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4.1 out of 5

" Magnificent hotel ,walking distance from Harvard University and Cambridge. Well-treated by all staff,eager to please, with many hotel amenities. I o ... " More

By a verified traveler on Mon 30 Jul 2018

Hotel Description

4-star romantic hotel near Harvard University

Central Cambridge getaway

A stay at this West Cambridge hotel places you within half a mile (1 km) of Harvard University and 3 miles (5 km) of Fenway Park. Also, Hynes Convention Center is within 3 miles (5 km) and Boston Museum of Fine Arts is within 6 miles (10 km).

Full-service spa, indoor pool

A full-service spa, 3 restaurants, and an indoor pool are all featured at this smoke-free hotel. Traveling on business? Take advantage of the 24-hour business center, free WiFi in public areas, and valet parking. Make the most of the fitness center and spa tub, and relax with drinks at one of the 2 bars/lounges.

Free Internet, soaking tubs

The 295 soundproofed guestrooms offer free WiFi and free wired Internet, as well as 24-hour room service. LCD TVs come with cable channels, and other amenities include deep soaking bathtubs and minibars.

Deluxe Room, 1 King Bed

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max
$240* Per night/room Nov 22 - Nov 23

Deluxe Room, 2 Double Beds

Bed Count 2 Full Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Suite, 1 King Bed (Fellows)

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Suite (Deans)

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Room, 2 Double Beds, Accessible

Bed Count 2 Full Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Room, 1 King Bed, Accessible

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

The Charles Hotel ratings based on 15 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
4.1 out of 5 4.0 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.5 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.5 out of 5.0
Room comfort 4.5 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 5.0 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for The Charles Hotel

Everyone (4) Couples (1) Family (1)
4 out of 5
The property was lovely. Unfortunately, we had lots of problems with the door lock. In three days we had to go downstairs four times to get the card reprogrammed.

Posted by on Jun 25, 2019

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5 out of 5

Posted by on May 13, 2019

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4 out of 5
Magnificent hotel ,walking distance from Harvard University and Cambridge. Well-treated by all staff,eager to please, with many hotel amenities. I observed a yoga class in the atrium below my window and experienced very prompt room service. Ivy League version of Caesar's Palace Las Vegas-less glitz and more class,however. If you appreciate luxury it is very worthwhile for the price.

Posted by , from New York on Jul 30, 2018

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2 out of 5

Parking not exceptable

I booked my trip in advance and this hotel I did find. It was nice and people there were very nice. The problem I had was when I booked the trip I was never told it would cost me 40.00 a day to stay there. We had a Congress of Future Physicians in Lowell, MA so I had to take the car. It took my breath that I had to pay 200.00 just in parking. That is nuts and will not recommend this hotel. I wish I was told ahead of time

Posted by , from Brooksville, Fl on Jun 30, 2018

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5 out of 5

Great as always

Cons: Lighting in the passageway from brattle street into the courtyard behind the main hotel area (the courtyard where Legal Sea Food is.)
I hadn't been back to the Charles for more than 10 years when I stayed there a few weeks ago. It was still as warm and comfortable and welcoming as I had remember it. Great!

Posted by on Mar 23, 2015

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4 out of 5

Nice hotel - certainly convenient for any Harvard activities

Pros: Close restaurants
Nice Hotel - certainly convenient - staff very friendly, rooms clean, stay on courtyard side - much quieter.

Posted by , from Minneapolis on Nov 29, 2012

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3 out of 5

Stuffy, starched and stiff.

Pros: Close restaurants
Cons: curt attitude
Not the least bit friendly..almost looked down their noses at us. I am a Bostonian by birth so it wan't cultural. They had an "attitude" the entire time. We gave them no grief yet they treated us like steerage passengers.

Posted by , from Central FL on Apr 21, 2012

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5 out of 5

Excellent service, accommodations, and location

This hotel is very well-managed and maintained, with a very friendly staff. It has well-designed, comfortable rooms, and a convenient location near Harvard Square. Highly recommended!

