1.78km from Beantown TaqueriaI have never posted a review of a hotel here before but the Kendall Hotel is truly a hidden gem that deserves to be brought to the attention of discerning travelers who looking for a very special experience in a boutique hotel. It has much going for it that it's hard to know where to begin. I stayed there last weekend and had such an amazing experience that I never want to stay anywhere else in Cambridge/Boston. First of all, the location could not be better. The hotel is exquisitely designed and decorated in a country-style New England motif and lots of vintage items related to the building's origin as a fire station. The location could not be better. The hotel is in Kendall Square, on the edge of the MIT campus, within steps of the "tube" (Boston lingo for subway), one stop away from Harvard Square and one stop away from the most charming part of Boston (Beacon Hill, on the edge of Boston Garden). There are plenty of restaurants and bars within easy walking distance, as well as hipster cafes, a gourmet grocery store, liquor stores, delis, etc. When you check into the Kendall, you are treated like family. You are invited to a daily wine tasting and offered a complimentary pass to the Cambridge Athletic Club, also within walking distance. Parking is right beneath the building and accessible by elevator. You can park yourself and come and go as you wish. Kendall Square is not noisy but is bustling in just the right way with interesting cultural activity: the LIst Visual Art Center at MIT, the Media Lab, bookstores, etc. Within a few blocks of the Charles River, there are many options for jogging, walking, sunbathing (in warmer weather), skateboarding, or relaxing along the river. The hotel is perfect for a romantic getaway as well as a business trip. It has a penthouse business center which feels like a private living room and a wonderful complimentary breakfast to start the day. I really can't imagine anything that could be improved. Brenda, the manager, is a gracious host who knows what it means to make guests feel welcome. Brenda, the manager, is a gracious host who knows what it means to make guests feel welcome.