$299 Avg/night
Rate based on Check-in: Aug 20, 2015 Check-out: Aug 23, 2015

The Charles Hotel

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

Hotel Overview

Reviewer score
4.2
out of 5
81 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
Accessible 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:
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

4.2 / 5
5.01.0
81 out of 81
Amenities:
4.2
Cleanliness:
4.6
Hotel staff:
4.3
Comfort:
4.4
Location:
4.8
Value:
3.8

96% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of The Charles Hotel

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Shawn and jay
Business
midwest city
Jul 29, 2015

Bed bugs, no chalkboards, dysfunctional staff

There are no chalkboards in this hotel. And the bed had bed bugs. And the service can take an hour or more because communication between staff was very low . The bar is nice, but a lot of the appeal of this hotel is just marketing....

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

Business

Review of The Charles Hotel

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Janet L.
Business
Arcadia
Jun 4, 2015

Outdated but great location

Hotel amenities were outdated. There were no vents in the bathroom and no coffee maker. Service was good. The gym provided for hotel guests was my favorite part as the gym was part of a private gym with lots of different, most up-to-date exercising machines. The location was very convenient too!

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

Business

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

Review of The Charles Hotel

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

Review of The Charles Hotel

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Over 50 Sherry
Business
N/A
Feb 9, 2015

Not what I expected

I've always wanted to stay at this hotel so when I finally splurged and spent more money than I ever have on a hotel room, my expectations were high. The room was very average in size and decor, clean but the carpet had a few stains, ultra comfortable bed, free wifi, tv in the bathroom mirror (not sure that's a needed luxury) and other standard amenities. It took 2 calls and over an hour to get complimentary ice delivered. All other interactions with service were brief, polite and perfunctory. You're paying for location here.

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

Business

Review of The Charles Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
CONNIE V.
Business
South Windsor
Jan 17, 2015

Family Get together

It was a nice family get together. Comfortable and clean and the restaurants were very good

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

Business

Review of The Charles Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
CONNIE V.
Business
South Windsor
Jan 17, 2015

Nice family get together

It was a nice family weekend. Came to run the 5K race and go to the St. Patrick Day Parade

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

Business

Review of The Charles Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
fred
Business
N/A
Jan 5, 2015

Cambridge weekend

Liked hotel location, teenagers can easily walk around Harvard Square, lots of dining and shopping options. Rooms are a bit small but clean and nicely appointed.

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

Business

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

Review of The Charles Hotel

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Octa
Business
Canada
Sep 2, 2014

Overpriced in a perfect location

We had a nice time but the double beds were very uncomfortable. The average couples do not sleep in a double bed at home and being forced to sleep in one while on vacation is in no way relaxing! An overpriced hotel like the Charles Hotel should offer queen beds.

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

Business

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