I've never been to Cambridge (Massachusetts) and I'm a little overwhelmed by all the hotel options. I'd like to stay in a hotel that is central and gives me good sense of what Cambridge (Massachusetts) is like. I'd love to know where locals tell their friends to stay when they visit, and why those areas and hotels are special. thanks!
If you are staying in Cambridge hotel your main choice is probably Harvard Square, which is lively and has a lot of street activity. I would suggest a characterful airbnb or vrbo in Cambridgeport or mid Cambridge if you want a residential feel. Good luck!