The Kendall Hotel, Boston

350 Main St, Cambridge, MA 02142, USA (show on map)

Expert reviews

Lonely Planet review:

“Once the Engine 7 Firehouse, this city landmark is now a cool and classy all-American hotel. The 65 guest rooms exhibit a firefighter riff, alongside the requisite creature comforts.”

Telegraph review:

“This gorgeous Victorian firehouse turned boutique hotel near buzzy Kendall Square – a Historic Hotels of America member – is just minutes from downtown Boston. The Kendall’s Black Sheep restaurant is a gem, with a tempting menu that includes delicious vegan options.”

Guest rating

This an aggregated customer review rating of The Kendall Hotel, Boston. We have taken customer review ratings from hotel booking sites, search engines, the official hotel website and other travel platforms. This is the average of all those ratings. We only list places that have a customer review rating of at least 4.0 out of 5.0

4.6 out of 5.0

Ranked 2nd in Boston


What guests liked

All you need to know

This luxury hotel was originally built in the 19th century and this is evident in its design which typifies historic Victorian architecture. The hotel is located in a pristine location where it offers guests an opportunity to get closer to the famous city attractions of the city. The hotel is located just adjacent to the world-renowned MIT Campus in Cambridge.

The atmosphere in the hotel is cozy and serene, ensuring that guests feel at home when they are in Boston. For the Kendall Hotel Boston, the guests are the number one priority and their needs are put first. Throughout their stay in the hotel, guests should expect maximum comfort and nothing short of that. Five-star hospitality and the perfect departure spot to enjoy all the excitement and glamour of the city.

Immediately outside the hotel premises, guests can get to see the fantastic transportation system that would provide them with access to all the great and illustrious places in Boston. In fact, with the system, both downtown Boston and Harvard University are a stone’s throw away from the hotel.

The rooms in the hotel are designed with the best colors that give the hotel added elegance. The rooms are also furnished with the latest decors and equipped with modern hospitality amenities and facilities.

Guests have the opportunity to start their day with the deliciously prepared breakfast that the hotel offers. At the Rooftop Retreat, a wine hour is hosted each night where relaxation and refreshment are guaranteed.


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Recent guest reviews


23 August 2023


The rooms are very comfortable and the staff is great. Super helpful. When a leak developed in our room, they quickly gave us a key to a new room and offered a bottle of wine.

Honestly, our only problems were with I needed to make changes to my reservation and NEVER RESPONDED TO MY MULTIPLE REQUESTS even though it was before the deadline. I finally got in touch with the hotel directly and made some changes but had to eat two nights stay because purposely ignored my contacts.


18 August 2023

Great location for transportation and food

Location; very close to the T-line and great eateries!



17 August 2023

Very good

Everything about the room, the service, and the location was very nice. The breakfast buffet was exceptional.

The "resort fee" was ridiculous and will be considered a strong negative the next time we need a room in Cambridge..


17 August 2023

Lovely and interesting hotel in excellent location. Shame that the elevator is so slow.

We were on the top floor, and next to us was a covered atrium with tables, chairs and internet, that was very nice to sit in and have breakfast. The breakfast was very nice (although I would have liked to have some sort of vegetables). The early check-in payment ($50+tax) was very good, as it also included breakfast on that morning. The location is excellent, as we could walk 5 minutes to the river, and 2 minutes to the subway stations. The whole vibe of the hotel was fun and interesting.

The elevator! It was very slow, both going up and down. We only discovered the atrium by chance. Since part of the bedroom was under the eaves, so the view was non-existent, and part of the ceiling was sloped.


10 August 2023

Very nice stay in an old firehouse

Great location, in a very nice setting (old firehouse). The room was sufficiently large, and we appreciated having a nice breakfast every morning. The personnel was very friendly as well.


9 August 2023

Charming and spotless historic spot in Cambridge.

This hotel is exceptional in every way. I love staying in historic places and the old firehouse is perfect. The decor is tasteful and detailed. The entire place is spotless. Every corner is cozy and comfy. It’s in an excellent location to access Boston and Cambridge. The staff is friendly and accommodating. This was my second stay and I will definitely be returning for more. Lovely all around.


6 August 2023

Great hotel in a pleasant neighbourhood

Tastefully fitted out with both a kettle & coffeemaker in room. Safe location handy for train station. Staff very welcoming.

Nothing to dislike but proper dining tables in breakfast area and a mini fridge in room would be a welcome additions


1 August 2023

Enjoyed our stay, would definitely come back to stay again.

