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David Szlag

Member since: 2007
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Speaks: english

Harvard Square Bed & Breakfast in Cambridge, Massachusetts

1 Review
Bedrooms 3
Property type hotel
Minimum Stay nights


Mid-Cambridge Hotel Rental Photos and Description

House, 3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 2-6)

Parkside on Ellery, a bed & breakfast in Cambridge, Massachusetts provides excellent accommodations for the universal requirements of the traveler - Comfort… Convenience… Cleanliness… Whether visiting for business, school, family get-together, or a getaway, a stay at Parkside places you in the heart of Cambridge. It is perfectly located steps away from vibrant Harvard Square and minutes from picturesque Boston. Explore the area’s attractions including fine restaurants, shopping and points of historic and scenic interest. Parkside’s suites all have private baths, traveler and business amenities and pleasant views from the rooms.

Established in 1994, Parkside has welcomed guests in all seasons of the year. Its distinctive hospitality is based upon - your room away from home… for travelers to the Cambridge and Boston area. One guest put it, “just like home, but better” another puts it, “the comforts of home… the privacy of a hotel” and still another, “European ambiance and Yankee hospitality.” However it is experienced, Parkside allows guests to visit, work or vacate in a special way.

Activities and attractions are abundant in the area. With all the local history and the area’s charm, time spent here is a delightful and memorable experience. Guests are just minutes away from the Harvard University campus, subway access to Boston in Harvard Square and just a day trip away from the coastal towns of Cape Cod, and the north shore. Whatever the reason for a visit, Parkside on Ellery is the place to stay in Harvard Square.

The Parkside on Ellery house was erected in 1865, during the post Civil War era. Antiques, decorations, and furniture from the 19th, 20th, and 21st Centuries offer accommodation choices. Three unique suites all feature private entrances, private baths, comfortable sleeping and interesting décor.

Upon the arrival of guests a few minutes of time are taken to make the guests familiar with their “room away from home” as well as the immediate Harvard Square area. If an additional interest is mentioned, we help to find an answer. Continental breakfast in the room allows guests to casually gather their thoughts, plan their day or watch the morning news while having a cup of our excellent coffee.

Keywords: Bed & Breakfast

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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
David Szlag (Owner)
Member since: 2007
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About David Szlag

My name is David and I am your host at the Parkside B&B in Cambridge, MA. Originally from the mid west, I have found an appreciation for Cambridge/Boston and Yankee values. The area has been my home since I arrived in Massachusetts for graduate study in landscape architecture.

David Szlag purchased this hotel in 1994

Why David Szlag chose Boston

The Cambridge/Boston area is full of history related to culture and nature. The Harvard Square area is especially vital and diverse. Bustling with students for nine months of the year and then settling down to the qualities of a small town for the summer. Cambridge is home to some of the world's finest universities and a hub of biomedical technology. It also provides a full range of tradesmen and industrial services necessary to make a city an easy place to live. Everything is right here. I often refer to the Boston area as the 15 Minute City. 15 minutes to downtown, 15 minutes to the airport, 15 minutes to the ocean and 15 minutes to the country (Concord, Lexington and Walden Pond). Nothing is far away from Parkside B&B’s Cambridge location on Ellery Street and usually within walking distance!

What makes this hotel unique

Restaurants abound as Cambridge is known in the area for its outstanding selection of quality food and exceptional dining experiences. Sandwich and burger cottages to Four Star dining are all are within 12 to 15 walking minutes from the Parkside B&B, the place I call home. The Rialto, Legal Seafood, Café Sushi, East Coast Grill, Darwin’s, Spice, Sandrine, Charley’s Kitchen, Zoe, S&S Deli, Oleana and Il Panino are on my list of favorites and places I recommend to guests.

Places to see are all around as well, within a short walk from Parkside B&B... the Glass Flowers, Hawthorne’s House, Cambridge Common where Washington took command of the troops, the Peabody Museum, the Fogg Museum, the Sakler Museum, MIT Museum, Harvard Yard, MIT, Harvard Square, the American Repertoire Theater, Sanders Theater to just scratch the surface.

The Redline subway in Harvard Square provides easy access to all there is in Boston and the metro area. The Freedom Trail, Fenway Park, Museum of Science, North End, New England Aquarium, USS Constitution, Fanuel Hall Marketplace, Paul Revere House, Old North Church, Bunker Hill monument, Boston Public Library, Arnold Arboretum, Boston Common, John F. Kennedy Library, Customs House, Children’s Museum, Isabella Stewart Gardiner Museum, Institute of Contemporary Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Afro American History, Boston Esplanade, Seaport District, Commonwealth Avenue Mall, Franklin Park Zoo and Charles River Canoe and Kayak.

Then there are the events that mark the passage of the seasons… New Years Eve and First Night in Boston, the Boston Marathon, Harvard Commencement along with Tufts, MIT, Lesley, Longe School of Music, Boston University, Cambridge College, Cambridge River Festival, Head of the Charles Regatta, Christmas Holiday in Harvard Square.



1 traveler review

Harvard Square Bed & Breakfast in Cambridge, Massachusetts
average rating of 5.0 based on 1 reviews
Concord, MA

Comfortable, lovely and well located

  • 5 of 5

What a lovely B&B. This is my third visit to Parkside on Ellery and I've yet to be disappointed. From arrival to departure, I've had a great experience. I was made to feel at home, the owner is accessible and helpful, the rooms I've stayed in have been clean, well furnished and quiet, the garden is beautiful and it's an easy 5 minute walk to Harvard Square and the MBTA. And the garden is so beautiful.

I live in the greater Boston area and this a home away from home for me when I want to spend a weekend in the city and attend concerts, the theater, go to dinner. It's restaurant week in Boston so I had a great meal at Rialto and saw Cassandra Wilson at the Regatta Bar. It's a really nice walk from Parkside through Harvard Square to both these venues. In the past when I've stayed at Parkside, I went to Christmas Revels at Sanders Theater and to the American Repertory Theater on Brattle.

My favorite room is the Scholar. I really recommend this B&B.

  • Submitted: Mar 22, 2009
  • Stayed: Mar 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
6 Miles
Logan International Airport, Boston MA
Car: not necessary

Parkside on Ellery is located directly across the street from the new Cambridge Public Library and its adjacent park.


Rates & Availability

Mid-Cambridge Hotel Rental Rates


  • $150-$250/nt
  • US Dollars
  • Nightly Rates Start at $150/nt-$250/nt
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Mid-Cambridge Hotel Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • hotel
Accommodation Type:
  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Linens Provided
  • Telephone
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • King size bed in #2 the Cambridge Suite, Double Beds in #1 the Victorian Suite, and #3 the Scholar Suite.
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Just blocks away from Harvard University.

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