The Charles Hotel - Cambridge

One Bennett Street, Cambridge, Us, Cambridge, United States, 02138  show map
 4 stars
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The Charles Hotel - Cambridge

 Free Wi-Fi

Free Wi-Fi in rooms

 Parking

Paid parking

 24-Hour

24-hour reception

 Check-in/Check-out

Express check-in/-out

 Swimming Pool

Indoor swimming pool

 Fitness/Gym

Fitness center

 Sports activities

Golf course

 Spa and relaxation

Spa & wellness center

Steam room

Steam bath

Jacuzzi

Editorial review:

Located in the heart of Harvard square, this classy hotel with its wonderful location gives a contemporary rendition of traditional New England style. Frequented by proud parents, university guests and alumni, there is top notch food (especially the weekend brunch) in Rialto and Henrietta's Table, the exceptional Regattabar jazz club and comfortable rooms with Shaker- inspired furnishings.

Overview

Boasting an excellent location in the heart of Cambridge's intellectual environment, just outside Harvard Square, the Charles Hotel has welcomed its guests since 1984. Its contemporary architecture featuring refined New England exterior and high-tech premises has been attracting world-known scholars, politicians, opinion-makers and celebrities for already about 30 years.

On the premises you will find a full-service business center, a well-equipped fitness room and specially set swimming pool.

All guestrooms at the Charles Hotel feature individual décor with light interior carefully combined with the latest technologies and traditional New England comfort. Both business and leisure travelers will enjoy home environment enhanced by complimentary web cubes with internet, printing and Skype technologies available on the floor.

With its five restaurants and dining options, Charles Hotel offers its guests a wide selection of culinary experiences. All guests can try a riot of national and international tastes, including traditional Italian cuisine, light vegetarian meals and French specialties. An extensive wine list and prestige spirits will impress even the most discerning gourmands.

Charles Hotel is well-connected by public transport with public buses and subway lines running their routes in many directions.

Number of rooms:   295.

Rooms

Charles Hotel’s guestrooms include deluxe room fitted with a king-size bed or a double bed, exclusive deluxe suite which comes with a single king or two double beds and separate sitting and dining areas, Cambridge suite fitted with a king-size bed, Boston suite and presidential suite. Each room features the following as standard: Wi-Fi Internet access, three telephones with free local, radios, LCD TV, DVD players, hair-dryer, bathroom scales, irons and ironing boards. All rooms are non-smoking. Rooms/facilities for disabled people are available on your request. Baby cots are provided. Pets allowed.

Dining options

A wide selection of breakfasts is available for all guests on a daily basis from 7.30am to 10.30am. At the Henrietta’s Table Chef Peter Davis offers you fresh meals inspired by organic and locally grown ingredients. At the Rialto James Beard award-winning chef treats its guests with refined Italian dishes carefully cooked in accordance with authentic culinary traditions.

Regattabar is famous for its jazz concerts as well as nice ambience and the first-class alcoholic beverages. Bar Noir offers chic and cozy environment as well as a wide range of exclusive cocktails and prestige drinks. Its menu is perfectly suited for late afternoon or night snacks.

Services

Charles Hotel perfectly fits for long-term business trips, one-day meetings and conferences. The on-site business center offers a number of services including complimentary Wi-Fi internet access, printing services, faxing, scanning, free local and domestic long distance calls. You can rent a laptop or use your own notebook to get high-speed internet connection, while complimentary daily newspaper delivery will help you to be hip to the latest world and local news.

Lobby library features the best Harvard Coop’s bestsellers and informative business additions. In addition, Charles Hotel houses 15 private meeting rooms with all state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment, meal service, silent assistance and the capacity for up to 600 people. On the other hand, more than 18,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor banquet facilities are ready to host and service any special event.

Leisure

Charles Hotel houses the first-class fitness room with all professional equipment, including yoga classes, running, weight-lifting and a lap pool conveniently arranged for adults and children. The opening hours: Monday-Friday 2pm-4.30pm and Saturday/Sunday 10am – noon and 2pm-5pm. Moreover, all guests are welcome to the newly opened Corbu Salon and Spa which offers a wide range of services including massage treatment.

Additional features

Charles Hotel offers a selection of additional features including 24-hour front desk, 24-hour concierge, 24-hour in-room dining, car rent, laundry and dry cleaning, ATM, currency exchange, baby-sitting and doctor on call.

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Facilities

General

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Paid parking
  • Handicap parking
  • Express check-in/-out
  • 24-hour reception
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Allergy-free rooms
  • Children are welcome
  • 24-hour security
  • Safe deposit box
  • Multilingual staff
  • Pets allowed
  • Female traveler room/Floor
  • Souvenir shop
  • Coffee shop
  • ATM/Cash machine
  • Barber shop
  • Luggage storage
  • Elevator
  • Rooms/Facilities for disabled

Guest Parking

  • public parking is possible on site at USD 40 per day.
  • private parking is possible on site at USD 45 per day.

