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Recently stayed in what was referred to as The Scholar -room 3. This is not a bed and breakfast, it is an Airbnb. Had to climb narrow steep stairs to the converted attic. Decorated as if a student recently graduated. Very small shower. Luckily we weren't tall. There was a one hour window for breakfast which consisted of coffee, orange juice, their choice cereal, and an English muffin. No clean up service. I would not recommend this establishment.

The host is very friendly and knowledgeable. Listen carefully to his recommendations. It is located on a quiet street and the rooms are clean and very nicely furnished. Breakfast is adequate but not great but the coffee is very good.

I stayed there because i was attending a symposium in Harvard. The location is great. It is the only good thing about it. It is and old fashion b&b, not updated at all. The bed was uncomfortable and the breakfast very poor. Tons of options for coffee but just one type of cheap tea (i am a tea person). The juice is not natural and i asked if i could have some fruit and the owner sent me to the supermarket to buy it. I think for the price i paid -750 dollars for 3 nights- getting 1 apple and an orange per day it is not too much asking. Actually if he would have done it i would not be writing this review. Also, if you have any intolerance, forget about it, they only offer bread, muesli and cow milk.... Not that i have intolerance but i would appreciate some variety. I paid 750 dollars + my own fruit and soya milk...I rather stay in a place with no breakfast.

We stayed in the Scholar's Room - way too small for two people and not much room to move about the space. It is also below ground level. "Breakfast" is coffee, juice, english muffin, muesli - served via tray outside your room (you have to eat in your room). The room itself had no special touches - soap, but no shampoo, conditioner, etc - definitely no frills. If you're a tall person or large-ish person, watch out - bathroom is small, shower stall tiny, shower head very low (maybe set at about 5 feet). Room was very clean; location is pretty good - you can walk to Harvard; parking is street parking only. You are given a temporary permit, so if you can find parking, you're ok. Cars must be moved once every 24 hours.

I blundered on to Parkside on Ellery by sheer chance when trying to find a place that was affordable and close to Harvard Square. O Lucky Me. The house and our host, David Szlag were just perfect. The room was a lovely mix of both Northern and Southern Victorian furniture. Very well appointed and every conceivable thing you could have wanted was already anticipated and supplied. Except one. I mentioned to David one morning, that it would be a help to have a 'back mirror' in the bathroom so that a woman could see the back of her hair when she was preparing for her day. That night when we returned, David happened to be outside and mentioned that there was a surprise waiting for us in our room. My husband was puzzled as he thought it would be a food item or wine and nothing was evident. I walked into the bathroom and there it was --- the back mirror --- hung just where I could see the back of my head. It simply doesn't get much better than a host who literally made my passing remark come true. Can't say enough about both the fabulous house, warm and inviting room and a host that stepped up to make our stay a perfect 10. Thanks, David, and we will see you in the future! I highly recommend booking with Parkside on Ellery.

This B&B is conveniently located to Harvard Square and the metro station, and yet on a quiet residential street. The rooms are comfortable, spacious and quaint. Breakfast arrives on a tray in the morning--the offerings are limited but you can have as much as you want. David was extremely personable, informative and accommodating.

Lovely house, good-sized room, with distinctive antique mahogany Victorian furniture, updated with comfortable mattress and modern amenities. Nice view of park across the street. Friendly, informative welcome from David, who makes himself available if needed, but if not called upon, discreetly withdraws to allow guests privacy. David is clearly a very experienced host and has through all the practical details to make your stay easy and comfortable, from a clever breakfast ordering and delivery (to your room) system to well-chosen blinds to great directions for using (free) public transportation from the airport. Good location 10 minutes from Harvard Yard (and the T stop) in one direction, Inman Square in the other. If I have to identify an area for improvement, it would be the bedside lighting -- a little dim for reading. But there is a good reading light next to a comfortable couch.

Really enjoyed our stay; we'd definitely go back. Dave is very welcoming and informative, then he's great about letting you do your own thing, which we appreciated. Specifically, we stayed in the Cambridge Room and it was lovely. The location is very convenient and an easy walk to the rest of Cambridge (and it's immediately surrounded by cute neighborhoods). If you're looking for frills, this may not be the place for you, but if you're looking for a charming, laid-back and comfortable place to stay in a great location at a fair price, this is the place. We look forward to going back sometime!

Location ideal. Welcome informative. Whole experience very impersonal. Breakfast unexciting. We went on to stay in quite a number of B&Bs in both the US and Canada, so we quickly came to realise what might normally be expected service-wise.

This quaint bed-and-breakfast is in an excellent location for anyone visiting Harvard (or even MIT). Dave, the owner, is super-friendly, and will give you all sorts of tips on what's going on in the city. Dave also shared some of the local history which was extremely informative. This is not really and bed-and-breakfast, although Dave DOES serve a continental breakfast to your room. What I really liked about it is that I could come and go as I pleased, and had a private entrance to my giant room. The bathroom and adjoining areas were very clean, and the space was perfect for me. I will definitely be back!

Ellery Street Cambridge MA

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to Semitic Museum and Harvard Square
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking

Located in Mid-Cambridge, Parkside on Ellery is a leisurely stroll from popular sights such as Semitic Museum and Harvard Square. This 3-room, 3-star bed & breakfast welcomes guests with conveniences like free in-room WiFi and free self parking.


Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with room service.


All 3 air-conditioned rooms provide refrigerators, free bottled water, and phones. Guests can enjoy cable TV and stay connected with free WiFi. Beds sport premium bedding. Other standard amenities include ironing boards and desks. Limited housekeeping is available.

Property features

Parkside on Ellery features free WiFi in public areas and a garden. If you decide to drive, there's free parking. Friendly staff can provide luggage storage, and also offer advice about sightseeing.

Room options

Standard Double Room, Ensuite (Room 3, the Scholar)

1 Double Bed | Sleeps 2

Standard Double Room, Ensuite (Room 2, the Cambridge)

1 Double Bed | Sleeps 2

Standard Double Room, Ensuite (Room 1, the Victorian)

1 Double Bed | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

89.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 93 reviews

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