Once again, our stay at the Charles Hotel was excellent. I love the Charles. It's very comfortable and homey and I always feel welcomed. The location can't be beat. Our breakfast at Henrietta's Table was hearty and delicious.
I grew up in the Boston area, and went to high school in Cambridge down the river from this storied hotel. Sometimes I'd even stop in with some homework en route to the T. I told my sophomore self that as soon as I'd begun making the living I'd wanted for myself, I'd celebrate by staying at this hotel during some future visit back home. That celebratory stay took place a couple weeks ago, and it couldn't have exceeded my expectations more thoroughly.
I was delighted to discover upon check-in that the Charles had accommodated my last-minute high-floor room request. The room itself was as comfortable and cozy as it was offbeat and academically inspired. The clock was my favorite feature. Superb staff, excellent restaurants and access to a first-rate gym/pool. But my favorite feature about this hotel the way it takes full advantage of its ideal location; all its entrances and exits lead through a beautifully-designed and inviting common lounge area, with ample space both indoors and outside for Boston's winter and summer weather. Worth every penny.
Loved this hotel. Room was great: beds comfortable, furniture and decor were lovely, and location was perfect for exploring Cambridge. I really enjoyed the quilts on display and although we only had coffee from Henrietta's table I was impressed with it's atmosphere. An added convenience was the car rental desk in lobby making renting a car an ease.
We have stayed at The Charles many times over the years. It is the perfect location to visit family in Cambridge and Boston. We love the ambiance and decor of the hotel. Newly renovated bathrooms are wonderful. The hotel is close to shopping, great restaurants, Harvard Square T stop, Charles River for running/walking. There are great dining options in the hotel as well as a Wellbridge Fitness Center.
The Charles enjoys an unparalleled location in Harvard Square, literally on top of Harvard. The rooms are spacious, comfortable and quiet, the design of the whole hotel in side is a sort of colonial modern idiom, with quilts for decoration in the halls and contemporary Windsor chairs as accents here and there. The staff is so welcoming, you might think they had known you for years. Children and pets welcome, but not at all disturbing. Nice views onto the courtyard and Charles River beyond and onto the Harvard Kennedy School. Parking is super convenient, but count on an extra $40 per day.
The minute I walk into the lobby, I feel like I am home. We have been staying at this hotel for 11 years and will continue for 11 more. Excellent staff, beautifully designed and comfortable rooms, great gym and pool and situated in a perfect location in Harvard Square. If I could, I would live here!
We have been staying at the Charles Hotel for 5 or 6 years now while attending the Head of the Charles. We first booked it because of its convenient location to the race course (I am a competitor). But since then have come to enjoy our stays well beyond its convenient location! We given this hotel top marks across the board and we mean every single one.
Excellent room, great restaurant/bar at Henrietta's, and a tremendous learning experience with Harvard Program On Negotiation. Staff is friendly and efficient - can't ask for more than that! Will be back again!