At Hotel Veritas, we love being a small, independent hotel. We are able to make immediate decisions regarding what’s best for our guests, what’s best for our owners, and what’s best for the staff. We don’t have layers of managers, regional managers, district managers, directors, and executive committees involved in our little hotel (not that there’s anything wrong with that.)
Last night, we received the “Small Business of the Year” award from the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce during their annual “Excellence in Business” awards dinner – and we are so honored. The Small Business of the Year award recognizes a small business in the Cambridge area that:
• Demonstrates excellence, professionalism, leadership and originality in its industry;
• Exhibits a tangible record of positive impact on the community;
• Has fewer than fifty employees and has been a Chamber member for at least one year.
Cambridge is an amazing city in which to do business. We have incredibly supportive organizations such as the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce, the Harvard Square Business Association, and the Cambridge Office of Tourism.
The Cambridge Chamber of Commerce is a 1,500-member not-for-profit organization representing all sectors of the Cambridge economy. Its diverse membership and deep expertise in government affairs, business development, professional development and business philanthropy attract employers of all sizes.
Since its inception, the Chamber has been actively engaging local business leaders in governmental and philanthropic activities, connecting and educating its members, and providing a forum for addressing the needs of the Cambridge business community.
We are so happy that our little hotel was recognized with this award.
Since Hotel Veritas opened in May of 2010, we are honored to have received so many great reviews posted on TripAdvisor by our guests. This week, we received our 100th “Excellent” review and we are so thrilled. We do read every review which is posted, because listening to our guests is extremely important to us. We love when we make a connection with our guests and are disappointed when we fall short on meeting their expectations. The reviews of Hotel Veritas on TripAdvisor allow us to acknowledge the staff who strive each day to deliver the highest level of service and to fine tune our operations in order to satisfy our guests’ needs.
We’ve been very fortunate that most of the reviews have been very complimentary of the service, decor, location, and amenities of the hotel. The ongoing concerns which are expressed are the small size of our rooms and the noise from the street and subway – two things which we can’t change. While it may seem strange, we truly love when guests post about these issues, because it helps potential guests determine if we are the right choice for them.
Thank you to the 131 guests who have posted their reviews of Hotel Veritas on TripAdvisor – and especially to the 100 who rated us as “Excellent!”
We’re excited that the new Condé Nast Johansens iPad app is here! The guides are free to download and features all of their recommended hotels (including Hotel Veritas, of course!) It offers comprehensive information about our hotel and the option for guests to check availability directly through our website. Start downloading it here. Hope you like it!
Today is the second anniversary of the opening of Hotel Veritas and we just received word that we were awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for the second year in a row! We’re thrilled that our guests have shared their comments so often on TripAdvisor and that we are ranked the number one hotel in Cambridge.
TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site, today announced that it is awarding highly rated accommodations, restaurants and attractions with the 2012 Certificate of Excellence Award. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Approximately 10 percent of accommodations listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award.
To qualify for the Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travelers on TripAdvisor. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months.
“TripAdvisor is pleased to honor exceptional businesses for consistent excellence, as reviewed by travelers on the site,” said Christine Petersen, President, TripAdvisor for Business. “The Certificate of Excellence Award gives highly rated establishments around the world the recognition they deserve. From exceptional accommodations in Beijing to remarkable restaurants in Boston, we want to applaud these businesses for offering TripAdvisor travelers a great customer experience.”
We are very excited to announce that we are now a partner hotel with Stash Hotel Rewards, a hotel rewards program for authentic, independently-run hotels. Members earn and redeem points for free nights at one-of-a-kind hotels across the U.S., including some of the best spas in Napa, upscale resorts in the Rockies and Florida, and boutique gems in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington D.C, and now Hotel Veritas!
Start earning points on your next stay by joining Stash Rewards now!
On Wednesday, February 29th Oprah Winfrey, Deepak Chopra and U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, are among those scheduled to join Lady Gaga at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education for the launch of the singer’s nonprofit Born This Way Foundation. The Born This Way Foundation addresses issues such as self-confidence, well-being, anti-bullying, mentoring and career development through research, education and advocacy. The Gaga nonprofit is in partnership with the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society and the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
Chutney’s – 36 JFK Street, 617-491-2545
Spice it up for Lady Gaga at Chutney’s!
Mention “Born This Way” on Wednesday February 29th and get 20% off your order! $1 for each sale towards will be donated to The Born This Way Foundation.
Crazy Dough’s – 36 JFK Street, 617-492-4848
Mention the “Lady Gaga Offer” on Wednesday the 29th and get 10% off your entire order at the Harvard Square location. 10% of the “Lady Gaga Offer” sales will also be donated to The Born This Way Foundation.
FiRE+iCE – 50 Church Street, 617-547-9007
FiRE+iCE Harvard Square will donate 20% of all dessert sales on Wednesday the 29th to the Lady Gaga Born This Way Foundation!
Follow The Honey – 1132 Mass Ave, 617-945-7356,
100% proceeds of our fabulous 1/4 pound ball jar of “Massachusetts Honey on Tap” to Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation. Bee as you were born to bee ~ raw honey courage!
Grendel’s Den Restaurant and Bar – 89 Winthrop Street, 617-491-1160
Grendel’s Den Restaurant & Bar will feature a specially devised cocktail called “The Little Monster”, created by bartender (and Gaga fan) Dustin Frankus. The cocktail features Lady Gaga’s favorite whiskey – Jameson – with Lillet & bitters for $7.50, with $2 from each sale donated to the Born This Way Foundation.
