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Charles Hotel

4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA 02138
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Ranked #4 of 17 hotels in Cambridge
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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5 of 5 stars reviewed yesterday
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Franklin, Massachusetts
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Charles Hotel continues its reputation for excellence in the beating heart of one of the most vibrant college communities in the USA. Harvard Square is outside the door, Harvard Yard a few steps away (There's also a Shake Shack across the road). But you don't have to go far for excellent food. Jody Adam's Rialto in the hotel was... More

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Our family of 4 recently visited Boston/Cambridge, and the Charles Hotel was a great choice for us while we visited Harvard. We reserved an executive suite to have more room for the kids, and it was perfect. The service was top notch. The room was both simple and hie, and certainly the nicest hotel near Harvard Square. The food was... More

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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This hotel, on paper, has a lot going for it. Great position, gym, pool and close to Harvard T. The problem with it is however two- fold: the rooms and some staff. I arrived for an eight night stay (I am two nights in) and asked for a quiet room. Promptly given a room facing the road and what looked... More

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The Woodlands, Texas
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28 reviews 28 reviews
4 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

An excellent stay at The Charles. Beautiful boutique hotel in a marvelous location close to the Harvard campus. Near the Harvard T station for easy access to Boston proper. Also, plenty of great walkable spots for dining and shopping nearby in Cambridge. We visit the area often and it will now be our top hotel choice.

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Highland Mills, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

So let me state some of the positives first: 1. Very close to Harvard and some great shopping. 2. They have a FANTASTIC gym that is free to go to. It is the best hotel gym I have ever seen and it is really a private club that is attached to the hotel. Very well appointed with everything that probably... More

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Elton Cambs UK
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32 reviews 32 reviews
19 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We have been regular visitors to the Charles - at lease half a dozen visits. Its just a few minutes walk from Harvard Square in the middle of Cambridge which is very convenient for the colleges , the T station and shopping. As usual we opted for s standard room which is not huge but perfectly adequate for a week.... More

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Omaha, Ne
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123 reviews 123 reviews
26 hotel reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

While the Charles Hotel isn't meant to be a luxury hotel, it is a very good choice if you are in the Cambridge/Harvard area. We were at an extension course there and it was perfect for us as we could easily walk to the Harvard campus each day (it is about a 15 minute walk or less). Additionally, there is... More

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New Hampshire
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We recently returned to the Charles for a family weekend and to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Having stayed at the Charles in the past, we were excited for our stay, and mentioned our special occasion when booking the hotel. When we arrived, the front desk staff were unfriendly, and we were kept waiting while one staff member was on the... More

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Palm Springs, Ca
19 reviews 19 reviews
7 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Harvard Square is an exciting, frenetic place. And just steps away is the lovely, calming presence of The Charles Hotel. Every inch of this hotel is beautiful in an elegant, quiet way. Our room was a gorgeous end unit on a high floor with full windows on two sides. The room was very large and comfortable with ample room for... More

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alexattia, General Manager at Charles Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your kind words regarding your recent visit to The Charles Hotel. Our staff is dedicated to providing our guests with exceptional service and we are pleased to hear that their efforts were so generously acknowledged. If I can assist you further, please do not hesitate to contact me at aattia@charleshotel.com. Thank you again and we look... More

South Portland, Maine
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you plan to stay at the Charles Hotel ask for a room that DOES NOT overlook the Noir Bar. I was jolted awake at 12:45 each night to the loud, loud revelers making their way from other bars to the Charles Hotel. The constant loud voices, some ad hoc music and clanking plates lasted until 3:00 a.m.

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Address: 1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA 02138
Location: United States > Massachusetts > Cambridge
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Charles Hotel 4*
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Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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#2 Luxury Hotel in Cambridge #2 Romantic Hotel in Cambridge #4 Business Hotel in Cambridge #9 Family Hotel in Cambridge
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Located just minutes from downtown Boston and a variety of world-class attractions, The Charles is a AAA Four Diamond Hotel and a proud member of Preferred Hotels and Resorts.Reflecting the eclecticism that is Cambridge, The Charles Hotel is a modern interpretation of New England hospitality with a thriving jazz club, the Regattabar, two signature restaurants, ice-skating rink (winter months only), state of the art conference facilities, Corbu Spa & Salon, and a central location in the heart of Harvard Square.The Hotel is home to Henrietta’s Table, featuring “fresh and honest” home cooking, and Rialto, recognized by one of the best restaurants in America by Gourmet, Food & Wine and Esquire. Noir, the hotel’s chic, cozy bar, serves classic cocktails mixed to perfection and sultry signature drinks. Since its opening in 1985, The Regattabar has established itself as the leading jazz and world music club in Boston and the New England area. Corbu Spa & Salon is named after famed architect and designer, Le Corbusier and offers a harmonious escape from the stresses of urban life. A French influenced menu offers seasonal treatments with locally sourced ingredients. Open daily.Catering to internationally renowned business leaders, government officials, entertainment executives and leisure travelers alike, it’s no wonder that the New England Travel Guide has designated The Charles as the best hotel to “stay put in” when visiting Boston. ... more   less 
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