Amazing beds, very nice bathrooms w/ a good amount of toiletries, and of course perfect location. The Noir Bar is excellent for cocktails. Was surprised there was no in-room coffee so I ordered some from room service, then, came to find there's free coffee down in the restaurant at Henrietta's (wish I had known that by my 3rd day as no one told us when we checked in). Free NYT every morning was a nice surprise. I booked far enough in advance I got a decent rate that was less than a few of the other hotels in the area. Stayed 5 nights and those beds are worth it alone. And it is was shockingly quiet, even on the weekend.
Only complaint is the shifty cab drivers hanging around when you need to go somewhere. Have the front desk call someone from a reputable cab company if you can, don't let them flag down just anyone! I paid $40 to go to the airport (it should be $32 at most) in a beat up cab that smelled awful, no help with the bags even though I'm clearly handicapped, and the guy argued with me about using a credit card because he only wanted cash.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Charles Hotel Cambridge