- Museum of Science
- New England Aquarium
- Faneuil Hall/Quincy Market
- Harvard University
- Fenway Park, Home of the Boston Red Sox
- TD Garden, Home of the Boston Celtics and Bruins
- Museum of Fine Arts
- Somerville Boynton Yards and Union Square
- Tufts University
- The Charles River
- Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
- John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
- Assembly Row & Outlets
- Boston University
- Boston College
- Northeastern University
- Sam Adams Boston Tap Room Faneuil Hall
- Bow Market
- Cambridge Crossing (CX)
Direction from City Center to Hotel: South
Distance from Hotel: 0.5 MI/ 0.8 KM
Distance from Hotel: 3.6 MI/ 5.79 KM South
Convenience Store: On-Site
Golf: 5 MI/ 8.05 KM East
The Museum of Science, which boasts a planetarium and a variety of mind-boggling exhibits, is a must-see and a short walk from the hotel. Don't miss the new Cambridge hot spot - Cambridge Crossing (CX) including the lovely Picnic Grove with Café Beatrice and The Lexington. Downtown, visit Charles Street - Boston's most quintessential street in photos featuring charming boutiques and restaurants.
Our hotel's guests are only 1.5 miles from TD Garden, home of the NHL's Boston Bruins, NBA's Boston Celtics. This popular venue also hosts many concerts and events. It's just a five min train ride from hotel. Visit great local shops in East Cambridge such as Cambridge Antique Market, Elmendorf Baking Supplies, and Albertine Press. Last, take a walk or run along the beautiful Charles River.
Cambridge Brewing Company
The oldest brewpub in Boston and still one of the best. The menu features elevated pub food with a New England twist. The beer is excellent. We especially enjoy the crisp Working Class Hero rye and oat saison. CBC offers plenty of hazy New England IPA's to go with their flagship American IPA, Flower Child. The Solera aged bottles are world class. Expansive outdoor patio. A fifteen minute walk from the Holiday Inn Express Cambridge.
Phone Number: 1-617-4941994
Smoke Shop BBQ
Chef Andy Husbands is building a local barbecue empire and deservedly so. The hotel is closest to the original Kendall Square outpost, but we are almost as close to the Assembly Row addition. The ribs and burnt ends are amazing. We also enjoy the tender pulled pork and the butter crack cake dessert. Full bar, strong beer menu. Lovely roasted tofu for vegetarians. In the same complex with numerous other outstanding restaurants including Cambridge Brewing Co., State Park and Mamaleh's.
Location: 1 MI/ 1.61 KM West
Phone Number: 1-617-5777427
Puritan and Co.
Perennially listed as one of Boston's best restaurants by Eater Boston, Puritan keeps getting better. Chef Will Gilson has added star pastry chef Brian Mercury to turn the breads, desserts and brunch into can't miss events. Puritan's menu features expertly executed American dishes including meat, seafood and pasta. The atmosphere is accessible fine dining with a professionally crisp team. Chefs Gilson and Mercury are also at the helm of The Lexington and Café Beatrice at Cambridge Crossing.
Phone Number: 1-617-6156195
Back after a renovation, Atwood's offers upscale pub food in a cozy neighborhood pub. We're looking forward to the return of live music as Atwood's is not only the best live music venue in East Cambridge, it's one of the best in Boston. Acts focus on Americana, bluegrass, singer songwriters and alt country. Previous ticketed shows include Jon Langford and Sarah Borges. Lovely back patio. Grab a burger, some pulled pork nachos and a local beer before the show. Dinner weekdays. Sat Sun 12pm 10pm.
Phone Number: 1-617-8642792
Offshoot of Highland Kitchen offering juicy fried chicken, BBQ and Tiki drinks. We love the chicken and andouille gumbo. And the key lime pie is better than anything we've had in Key West or Red Hook. A twenty minute walk from the Holiday Inn Express Cambridge.
Phone Number: 1-617-7144662
Area Four Cambridge
A4 is a modern full service spot offering some of the best wood fired pizza in Boston. Attached to go coffee cafe. Our favorites are the soppressata pizza and the fontina and mushroom pizza. We also love the inverted amber beer growler lanterns over the bar.
Phone Number: 1-617-7584444
Sumiao Hunan Kitchen
Bold Chinese Hunan cuisine and inventive cocktails. Favorites include duck yolk breaded shrimp and kung fu brisket. Lunch and dinner. Dine in, take out and delivery. Ten minute walk from the Holiday Inn Express Cambridge on Third Street.
Location: 0.5 MI/ 0.8 KM West
Phone Number: 1-617-9450907
The name that means "world cuisine" in German, and the menu is heavily Indian with other international influences. Featuring Indian breads, kabob specialties and vegetarian palak paneer. Newly opened in 2020 and just steps from the Lechmere train station. Dine in, patio dining, take out and delivery.