Posted by , from Maine on Mar 9, 2012

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5 out of 5

Marvelous staff and accommodations

Pros: Free breakfast, Close restaurants, Free Internet, full fitness center with pool and sauna, convenient to subway
The Charles Hotel is very accommodating, in the quality of its rooms and facilities and in the professionalism of its staff. The rooms are comfortable -- excellent water pressure even on the 8th floor -- and have all the amenities a business travel needs. The fitness center is terrific. I particularly enjoyed the cocktail options at both Rialto and Noir. The waitstaff at the Rialto bar made me feel very welcome. I found the king size bed in my room too soft for my taste, but that's personal preference. The plumbing sounds from other rooms were noticeable; if you're a light sleeper, you may have trouble sleeping in on a weekend.

Posted by , from Butler, PA on Nov 16, 2011

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5 out of 5

Great hotel in a great location!

Pros: Close restaurants
This hotel is in a wonderful location to visit all areas of Boston. The hotel is warm and inviting. There are numerous fabulous restaurants in and around the hotel. Rooms are well appointed and have a TV in the bathroom mirror.

Posted by on Feb 7, 2011

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Property Features

The Charles Hotel offers its guests a full-service spa, an indoor pool, and a spa tub. There are 3 restaurants on site, as well as a coffee shop/café and a snack bar/deli. You can unwind with a drink at one of the 2 bars/lounges. A computer station is on site, and both WiFi and wired Internet are free in public spaces. A 24-hour business center and limo/town car service are available. Event space at this hotel measures 18000 square feet (1672 square meters) and includes conference space. A fitness center, a steam room, and spa services are also featured at the business-friendly The Charles Hotel. Parking is available for a fee. This 4-star Cambridge hotel is smoke free.

  • 295 guestrooms or units
  • 10 levels
  • 3 dining venues
  • 2 bars or lounges
  • 18000 sq ft of conference space
  • 1672 sq m of conference space
  • Built in 1985
  • Coffee shop
  • Deli
  • Charging station for electric cars
  • Business center (24 hours)
  • Conference space
  • Breakfast available (surcharge)
  • Dry cleaning
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Express check-out
  • Staff is multilingual
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Front-desk safe
  • Car service
  • Concierge
  • Wedding services available
  • Library
  • Gift shop
  • Beauty salon
  • Newspapers in lobby (free)
  • ATM
  • Bellhop
  • Elevator
  • No smoking on site

Internet

Available in all rooms: Free WiFi , Free wired Internet

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi , Free wired Internet

Parking

Self parking (surcharge) , Valet parking (surcharge)

Transport

  • Airport: Boston, MA (BOS-Logan Intl.) (13.7 km / 8.5 mi)
  • Train station: Boston Yawkey Station (4.6 km / 2.9 mi)
  • Metro station: Harvard Square Station (0.5 km / 0.3 mi)
  • Parking: Valet parking and self parking available for a surcharge

Room Amenities

The Charles Hotel offers 295 air-conditioned accommodations with minibars and safes. Beds feature down comforters and premium bedding. LCD televisions come with premium cable channels and pay movies. Bathrooms include bathtubs or showers with deep soaking bathtubs, bathrobes, slippers, and designer toiletries. Guests can surf the web using the complimentary wired and wireless Internet access. Business-friendly amenities include desks and complimentary newspapers, as well as phones; local and long-distance calls are complimentary (restrictions may apply). Additionally, rooms include hair dryers and irons/ironing boards. Refrigerators and hypo-allergenic bedding can be requested. Housekeeping is provided daily.