Staff was nice, room was clean, spacious, and very comfortable. Bar/Restaurant staff was also very nice. Breakfast was delicious, had great options to choose from and crispy bacon. The history of the hotel was also wonderful to hear about and to see in the decorations of the hotel. The free wine tasting was also nice to enjoy. The gift bag on the door was extremely nice since it was not expected. I have never received a gift/goodie bag from any other hotel before.

Price of the pizza at the hotel should be marked down, not worth the price, it should be around $8-$10 max due to the small size (basically the size of a personal pizza).


31 July 2023


Wonderful hotel and fantastic staff. Would have loved to stay even longer. The complementary wine happy hour, the crispy bacon at breakfast, fresh fruit and lovely decor...

Parking is very expensive. But so is the city itself


25 July 2023

Very nice stay in a quirky hotel.

Clean and comfortable rooms. Hotel has a nice atmosphere.

Breakfast is not up to European standard buffet - seating arrangements for breakfast not very comfortable.


13 July 2023

great stay at a historic building that’s been beautifully renovated. the staff is amazing!

the historic building abc the renovation, Dyson air dryer, nice toiletries

rooms in the attic space don’t have a full thermostat for the AC. No need to add the plastic flowers. hotel is very nice as it is.


11 July 2023

Excellent stay in a themed hotel

Quirky. Good Eye for detail. Breakfast.



22 June 2023

Quirky hotel with friendly atmosphere

The perfect blend of modern with nostalgic features in the heart of Kendal

Room lacked fridge or microwave - inconsistency in what is offered for room rates


20 June 2023


Breakfast was great. Hotel was walking distance to Boston.


15 June 2023


Comfortable and friendly hotel. Very clean and was like a home from home.



12 June 2023


Location and Breakfast


10 June 2023

Nice place to stay for short period of time if you need to go to MIT or city centre

The room was clean and tidy and the hotel has a strong character with little fire engines miniature all over the hallways. The location is excellent and closed to the metro station to get to the city centre in less than 15m or with a nice walk. Very convenient to visit MIT which is

The view wasn't great, the neighbourhood was safe but pretty empty during the weekend. Breakfast was average and didn't meet the nice atmosphere that was in the dining room.


26 May 2023


immaculately clean. boutique feel. stellar staff. fabulous location near Red Line and MIT.


30 April 2023

Great location right next to the T; clean hotel; very helpful check-in staff

Nice hot breakfast with good choices.

Would have preferred some healthier alternatives such as oatmeal, cereals, more fresh fruits, yogurt, etc.


23 April 2023

cute, comfortable and central location

very clean, a little small but very cute

breakfast was ok


18 April 2023


Great facilities and very friendly staff. Great location to the Marathon

I liked the food, excellent breakfast and wonderful facilities


13 April 2023


Breakfast was convenient and better than expected.


11 April 2023

Loved it, would return

staff was great, hotel was clean and comfortable, very convenient.

my bed, in #317 was very uneven. the rest of the room was wonderful.


9 April 2023

Relaxing stay in a beautiful boutique hotel.

The location of the hotel is perfect. We were able to take the metro which is just steps away from the hotel. I also really loved all of the thoughtful touches throughout the hotel. Clearly, this was a project of the heart the owners. We are already planning our return trip for May of 2024.

Breakfast was great, I would only add some whole grain bread options to make it perfect.


7 April 2023


cozy place excellent location

housekeeping kept knocking early in the morning on checkout day!!

Hotel facilities

Business facilities

  • - Meeting/banquet facilities (additional charge)
  • - Business centre
  • - Fax/photocopying

Food & Drink

  • - Bar
  • - Kid-friendly buffet
  • - Wine/champagne (additional charge)

Reception services

  • - 24-hour front desk
  • - Express check-in/check-out
  • - Luggage storage
  • - Concierge service
  • - Invoice provided


  • - Fitness centre
  • - Fitness
  • - Happy hour


  • - Non-smoking rooms
  • - Facilities for disabled guests
  • - Family rooms
  • - Lift
  • - Safety deposit box
  • - Soundproof rooms
  • - Heating
  • - Non-smoking throughout
  • - Air conditioning
  • - Vending machine (drinks)
  • - Vending machine (snacks)
  • - Shared lounge/TV area

Cleaning services

  • - Dry cleaning (additional charge)
  • - Ironing service (additional charge)


  • - Wheelchair accessible
  • - Toilet with grab rails


  • - Outdoor furniture


  • - 24-hour security
  • - Key card access
  • - Smoke alarms
  • - CCTV in common areas
  • - CCTV outside property
  • - Fire extinguishers
  • - Delivered food is securely covered
  • - Face masks for guests available
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