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Ginkgo House Boutique Inn


The Ginkgo House Boutique Inn is a stunning example of historical Victorian architecture, and its name is inspired by the pair of Ginkgo trees that grace the front of the property. The house was originally built in 1867 by Mr. Isaac Harding, a prominent Cambridge grocer who commissioned the construction of a two-family structure for himself and his daughter. Over the years, the property underwent several major renovations and was eventually converted into a lodging house in the early 20th century. The most recent renovation was completed in 1997 by the previous owners, who converted the property into a charming bed and breakfast while thoughtfully preserving many of the original architectural details such as the crown moldings and elegant pinewood stairways.

Today, the newly re-opened Ginkgo House Boutique Inn is under new management, and we are proud to continue its legacy of welcoming and delighting travelers from all over the world.



We take pride in offering our guests a comfortable and cozy living space, complete with high ceilings and chic decor featuring carefully curated furniture selections. Our commitment to seamlessly blending historic and modern design elements sets the stage for our 14 guest rooms and suites. Rest assured that every detail has been planned with the safety and health of our guests in mind, in strict adherence to the city's post-COVID protocols. And to ensure a peaceful night's sleep, we provide only the most comfortable and crisp clean beddings. You can expect a truly exceptional stay with us.



Coffee & Snacks


Coffee, tea and hot water are available all day. We also provide fresh fruits and snacks in the mornings. 

Free High-Speed Wifi


Our high speed WiFi is rated at 1 Gbps and available throughout the house.



Enjoy the tranquility of our summer garden, or host your own BBQ gathering with friends and family. 



As part of our climate pledge, we provide cleaning and linen changes upon guest requests. 

Luggage Storage


We offer complimentary luggage storage services for guests who arrive early or plan to explore the area after check-out.  

Limited Free Parking

We have very limited parking spaces. Guests must reserve a street parking permits at booking. 





Harvard/MIT Tours


The # 1 attraction in Cambridge, Harvard offers student-led campus tours of Harvard and/or MIT multiple times day.

The Charles


Whether you are an early riser or a night owl, a run/walk along the Charles is a must-do in Cambridge with its breathtaking views.  

Historic Freedom Trail 


A unique collection of museums, churches, meeting houses, burying grounds, parks, a ship, and historic markers that tell the story of the American Revolution and beyond.



There are three highly coveted museums located within the Harvard Square: Harvard Art Museum, Harvard Museum of Natural History, and Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology

Theater, Dance & Music


All within walking distance, our guests have access to a broad spectrum of performances from 15th century polyphony to 21st century “game-changing” theater.

Bike to Downtown 


With a Blue Bike station just one block away, guests can easily enjoy the scenery of Cambridge on their way to downtown Boston and seaport district.

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"The location is fabulous and everywhere you look, you can see the thought that was put in to make the stay so much more comfortable. It’s a place with character, and because it’s an old house, there is a sitting area for guests, a kitchen and a porch and garden. The house is is historic but all updated so the rooms are clean and bathroom modern. Those little touches that really make a difference! I would definitely stay again!​"

- Carol, OCT/2022

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