The Charles Hotel

1 Bennett St | Cambridge, MA 02138-5780  [SEE MAP]Cambridge, MA  [SEE ADDRESS]
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Overview

On-site restaurant, Henrietta's Table, impresses visitors
Some recent guests say the hotel isn't worth the price

If you came to Boston to sightsee, then this isn't the best hotel for you; however, The Charles Hotel offers travelers laid-back luxury in picturesque Cambridge, Massachusetts. And considering its location, you can expect a taste of the Ivy League. The Charles Hotel's guest rooms are adorned with wooden furniture and custom quilts. And right outside your spacious digs are cafes and bars that are popular stomping grounds for young academics and future world leaders. Plus, you'll find intimate bars like Noir and Regattabar and fine dining establishments like Benedetto and Henrietta's Table at the hotel, too. Guests are consistently impressed with The Charles Hotel; some of them even refer to it as their home away from home. The only caveat: The steep price tag. You'll need a thick wallet to enjoy The Charles and all of its luxurious offerings.

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Location
Cambridge, MA
Hotel Class
4.0-star
Property Type
Hotel, 295 rooms
Primary View
City center
Style
Traditional, Historic
Best For
Business travelers, Families, Couples, Solo travelers

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Scorecard
  • 4.0Hotel Class
  • GREATCritic Rating

Rankings

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Critic Reviews

Other Awards

  • AAA/CAA Four Diamond Awards 2019
  • Condé Nast Readers' Choice List 2018

Frommer's

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Unlike a lot of high-end hotels, it's maintained a consistent guest room style: simple yet luxurious...

Frommer's Exceptional

Forbes

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Despite its modernist exterior, inside the Charles is a model of old-fashioned New England hospitality.

Fodor's

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Relax in the lobby library, chock-full of titles, some autographed by authors who happen to be frequent guests.

Fodor's Choice

Travel + Leisure

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In summer and fall, the hotel hosts a farmers market with perfect picnic items — freshly pressed apple cider, roasted pecans, and goat cheese from the nearby Carlisle Farmstead.

Oyster.com

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With a 2016 renovation costing $20 million, the rooms at the Charles represent the best the hotel has to offer.

Other Awards

  • AAA/CAA Four Diamond Awards 2019
  • Condé Nast Readers' Choice List 2018

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor. A total of 2206 have reviewed the The Charles Hotel, giving it a rating of 4.5, on a scale of 1-5.

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TripAdvisor Travel Rating: TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2206 reviews 4.5 (based on 2206 reviews)

Guest Rooms

The guest rooms and suites at The Charles Hotel blend traditional Colonial furnishings with modern luxury. All rooms offer complimentary Wi-Fi, floor-to-ceiling windows with city views, Bose radios and in-mirror bathroom TVs. Suites up the ante with larger bathrooms and separate sitting and dressing areas.
  • Custom furnishings include Colonial-style quilts and wooden desks
  • Turndown service upon request

Standard room size273 square feet

  • Internet (free)
  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Wireless Internet
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available

Location & Parking

The Charles Hotel is located in Cambridge on the opposite side of the river as downtown Boston. Cambridge is the stately home to Harvard University. Although it is a 5-mile trek to some of Boston’s top attractions, Cambridge can be considered an attraction in itself, boasting a slew of trendy restaurants, chic boutiques, lively nightlife options and an impressive history.
  • Boston Logan International Airport is approximately 8 miles east of the property
  • A variety of theaters, libraries, parks, shops and restaurants are within a few blocks
  • Avis car rental services available on-site
  • 24-hour valet parking ($45)
  • 24-hour self-parking ($40)
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service

Within walking distance of:

  • Grocery store
  • Movie theater
  • Theater
  • Shopping
  • Bus stop
  • Train station
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Restaurants
  • Beach

Dining

Henrietta’s Table offers farm-to-table fare for the eco-conscious. The legendary Regattabar jazz club provides live musical entertainment most evenings in a swanky atmosphere. Benedetto invites guests to enjoy rustic Italian fare. Finally, the Noir lounge is one of the city’s top see-and-be-seen watering holes.
  • Regattabar ticket holders can receive 10 percent off their pre-show meal at Henrietta’s Table
  • All food and beverage outlets have private dining rooms and space for group events