Sports & Fitness

  • Golf course
  • Fitness center

Services

  • Paid valet parking
  • Room service
  • Bell staff/Porter
  • Car rental
  • Limousine service
  • Dry cleaning
  • Laundry
  • Newspaper service
  • Tours/Ticket assistance
  • Shoe shine service
  • Wake up service

Dining facilities

  • Paid breakfast
  • Continental breakfast
  • In-room breakfast
  • A la carte restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Catering service

Meeting facilities

  • 24-hour business center
  • Conference room
  • Meeting/Banquet facilities
  • Secretarial service
  • Fax/Photocopying

Children's facilities

  • Cribs available
  • Babysitting/Child services
  • Kids club

Leisure facilities

  • Indoor swimming pool
  • Night club
  • Health club
  • Spa & wellness center
  • Steam room
  • Jacuzzi
  • Sauna
  • Shiatsu massage
  • Library

Room facilities

  • Free Wi-Fi in rooms
  • Individual air conditioning
  • Heating
  • Paid in-room safe
  • Mini-Bar
  • Turndown service
  • Soundproofed rooms
  • Connecting rooms
  • Sitting area
  • Dressing area
  • Rollaway/Extra bed
  • Ironing facilities
  • In-room desk
  • Mirror

Bathroom

  • Bath/Shower
  • Room toiletries
  • Hair dryer
  • Bathrobe
  • Slippers
  • Bathroom telephone

Kitchen facilities

  • Refrigerator on request

Bedroom

  • Hypo-allergenic bedding

Media

  • Paid movies/Video
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Cable/Satellite television
  • DVD player
  • Telephone
  • Free local telephone calls
  • AM/FM alarm clock

Room decor

  • Carpeted floor

Policies

Check-In

  • from  3 pm

Check-Out

  • until  12 pm

Children and extra beds

  • All children under the age of 18 may stay free of charge when using existing bedding. 
  • Maximum capacity of cribs in a room is 1. 

Pets

  • Pets are allowed on request.

How to reach hotel

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Hotel Address:

One Bennett Street, Cambridge, Us, Cambridge, United States, 02138

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City Center
  • Cambridge
    1.1km
Airports
Train Stations
  • Yawkey
    3.5km
  • Back Bay
    4.8km
Underground stations
  • Harvard Square Station
    400 m
  • Central Square Station
    1.8km
  • Bus stop
    100 m
Restaurants
  • Henrietta's Table (cuisine: American)
    30 m
  • Rialto (cuisine: American, Italian, Mediterranean)
    10 m
Parks
  • Longfellow House National Historic Site
    540 m
Hotel information
  • Check-In:
    from  3 pm
  • Check-Out:
    until  12 pm
  • Number of rooms:
    295

Rooms and availability

Charles Hotel’s guestrooms include deluxe room fitted with a king-size bed or a double bed, exclusive deluxe suite which comes with a single king or two double beds and separate sitting and dining areas, Cambridge suite fitted with a king-size bed, Boston suite and presidential suite. Each room features the following as standard: Wi-Fi Internet access, three telephones with free local, radios, LCD TV, DVD players, hair-dryer, bathroom scales, irons and ironing boards. All rooms are non-smoking. Rooms/facilities for disabled people are available on your request. Baby cots are provided. Pets allowed.

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One-Bedroom Suite
Bed type: King Size bed
Size: 44m2
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  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Air conditioning
  • Private bathroom
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    Bed type: King Size bed or Double beds
    Size: 25m2
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    • Air conditioning
    • Private bathroom
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    This room features a flat-screen TV with cable channels, a seating area, and a work desk.

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      Spacious One-Bedroom Suite
      Bed type: King Size bed
      Size: 44m2
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      • Air conditioning
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      This spacious suite offers a bedroom with King-sized bed, and a separate living area with a sofa bed.

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        How to reach hotel

        hotel The Charles Hotel - Cambridge Cambridge location
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        Hotel Address:

        One Bennett Street, Cambridge, Us, Cambridge, United States, 02138

        Get directions
        City Center
        • Cambridge
          1.1km
        Airports
        Train Stations
        • Yawkey
          3.5km
        • Back Bay
          4.8km
        Underground stations
        • Harvard Square Station
          400 m
        • Central Square Station
          1.8km
        • Bus stop
          100 m
        Restaurants
        • Henrietta's Table (cuisine: American)
          30 m
        • Rialto (cuisine: American, Italian, Mediterranean)
          10 m
        Parks
        • Longfellow House National Historic Site
          540 m
        Hotel information
        • Check-In:
          from  3 pm
        • Check-Out:
          until  12 pm
        • Number of rooms:
          295

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        What's nearby.

