I stayed at the Charles Hotel when I visited Harvard for recruiting and overall, I thought it was okay. But primarily because it's location was so convenient (i.e., my presentation was in a conference in the same hotel). Overall, I felt that their service was good (but not a stand out) and the room was quite tired in need of an upgrade (again). The bathroom finishings was quite standard (i.e., like a pre-renovated Sheraton or Westin).
For work-related events such as campus recruiting, I'd be fine staying at the Charles again given its location. Forever, for personal visits, I would likely choose another hotel given how many choices of 4- or 5-star properties in the area.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located just minutes from downtown Boston and a variety of world-class attractions, The Charles is a AAA Four Diamond Hotel and a proud member of Preferred Hotels and Resorts.Reflecting the eclecticism that is Cambridge, The Charles Hotel is a modern interpretation of New England hospitality with a thriving jazz club, the Regattabar, two signature restaurants, ice-skating rink (winter months only), state of the art conference facilities, Corbu Spa & Salon, and a central location in the heart of Harvard Square.The Hotel is home to Henrietta’s Table, featuring “fresh and honest” home cooking, and Rialto, recognized by one of the best restaurants in America by Gourmet, Food & Wine and Esquire. Noir, the hotel’s chic, cozy bar, serves classic cocktails mixed to perfection and sultry signature drinks. Since its opening in 1985, The Regattabar has established itself as the leading jazz and world music club in Boston and the New England area. Corbu Spa & Salon is named after famed architect and designer, Le Corbusier and offers a harmonious escape from the stresses of urban life. A French influenced menu offers seasonal treatments with locally sourced ingredients. Open daily.Catering to internationally renowned business leaders, government officials, entertainment executives and leisure travelers alike, it’s no wonder that the New England Travel Guide has designated The Charles as the best hotel to “stay put in” when visiting Boston. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Charles Hotel Cambridge