Hotel prices in downtown Boston have a tendency to go through the roof, particularly during peak travel seasons. Cambridge is home to Harvard University and plenty of boutique shops, top-quality restaurants, and historical sights. It is also well-connected to the rest of Boston with the T (Boston’s subway). Choosing to stay in one of these boutique hotels in Cambridge means you are choosing an affordable, comfortable, and intimate hotel experience.

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Harvard Square Hotel

If you have any business in or around Harvard, the Harvard Square Hotel is in an ideal place in the middle of Harvard Square. Rooms are small but comfortable, but where they lack in size they make up for in the contemporary design. Reviewers of this hotel are in consensus that the level of service from the staff is what sets it apart from other hotels in the area.

Hotel Marlowe, a Kimpton Hotel

Hotel Marlowe, a Kimpton Hotel is a boutique hotel that offers all the standard services of a Kimpton Hotel. This includes complimentary coffee in the morning and a happy hour with free wine in the afternoon. The rooms are of a generous size, and they are pet-friendly, so feel free to bring your furry friends with you. The hotel directly connects to the Cambridge Galleria Mall, and provides easy access to the T and other Cambridge sights. If you join the Kimpton rewards program you get access to free Wi-Fi during your stay.

Hotel Veritas

Inside an updated four-story historic building is where you will find the Hotel Veritas. With just 40 rooms in the hotel, the intimacy, plus comfort and convenience, make this hotel a gem of a find. Nicely designed rooms mean that the small size is functional and comfortable. The free breakfast is modest, but there are plenty of restaurants nearby, and a 15-minute stroll gets you to the T.

The Charles Hotel

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Another hotel right in Harvard Square, The Charles Hotel is close to Harvard, and in walking distance of a large range of bars, restaurants, and shops. Its prime spot means the prices are a bit higher than other hotels nearby. By no means is it a luxury hotel, but it is very comfortable, with high-end amenities like a television in the bathroom mirror. Enjoy free Wi-Fi, and a well-equipped fitness center.

Royal Sonesta Boston

The Royal Sonesta Boston is in a prime spot in Cambridge. It overlooks the Charles River and is within walking distance of the Northend and Fanueil Hall. If you can, opt for a higher room to enjoy views of the Boston skyline and the river. The amenities at this boutique hotel are top-quality, including the well-reviewed onsite restaurant. A nice perk is the two-hour free bike rental so you can explore the area on two wheels.

Maybe you are in Boston for one of the fabulous festivals throughout the year. Perhaps you are in the city to explore the culinary scene. Or maybe the rich history is what calls you to this New England city. Whatever it is, make your trip more enjoyable by choosing one of these boutique hotels in Cambridge.

This post is part of the Hipmunk Boutique Hotel Campaign.