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Charlesmark Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   655 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116 (Back Bay)   |  
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Ranked #40 of 77 Hotels in Boston
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28 reviews 28 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Small but perfectly proportioned”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

Easily found from Copley Square, the Charlesmark is in a perfect location to get the feel of Boston. Our room was small (a common comment) but very clean, well designed and equipped. The quick breakfast gave the hotel a feel of an upmarket hostel which isn't a criticism as the Charlesmark should be considered as a base to explore Boston rather than a destination in itself.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Derby, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

The Charlesmark is a fine boutique style hotel. �� Location is excellent being set in the ultra smart Back Bay area of Boston. ��High end shopping and dining are all within a 2 minute walk of the hotel. ��It is literally on the finishing line of the Boston marathon and opposite Copeley Square. Turn left out of the hotel and a ten minute stroll takes you to the park and beautiful Boston common, which is well worth a walk through (it is also the start of the Freedom Trail). We went to the baseball game and it was a nice walk (follow the crowd!) which took about 45 minutes. You are close to a subway station if walking is not your thing. �� The service in the hotel is very very good and so friendly. They were happy to recommended places to eat (all turned out to be good) and even organised arrangements for us to get to Martha's Vineyard. Excellent. �� The hotel offers a free continental breakfast which is fine - coffee, pastries, fresh bagels, oatmeal. �� The hotel has a very popular smart ��bar which the locals obviously love. It is open to 1am serving cocktails, wime, spirits and local craft beers. I can honestly say that even though it stays open quite late it can't be heard in the rooms I stayed in. �� Room size are typical for a US city - not small, but not large. They have an AV system as well as TV which means the sound is great. Bathroom is nice modern style. ��Cleanliness is excellent. �� Combination of location, boutique style and service means I would use this hotel each time I visit Boston.

Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Philadelphia, PA
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24 hotel reviews
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

Our company booked this hotel, so I don't know the price of the room, but it was a great one night stay. The room and bathroom were very clean. The rooms are small, but I;m not in my room except to sleep, so I don't need much space. They had the tv on a jazz station when I walked in, which was actually a calming touch after a long wait for the "shared van" bringing my work colleagues to the hotel.
The continental breakfast is basic, coffee wasn't great, but I get breakfast when I go to my meetings, so it didn't really bother me that it wasn't very good.
The pillow/bed was extremely comfortable. I was very happy with my stay, which was only one night.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

My wife and I stayed for four nights in September and we highly recommend this hotel.
Room: Not huge, but you could hardly call it small. The decor looks pretty new and the bed was comfortable. We were in 507 which was at the back of the hotel and had a window on both sides letting plenty light in. The room looked onto the back lane but we didn't hear any noise while sleeping. The bathroom was nicely decorated and the shower cubicle was spacious.
Breakfast: Included in the room cost. It was basic but set us up for the day nicely - there were bagels, cream cheese, jam, doughnuts, fruit, tea and coffee. Breakfast is served in the bar area.
Bar: When we arrived on Saturday night to check in the bar was very busy and there was a nice atmosphere, but on the other nights we stayed it was much much quieter. We didn't have a drink in the bar, although we meant to, time just got away from us.
Staff: All very friendly and helpful.
Location: Right at Copley Square, across the road from the T stop (Copley), also across the road from the Boston Public Library. Easy walking to Boston Common and the start of the Freedom Trail. Lots of shops, bars and restaurants in the immediate area. All in all, you couldn't ask for a better location.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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26 hotel reviews
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

We picked this hotel because of the many positive reviews and its central location. The hotel is a small hotel converted from a very old building. It is narrow and high, if that makes sense! The staff are very nice, particularly Laura (Lauren?) on the front desk who was very helpful in making the most of our short stay. We were given room 307 on the third floor. The lift was having problems when we were there, but it was scheduled to be fixed. The floor corridor is narrow. The room we had was very small. There was a small double bed and no room for any other furniture, so no chairs or desk. There was a tiny floor level closet with room for just a few clothes. There was a fridge that was so high it was not really useful because short people would not be able to reach it. The bathroom was small but adequate. The shower was tiny and the water flow from the shower head was poor. The bed was very comfortable with lovely soft pillows. Room was quiet except when garbage trucks came to the back area around 6 am. Breakfast was disappointing because of limited choice. Just tea or coffee with sugary cakes, fruit, and oats. Have been told that bigger rooms are available. Would stay at this hotel again

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Ballynahinch, United Kingdom
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14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

my wife and I stayed here 2 nights,close to centre,rooms tiny but free internet,basic free breakfast but friendly staff especially kurt who gave me a $25 drink voucher for my 50th nice touch,hotel clean and beds small but otherwise value for money.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Willimantic, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

I stayed here for a conference. This hotel is conveniently located to the Convention Center and public transit - both Back Bay Station and Copley. It is a quick, easy walk to the Convention Center and transit. A very basic continental breakfast and Wi-Fi are provided for free. I thought this was a good value for the price, quality and location. The only negatives were: the bed was so-so comfortable; the lighting near the bed was poor making it difficult to read at night; the elevator service was a bit spotty.

A great lunch spot - Sweetgreen is next door to the hotel. Some great dinner spots - Lolita on Dartmouth and Piatinni on Newbury are just around the block. A nice plus is that there is a Dunkin located on your walk to the Convention Center.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Charlesmark Hotel

Address: 655 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116
Location: United States > Massachusetts > Boston > Back Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Boston
#37 Business Hotel in Boston
#38 Family Hotel in Boston
#46 Romantic Hotel in Boston
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Charlesmark Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
European styled boutique Hotel set in former private residence dating from 1892; situated in the Back Bay neighborhood. ... more   less 
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