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Mary Prentiss Inn, Cambridge

3-star3 stars
6 Prentiss St.CambridgeMA02140United States of America

3-star B&B, convenient to Harvard Square
  • Free continental breakfast, free Internet, and free parking
Great location
Awesome vibe
Delicious food
Tasty breakfast
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Mary Prentiss Inn, Cambridge

from $189
  • Suite
  • Standard Room, 1 Queen Bed

About Mary Prentiss Inn, Cambridge

Located in Cambridge, this bed & breakfast is a half-mile from Harvard Museum of Natural History, and 1 mile from Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology. Harvard Square is 1.5 miles from the hotel, while Massachusetts Institute of Technology is 3 miles away.

Hotel Features.
Mary Prentiss Inn occupies a restored Neo-classical mansion, built in 1843 by architect William A. Saunders as a wedding gift for his son William, and his son's wife, Mary Prentiss. This Cambridge bed & breakfast is listed on the National Register of Historical Places. Guests enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast daily, on the seasonal terrace or in the parlor with a fireplace. The hotel provides afternoon tea, coffee, and homemade cookies or pastries. The lobby includes complimentary newspapers. Business services are available, and free parking is on site. Guests can use a nearby fitness facility at a discount.


Air-conditioned guestrooms at Mary Prentiss Inn are individually decorated in an early American style. Beds provide pillowtop mattresses and cotton sheets. TVs are equipped with cable channels. Local calls and wired and wireless Internet access are complimentary. Bathrooms include hair dryers and designer toiletries. Rooms offer windows that open, irons/ironing boards, and digital alarm clocks with MP3 players. Some rooms have refrigerators and microwaves. All rooms are non-smoking.

At a glance

Key facts

Hotel size

  • This hotel has 20 rooms
  • This hotel is arranged over 3 floors


  • Check-in time 3 PM-9 PM
  • Check-out time is 11 AM
If you are planning to arrive after 9 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation.

Required at check in

  • Credit card or cash deposit required

  • Government-issued photo ID required

  • Minimum check-in age is 21

Travelling with others


  • No cribs (infant beds)


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas

  • Free wired Internet access in rooms



  • Free self parking

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
* See small print for additional details or extra charges

In the hotel

Food and drink
  • Free continental breakfast
Things to do
  • Use of nearby fitness center (discount)
  • Golfing nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Free newspapers in lobby
  • Year Built 1843
  • Fireplace in lobby

In the room

Home comforts
  • Air conditioning
  • Ceiling fan
  • Iron/ironing board
Sleep well
  • Sleep Number by Select Comfort mattress
Things to enjoy
  • Fireplace
  • Individually decorated
  • Individually furnished
Freshen up
  • Private bathroom
  • Shower only
  • Designer toiletries
Be entertained
  • TV
  • Cable TV channels
Stay connected
  • Desk
  • Free wired Internet
  • Phone

Mary Prentiss Inn, Cambridge’s small print

Also known as

  • Mary Prentiss
  • Mary Prentiss Cambridge
  • Mary Prentiss Inn
  • Mary Prentiss Inn Cambridge
  • Prentiss Inn
  • Mary Prentiss Hotel Cambridge


Guests who would like a parking space during their stay must call ahead to reserve a spot.

We have included all charges provided to us by this hotel. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

What’s around Mary Prentiss Inn, Cambridge


  • Harvard Square - 16 min walk
  • Semitic Museum - 14 min walk
  • Harvard University - 16 min walk
  • Harvard Law School - 8 min walk
  • Somerville Theatre - 20 min walk
  • Boston University - 2.7 mi / 4.3 km
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology - 2.5 mi / 4 km
  • Museum of Science - 3 mi / 4.8 km

Getting around

  • Boston, MA (BOS-Logan Intl.) - 20 min drive
  • Bedford, MA (BED-Laurence G. Hanscom Field) - 25 min drive
  • Norwood, MA (OWD-Norwood Memorial) - 37 min drive
  • Lawrence, MA (LWM-Lawrence Municipal) - 39 min drive
  • Beverly, MA (BVY-Beverly Municipal) - 41 min drive
  • West Medford Station - 11 min drive
  • Belmont Station - 11 min drive
  • Boston Yawkey Station - 15 min drive
  • Porter Square Station - 6 min walk
  • Harvard Square Station - 17 min walk
  • Davis Station - 20 min walk
  • Free self parking

Recent reviews

Superb 9.0 From 98 reviews

Mary Prentiss Inn, Cambridge
Great Experience!
Great stay. I stayed in a room with a fireplace (heaven) and the jetted tub. The room was quaint, clean and cozy. I felt right at home, and slept fantastic -which is NOT my usual "hotel" experience. Check-in was seamless and the front desk staff was extremely helpful. Breakfast was delicious (amazing coffee) and they were very accommodating of my food allergies. They also helped me find restaurants close by that I could eat at. So helpful, as eating is a huge challenge/stress for me while traveling. All around great stay! Will return.
A Traveler, us3 night trip
Mary Prentiss Inn, Cambridge
Very Good8.0
Stayed for one night to visit grand children. Very nice. Rooms all varied and interesting. Very good breakfast in comfortable surrounding. Biggest negative was parking. While the website says there is a lot with free in and out, it is in fact a basement garage which is extremely tight and very difficult to maneuver. (also not very well lit and accessible from the street). Another negative was curious lack of check in staff. You have to find them (they are in a tiny recess under a stairway) and never asked if we would like someone to help us with our bags as there is no elevator.
Charles, us1 night trip
Mary Prentiss Inn, Cambridge
One of My Favorites
My daughter goes to school near by and I loved it!
A Traveler, us1 night trip
Mary Prentiss Inn, Cambridge
Delightful bed and breakfast inn near Harvard.
This a lovely, quiet and comfortable place near Harvard Law School and with many dining options nearby. It is beautifully decorated and maintained. Breakfast is unexceptional but good and well served. Staff is very pleasant.
A Traveler, us3 night business trip
Mary Prentiss Inn, Cambridge
Costly but worth it
Though it was far more than I wanted to pay to stay in Boston, I cannot deny that the space is beautiful, its location is ideal and its staff is helpful and friendly. I have zero complaints about my stay besides the cost, but I have to admit that it was worth every penny.
Chad, us1 night business trip

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