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4.0 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 r ... " More

By a verified traveler on Tue 25 Jun 2019

Hotel Description

4-star romantic hotel near Harvard University

City center stay

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, spa tub

A full-service spa, 3 restaurants, and a spa tub are all featured at this boutique hotel. Traveling on business? Take advantage of the 24-hour business center, free WiFi in public areas, and valet parking. Self parking, a coffee shop, and limo/town car service are also offered.

Free Internet, soaking tubs

The 295 soundproofed guestrooms offer free WiFi and free wired Internet, as well as minibars. LCD TVs come with cable channels, and other amenities include deep soaking bathtubs and premium bedding.

Deluxe Room, 2 Double Beds

Bed Count 2 Full Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max
$199* Per night/room Dec 2 - Dec 3

Deluxe Room, 1 King Bed

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 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 5 Verified Reviews

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

Guest reviews for The Charles Hotel

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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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Renovations + Closures

The following facilities or services will be unavailable from June 12 2020 to December 31 2020 (dates subject to change):

  • Fitness facilities
  • Sauna
  • Swimming pool

Property Features

The Charles Hotel offers its guests a full-service spa, a spa tub, and complimentary bicycles. 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. Spa services, a library, and multilingual staff are also featured at the business-friendly The Charles Hotel. For a fee, parking is available. 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: Logan Intl. Airport (BOS) (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 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
  • 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 8:00 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.

Nearby Activities

Recreational amenities at the hotel include a spa tub and complimentary bicycles.

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

  • Free bicycles on site
  • Golfing nearby
  • Boat tours nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Sailing nearby

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.

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

Accessibility

If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.

  • 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 3:00 PM
  • Check-in time ends at midnight
  • Minimum check-in age is: 18

Special check-in instructions:

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

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)!

Pet Policy

  • 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
  • Service animals are exempt from fees

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 may be 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

Tax ID - C0015240490

This property accepts credit cards; cash is not accepted

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 may be 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. The tax ID number is C0015240490. This property accepts credit cards. Cash is not accepted. This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.Personal protective equipment, including masks and gloves, will be available to guests.Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; a shield is in place between staff and guests in main contact areas; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; guests are provided with hand sanitizer; cashless payment methods are available for all transactions; masks are required in public areas.Contactless check-in and contactless check-out are available.Individually-wrapped food options are available through room service.Each guestroom is kept vacant for a minimum of 24 hours between bookings.

  • Service animals are allowed
  • Service animals are exempt from fees/restrictions
  • Cashless transactions are available
  • Staff temperature checks are conducted regularly
  • Masks are compulsory at the property
  • Temperature checks are not available to guests
  • Bed sheets and towels are washed at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F
  • Commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant
  • Property confirms they are implementing guest safety measures
  • Contactless check-out is available
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Staff wears personal protective equipment
  • Protective clothing is available to guests
  • Masks are available to guests
  • Mobile key entry is not available
  • Debit cards not accepted
  • Gloves are available to guests
  • Food service has been amended for enhanced safety
  • Shield between guests and staff in main contact areas
  • Guests are provided with free hand sanitizer
  • Property does not follow sanitization practices of any association
  • Staffed front desk
  • Social distancing measures are in place
  • Contactless check-in is available
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • Individually-wrapped food options are available
  • State tax ID - C0015240490
  • Individually-wrapped food options are available through room service
  • Number of children who can stay free - 2
  • gap period enforced between guest stays 24 hours

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
  • Service animals are exempt from fees
  • 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

  • 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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Frequently Asked Questions

*Price based on the lowest price found within past 24 hours and based upon one night stay for two adults over the next thirty days. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.