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  • 1 block to cafés/shops This Cambridge hotel, with a lively jazz club, is located 1 block from Harvard Square cafés and shops, 3 blocks from Harvard University, and about 2 miles from downtown Boston. Focus on fitness An on-site health club at The Charles Hotel has an indoor pool and spa tub, several floors of exercise equipment, and fitness classes; a spa and ice rink are also featured. Tech and tradition The Charles Hotels 294 Shaker-style rooms and suites feature plasma television mirrors, high-speed Internet access, and feather beds with hand-crafted quilts.

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    • Property amenities

      Swimming pool - indoor
      Spa tub
      Health club
      Spa services on site
      Video library
      Fitness equipment
      On-site car rental
      Concierge services
      Gift shops or newsstand
      Conference room(s)
      Event catering
      Audio-visual equipment
      Cell phone/mobile rental
      Photocopy machines
      Secretarial services
      Translation services
      Shoe shine
      Nightclub
      Self parking
      Room service (24 hours)
      Safe-deposit box - front desk
      Library
      Ski storage
      Breakfast available (surcharge)
      Suitable for children
      Air-conditioned public areas
      Patio
      Barbecue grill(s)
      Parking (surcharge)
      Fax machine
      Business services
      Computer rental
      Currency exchange
      Coffee shop or café
      Multilingual staff
      Complimentary newspapers in lobby
      24-hour front desk
      Business center
      Porter/bellhop
      Doorman/doorwoman
      Security guard
      Dry cleaning/laundry service
      Banquet facilities
      Limo or Town Car service available
      Medical assistance available
      Express check-out
      Internet access in public areas - surcharge
      ATM/banking
      Internet access - wireless
      Number of rooms: 294
      Number of floors: 10
      Parking (valet)
      Babysitting or child care
      Hair salon
      Restaurant(s) in hotel
      Bar/lounge
    • Room amenities

      Cable/satellite TV
      CD player
      Bathroom TV
      Pay movies
      Air conditioning
      Bathrobes
      Hair dryer
      Iron/ironing board
      Complimentary newspaper
      Non-smoking rooms only
      Housekeeping
      Extra towels/bedding
      Hypo-allergenic bedding available
      Multi-line phone
      Clock radio
      Designer toiletries
      Desk
      Climate control
      Turndown service
      Bottled water in room (complimentary)
      Bathroom telephone
      Cribs (infant beds) available
      Window opens
      Minibar
      In-room safe
      Private bathroom
      Premium bedding
      Voice mail
      Internet access - high speed
      Rollaway beds
      Soundproofed rooms
      Internet access - dial-up
      Free local calls
      Internet access - surcharge
      Slippers
      DVD player
      Wake-up calls
    • Location highlights

      In city center
      On river
      Water nearby
      Full-service health spa nearby
    Rating:
    5

    Just great

    We love staying there.

    Travelers tip

    Get a coffee/tea/snack at the Hi Rise Bakery on Brattle St.
    Rating:
    4

    Good Hotel

    Good Hotel
    Rating:
    5

    Pleasure

    Could not be better. Very pleasant. Great Location. Spacious room. Bath robe. Wireless Internet free. Very nice decor, not pretentious , tasteful. Ohh! And TV in the bathroom mirror!

    Travelers tip

    Was not too expensive through Expedia.
    Rating:
    5

    Wonderful Stay

    Clean, fantastically comfortable bed, right in the heart of it all.Highly recommend this to anyone.
    Rating:
    5

    would recommend this hotel

    pleasant staff
    Rating:
    5

    Very comfortable in Cambridge

    Nice place to stay right in the heart of Cambridge. Rooms were bright, beds soft. Internet stations on every floor were a plus; don’t know why they charged for in-room access though. All the restaurants were excellent, plus Legal Sea Foods (not technically part of the hotel, but also right there.) A+.

    Travelers tip on saving a few bucks

    Take the T. Try not to park at the hotel for an extended stay; parking is $30/day.
    Rating:
    3

    Very nice but don’t come with allergies

    Our request for special service through Expedia for removal of all feather bedding and replacement with non-allergenic foam or Dacron was completely ignored. Removal and replacement after we arrived caused a major upheaval,hotel blamed Expedia, delay in settling in, and was quite irritating.
    Rating:
    5

    Very Pleasant stay

    Very confortable stay, excellent room, good service, good restaurants. We enjoyed the stay very much. The only thing that I found odd is the "library". One night I had to do some work so off I went looking for the "library". Well it is not a room but a bookshelf with two armchairs right in the lobby. Other than that PERFECT.

    Travelers tip on getting the most out of your stay

    The subway is very close, so once you leave the car with the valet, you can forget about it until your departure.
    Rating:
    5

    Great Location

    This hotel experience was fantastic. The room was immaculate, and the bathroom was large and beautifully tiled, with a TV set built behind the bathroom mirror to watch tv while getting ready in the morning. The Charles Hotel is literally right in Harvard Square, and you can step out of the hotel door and be in the midst of all of the shops and restaurants. One word of caution though, the restaurant on the second floor, Henrietta’s Table, is so popular that if you wait too long to head to breakfast, there is a long line to get in. There is a Legal Seafood in the courtyard behind the hotel, and a lively lounge on the first floor and a jazz club on the second floor. I also used the fitness center which overlooks the Charles River partly and has a pool for swimming laps. I cannot say enough good things about this hotel.
    Rating:
    5

    A Favorie Spot

    The hotel is located in the midst of Harvard Square and has several resturants, bars, shops, Jazz clubs, outdoor cafes on site and within walking distance. Comfortable and clean rooms. A TV in the mirror of the bathroom.