        With its convenient location in the heart of Cambridge the Charles Hotel is a wonderful place for exploring the city. Within stone’s throw from the property you will find Harvard University and JFK Memorial Park. In addition, you can enjoy picturesque landscapes of the Charles River and Winthrop Square park. The world-known museums (Lef Foundation, Harvard Peabody Museum Archly, Harvard Semitic Museum, etc.), theaters and fashionable boutiques and stores along with Boston financial centers, the Government Center, Beacon Hill and the North End are easily accessible by car or subway (MBTA). More adventurous guests can make a short trip to Concord and explore grounds where American revolution started.

        Popular areas

        • City Center - 1.0km

        Historical sites

        • Cambridge Historical Society - 900 m

        Stadiums

        • Lavietes Center - 600 m
        • Harvard Stadium - 800 m

        Museums

        • Lef Foundation - 100 m
        • Harvard Semitic Museum - 800 m
        • Harvard Peabody Museum Archlgy - 800 m
        • Cambridge Art Assn - 900 m
        • Museum of Useful Things - 1.3km

        Universities, Institutes

        • Harvard University Housing Ofc - 300 m
        • Harvard University Reunion Ofc - 300 m
        • Weston School of Theology - 400 m
        • Harvard University Stdnt Empl - 400 m
        • Harvard Business School - 400 m
        • Harvard University - 700 m
        • Yenghing Library - 800 m
        • Cambridge College - 800 m
        • Lesley College - 900 m
        • Astrophysics Center - 1.0km

        Medical care and Hospitals

        • Mount Auburn Hospital - 1.0km
        • Youville Lifecare - 1.2km
        • Cambridge Birth Ctr - 1.4km

        Underground stations

        • Harvard Square Station - 300 m

        College Campuses

        • Harvard Law School - 700 m
        • Lesley University - 900 m

        Local Attractions

        • Porter Square - 1.9km
          Cambridge, MA
        • Stata Center - 2.5km
          Vasar St, MIT, Cambridge
        • Charles River - 3.1km
          Cambridge, MA
        • MIT Museum - 2.4km
          265 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge
        • Fresh Pond Reservation - 2.6km
          250 Fresh Pond Parkway, Cambridge

        Near the hotelNear the hotel

        • Central Square - 20 m
          Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge
        • Harvard Art Museums - 740 m
          485 Broadway, Cambridge
        • Harvard Museum of Natural History - 880 m
          26 Oxford Street, Cambridge
        • Cambridge Common - 1.1km
          Garden Street & Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge
        • Longfellow House National Historic Site - 540 m
          105 Brattle St, Cambridge
        • Arthur M. Sackler Museum - 740 m
          485 Broadway, Cambridge
        • Peabody Museum - 920 m
          Harvard University, Cambridge

        Restaurants Nearby

        • Henrietta's Table - 30 m

          Address: One Bennett St.
          Phone: 617 661 5005

          65% likes this, based on 245 reviews
          Cuisine: American
          Price Range: CAD 43 - CAD 55

        • Legal Sea Foods - 100 m

          Address: 20 University Road
          Phone: 6174919400

          73% likes this, based on 134 reviews
          Cuisine: American, Seafood
          Price Range: CAD 26 - CAD 52

        • Noir - 60 m

          Address: 1 Bennett St
          Phone: 617-661-8010

          76% likes this, based on 21 reviews

        • Rialto - 10 m

          Address: 1 Bennett St
          Phone: (617) 661-5050

          67% likes this, based on 164 reviews
          Cuisine: American, Italian, Mediterranean, Healthy
          Price Range: CAD 39 - CAD 105

        • Charlie's Kitchen - 90 m

          Address: 10 Eliot St
          Phone: 617-492-9646

          51% likes this, based on 81 reviews
          Cuisine: American, Contemporary, Delicatessen, Hamburgers, Diner
          Price Range: CAD 1 - CAD 26

        Getting there.

        Charles Hotel is located less than five miles from the Logan Airport. Departing Logan Airport, follow signs for Route 90 (Mass Pike) West. Follow this route to Exit 20 (Brighton/Cambridge). Turn right after the tollbooth and head towards Cambridge. At the bottom of the ramp, turn left at the second traffic light on onto Soldiers Field Road which is just before the Charles River (there is no street sign). Drive along the Soldiers Field Road approximately 1/2 mile and take the "Harvard Square" exit. Turn right off of the exit ramp and proceed over the bridge. Keep on driving straight across Memorial Drive past the first light onto J.F.Kennedy Street and turn left at the second light onto Eliot Street. Turn left at the next intersection onto Bennett Street and The Charles Hotel is straight on your left.

        Otherwise, if you are driving from the Morth, head south on Route 93, exit onto Storrow Drive West towards the "Harvard Square/Cambridge" exit.

