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About Harvard Square

Harvard Square lies in the heart of Cambridge, part of the Boston Metropolitan Area, in the state of Massachusetts, and acts as a central point encompassing the culture and energy of the city. Harvard University surrounds the intersection and comprises of independent business and services. It contains many students and acts as a mixing hub for the university and the local community in a busy and beautiful area of the city, as an open and colourful triangular plaza.

A key attraction for visitors to Harvard Square is to witness the famous Harvard University, whose walls line the plaza and whose student life seeps into the culture of the surrounding area, as there are also many student bars and cafes. Other nearby cultural sites include the Semitic Museum, the Museum of Natural History and the American Repertory Theatre, although the square is also a site of smaller cultural wonders, like local buskers, street performers and independent businesses. Visitors can easily find a cute or quirky cafe to relax in, or discover other student favourites like local bookshops, small theatres and artistic stores selling cheap furniture, second-hand items and old fashioned supplies. There are also food trucks that travel to Harvard Square and offer delicious food, or visitors can walk in the surrounding park nature, or shop at the nearby Garage shopping mall.

Harvard Square is served by the central transit station, which includes subway, bus and trolley connections, all of which use the area as a transfer point, making it easy for visitors to access the area from throughout the city. Public transport services use Massachusetts Avenue as a central hub and drivers can also access the avenue by car, at the end of which lies Harvard Square.

Early maps of Harvard Square show the area to be a residential district, which was once home to famous Americans, such as Anne Bradstreet, a colonial poet of the 17th century. The area changed with the development of Harvard University as what was once a shopping neighbourhood transformed into a regional meeting place and student hub. Gentrification took place, throughout the 20th century although the area retained its old, local atmosphere through maintaining second-hand stores and independent businesses, especially focusing on preserving its book selling reputation.

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The Charles Hotel in Harvard Square

The Charles Hotel in Harvard Square
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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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Superb, 9.0
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Featuring an on-site night club and a beauty salon, The Charles Hotel in Harvard Square is situated in Cambridge and boasts 4-star accommodation. Offering free wireless internet, a restaurant and an indoor pool, the hotel is within a 10-minute walk of the American Repertory Theater, Episcopal Divinity School and Harvard College.

Irving House at Harvard

Irving House at Harvard
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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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Very Good, 8.1
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Located within walking distance of Harvard MBTA Subway Station, this comfortable bed and breakfast is a convenient base for those wanting to explore Cambridge and its surrounds. It offers free Wi-Fi, a terrace and a safe.

Hotel Veritas

Hotel Veritas
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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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Superb, 9.0
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Hotel Veritas is a comfortable setting while visiting Cambridge and is close to everything the area has to offer. It is located a brief stroll from Harvard Square, Harvard College and Harvard University.

Harvard Square Hotel

Harvard Square Hotel
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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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Good, 7.9
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Harvard Square Hotel is located amongst Cambridge's well-known tourist attractions, just a brief stroll from Harvard MBTA Subway Station. It offers complimentary Wi-Fi, an express check-in and check-out feature and a 24-hour reception.

A Friendly Inn at Harvard

A Friendly Inn at Harvard
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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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Good, 7.0
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A Friendly Inn at Harvard is set in Cambridge and is within a short walk of local sightseeing spots, such as the Harvard Museum of Natural History. It also offers free Wi-Fi and a 24-hour reception.

Porter Square Hotel

Porter Square Hotel
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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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Fabulous, 8.8
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Porter Square Hotel offers 3-star accommodation in Cambridge. It is moments from Harvard University, eateries and nightlife options.

Sheraton Commander Hotel

Sheraton Commander Hotel
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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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Very Good, 8.0
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Less than 20 minutes' walk from Porter Railway Station, Sheraton Commander Hotel provides guests with a convenient base when in Cambridge. It is moments from Episcopal Divinity School, restaurants and nightlife options.

The Cambridge Karma House

The Cambridge Karma House
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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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6.1
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Cambridge Karma House is a comfortable base when in Cambridge and is close to everything the area has to offer. It also offers free wireless internet.

Parkside on Ellery

Parkside on Ellery
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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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Superb, 9.2
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Located within walking distance of Harvard MBTA Subway Station, this comfortable bed and breakfast is an ideal base for those wanting to discover Cambridge and its surrounds. It also provides free Wi-Fi and luggage storage.

A Bed & Breakfast in Cambridge

A Bed & Breakfast in Cambridge
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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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Situated within walking distance of Harvard MBTA Subway Station, this elegant bed and breakfast is a convenient base for those wanting to explore Cambridge and its surrounds. It provides a gym, as well as a concierge, free Wi-Fi and luggage storage.

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