and description will show you that this is a special place.

Guest Access

Sauna, fitness club, Club Suite, bike paths, garage at Alewife ($7 daily)
Early arrivals may drop off a bag from 6 am on.
POOL OPEN Memorial Day to Labor Day from 9 am to 9pm MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY HOST.
We do not provide FAX or PRINTER service. There is a Staples nearby.

Interaction with Guests

Weekdays continental breakfast will be served from 7 to 8:30 am only. At 9 am my living room becomes a literary agency with interns, staff, and a stable of over 30 authors to care for.I serve my guests with ideas for their stay. If you need special help with navigating your trip, I'm here to assist. We also enjoy tea, coffee,or a glass of wine with conversation when the workday is done.
Guests may sit in on evening readings, however the work session of the agency is private.

The Neighborhood

The Alewife/Cambridge area is growing with new buildings and popular sites. Access to the Alewife Wetlands Reservation is across the street from us with bike paths, hikers, walkers and a nature walk with birds, ducks, geese, beavers, and quiet places to rest amidst the bustle of Cambridge.
Whole Foods cafe open from (phone number hidden) pm weekdays in the office bldg nextdoor. Food Trucks with crepes, burritos, sandwiches, and cupcakes in our parking lot from 11 to 2 weekdays. The Fresh Pond Reservoir provides a three mile hike for people and dogs.. Cafes, bistros, seafood all nearby. You'll love it.

Getting around

We have lots of maps and tour guides.
Plus my knowledge of Boston and its environs.

Other Things to Note

We love people and sharing our stories, but we also respect privacy and help those who are on a strict schedule to keep their appointments on time . Similarly we expect respect for our work schedules and appointments we have during normal work hours. This is not a hotel or a country retreat. We can share how to save money on cabs and tips for travelers.

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 2
Beds: 1
Extra people: $15 / night after the first guest
Cleaning Fee: $15
Check In: 12:00 PM (noon)
Check Out: 10:00 AM
Cancellation: Flexible
Pet Owner: Cat(s)
Overall Guest Satisfaction
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  • We had a wonderful stay with Carolyn. She was an exceptionally friendly and helpful hostess. We especially enjoyed the breakfasts she prepared for us; what a treat! We had everything we needed, and in a convenient location to boot. We're looking forward to planning our return trip!

    June 2014
  • Our visit with Caroline was exceptional. We were looking for a place to stay in between visits to children and grandchildren who lived in Connecticut and New Jersey. Boston seemed to be the place and "A Literary Agent's Guest Place" was the perfect location to stay in the area. Caroline is a gracious, witty, informative, and generous host. She entertained us with stories of her past, the city, the publishing industry, and shared her knowledge of things to see and do in Boston. Her suggestions were right on. One of her best tips was taking the ferry from Boston Harbor to Salem. We spent a wonderful day experiencing the sun, wind in our hair, and sea breeze on our faces...as well as learning about the history surrounding the Salem Witch Trials and seeing the various sites. The room was exceptionally clean and spacious. It was nice to have a private bathroom that was just ours. Like others have said, the T was right across the street and easy to access and get around on. The building is modern, secure, and houses a pool, fitness center, sauna, and hot tub...all available to Caroline's guests.
    We loved our stay with Caroline and couldn't be happier with our experience.

    June 2014
  • This is a case where the book jacket can't quite do justice to the book.

    Carolyn was exceedingly warm and gracious, and went out of her way to make sure I was comfortable, and was willing to chat and share her impressive knowledge of the city. Her cats are docile and friendly (Finn's even a bit shy!) and steered clear of my room.

    The room itself was spacious with tasteful decoration and a comfortable bed (I like mine a bit softer, but I still slept solidly both nights of my stay). There's a private bathroom which is again quite spacious and with a shower I wish I could take home with me. The room and the house were very clean, certainly as clean as a hotel, and in my opinion, cleaner.

    Carolyn also served breakfast each morning consisting of eggs, croissants, tomatoes, coffee, and juice. Well-prepared, filling, and delicious. She kept me company, and advised me how I could best travel to my destination, and then sent me off with a cheery greeting.

