$152 Avg/night
Rate and special offer based on Check-in: Dec 28, 2014 Check-out: Dec 31, 2014

The Charles Hotel

4 stars
One Bennett Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
4.2
out of 5
76 reviews
excellent

great 1st visit to cambridge . great location service staff and ambiance!!!!! See full review

  • rustico
  • Aug 25, 2014
Perfect location for a Cambride/Boston vacation

We enjoyed our stay at The Charles Hotel. It was quiet and the staff was always helpful. The hotel... See full review

  • msjulia
  • Jul 30, 2014
AAA four diamond renovated property in Harvard Square

Sitting along the banks of the Charles River and steps from Harvard Square, the Charles Hotel acts as an extension of the storied scholastic institution. Known as Cambridge's most intellectual property, each of the hotel's guest rooms contains a hanging oversized chalkboard and a professor's chair. The AAA four diamond-rated property is a member of Preferred Hotels and Resorts. All rooms feature free Wi-Fi, free local and long distance calls, Bose Wave radio and LCD TV. The Charles offers 18,000 square feet of meeting space and a winter ice rink.

Highlights
  • Prime setting overlooking Harvard Square and the Charles River
  • Free Wi-Fi and local and domestic long distance calls
  • 18,000 square feet of meeting space
  • 2,900 square-foot winter ice rink
  • Dining at acclaimed Henrietta's Table (American) and Rialto (Italian)
Rooms
Each of the hotel's 300 guest rooms or suites comes appointed with originally commissioned artwork and custom-designed down quilts atop plush beds. Bathrooms feature EO bath products, shower mirrors and Italian waffle bathrobes. Entertainment amenities include Bose Wave radio, flat-panel LCD TV, Suera in-mirror TV in the bathroom, DVD player, complimentary Wi-Fi and free calls, both local and domestic long distance. The presidential suite features all of the above plus a king-sized four-poster bed, five flat-screen TVs, iPod dock and an oversized shower with two heads and six side spouts.
Features

With access to the next-door Wellbridge Athletic Club, guests can stay fit with a pool, three floors of exercise equipment and training sessions (fees apply). Relax at neighboring Le Pli day spa. Skate at the hotel's 2,900 square-foot ice rink during winter months or borrow the hotel's bikes for a whirl. Dine on acclaimed local and often organic fare at Henrietta's Table or rustic Italian cuisine at Rialto. Enjoy world-class jazz at Regattabar or sip cocktails at Noir. The hotel offers cribs outfitted with bumpers upon request. Guests enjoy same-day laundry services and hybrid cars receive a free charge at the Juice Bar. Free Internet access is available at each floor's web cubes.

 

Transportation
  • Hynes Convention Center (2.5 mi/4.1 km)
  • Logan International Airport (6 mi/9.5 km)
Attractions
  • Harvard Square (1 block)
  • MIT (1.7 mi/2.8 km)
  • Beacon Hill (2.9 mi/4.7 km)
  • Chinatown (3.3 mi/5.4 km)
Business

More than 18,000 square feet of versatile indoor and outdoor space

15 private meeting rooms

State-of-the-art audiovisual equipment

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The Charles Hotel Rooms

Deluxe Room
Deluxe room with king bed or 2 double beds. Our renovated guest rooms include custom designed pieces, such as spacious cherry-wood desks, oversized clocks, Hi-Def LCD Plasma Televisions and hand-crafted quilts. Additionally, the rooms are furnished with a custom created professor's chair, and a hanging peg board that is reminiscent of a New England boarding school. Decor combines shaker-inspired aesthetic with modern touches. All rooms have Bose Wave radios, DVD players, down comforters & pillows and aromatherapy bath products by Origins, size 273 sq ft. All rooms are non-smoking. A distinguishing guestroom attribute -- currently unique to The Charles -- is the hotel's installation of Seura televisions in every room. These innovative "in-mirror" LCD screens can be hooked up to cable, DVD, satellite, sound, or other systems, and are completely hidden when turned off.
Cambridge Suite
Spacious one bedroom suite with King bed and separate living room and dining area. Hi-Def LCD Plasma, Seura "in mirror" bathroom TV", Bose Wave radio, DVD player, down comforters & pillows, pull out sofa bed and EO products. Oversized Shower only. 475 square feet.

Amenities

  • WiFi
  • Pool
General
Concierge
Pet friendly
Activities
Pool
Fitness Center
Spa
Dining
Restaurant
Room service
Services
Business center
Conference facilities
Internet
WiFi
Accessibility
Handicapped rooms/facilities

Nearby points of interest

  • Lavietes Pavilion: 0.3 mi
  • Bright Hockey Center: 0.4 mi
  • Harvard University: 0.6 mi
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology: 1.8 mi

Meeting facilities

Meeting Info
The Charles Hotel offers more than 13,000 square feet of meeting and special event space, including a 4,700 square foot ballroom, 8 private rooms and 3 executive boardrooms.