        Getting around.

        Charles Hotel is well-connected by public transport with city buses running their routes from the bus stop in front of the hotel and Harvard Square Subway Station locating 200m away from the property. In addition, the hotel offers its guests the on-site parking for USD 34.00 per day. Advanced booking is necessary.

        Hotel information
        • Check-In:
          from  3 pm
        • Check-Out:
          until  12 pm
        • Number of rooms:
          295
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        The Charles Hotel Reviews

        Guest reviews are submitted by our customers after their stay at The Charles Hotel

        Average guest rating

        8.0out of 10
        Excellent
        Based on 56 reviews

        Rating by category:

        Rooms
        9.2
        Value
        7.5
        Service
        7.0
        Location
        9.5

        Individual guest reviews

        • Single
          8.2

          The location of the hotel is so close to Harvard University where my daughter studies. I saved a lot of time and money for the travelling from the hotel to Harvard . Furthermore it was a nice and comfort place to stay.

        • Older travelers
          10.0

          The hotel is trendy yet elegant with a style of its own. There are great restaurants on site, notably Henrietta's Table. The location is convenient to those visiting students in Cambridge and convenient to the T for those traveling via train to Boston.. We would stay there again.

          No coffee maker in the room. Free coffee was weak.

        • Family with children
          7.0

          The location is great.

          The rooms are small. There is no turn-down service, which I would expect in such an expensive hotel. There were multiple items in the room which didn't work, such as the door bolt, two of the phones, and others. I expect more for the extremely high price. By contrast, in New York City, I stayed in a hotel that cost less, had more spacious rooms, and better service.

        • Single
          7.4

          Location and convenience to harvard Square

          Rooms were very small and "double beds" were barely full size

        • Single
          7.4

          Good location

          Extremely noisy room on floor 10 (1011). The noise caused by a machine of the house.

        • Single
          9.6

          Very comfortable room. I liked the corner room with windows on two walls. I liked the free WiFi and the quiet of the hotel. No one disturbed me so I got a lot of work done. I also liked receiving the New York Times in the morning (I was expecting the Globe).

          The coffee wasn't great. I also got charged a convention fee. I didn't have time on checkout to question it but I was not at the hotel as part of a convention.

        • Single
          5.8

          The staff were very helpful and the bed was very comfortable. Location is perfect for Harvard Square

          I didn't think that the overall look of the hotel justified the cost per night of a room; especially when compared to want is on offer in the city centre. The distance from Boston centre isn't ideal and therefore is only really useful for locations north of the river.

        • Family with children
          10.0

          Very pleasant hotel, good restaurants inside the hotel,and in the area, excellent location.

        • Couple
          9.6

          the rooms were extremely comfortable - fantastic pillows and sheets.

        • Group of friends
          10.0

          I like the way the staff is friendly and helpful. Staff also treated me as if I were as important as any person in the hotel and did not dismiss me as if I were invisible. I like the calm way each person treated each event--special orders and special payment arrangement.

          The servers in the main resturant are wonderful; however, they have too many jobs and too many people for whom to care. Each person treated me well; however, some were too busy to be individual in their treatment--not because of their personality but because of the conditions.

        • Family with children
          6.6

          Location and staff are great

          Very expensive relative to class of Hotel and Boston hotels

        • Single
          9.6

          An old tradition, before heading to summer vacation house we would spend the night before at the hotel. I occassionally return to rekindle special memories. I do some writing, as well, and the "Square" stimulates creativity.

        • Older travelers
          7.4

          Ease of check-in, comfortable bed and the general environment

        • Single
          7.8

          Fantastic location very close to Harvard, comfortable room and good facilities, helfpul staff.

          Very expensive for bed and breakfast, would have been nice to have a simple continental breakfast included at the rate I was charged.

        • Older travelers
          10.0

          Very comfortable beds, clean and elegant rooms, nice spacious shower and superb restaurants

        How to reach hotel

        hotel The Charles Hotel - Cambridge Cambridge location
        Show big map »

        Hotel Address:

        One Bennett Street, Cambridge, Us, Cambridge, United States, 02138

        Get directions
        City Center
        • Cambridge
          1.1km
        Airports
        Train Stations
        • Yawkey
          3.5km
        • Back Bay
          4.8km
        Underground stations
        • Harvard Square Station
          400 m
        • Central Square Station
          1.8km
        • Bus stop
          100 m
        Restaurants
        • Henrietta's Table (cuisine: American)
          30 m
        • Rialto (cuisine: American, Italian, Mediterranean)
          10 m
        Parks
        • Longfellow House National Historic Site
          540 m
        Hotel information
        • Check-In:
          from  3 pm
        • Check-Out:
          until  12 pm
        • Number of rooms:
          295