  • Separate bedroom
  • Deep soaking tub
  • Minibar
  • In-room dining (24 hours)
  • HD television
  • Cable channels
  • Premium channels
  • Movies for purchase
  • Refrigerator available
  • Luxury bedding
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding
  • Down blanket
  • Bathtub or shower
  • Cribs (free)
  • Rollaway beds (surcharge)
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Newspapers (free)
  • Long distance calls (free)
  • Local calls (free)
  • Hair dryer
  • Safe
  • Bathrobes
  • Slippers
  • Designer toiletries
  • Telephone
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Desk
  • Sound-insulated rooms
  • Climate control (air conditioning)
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Connecting rooms available
  • Wheelchair accessible

Food & Drink

For a fee, guests can enjoy cooked-to-order breakfast daily from 6:30 AM to 11 AM.

Henriettas Table - This restaurant specializes in American cuisine and serves breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. Guests can order drinks at the bar and enjoy alfresco dining (weather permitting). A children's menu is available.

Noir Bar - This cocktail bar serves light fare only. Guests can enjoy alfresco dining (weather permitting). Open daily.

Benedetto - This restaurant specializes in Italian cuisine and serves dinner only. Guests can order drinks at the bar and enjoy alfresco dining (weather permitting). Open daily.

Regattabar Jazz Club - This bar specializes in American cuisine and serves light fare only. Reservations are required. Open select days.

Pronto - This delicatessen specializes in American cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch, and light fare. Open daily.

24-hour room service is available.

Nearby Activities

An indoor pool and a spa tub are on site. Other recreational amenities include a steam room, a fitness center, and complimentary bicycles.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

  • Pilates classes on site
  • Free bicycles on site
  • Golfing nearby
  • Boat tours nearby
  • Fitness classes on site
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Sailing nearby
  • Yoga classes/instruction on site

Spa Services

Corbu Spa and Salon has massage/treatment rooms and couples treatment room(s). Services include deep-tissue massages, hot stone massages, sports massages, and Swedish massages.

The spa is open daily. Children under 16 years old are not allowed in the spa without adult supervision.

  • Hot stone massage
  • Deep tissue massage
  • Swedish massage
  • Prenatal massage
  • Couples treatment rooms
  • Sports massage
  • Manicures and pedicures
  • Body wraps
  • Body treatments
  • Body scrubs
  • Facial treatments
  • Massages

Accessibility

If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them in the special requests field on the booking page after selecting your room.

  • Wheelchair accessible path of travel
  • Accessible bathroom
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair accessible parking
  • In-room accessibility
  • Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)

Hotel Policies

Check-in

  • Check-in time starts at 3 PM
  • Check-in time ends at midnight
  • Minimum check-in age is 18

Check-out

  • Check-out by noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! Up to 2 children stay free when using existing bedding.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available for USD 20.0 per day.
  • Free cribs (infant beds)!

Pets

  • Pets: USD 50 per pet, per stay
  • Only dogs are allowed
  • Maximum 1 per room (weight limit: 50 lbs)
  • Restrictions apply
  • For more information, you can reach out to the property at the number on the booking confirmation

Policies

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed. Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.

Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A cash deposit, credit card, or debit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification are required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges.

  • Only service animals are allowed
  • Debit cards not accepted
  • Number of children who can stay free - 2

Fees

Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Breakfast fee: between USD 10 and USD 40 for adults, USD 10 and USD 40 for children (approximately)
  • Self parking fee: USD 45.00 per day
  • Valet parking fee: USD 50.00 per night (in/out privileges)
  • Pet fee: USD 50 per pet, per stay
  • Rollaway bed fee: USD 20.0 per day

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • Charles Cambridge
  • Charles Hotel
  • Charles Hotel Cambridge
  • Hotel Charles
  • The Charles Hotel Hotel
  • The Charles Hotel Cambridge
  • The Charles Hotel Hotel Cambridge

You should know

  • Pool access available from 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM.
  • Reservations are needed for massage services and spa treatments. For reservations, contact the hotel before arrival using the contact information on the booking confirmation.
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property at the number on your booking confirmation.
  • To make arrangements to bring your pet, contact the property directly at the number on your booking confirmation (please see the Fees section for related charges).

Awards & Affiliations

  • The property is a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts.
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