Hotels on Massachusetts Avenue in Boston

by Joy Uyeno

While there are an abundance of hotels in Boston and Cambridge, only a few sit along Massachusetts Avenue. Known affectionately as “Mass Ave” to locals, the road curves and dips into Boston just before crossing the Charles River, which it runs along on the Cambridge side. The hotels are a reflection of the two distinct sides of the river, with the Cambridge locations catering toward technology-geared business travelers and the Boston hotel catering toward an eclectic crowd looking for luxury.

Le Meridien Cambridge

Le Meridien hotel is just one block from Massachusetts Avenue and within walking distance of MIT and Kendall Square. The hotel's decor is a practice in functional elegance, with minimalist guest rooms primarily dressed in black and white with pops of red. The hotel has a garden and is equipped with a fitness center. Sidney's Grille is the hotel's sole dining establishment, serving contemporary American cuisine with a Mediterranean twist for breakfast, lunch, dinner and room service. The restaurant is accompanied by a bar called Sidney's Lounge, which specializes in martinis.

Hotel Veritas

Hotel Veritas is also located in Cambridge, just two blocks off of Massachusetts Avenue and near Harvard Square. The hotel features 31 guest rooms decorated in a contemporary classic style. The plush headboards and armchairs feature fine nailhead detailing, and the rooms are made up with sumptuous fabrics. Each room has complimentary wireless Internet access, and guests benefit from 24-hour Nespresso service in the lobby, as well as access to the Gym at Kama Yoga across the street. The Simple Truth Lounge in the hotel's lobby serves up local beers and liquors, as well as artisan cheeses from Fromaggio Kitchen.

Sheraton Back Bay

The Sheraton Back Bay is located right in the heart of the city, just two blocks from the Boston side of Massachusetts Avenue. The hotel houses 971 traditional guest rooms, 125 suites and four luxury suites, all made up in contemporary furnishings with sleek lines. The mattresses are the Sheraton line of Sealy posturpedic plush pillowtops, which are covered in crisp white sheets and a down comforter. The hotel's fitness center employs personal trainers, and the indoor/outdoor pool is the largest in New England. A Starbucks franchise is located off of the lobby, as well as a bar called Sidebar & Grille. For breakfast, guests can visit Cafe Apropos, which features New England favorites like 100 percent Vermont Maple Syrup to accompany pancakes.

Eliot Hotel

Located right off of Massachusetts Avenue on Commonwealth Avenue, the Eliot Hotel is a boutique establishment that has been owned by the same family for more than 50 years. There are 95 guest units, of which 78 are suites, and all the rooms are dressed in contemporary European style. Sepia-toned chocolate and cream wallpaper and fabrics are accessorized with touches of azure. Guests receive complimentary access to Boston Sports Club, as well as free Internet access. Those with four-legged friends can take advantage of the hotel's pet-sitting services. The Eliot's French restaurant, Clio, was named Best French Restaurant by "Boston Magazine" and is headed up by James Beard award-winning chef Ken Oringer. Uni Sashimi bar is another of Oringer's creations that is tucked into the Eliot, and it was awarded Best Sushi Restaurant by "Boston Magazine."