$299 Avg/night
Rate based on Check-in: Jun 13, 2015 Check-out: Jun 14, 2015

The Charles Hotel

4 stars
View map of One Bennett Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Hotel Overview

Reviewer score
4.2
out of 5
85 reviews
Awesome Hotel

Love staying here. Great, homey, large room with a great view. See full review

  • carol P.
  • Mar 18, 2015
excellent

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

  • rustico
  • Aug 25, 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)
  • Self- and valet- parking (fees apply)
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

Policies and Fees
  • Self parking fee is $38 USD per car per day, while valet parking is $40 USD per car per day.

This is not a comprehensive list of fees. Any amounts listed above may not include taxes and are subject to change.

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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
  • No smoking rooms/facilities
General
No smoking rooms/facilities
Concierge
Pet friendly
Elevators
Activities
Pool
Fitness Center
Spa
Dining
Bar/Lounge
Restaurant
Room service
Services
Business center
Meeting/Banquet facilities
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:
3:00 PM
Check-out:
12:00 PM

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.

Ratings and reviews for The Charles Hotel

Overall score

4.3 / 5
5.01.0
26 out of 85
Amenities:
4.4
Cleanliness:
4.8
Hotel staff:
4.6
Comfort:
4.6
Location:
4.9
Value:
4

100% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of The Charles Hotel

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
carol P.
Business
Sarasota
Mar 18, 2015

Awesome Hotel

Love staying here. Great, homey, large room with a great view.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Elysha H.
Business
Cambridge
Mar 11, 2015

Charles Hotel

Great location for business and pleasure. Onsite parking and restaurant.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of The Charles Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
MattB123
Business
Louisiana
Oct 5, 2014

Location, location, location

The Charles is a nice hotel with great restaurants in a GREAT location.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of The Charles Hotel

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
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
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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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
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
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
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
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
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
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
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
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
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of The Charles Hotel

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
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

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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
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
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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