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Things to Do

Close to the hotel:

CambridgeSide Galleria
100 Cambridgeside Pl
Cambridge, MA 02141

Distance from hotel: 413 feet

Retail: CVS; Apple Store; Best Buy; Lenscrafters

Food court including: Au Bon Pain; Dunkin Donuts; Chipotle; and that other coffee franchise

Restaurants: World of Beer; Cheesecake Factory; PF Chang's

Lechmere Square

At the junction of Cambridge and First streets, adjacent to the CambridgeSide Galleria shopping mall. Perhaps best known as the eastern terminus of the MBTA Green Line subway. Lechmere is a 5 minute walk from the hotel.

Distance from hotel: 0.5 mile

 

Kendall Square

Just over the Longfellow Bridge from Boston, at the eastern end of the MIT campus. Most of Cambridge's large office towers are located here. A flourishing biotech industry has sprouted around here.

Distance from hotel: 1 miles

 

Inman Square

The most "funky" and "unique" of the squares, Inman Square is home to many diverse restaurants, bars and boutiques. A new community park was installed and is a favorite place to enjoy some takeout food from nearby restaurants and ice cream parlors.

Distance from hotel: 1.5 miles

 

Central Square

This is perhaps the closest Cambridge has to a downtown and is well-known for its wide variety of ethnic restaurants. Even as recently as the late 1990s, it was rather run-down; it underwent a gentrification in recent years (in conjunction with the development of the nearby University Park at MIT), and continues to grow more upscale.

Distance from hotel: 1.8 miles

 

Porter Square

About a mile north on Massachusetts Avenue from Harvard Square, which also includes part of the city of Somerville.

Distance from hotel: 2.7 miles

 

Harvard Square

This is the site of Harvard University, the oldest university in the United States, and is a major Cambridge shopping area.

Distance from hotel: 3.5 miles

ArtBar

Royal Sonesta Boston

Lobby Level, East Tower

ON PROPERTY

Restaurant Dante

Royal Sonesta Boston

Lobby Level, Wst Tower

ON PROPERTY

 

 

World of Beer

CambridgeSide Galleria Mall

Distance from hotel: 413 feet

 

Cheesecake Factory

CambridgeSide Galleria Mall

Distance from hotel: 413 feet

PF Chang's

CambridgeSide Galleria Mall

Distance from hotel: 413 feet

Helmand

143 First Street
Cambridge, MA

Distance from hotel: .2 mile

The Similans

145 First Street
Cambridge, MA

Distance from hotel: .2 mile

 

 

 

Breakfast Options

Kendall Square (and nearby) Restaurants

ONE KENDALL SQUARE has really become a foodie destination, thanks to all the great bars and restaurants clustered around the lovely remodeled outdoor square.

  • Cambridge Brewing Co. - Craft beer and pub food
  • The Smoke Shop - Yummy barbecue!
  • Mamaleh's - Sadly, Mamaleh's (which bills itself as "a modern era Jewish delicatessen") is only open for breakfast and lunch (7am - 4pm). Great stop on your way out of town Saturday morning?
  • State Park - Downstairs, State Park is definitely the hippest place in OKS, combining outdoor seating with a dim interior and pinball machines.
  • Pagu - "A menu of traditional Japanese and Spanish dishes, plus some fusions of the two."
Public Libraries

Boston Public Library - the Central Branch is a wonderful blend of architecture that is old and new. Particularly of note are the murals by John Singer Sargent.

Cambridge Public Library - worth a visit, if only to enjoy the architecture and their amazing Teen Room

 

Local Independent Bookstores

Brattle Books -  Dating back to 1825, Brattle has established itself as a national landmark in the rare and antiquarian book-selling world. 

Commonwealth Books - Dealing in used books, Commonwealth is quiet, comfortable and covers all subjects. In addition to their book section, Commonwealth has one of Boston’s best collections of antique maps and prints for sale.

Harvard Square Books - Not to be mistaken with The Coop, Harvard University’s Barnes and Noble managed bookstore, The Harvard Book Store has been an independently run shop since its opening in 1932.

Trident Booksellers and Cafe -  Here you'll find the best place in the city to find the book you’ve been looking for, and sit down to read it over a meal. They also have a great YA collection.

Boston has an amazing variety of sites to see! Here is just a small sampling:

 

Historic Sites

The Freedom Trail - visit 16 sites that tell the story of the birth of the American Republic

Faneuil Hall - built in 1740 as a colonial marketplace, it's now home to shops and restaurants.

U.S.S. Constitution and  Bunker Hill - "Old Ironsides" remains a commissioned naval warship, and is open to visitors

 

Museums

Museum of Science - Just an 8 minute walk from the hotel. Visit their website, and look under Educator Resources, for information on how to gain free admission!

Massachusetts Institute of Technology - take a stroll thru their campus, and you'll see a wide variety of architectural styles and examples of exemplary modern art sculpture

Harvard University and Harvard Square - found in 1635, Harvard is considered one of America's top academic institutions. It's also home to some fantastic art museums and the Natural History Museum

Museum of Fine Arts - what a place to while away a few hours! Boston's premiere art museum

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum - in the same neighborhood as the MFA, this smaller museum boasts a magnificent collection - and an enduring mystery about their famous heist

New England Aquarium - located on the Harbor at Central Wharf, you can find over 20,000 species of fish and aquatic animals

Getting Around

Boston is a very walkable city. Use the map below to help plan your stroll.