Thursday, June 13, 2024

The Sheraton Commander in Cambridge’s Harvard Square. (Photo: Marc Levy)

For graduates, commencement season in Cambridge is an exciting moment marking the culmination of years of hard work and personal growth. For families, it’s a very big hotel bill.

Graduation dates fall closely together: Harvard University’s commencement ceremony is May 23; MIT has commencement ceremonies scheduled for May 29-31. The influx of visitors converging upon Cambridge to celebrate thousands of graduates means a crush of demand for lodging, leading to increased rates and limited availability. (Lesley University ceremonies take place first, Saturday, but across the river in Boston, which widens the scope of available rooms.)

We looked at costs and availability at hotels in the Cambridge area as of Tuesday for a one-night stay Wednesday or May 30, and list our findings below. with a gap of $570 between lowest and highest. (Prices and availability subject to change, of course.) We list them from cheapest to most expensive by looking at the lowest rate on either day.

Harvard Square Hotel, Cambridge
May 22:
Sold out
May 30: Sold out

Studio Allston Hotel, Boston
May 22:
$458
May 30: $309

AC Hotel by Marriott Boston-Cambridge, North Cambridge near Alewife
May 22:
$399
May 30: $343

The Royal Sonesta Boston, East Cambridge
May 22:
$639
May 30: $407

Hampton Inn Boston-Cambridge, East Cambridge
May 22:
$664
May 30: $509

Le Méridien Boston-Cambridge, University Park in Cambridgeport
May 22:
$699
May 30: $518

Hyatt Regency Boston-Cambridge, Area II, Cambridge
May 22:
$699
May 30: $594

DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Boston-Cambridge, Boston
May 22:
$654
May 30: $652

Sonder 907 Main, Central Square, Cambridge
May 22:
$861
May 30: $692

Sheraton Commander, Harvard Square, Cambridge
May 22:
Unavailable
May 30: $824

The Charles Hotel, Harvard Square, Cambridge
May 22:
Sold out
May 30: $879

Courtyard by Marriott Boston-Cambridge, Area II, Cambridge
May 22:
Unavailable
May 30: Unavailable


This article was written in partnership with Cambridge Local First and the Resilient Local Economies internship program.