Location: 0.3 MI/ 0.48 KM South
Phone Number: 1-617-7143820
Eclectic local hidden gem with an inventive chef that executes everything well. Charming, cozy space. Award winning wine list. Favorites include an excellent double thin patty burger, tagliatelle alla Bolognese, and house made ricotta. Fifteen minute walk from the Holiday Inn Express Cambridge.
Location: 0.8 MI/ 1.29 KM South West
Phone Number: 1-617-7143693
On the Eater.com list of 38 best restaurants in the entire country multiple times. Turkish and Middle Eastern cuisine by James Beard winning chef Ana Sortun. Stellar desserts by decorated pastry chef Sophie Gees.
Location: 1 MI/ 1.61 KM South West
Phone Number: 1-617-6610505
Wonderful new spot from the chef and pastry chef behind Puritan and Co. This spectacular, modern cafe offers amazing house made pastries, coffee drinks, and sandwiches. Their take on a cinnamon roll is amazing and unique. It features delicate layers and light icing with a slight maple flavor. It's like French toast but better. Likewise, the sourdough Italian bakery style pizza is not to be missed. Housed in a beautiful new building at Cambridge Crossing and a ten minute walk from the hotel.
Location: 0.4 MI/ 0.64 KM North
Serves: Breakfast, Lunch, Dessert
Phone Number: 1-617-9451349
The second of a trio of restaurants by Will Gilson and Brian Mercury of Puritan and Co. The Lexington is a beautiful, modern space designed with an open greenhouse layout. It features one of the few roof decks in East Cambridge. A perfect lunch or after work spot. Enjoy well executed American cuisine such as steak frites, pan roasted halibut, burgers and beer battered fish tacos. A ten minute walk from the Holiday Inn Express Cambridge at Cambridge Crossing.
Location: 0.04 MI/ 0.06 KM North
Serves: Lunch, Dinner
Phone Number: 1-617-9451349
Skampa is our go to recommendation for quick take out or delivery. The North Shore style roast beef is arguably the best in the Boston metro area and it is a five minute walk from our hotel. We've heard the pastrami get similar raves. Beyond that, the pizza, wings and wraps are good. Even the salads impress. The lettuce is never less than perfectly crisp and the toppings are excellent. For such an unassuming little counter service spot, the food is shockingly and reliably good.
Location: 0.2 MI/ 0.32 KM West
Serves: Lunch, Dinner
Phone Number: 1-617-655(8719)
Remnant Brewing has a strong local pedigree. Started by veterans with experience at Harpoon and Lord Hobo, the beer program is lead by the former head brewer of the now sadly gone Mystic Brewing. Experience fresh New England IPAs and sours. Located at Bow Market, an eclectic marketplace of over twenty shops and restaurants, Remnant Brewing provides our guests one of several breweries within walking distance. Food available from one of the many restaurants at Bow Market.
Location: 1.1 MI/ 1.77 KM North
Phone Number: 1-617-7640641
Legal C Bar Assembly Row
A more casual concept from Legal Sea Foods providing all the classic fare. You'll find a full raw bar with oysters, jumbo shrimp cocktail, and crabmeat. Likewise, you'll find New England clam chowder, lobster rolls, surf and surf, crab cakes, and a full lobster dinner. Located at Assembly Row, which is only a short fifteen minute drive from the Holiday Inn Express Cambridge and features many shops and other restaurants.
Location: 2.5 MI/ 4.02 KM North
Serves: Lunch, Dinner
Phone Number: 1-617-3374088
Chef Nookie prepares flavorful food from the best local ingredients. Spacious full service outdoor patio. Located just a fifteen minute walk from the Holiday Inn Express Cambridge and right across from the Charles River waterfront. Favorites include Ducky's fried chicken, house made Italian sausage, and the spinach and strawberry salad. Do not miss the Donut Stand pop ups. Attached gourmet market.
Location: 0.8 MI/ 1.29 KM South East
Phone Number: 1-617-9457030
Don't Go Home Without
Be sure to explore the campuses of Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University during your trip to Boston. The hotel is less than three miles from Harvard Square and only 1.5 miles from MIT. Both feature tours, museums, and spectacular book stores. Also explore the Rose Kennedy Greenway, a stunning, family friendly urban park, on your way to the North End or Boston Harbor.
Travel the city via the "T" during your time in the Boston area. The hotel's address is just a few blocks from Lechmere Station (Green Line), putting key sites downtown such as Faneuil Hall, Boston Common, and Fenway Park accessible in minutes. Likewise, the Red Line Kendall Square/MIT station is only a fifteen minute walk from the hotel. It's then a five minute ride to Harvard Square.