Cambridge Travel Guide
While Juniper Hill Inn, the first hotel featured on Gordon Ramsay's Hotel Hell was poorly managed, a bit of an eyesore in some parts and bleeding money, it now looks like a comfy country inn compared to the historic Cambridge Hotel in upstate New York.
The 16-room hotel was bought in 2007 by ex-military man John Imhof and his wife Tina who had no prior experience with running a hotel. Yet while they are only a few years into ownership, the hotel looks like it hasn't been decorated since, well, ever. It's just got a hodgepodge of stuff lying about, most of it creepy items and as Gordon says, "The place is littered with freaky pictures."
Inside the rooms is even worse with garish floral wallpaper, mismatched floral linens with holes in them and a scary doll collection. These go for about $105 during the week, $145 on the weekend. Guests complain of dirty towels with hair on them, uncomfortable beds and broken locks. Downstairs the restaurant is serving meat boiled in bags and apple pie that's been microwaved. This coming from a hotel that boasts about being the birthplace of pie a la mode on the hotel sign!
Topping it all off is the ghost of a four-year old girl Alice who died at the hotel in 1913. Eeee!
Can Gordon really save this place? Well, we kind of ruined the surprise last week when we found out that the hotel actually closed in June but now we're going to find out why the place didn't make it.
Check In @ the Hotel Veritas
The lobby was sophisticated and glossy. Forgive the obvious mothership reference, but the lobby looked like it stepped straight out of a Conde Nast magazine. As we arrived we were immediately offered coffee, juice, or water and told that all three beverages were free throughout our stay -- nice touch. The front desk folks were extremely friendly and helpful, asking us if there was anything special we needed during our stay.
We mentioned we had a conference call in 10 minutes and needed an early check in. Not only did the staff comply, but they also switched our room to a "quieter room with a desk." By the time we got in the elevator and headed to our room we *really* wanted to love this hotel.
However, the awesome staff and gorgeous lobby ended up being the highlight of our stay.
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This techy hotel (they had TV mirrors in the bathroom back in 2006) has web cubes on six of their seven guest floors that serve as a mini-work station. They offer complimentary internet access and printing and they've recently been upgraded with web cams and full Skype capability. (TBH: Skyping in hotels is our newest obsession.)
It's move-in week at Harvard, and Cambridge's newest boutique hotel is brimming with proud parents. But forget Back to School for a second—we still have summer holidays on our minds, and a few of our Twitter followers asked us about hotels available for Labor Day in Boston. The good news is: the kids will be settled in by then, the folks back at home, and Hotel Veritas has rooms available for the holiday weekend.
Queens (like the one pictured here) are $199 a night, Kings $219 and Doubles $239.
Doesn't this look cozy? What we're looking at here is the Simple Truth Lounge inside The Hotel Veritas. And just like your term paper, it's running a tiny bit late—not too much, of course, professor. The boutique has gone from a potential May 17 opening date to a May 19 date, and now apparently, May 23 is the big day.
We're certainly keen to have a new place to pop into when wandering around Cambridge pretending we're smart, and the Simple Truth Lounge looks like it would be most inviting on a crisp fall evening with a glass of vino in hand.
When we last checked in with the GM of Cambridge's new indie 30-room property, Hotel Veritas was on track to open by about May 15. But if the dates on the online rezzie system are right, the first date you can book is actually May 17.
As for the room rates? Well, let's just say that if you (or moms and pops) can afford that Harvard tuition, you can probably spring for a room here as well. Regular rates start at $379 a night for a Queen, and $399 for a King.
We've been curious about The Hotel Veritas for awhile now, especially after the GM told us that decor would be "as if a hip couple inherited their great aunt’s Cambridge home and made it their own." But when exactly does the hip couple ... er, us guests, get to finally check it out?
Back in the winter the ETA was March, give or take a few weeks, and then we heard May. What's the latest?
DC families inspired by the country’s new populism bent can turn their Spring Break into an opportunity for bragging rights over all the good deeds they did while staying at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Resort.
About 80 miles from the Capital Beltway in Cambridge, Maryland, the resort is perched along the Choptank River in the Chesapeake Bay, a prime getaway spot among Washingtonians. And the hotel’s Spring Fever package is not only good for karma but also pretty easy on the wallet, with rates starting at just $129 a night, from March 29 through June 1.
The Hyatt Chesapeake Bay's new "Politi-scape Package" sorta speaks to us. After all, we can think of more than a few cracked-out politicos who could do well by a break from the election horse race, not to mention all those average schmoes among us.
Just 85 miles east of the District of Columbia and perched on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, the hotel is offering itself up as a "restful retreat" far from the Beltway, and now through the star-spangled inauguration on January 20, guests at the Hyatt Chesapeake Bay will enter full-immersion detox: stashing cell phones and Blackberries at the front desk and trading pantsuits for plush spa robes and iPod shuffles programmed with the best of easy listening.
You may be smack in the middle of Boston Proper, but you can still enjoy that autumn chill in the great outdoors.
Kimpton's Hotel Marlowe is offering an active Fall Foliage Package. A rate of $999 (and going higher, depending on the room you book) gets you two nights, a bike ride around the city with Urban Adventours, and a kayak to swish up the Charles, park the car at Harvard yard (say that with a Boston accent).
For real trees with real leaves, the package also offers your choice of day trips to local working farms. You'll get a free ride to Boston Hill Farm in North Andover, for pumpkin picking and tractor rides, plus more apples you could eat or stuff into a pie, with Cortlands, MacIntoshes, and Macouns.
Or get a bit of history at Brooksby Farm in Peabody, 250 acres of farm, barns, gardens, and orchards, smack in the middle of the burbs. Pet emus, alpacas, and sheep, pick apples by the bushel, and wolf down some cider with a maple syrup candy chaser. Yum.
When: Saturday, July 12th. 10 am to 2 pm.
Where: The Hotel Marlowe Courtyard.
What: Continuing Kimpton's streak of heartwarming efforts to embrace pets and their doting families, three Boston Kimpton properties -- the Hotel Marlowe, Nine Zero and the Onyx -- are holding a Saturday of doggie pampering for charity.
The event will feature wash-and-dry services provided by local doggie pamperers Laundromutt (hehe) and "puppy snow cones and peanut butter cupcakes" from Polka Dog Bakery. Awww!
The proceeds from the day go to benefit Boston chapter of the Trust for Public Land.
Before we pain you with a joke about the 'dog days of summer', we'll direct you to more info here.
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Monica Guy is fed up with the old guard hotels of the U.K. that may have entertained her grandparents when they were tripping all over the world in their youth but have since been lasting on reputation and little else. In this new feature, she pits her grandma's favorite hotel against some of the new hip hotels popping up across the rainy motherland. Enjoy.