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14 expert recommendations
It’s about pedigree and class at the Square’s only luxury hotel.
The 294 business-meets-Americana rooms mix Wi-Fi with checkered Shaker quilts, and all were spruced up in 2006.
Handmade quilts on the beds add a cozy touch to the restrained modern decor. The hotel’s location on the edge of Harvard Square is a plus.
It used to be that the Charles was the place to stay in Cambridge, and while other luxury hotels have since arrived... this Harvard Square staple is standing strong. Full review →For a partial river or skyline view, ask for something above the 7th floor.
Just a block from Harvard Square, the Charles has been the place for business and leisure travelers to Cambridge since it opened in 1985. Full review →
Ideally located right next to Harvard Square, this nine-story hotel has been welcoming business and leisure travelers since 1985. Full review →
A touch of class on the edge of Harvard Square: rooms are appointed with commissioned artwork and high-tech amenities, and offer views of Harvard Square, Cambridge, or Boston. Full review →
‘Simple, Stylish, Smart.’ Harvard Sq’s most illustrious hotel lives up to its motto. Full review →
Charming rooms, two great restaurants and a location two blocks from Harvard Square make the 294-room Charles Hotel a natural choice for those visiting Harvard. Full review →
A Harvard Square landmark with clean, bright rooms – some overlooking the Charles River – that come with an array of amenities.
This property has a remedial effect on academics and remains the best bet for leisure travelers aimed at the multiple campuses here. Unlike the more tech-savvy Hyatt and Le Meridien, the... Full review →As rooms are sold run-of-the-house, request top-floor units for broader vistas and quieter exposures.
Utterly modern, the purpose-built Charles Hotel nonetheless has an air of relaxed refinement that befits its smart Harvard Square location. Full review →
The hulking 294-room Charles, on the eastern edge of Harvard Square, is the best reason to stay north of the river. Full review →
"Exceptional and understated", this Harvard Square property is "homey yet refined", oozing "comfort and class" with its "plush", "large" and "well-appointed" rooms.
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