    The area itself was different than I'd expected; it was much quieter, and felt like a small town in the middle of a large city. Her building is secured, so there's an added sense of security, but I never felt uncomfortable, not even returning on foot at 9pm. The area's heavily treed, and I travelled in early summer, so the front gardens were in bloom and the neighbourhood was verdant -- it's the sort of place that you step into, pause, and breathe in deeply.

    Location-wise, it's steps from the T station, which has cheap parking, and transportation on the Red line to pretty much anywhere in boston. It took me about 35 minutes to get from the station there to downtown in morning rush-hour traffic, and then it was an additional 20 minutes to get to my gate at Logan International, but despite the length, the travel was comfortable. There were loads of people working on their laptops or using their phones, so I didn't feel unsafe using mine.

    There's also a decent Italian restaurant steps from the apartment. I ate there one night, and it was acceptable -- not world-class cuisine, but certainly on par with most restaurants. I ate downtown on the second night, and the food quality was excellent. If you're coming for the food, though, Carolyn can tell you where best to go.

    This was a fantastic value. If I come back to Boston -- as I expect to, next year -- I'll be booking with Carolyn as quickly as possible.

    June 2014
    Response from Carolyn:

    Rob, thank you for that suggestion. I can adjust the a/c to any desirable temp the guest would like, we had it down to 68 last week. I'm sorry I didn't know you needed it cooler. Thank you for a lovely write up. Best, Carolyn

    June 2014
  • Carolyn was a wonderful host and helped us to feel at home and ease immediately. This is a great location with the T station and walking trails just a stones throw. Very easy to get to and the directions were perfect! Our breakfasts were very good and the conversation flowed across varied subjects. Carolyn has had a very interesting life and it was fun to compare experiences. Angus and Finney were an impressive presence as well! I would advise those with cat allergies to look elsewhere. We were free to come and go at our leisure and would certainly go back

    June 2014
  • We had a wonderful stay at Carolyn's place. She was such a nice host and gave some really good advises about the area and great places to eat. The place is very convenient to get around. We enjoyed our stay, the breakfast, the room and the very nice talks to Carolyn and her wonderful cats. If we will be back in the area we will definately stay here again.

    June 2014
  • Carolyn 's place was perfect for my recent visit to Boston. Having never visited the area before, Carolyn helped with directions from the airport and made several suggestions on where to eat in Cambridge. The T train stop is right across the street which was extremely convenient and a cheap way to travel around the city. She always had coffee and a bite to eat ready for us in the morning and worked around all our plans. Our trip couldn't have been more pleasant!

    June 2014
    Response from Carolyn:

    It was a joy meeting you. I hope you hurry back.

    June 2014
  • I had a great stay at Carolyn, it was like meeting an old friend. The place was neat and bright, spacious, with a very comfy bed. Bathroom, toiletries and storage space were very good and handy too. The location is great being so close to the T, easy to find and just so handy to get about anywhere in no time. Cat lovers will be delighted, however these friendly cats are not invasive. Definitely a place to recommend, I will stay again!

    May 2014
  • Carolyn was a wonderful host and a pleasant person. She made sure I was comfortable through out my stay.
    The flat is located in Cambridge, just a stones throw from the 'T'. Carolyn gave me a lot of tips on what to see and do in Boston.
    Also she made me a great veg. breakfast on both days...
    Very comfortable, neat and clean, closet and drawer space, fresh towels and good quality toiletries.
    Cats were not a bother at all.

    May 2014
  • Corolyn is lovely and responsibly lady. It was a wonderful experience stay at her lovely house. The room is bright and clearness. The facilities here are good. I will stay here again when I come to boston again.

    May 2014
  • It was great staying at Carolyn's place and I found everything as expected. I would definitely stay with her again.

    May 2014
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Niles Township High School, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Columbia University, Emmanuel College, University of Connecticut, Harvard University
Carolyn Jenks Literary Agency
Carolyn is a literary agent, author, actress who lives a life of books, film, travel, and writing. She has a fondness for British theatre and French cuisine. She enjoys entertaining and intelligent conversation and finds that with her family, associates, and friends. She speaks English, and some French, Spanish, and Italian. Her home is a refection of her interests. Humor, and hospitality are the earmarks of her personality.
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