$299 Avg/night
Rate based on Check-in: Oct 3, 2014 Check-out: Oct 4, 2014

The Charles Hotel

4 stars
One Bennett Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
4.2
out of 5
75 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 (75)

Ratings and reviews for The Charles Hotel

Overall score

4.2 / 5
5.01.0
75 out of 75
Amenities:
4.3
Room cleanliness:
4.6
Hotel staff:
4.4
Room comfort:
4.5
Location:
4.8
Value:
3.9

99% would recommend to a friend.

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
RPGMex
Mexico City
Sep 10, 2012

Great location if going to Harvard.

If you are visiting Harvard this is the best hotel to stay (also look for the Veritas Hotel). It is located right next to the JFK School of Government, 5 minutes from Harvard Business School and a 3 minute walk from the main Harvard college campus. My wife and I visited the JFK School of Government and were delighted to find that the hotel is right next to the school. We stayed there in the first week of classes for Harvard Students so there were a lot of events in the hotel for students and faculty. It got a bit noisy at night but nothing to worry about if you are in your room. Anyways, highly recommended even if you are not visiting Harvard. Everything is very near and the T-Stop is 5 minutes away walking distance. On the negative, it is a bit on the expensive side but most of the hotels in Boston are quite expensive.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Dining tip: In Hotel

A Legal Seafoods restaurant is right next to the hotel.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Resident of Chicago
U.S
Sep 5, 2012

Resident of Chicago

Contrary to my previous trip to Dublin, This particular hotel in Boston is good and I will go there again and will recommend to a friend.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
3
Shopping tip: Short walk from hotel

Close proximity to everything.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
J the Good Mom
Montgomery, Alabama
Aug 8, 2012

Perfect location for Harvard & train access

I stayed 4 nights in a King suite (room 408) located near a reception hall used for parties. Therefore, music lasted until 9 pm Friday and 11:30 Saturday night. I called the reception desk to ask for another room (fully booked) & received earplugs. The space was large but not plush or overly comfortable (at $500 a night). The carpet was dirty and the furniture cheap, but it's better than what you'll get in New York for that amount. Henrietta's Table is their casual restaurant located on the 2nd floor. The waffles and fruit plates were wonderful for breakfast. Don't order in room breakfast, as it's twice the expense, and the omelette was practically inedible. Concierge was quite helpful with directions. Taxi's were available immediately, costing $40 to/from the airport, though the Harvard T station is nearby and one can connect at Park then Governor's to a line going to the airport at a fraction of the cost. The T will take you just about anywhere. I was visiting my high-school child taking coursework at Mass Art, and we were able to visit Harvard and MIT easily. We also traveled to Jamaica Plain (arboretum), MMFA, and the Harvard Museums at Peabody Hall. The Charles Hotel is perfect for anyone wanting to be near Harvard Square.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
3
Money-saving tip: Short walk from hotel

It's a very short walk to the T at Harvard Square. It will quickly and inexpensively take you to just about any local in Boston or Cambridge. The trains are far quicker than the buses and about as time consuming as a taxi. Avoid rush hours on the week days unless you don't mind being a fish in a sardine tin.

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Dr.Sun
Miami,FL
Jul 9, 2012

a best hotel

it is the beat one for the coustomer who will visit harvard.

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

1
5.01.0
shazi
Business
waban,ma
May 23, 2012

wonderful

I and my friend lived there two nights.Location is very good for us having some meetings with the Harvard staff.

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

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Jayjai
Ann Arbor, MI, USA
Mar 22, 2012

We were close to the theater and still able to see other spots of interest

Staff was very friendly, professional, and helpful from the time we arrived with our car, checking in, finding directions. Exercise facility was first rate!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Sightseeing tip: Short walk from hotel

Harvard Square, shopping, dining, both theaters we attended.

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Review of The Charles Hotel

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
adventurous travel mom
Hillsboro, OR, USA
Feb 26, 2012

Quick trip to Cambridge

The Charles Hotel was a perfect place for us to stay as we visited with our daughter on the Harvard campus. The hotel offered us not only a perfect location in relation to Harvard, but also it has wonderful dining options, a spa and athletic facilities. The room was perfect as it was large, clean and very comfortable!

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

4
5.01.0
Golden Lotus
LA, CA
Feb 25, 2012

Fantastic Harvard campus visit trip

Very good location for visiting Harvard & MIT, extremely warm interior design, two fantastic & convenient restaurents and others surrounding, excellent fitness center, swimming pool & Spa center. and very very well room setting.

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

4
5.01.0
Youngwook
Ypsilanti, Michigan
Dec 28, 2011

the charles hotel

the room was clean and the bathroon was also nice.

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

3
5.01.0
ocelot
Maryland
Nov 13, 2011

Overpriced in a perfect location

As far as room size and comfort is concerned, it's a decent hotel -- on par with an average suburban motel. Our room (a standard room) was quite small, our request for an additional bed for the child has not been passed on to the hotel (so she had to sleep in a crib), and the heating system was a bit outdated -- the powerful fan had to run continuously so it was a bit uncomfortable climate-wise. Complimentary internet was reasonably fast. The main thing about this hotel, of course, is that it is in the middle of Harvard Square, so the location can't be better. The hotel caters to Harvard conference attendees, so the public you meet in the lobby would most likely discuss "mind-boggling interest rate spread" or something of that kind. Also, the hotel's restaurant is so good that people from outside come to dine there. Do not drive to this hotel though -- parking in the hotel garage (the only option) is outrageously expensive. If you rent a car, do yourself a favor and stay in a suburban motel and get a similar room for half the price -- then take the subway to Harvard Sq. and have dinner at this hotel. Note also Avis and Thrifty car rentals are in the hotel garage and across the street, respectively.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
2
Location:
5
Value:
2
Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Pete's Coffee has the best espresso drinks in town (and that's a lot to say for that area) -- just across the intersection towards Harvard Sq.

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