This little gem of a place is just a stone's throw from Harvard Yard. Designed by Harvard alumnus Graham Gund in 1992, the red-brick structure is intended to mimic the architectural style of America's most prestigious university. The hotel's 111 rooms are arranged over four floors around a glassed-in courtyard, designed to recall an Italian villa, and the atrium is a pleasant place for morning coffee, afternoon tea or a quiet dinner. The rooms themselves are somewhat predictable in their florals and frills, but comfortable enough, with all the usual amenities. The shortest of strolls takes you to the campus, the T station and a bevy of pubs and cafés.