The excellent parts: very nice area with lovely restaurants around, nice entrance, friendly people, fast elevators, cozy rooms, comfortable beds and extremely fast internet.
The alright parts: You had to continually log into internet on each device and were shut out after a few minutes of not using it. Hotel is not/not close to downtown Boston: at least two subway stops so not good for tourist stuff.
The bad: NO COFFEE MAKER! Yes, you could go to second floor and get coffee for free, but you still have to get dressed and go get it. That was extremely inconvenient. The restaurant might be a ten star but was very expensive for breakfast. Tip: there is an Ihop right across the street.
We were also disappointed that despite putting out a do not disturb sign we received a call from housekeeping at one in the afternoon asking when they could clean the room. Is that not the point of putting out a "do not disturb"?
I would recommend the hotel if you are going to be in that area of Boston but not if you are planning on being downtown.
- 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, year-round farmers market, 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 Benedetto, inspired by the honesty and wisdom of traditional Italian regional cooking. 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