The Charles Hotel
What We Love
- 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
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
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.
How to Get There
I attended a conference here and was very impressed with the accommodations. My room was very comfortable and clean. All the updates. It was also quite large.
Hotel staff was very helpful with any requests.
The bed was too soft. The shower didn’t work but I didn’t complain since I was only there for one night. They probably couldn’t do much about the bed but I’m sure they would have fixed the shower. The hotel is well located and very nice.
This was an extremely pleasant experience. The room was nice and functional. The room was clean. The paper every day was nice. The room contained information I needed. I especially liked the convenience of free wifi in my room.
Second visit to this hotel, great team of staff across the hotel, always friendly and engaging. Check in and welcome good, room spotless, Henriettas for breakfast always of a high standard the Salmon Eggs Benedict is a highlight!!.
Noir bar team knowledgeable and friendly. Would definitely stay here again.
I had a flight that was cancelled after a business meeting. I was having trouble finding a hotel and stumbled across the Charles Hotel. I would definitely stay here again given the opportunity. Really nice, comfortable, clean hotel. Staff where very helpful. Rooms are great.