Tourists who'd rather spend their cash on a great meal than a hotel bill have put this late-19th-century former residential row house on the map. The 40-room spot has rooms that go for as low as $119 in the off-season, an almost unheard-of price for Back Bay lodging. Guests can relax on the outdoor patio and check out passersby—or the Boston Marathon (the hotel sits on the finish line).
YOU SHOULD KNOW With Boylston being a main drag, things can get a bit noisy around the clock.
Smallish guest rooms have contemporary, custom-made oak furnishings, with pops of color like red leather reading chairs. They all feature Serta 4-star pillow top cushioned mattresses, Insignia flat screen TV's with surround-sound stereo and premium movie channels, and mini-fridges.
The views aren't all scenic, with some facing row houses and residential alleys.
Bathrooms are European chic, a combo of Italian blue and green Venetto glass tile and imported lighting and bathroom fixtures. They feature glass-door showers, complemented by custom-built vanities. Hair dryers are provided.
Designed in a modern, minimalist style, the small lobby has a few small tables and chairs where guests can congregate, but the hotel's bar takes up most of the space.
There is no gym on-site, but the front desk agent will help you purchase a $15 day pass at the nearby Boston Sports Club.
You can order small plates of Thai food for dinner in the cocktail lounge, but we'd suggest walking to one of some 40 nearby restaurants.
The Charlesmark's location right on Boylston in Copley Square is one of the best parts of staying there. Just step outside and you're in the middle of everything, able to walk to some the city's biggest attractions. If you'd like to get on the T, just walk 50 yards to the Copley station on the Green Line.
Copley Square is filled with restaurant options. For comfort food in a stylish environment (think mac and cheese covered in Cheetos dust) head to Buttermilk & Bourbon (4-minute walk). Around the corner on Newbury Street, Stephanie's on Newbury (3-minute walk) is a longtime classic serving up delicious salads and sandwiches, with one of the best patios in the city.
Lolita Back Bay (2-minute walk) is a chic, subterranean bar and restaurant that fills up with young professionals on the prowl. For a classic boisterous bar with plenty of twenty-somethings, head to Clery's (7-minute walk).
WHY WE LIKE IT
If it's all about location for you, the Charlesmark certainly has a good one right on Boylston overlooking the Boston Marathon Finish Line.