$239 Avg/night
Rate based on Check-in: Jul 4, 2015 Check-out: Jul 6, 2015

The Charles Hotel

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

Hotel Overview

Reviewer score
4.2
out of 5
86 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

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.

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.
Property 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.

 

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)
Nearby 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

Transportation
  • Hynes Convention Center (2.5 mi/4.1 km)
  • Logan International Airport (6 mi/9.5 km)
Policies
  • 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

3.9 / 5
5.01.0
11 out of 86
Amenities:
4.2
Cleanliness:
4.1
Hotel staff:
4.3
Comfort:
4
Location:
4.5
Value:
3.5

91% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of The Charles Hotel

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

Business

Dining tip: In Hotel

Super!

Review of The Charles Hotel

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Mobile, AL
Jul 31, 2008

Great service!

From the moment we drove up, we were greeted with smiling faces who seemed as if they couldn't wait to assist us. Everyone went out of their way to make sure we were never inconvenienced and had everything we could need. Of course, the neighborhood couldn't be beat. We had a great time walking around the city. I would definately recommend this property and give the staff very high marks!

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

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Shopping and dining options are everywhere since it is located next to the Harvard campus.

Review of The Charles Hotel

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Traveler Max
Business
Palo Alto CA
Jul 27, 2014

Great service

Excellent service at the Charles. I forgot my shaving kit and the hotel sent one up immediately when I called. Legal Seafoods is right next door.

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

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Legal Seafoods is next door.

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

Business

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
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
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.

Review of The Charles Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
beantown business travelers
Business
los angeles, ca
May 14, 2010

charles hotel may 2010

Excellent experience save for construction/renovation that was taking place outside of our room in the courtyard.

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

Business

Dining tip: Short drive from hotel

Go to President Plaza in Quincy, MA where there is an amazing array of chinese and other asian food prepared in hong kong style!

Review of The Charles Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Dallas, TX
Aug 5, 2009

Recent Visit

This is a great hotel at a great location. 5 minutes walk to Harvard University schools. Nice bar and great restaurants. A lots of other eating choices around this Hotel if you need variety.

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

Business

Review of The Charles Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
washinton dc
Jul 28, 2011

Good place in center of Harvard Square

excellent location for Harvard. Good but pricey food. Courteous staff. Nice rooms. watchin the news on the bath-room mirror was a unique experience--at least for me.

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

Business

Review of The Charles Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Simon1
Business
Switzerland
Aug 17, 2014

nice stay

Overall a very nice and recommendable place to stay

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

Business

Review of The Charles Hotel

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Zoro217
Business
Chicago
May 28, 2014

Check in disaster at the Charles

There were some issues when I checked in, but the staff finally did the right thing. Arriving at midnight, the hotel apparently lost my reservation from this online company. At least they said they didn't have a record of it. After 40 min of checking, they discovered that the online company had in fact contacted them, but they weren't listening. Or something like that. Then, the desk staff gave me the key to room 408. We went up there, and the room reeked of smoke. At the Charles! Is this hotel turning into a SRO? So we marched back down to the desk (the phone in the room didn't work) and then they gave me a new room, a suite. After that, the hotel met my expectations. I didn't need the suite, but I did need a ready and clean room. I've been reserving with this online company for over a decade at hotels on three continents and have *never* had a hotel lose the reservation and never been placed into a smoke-filled room. The whole point to using this company is that I can prepay, have an ironclad reservation, and a decent room. Charles can do better.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
1
Hotel staff:
2
Comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
2
Trip purpose:

Business

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