Dining

Henrietta's Table
Henrietta's Table is comfort food, redefined. This means full, robust flavors using the freshest of ingredients obtained from local farmers and fishermen. In addition to serving the best breakfast in Boston (as chosen by Boston Magazine in 2000), a meal that attracts more Nobel Prize dinner following. For reservations call 617.661.5005.
Rialto
Recently awarded one of the Top 50 Hotel Restaurants in America by Food and Wine Magazine in addition to four stars by The Boston Globe. Since it opened in 1994, Rialto is consistently chosen for fine dining by food critics and patrons, on both a local and national level. Chef Jody Adams, winner of the 1997 James Beard Award for Best Chef in the Northeast, invites you to delight in her unique cuisine inspired by the flavors of France. Italy and Spain, and enhanced with seasonal New England ingredients. For reservations call 617.661.5050.
Regattabar
Regatta bar included in "Best of Boston" Hall of Fame. The Charles Hotel's Regatta bar brings to the hotel the most dynamic live jazz both national and international. Branford Marsalis, Joshua Redman, McCoy Tyner, Ruth Brown, Michael Brecker, and Elvin Jones and other luminaries are all Regatta bar regulars. For reservations and schedule of upcoming performances, call Concertix 617.876.7777.
Noir
Noir is located in a discreet corner of The Charles Hotel's Lobby with street-level views of Harvard Square. A warm sophisticated bar serving classic cocktails, sweet and sultry signature drinks and a menu suited for a late afternoon or late night snack. Designed to reflect the intense decadent atmosphere of 1940's nightlife, Noir is the right place to meet friends after work, a date Noir is open seven days a week 4:00PM- 2:00AM. Food served until 1:00AM.

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
1500
Check-out:
1200

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

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Guest Reviews (76)

Ratings and reviews for The Charles Hotel

Overall score

4.2 / 5
5.01.0
76 out of 76
Amenities:
4.3
Room cleanliness:
4.6
Hotel staff:
4.4
Room comfort:
4.4
Location:
4.8
Value:
3.9

99% would recommend to a friend.

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
ATHL
Business
Beverly, MA
May 15, 2014

Great hotel!

Perfect experience from the moment of checkin to checkout.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: In Hotel

Super!

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
BUBCmom
Business
Asheville, NC
Apr 22, 2014

Perfect for a Harvard students family

The Charles is located just across the street from Harvard and next to the nicest shopping street in Cambridge so for the family & friends of students at Harvard this is the perfect hotel. The staff is very helpful and accommodating. The rooms are nice but just a bit tired. The beds were comfortable. Room service was very good. I would only go back if I needed to be in the Cambridge area otherwise it is a long, traffic ridden drive to downtown Boston.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Toscano italian restaurant

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
RichardA
Business
Schenectady
Apr 7, 2014

Nice hotel and a good deal if you get bargain rate

Clean and up to date with touches of elegance, and very convenient for business in or near Harvard University. But the normal rate is pretty steep. A discount rate made it a reasonable deal.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: In Hotel

Henretta's kitchen offers healthy and reasonably priced dinner items.

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Review of The Charles Hotel

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Denise Orlando
Business
Orlando, FL
Mar 20, 2014

Great hotel in the Cambridge area!

Big hotel with lots of amenities. The location was great! Close to lots of shops and restaurants in the Harvard area.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Tired LaxMom
Business
Annapolis, MD
Mar 17, 2014

first time trip to Boston

Everything was great. Only complaint is you have to call in room dining to get ice. We called around 9 pm and it was never delivered.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Time-saving tip: Short drive from hotel

The subway is very easy to use.

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Review of The Charles Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Maria102
Business
NY, NY
Feb 9, 2014

Night at the Charles

Great location - very convenient for college visit to Harvard with daughter. Nice, clean room with view of skating rink below. Easy check-in and check-out. Very pleasant experience.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Quick walk to many restaurants particularly, Toscano.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anastasia K.
Business
Connecticut
Dec 6, 2013

Understated Elegance in Harvard Square

The Charles is an interesting mix of a contemporary building with an interior Shaker vibe -- quilts on the walls and beds, simple wood occasional tables, book-lined recesses. But it is anything but stuffy; a sophisticated and well-run oasis in busy Harvard Square. Very convenient to the university and its museums and hospitals. Not inexpensive, but miles above other hotels in Cambridge. Ice rink and two good restaurants, too. Cambridge has a dozen or so very nice boutiques. Nearby Toscana restaurant is excellent. One minor complaint - rang for ice and it never came.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

If you want to snack in the room, Cardullo's at 6 Brattle is a great spot for gourmet cheeses and chocolates and good wines.

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Review of The Charles Hotel

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Selie
Business
Vancouver, British Columbia
Dec 2, 2013

A Pleasent Stay

Our deluxe king room was spacious and bright. The room was clean and the bed was comfortable. The hotel's restaurant, Henrietta's Table, is excellent, especially its Sunday brunch buffet.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of The Charles Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Thenameischris
Business
Miami
Dec 1, 2013

Very clean but hot tub not working

Great location. Great bars and restaurants right on site! Friendly staff. 1 block from T station. VERY clean. Only complaints are that the hot tub was not working in the thurs, fri, sat that we stayed there and they offered no explanation when we asked about it. Also, the beds seemed small like maybe they were full size instead of like queen. Just seemed a little smaller than most hotels.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
2
Trip purpose:

Business

Shopping tip: Short walk from hotel

Local shops near by and just a few stops on the train from downtown boston.

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Review of The Charles Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Harps
Business
Elio,t Maine
Nov 20, 2013

Business trip to Cambridge MA

This is a great hotel for any business you may be conducting in Cambridge. Nice amenities and easy access to everything in Cambridge. T is 3 blocks away and the is a plethora of restaurants nearby. Had a limited view of the river from my room and if you want to jog along the Charles it is out back door past the spa.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Charlies Kitchen is literally across the street and Legal seafood in 100 ft on patio level out back door. Would recommend hotel restaurant Henrietta's for breakfast which was sumptuous.

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