Number of restaurants4

Cuisine TypesItalian, American

  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • Free breakfast

Pool

The lap pool at the adjacent Wellbridge Athletic Center is available to all hotel guests at no extra charge. The pool is located on the top floor with atrium-style windows and natural lighting. Although the pool facilities are reserved primarily for adults, there are specified hours for children’s use daily.
  • Locker rooms provide changing area, showers, towels and steam room
  • Kids swim hours are 2 to 5 p.m. daily and 10 a.m. to noon on weekends
  • Family pool
  • Infinity pool
  • Whirlpool/hot tub
  • Adults-only pool
  • Lap pool
  • Wading pool
  • Lazy river
  • Seasonal
  • Indoor
  • Outdoor
  • Indoor/outdoor combo
  • Pool bar
  • Lifeguard on duty
  • Poolside service
  • Waterslide
  • Deck chairs or cabanas

Spa

The Corbu Spa & Salon at The Charles Hotel offers a selection of treatments incorporating natural elements native to New England. Services are performed in an organically designed urban oasis environment.
  • The Corbu Spa opens daily at 9 a.m.
  • The luxurious Corbu La-La package includes a body scrub, massage, facial, manicure, pedicure, hair wash and style
  • Specialty bridal and group packages available

Services offered:

  • Massage
  • Facial
  • Body treatments (i.e. scrubs, wraps)
  • Salon services
  • Outdoor treatment area
  • Steam room
  • Sauna

Kids

Families with children are greeted with a complimentary “Kid’s Kit” upon arrival and gain access to a library of family-friendly books and movies. Adjoining room discounts are offered to families with children.
  • The “Smarty Pants” package includes coloring books, tickets to the kid-friendly Harvard Museum of Natural History and a milk and cookie amenity at turndown
  • The adjacent Wellbridge Athletic Club has a pool offering kids-only swim hours and swimming classes
  • Children’s menus are available for all-day dining at Henrietta’s Table restaurant
  • Kids club
  • Cribs
  • High chairs

Fitness

Guests of The Charles Hotel receive complimentary access to the adjacent Wellbridge Athletic Club. It is a full-service fitness center featuring cardio and weight-lifting equipment, group classes, personal training and a lap pool.
  • Jogging map along the Charles River are provided
  • Seasonal on-site recreational activities include an ice-skating rink and bike rental program
  • Complimentary use of locker rooms, steam rooms, Wi-Fi, whirlpool and gift shop
  • Weight equipment
  • Cardio equipment
  • Yoga mats
  • Free fitness classes
  • Premium fitness classes (with fee)
  • Bicycles (free)
  • Tennis
  • Guided runs
  • Paddle boats
  • Motor boats

Business

The Charles Hotel can host everything from grand corporate gatherings to courtyard clambakes and everything in between. A team of conference service staff is on-site to help coordinate audiovisual technologies, catering, parking privileges and other client needs.
  • 18,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event spaces
  • The Charles Pavilion houses a full-service conference center
  • Each floor has a complimentary “Web Cube” for basic business tasks like computing and printing

Number of meeting rooms26

  • Business center
  • Meeting rooms
  • Meeting and event planners available

Pets

Pets of all shapes and sizes are welcome at The Charles Hotel. Complimentary dog treats are provided at the front desk upon arrival and the gift shop sells pet essentials like bowls and baggies. Two courtyard areas are on-site and a variety of parks and waterfront areas are nearby for longer walks.
  • A $50 pet fee applies per visit
  • Larger pets may not be allowed in certain guest rooms
  • Pets allowed (with fee)
  • Dog walking
  • Pet-sitting

Wedding

The Charles Hotel houses a variety of spaces to accommodate ceremonies and receptions large or small, modern or rustic, indoors or outdoors. The hotel's location puts guests near various entertainment and activities during their stays and the bridal party can utilize the on-site spa for hair and makeup necessities.
  • Dining spaces can accommodate rehearsal dinners, receptions and morning-after brunches

Maximum wedding guest capacity600

  • Hotel hosts weddings
  • Outdoor space for weddings
  • Wedding planners available

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