$199 Avg/night
Rate based on Check-in: Nov 28, 2014 Check-out: Nov 29, 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

Hotel Map

42.3723 -71.1218
Area served
Cambridge, MA
Nearby airports
BOS - Logan International
Area description
The charm, history and culture in Harvard Square Cambridge are unrivaled, Blending tradition education, and International diversity. Harvard Square's dynamic offering are just outside our front door. World-class performances at The American Repertory Theatre, Harvard's prestigious collection of museums, the best in ethnic dining and erudite cafes and unique shops all contribute to the area's legendary appeal. Minutes across the river, Boston proper offers its own unique environment that complements your experience at The Charles Hotel.

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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

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.

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.

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

3
5.01.0
TC416
Business
Toronto, Ontario
Sep 18, 2013

excellent staff and location

Pros: Excellent location with easy access to everything. Front desk staff was very friendly and helpful. Room was clean and tidy. Cons: Dated interior. Uncomfortable bed and terrible pillows! Priced too expensive for the comfort level provided.

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

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

The Border Cafe a block away offers great food and excellent price! (warning: line ups!)

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
JustTravelin'
Business
Seattle, WA
Aug 18, 2013

Perfect in every way, just give us a coffee maker

We were in town for an extended layover on our way for international travel and wanted to visit Cambridge and Harvard Yard. The Charles allowed us to do all that and then some. The hotel lived up to previous reviews, with staff and location second-to-none. Our room was nicely decorated with college themed artwork any professor or professor-in-the-making would find inspiring, and the room's tech amenities were impressive. Onsite parking was great for our rental car, although exactly where best to park in the cavernous underground lot was a little unclear. The only serious complaint: NO COFFEE MAKER in the room. Come on, Charles, how about a little Joe?

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

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
pcturner33
Business
Brooklyn, NY
Jun 17, 2013

Great location, Comfortable Hotel

The Charles is perfectly located to do anything you want or need to do in Cambridge. It is within easy walking distance of Harvard and most of the neighborhoods surrounding the University. The Hotel rooms are spacious, with good working space and we had a comfortable king-sized bed. Definitely worth staying, but weekend prices can be a little high!

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

Business

Shopping tip: Short walk from hotel

The Tannery for stylish men's clothes and shoes.

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Yankees in the South
Business
Raleigh, NC
May 30, 2013

Great access to Harvard Square and Cambridge

Stayed here for our daughter's graduation--in spite of street construction (which made car travel a bit of a pain) it was great. Rooms are lovely, staff as well!

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

Business

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Review of The Charles Hotel

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Michael Rn
Business
Great Falls, VA
Apr 1, 2013

Very comfortable, convenient, friendly

We have not found a hotel in Cambridge to beat The Charles for convenience, comfort, and friendliness. You can find very good food there, from home style to high cuisine, pretty much any time. The gym is a full-scale health club, well-equipped and full of sunlight. You can walk to Harvard, and many attractions are a short drive away. What's not to like?

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

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Fat Willie
Business
Cambridge
Mar 25, 2013

Soft Bed

The room wasa nice the bed was too soft for me so I didn't sleep that well. Overall good value and I would go back.

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

Business

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Review of The Charles Hotel

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Veritas Steve
Business
Danville CA
Mar 25, 2013

When visiting Harvard

The Charles was exactly what I like in a Hotel. Not showy but very nicely done. Great location if you are visiting Harvard students.

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: Short walk from hotel

LA Burdeck for the best cup of hot chocolate you will ever taste.

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Review of The Charles Hotel

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Blosamundo
Business
Columbus, Ohio
Feb 12, 2013

Great place to spend the blizzard of 2013

We spent the blizzard of 2013 here. I was amazed at the staff who spent 3 days working continuously always had a smile on her face and greeted me warmly. The facilities people Kept up with the snow and we were able to get out and move around and was more than enough to keep this occupied for 48 hours within the hotel itself. Food was great.

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

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

The red house. Great bar with fireplace and great food.

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Review of The Charles Hotel

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
funvt
Business
VT
Jan 22, 2013

Weekend in Harvard Square

We had a great long weekend in Boston and really enjoyed our stay. Had never stayed there before. The location is great, as was the view from our room. It was a super price and I'd do it again in a heartbeat. The bathroom had a mirror with a TV inside! Didn't eat at the hotel, as we already have our favorite spots in Boston

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

Business

Dining tip: Long walk from hotel

Dali's for tapas is Cambridge is superb!

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Review of The Charles Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
UmbrellaLA
Business
Los Angeles
Jan 14, 2013

Quietly elegant on Harvard Sq.

Would be 5 stars all around if they would only install in-room coffee makers.

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

Business

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