Fantastic Cambridge location right on Harvard Square
Large rooms with views of Cambridge or the river
Henrietta's Table has a popular Sunday brunch spread
Rialto is one of Cambridge's best Italian restaurants
What To Know
The hotel is in Cambridge, not Boston; most tourist attractions are across the river
Reservations are recommended for the restaurant, and brunch at Henrietta's Table is a crowded affair
A skating rink in winter keeps guests moving when it's cold out
Parking on site
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Quintessential Cambridge hotel on Harvard Square with a lauded Italian restaurant, art collection and bar
The Charles Hotel is a little bit country, a little bit rock and roll, and quintessentially Cambridge. Located in the heart of Harvard Square, this 295-room hotel combines sophisticated urbanity (TVs embedded in the bathroom mirrors) with downhome New England touches, from Shaker furniture to checkered quilts. Over the years the Charles has played host to everyone from Bill Clinton to Bill Cosby, as well as countless professorial types from the world of academia. The scholarly vibe is set right at the start: The hotel has an extensive borrowing library right under the lobby's grand staircase. Upstairs, the guestrooms pair modern amenities with a traditional look; they come with flat-screen TVs and homey New England touches, as well as views of Harvard Square, Cambridge or Boston. Enjoy a meal at the much celebrated Rialto restaurant (we liked the mussels in saffron lobster broth with garlic crostini), check out the hotel's impressive art collection or nurse your nightcap at Noir. Come morning, the hotel’s country-kitchen-inspired Henrietta’s Table serves breakfast classics such as poached eggs, hash browns, rye toast and applewood smoked bacon.
In the Area
A 10-minute T ride from downtown Boston, and home to Harvard and MIT (two stops away on the Red Line), Cambridge has cultivated a world class arts and culture scene to satisfy its intellectual residents. Catch an imaginative production of a classic play at the American Repertory Theatre, known as the ART. Nearby, the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology holds more than a million artifacts from the Americas, Africa, Europe and Asia. Afterward, treat yourself to a hearty meal and a pint at one of the neighborhood’s many gastropubs, such as Russell House Tavern or Grafton Street Pub & Grill. Jogging along the Charles River and visiting the charming Harvard Book Store (which has its own printing press inside) are favorite activities for locals.
The Charles Hotel
One Bennett Street
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138
How to Get There
The preferred airport for The Charles Hotel is Boston, MA (BOS-Logan Intl.) - 8.5 km / 5.3 mi. Distances are calculated in a straight line from the property’s location to the point of interest or airport and may not reflect actual travel distance. Distances are displayed to the nearest 0.1 mile and kilometre.