Hotel Veritas – 1 Remington Street, 617-520-5000
Hotel Veritas is featuring a “Born This Way Foundation” rate which includes a $100 donation made to the foundation. The rate is $25 above the standard room rate, so the guest donates $25 and the hotel donates $75. This can be booked via the Specials page of our website www.thehotelveritas.com or by calling the hotel at 617-520-5000 and asking for the “Born This Way Foundation” rate. (Offer valid through December 29th 2012!)
Looks – 11 Holyoke Street, 617-491-4251,
Shop at Looks on Wednesday February 29th and get 10% off all dresses. A percentage of each sale also goes to the “Born This Way Foundation”!
Qdoba – 1280 Massachusetts Avenue, 617-871-1136,
Born Cheesy! For every Queso burrito purchased on 2/29/12, Qdoba will donate $1 back to the Born This Way Foundation. Valid at the Harvard Square Qdoba only.
Sweet Cupcake – Zero Brattle Street, 617-247-2253,
Sweet Cupcake is offering a “Be Sweet” cupcake; it has a “Born This Way” special edible fondant topper. All proceeds from the “Be Sweet” cupcake at the Sweet / Harvard Square location on February 29th will be donated to Lady Gaga’s Foundation. If you miss the chance to purchase the cupcakes on the 29th they will also be sold by special order on the online store through March 29th!
TistiK – 54 Church Street, (617) 661-0900
10% of all sales on Wednesday February 29th will be donated to the Born This Way Foundation!
UpStairs on the Square – 91 Winthrop Street, 617-864-1933
For Lady Gaga’s pleasure (and that of her followers) — our special house-label UpStairs on the Square rosé.
All this week, we invite you to come to our over-the-top bar, pink and gold and all dressed up just like Lady Gaga, for a glass of this special rose for $6 per glass, with profits going to the Born This Way Foundation.
Wellbridge Health and Fitness Center – 5 Bennett Street, 617-441-0800,
A portion (25%) of all enrollment fees and/or services (personal training, private Pilate, private yoga or swim lessons) purchased on Wednesday, February 29 will be donated to the Lady Gaga Born This Way Foundation.
Zinneken’s – 1154 Massachusetts Avenue, 617-606-3295
On February 29th, Zinneken’s waffles will be donating $2 for each totally sinful Lady Gaga & Oprah waffle (banana, whipped cream, dark chocolate and caramel).
In addition to these fine offers from our local restaurants and shops, we have also received donation offers from other generous members including:
Holly Donaldson of Coldwell Banker – 1730 Mass Avenue, 617.864.4430
Holly is generously donating 5% of her next home sale to the Born This Way Foundation!
For more information on this event and others please visit www.harvardsquare.com
Because we are passionate about being the best that we can be – and to be happy – and to be involved, Hotel Veritas offers a “Born This Way Foundation” rate which includes a $100 donation to this incredible new organization.
We proudly support Lady Gaga’s new nonprofit organization, BTWF, which has partnered with the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The California Endowment and The Berkman Center at Harvard to explore the best ways to reach youth and create a new culture of kindness, bravery, acceptance, and empowerment. BTWF, a nonprofit charitable organization, will address issues like self-confidence, well-being, anti-bullying, mentoring and career development through research, education and advocacy. With a focus on digital mobilization to create positive change, BTWF will lead youth into a braver new society where each individual is accepted and loved as the person they were born to be.
To make a reservation, visit the Hotel Veritas website or call 617-520-5000.
“One Person Can Make a Difference”: Getrude Matshe, Author and Activist, to Speak at Cambridge College
Cambridge College is proud to announce that Getrude Matshe, author, activist and founder of the Africa Alive Foundation, will speak at the College on Tuesday, February 28 as part of the College’s celebration of National Black History Month. The event will be held at 1000 Massachusetts Avenue and will begin with a reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by Ms. Matshe’s presentation at 7:00 pm. Ms. Matshe’s talk is presented in partnership with the AIDS Action Committee, the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce, the City of Cambridge, the Cambridge Community Foundation, and The Possible Project; with speaker accommodations provided by the Hotel Veritas in Harvard Square.
The talk will focus on the theme “one person can create change” through dedication to problem solving and ethical business practices.
“Business history is filled with stories of staffers, sales reps, mid‐level managers and even factory workers who created change inside their companies,” said Matshe. “These individuals solved problems, created opportunities and inspired entire industries.”
Ms. Matshe is an acclaimed international speaker and founder of several organizations including the Africa Alive Foundation, which supports HIV orphans in Zimbabwe. Her book, Born on the Continent – Ubuntu, details a story that began with Matshe’s guest lecture at Cambridge College in 2008, where she inspired a student named Alexandra Vanegas to begin collecting books for a small library in Zimbabwe in great need of repair and replenishment.
“Her lecture was amazing, and I felt personally moved and inspired by her journey,” said Ms. Vanegas, who collaborated with Cambridge College professor Barbara Kofske Reid and fellow student Jessie Bartlett to begin collecting over 500 books for the library under a project entitled “Africa 500.”
“We are greatly looking forward to welcoming Ms. Matshe back to the Cambridge College campus, and to her reunion with Professor Kofske Reid and Ms. Vanegas,” said Joy King, director of Alumni Affairs, “This type of dedicated activity is a perfect demonstration of the College’s commitment to underserved populations, wherever they may be.”
The event is free and open to the public. Cambridge College is located at 1000 Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge, between Harvard and Central Squares.