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Fodor's Expert Review Charles Hotel

1 Bennett St., Cambridge, Massachusetts, 02138, USA, Boton, Massachusetts 02138, USA See on Map Fodor's Choice

This Harvard Square staple is standing strong as one the best place to stay in Cambridge. Gracious service and top-notch room amenities make the Charles big with stars, politicians, and tycoons visiting nearby Harvard University.

Call the hotel directly to try and score the best nightly rate.


The Charles is proud of their "Ivy League Indulgence," and guests certainly pay for that extra dose of prestige. For a partial river or skyline view, ask for something above the seventh floor. Lower floors feature Le Corbusier furniture, sketches by JFK himself, and work by various local artists. Enjoy curling up on the Frette linens.

YOU SHOULD KNOW You have to request a coffee pot or tea kettle for the room.

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Photo: Charles Hotel
Photo: Charles Hotel


Lavish bathrooms come with terry robes so soft you'll dream about stashing them in your suitcase.

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Chancellor Suite Bathroom
Photo: Chancellor Suite Bathroom
Chancellor Suite Bathroom
Photo: Chancellor Suite Bathroom


Relax in the lobby library, chock-full of titles, some autographed by authors who happen to be frequent guests. Sign up for an art tour of the property or pick up a self-guided map of Cambridge.

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Chancellor Suite Living Room
Photo: Chancellor Suite Living Room
Corbu Spa & Salon
Photo: Corbu Spa & Salon
Wellbridge Lap Pool
Photo: Wellbridge Lap Pool


Hotel guests receive complimentary access to the Wellbridge Athletic Club, where there is an indoor pool.

YOU SHOULD KNOW There are restricted pool hours for children.

Wellbridge Lap Pool
Photo: Wellbridge Lap Pool


The on-site 4,000-square-foot Corbu Spa & Salon features herbal treatments inspired by the hotel's chefs.

Photo: Wellbridge


Wellbridge Athletic Club is a full-service athletic club with everything from group classes and a pilates studio to a yoga program and steam room.

If you prefer to get out of the gym, ask the concierge for a jogging map.

Photo: Wellbridge


Henrietta's Table serves up classic New England fare, and is known for their great weekend brunch. Benedetto serves top-notch regional Italian cuisine.

While their Italian food is divine, don't skip Benedetto's dessert menu.

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Photo: Benedetto
Henrietta's Table
Photo: Henrietta's Table


Noir is a sultry cocktail bar, while Regattabar is a jazz club that's been open for over 30 years.

Henrietta's Table
Photo: Henrietta's Table
Photo: Noir
Photo: Noir


Getting Around

The Charles is right in the center of Harvard Square, which makes it accessible to shops, restaurants, and attractions. Just a 2 minute walk from the Harvard MBTA stop, guests from the Charles can easily head to Downtown Boston by switching from the Red Line on the T.


For coffee and pastries, head to Crema Cafe (3-minute walk), or Tatte Bakery and Cafe (7-minute walk) where you'll find plenty of soups, salads, and treats. Cambridge is filled with quality restaurants, like Craigie on Main 13-minute drive) and Les Sablons (1-minute walk) a new French restaurant in a former subway facility.


Cambridge has a very lively bar scene. Artscience Culture Lab & Cafe's Wiki Bar (15-minute drive) in Kendall Square is a unique spot to try craft cocktails, while classic beer fans will enjoy the options at Cambridge Common (7-minute drive) and Atwood's Tavern (14-minute drive), which is in nearby Inman Square.


The Charles is both luxurious and welcoming, and is right in the middle of everything in Harvard Square. Take a few minutes to browse their lobby library.


249 rooms, 45 suites
Breakfast yes
Lunch yes
Dinner yes
Bar yes
Cafe yes
Room Service yes
Gym, Pool
Valet Parking,Parking Lot


Phones: 617-864–1200;800-882–1818

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