    Travelers tip on local attractions

    Use public transportation. Must eat at the North End.
    Rating:
    5

    Extremely comfortable, very convenient

    Very nice week-end stay. Concierge was very helpful, suggesting good restaurants both in Cambridge and Boston. Battery in bathroom mirror-television was dead and someone from engineering dept. came up immediately to fix it(and this was about 10:30-11:00 at night), so we were very satisfied and would recommend the hotel.
    Rating:
    5

    Excellent hotel

    This hotel is clean, extremely comfortable, and has a fabulous location.

    This hotel is surprisingly child friendly, with one exception: the (very nice) pool is open to children for only VERY limited hours, during prime nap time for toddlers.
    Rating:
    5

    Great hotel if you want to spend the money

    This hotel serves Harvard primarily. Close to the Yard and the Business School. Fine quality of design, construction, and decoration. Did not use the dining room, so canot comment. Rooms very luxurious; television behind the bathroom mirror, your bathrobe laid out in the evening, and similar standard of service. They do want to sell you things, so bottled water, snacks, and similar things are carefully laid out, but cost $. Beds scrumptious.
    Rating:
    3

    Good hotel but room far too small

    We stayed at Charles Hotel with our two kids. The hotel was OK, excellent location, but the room was too small, the four of us could hardly move...

    Travelers tip on saving a few bucks

    Loads of good places to eat around the hotel, all budgets!
    Rating:
    5

    great place

    Great place to stay. The bathroom mirror TV was totally cool
    Rating:
    5

    Great location, great hotel

    The rooms were very nice and the staff was very attentive. The hotel’s fitness center and pool are fabulous as well as Henrietta’s Table, the hotel restaurant.

    Travelers tip on getting the most out of your stay

    The Charles Hotel is centrally-located in Cambridge, a few short blocks to Harvard Square, the COOP, and Harvard University. There are many great restaurants and shops within walking distance of the hotel. Driving in the Boston area is crazy so park your car at the hotel and take advantage of the "T" to get around to all the sights in Boston.
    Rating:
    5

    wonderful hotel and great location

    The rooms were great and it’s a wonderful location. Food was excellent as well.
    Rating:
    5

    Nice place to stay.

    Hotel desk, Concierge, Bellman, and every employee we encountered were very courteous and professional. Location was nicely located in Cambridge and within a short walking distance to the sites.
    Rating:
    5

    Lovely, subtle, warm, perfect location

    This is not a chain hotel and it shows in delightful ways. It has its own great character, a cross between northern european modern and shaker. It is refreshing free of corporate themes and studied approaches. The rooms are very comfortable and thoughtfully detailed, including the TV hidden in the bathroom mirror. Staff are very attentive and the gym is large and well equipped. The location is the best you could hope for. My room had great views over the roofs and bell towers of the Harvard houses.
    Rating:
    3

    Better value elsewhere

    Looked forward to discovering a new section of Boston- Cambridge. Loved the area, Harvard is beautiful and the shops and streets were lively and filled with college students. Hotel less then expected. When I booked the room their site give the impression that it was a real "child" friendly place. Brought 3 children with me, no mention of the welcome "present" that supposively they were going to give the kids "to keep them entertained" during their stay. Arrived at checkin time and the pool was only open for "children" from 3-5pm then we were asked to leave for adult swim. On Sunday the pool opened for children from 10-12am. We were not real impressed! Room was nice and the front desk friendly. Henrietta’s rest. was bright and cheerful and the food was fairly good.

    Probably better places to stay where hours and such are more flexible.
    Rating:
    5

    Better than my home...

    Ever dream about having the latest toys from best buy to play with.. well just check into this hotel.. NICE, NICE, NICE. A TV in the mirror in the bathroom.. Now... how cool is that,, From the wide flat screen to the mint shower gel... I loved it and you will too. Nice soft beds, a bose sound system, a stocked mini bar, great view, bathrobes, and a daily paper with NO bad news! Will I stay there again? Hell, I didn’t want to leave.... ever!

    Travelers tip on saving a few bucks

    If you are a HARVARD parent, this hotel works great.. just down the street... Pay the extra to stay here, your kids will like you close by and you will love the place... Trust me!
    Rating:
    5

    Better than my home...

    Ever dream about having the latest toys from best buy to play with.. well just check into this hotel.. NICE, NICE, NICE. A TV in the mirror in the bathroom.. Now... how cool is that,, From the wide flat screen to the mint shower gel... I loved it and you will too. Nice soft beds, a bose sound system, a stocked mini bar, great view, bathrobes, and a daily paper with NO bad news! Will I stay there again? Hell, I didn’t want to leave.... ever!

    Travelers tip on saving a few bucks

    If you are a HARVARD parent, this hotel works great.. just down the street... Pay the extra to stay here, your kids will like you close by and you will love the place... Trust me!
    Rating:
    5

    A sophisticated, classy hotel. Terrific, professional staff

    The decor, amenities and staff at the Charles are consistently impressive. This is a great hotel for business and leisure travelers.
    Rating:
    5

    will return in the future

    We’ve stayed at the Charles Hotel several times and find the accommodations to be comfortable and the location perfect. The beds are extremely luxurious and welcome after a long drive. I did notice, however that there was mold in the shower, which was a bit bothersome. And the TV needed service when we arrived - not a critical issue, but a little inconvenient. They repaired it immediately. Nevertheless, we have always found the staff to be extremely accommodating and feel that these issues were probably just a glitch in the system this time.
    Rating:
    5

    A real gem located in the heart of Harvard Square.

    Minutes from Boston just off the Charles river and right in the middle of Harvard Square. Lovely rooms and a fantastic exercise facility with a lap pool and jacuzzi! Don’t hesitate, book a room at this hotel and you won’t be disappointed!
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