Charles Hotel

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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.


DK Eyewitness

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.


Fodor's Tick Choice

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.

Frommer's 34

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 →


Gayot 48

Ideally located right next to Harvard Square, this nine-story hotel has been welcoming business and leisure travelers since 1985. Full review →


Insight Guides

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 →


Lonely Planet

‘Simple, Stylish, Smart.’ Harvard Sq’s most illustrious hotel lives up to its motto. Full review →


Oyster 4.0

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 →


Rough Guide

A Harvard Square landmark with clean, bright rooms – some overlooking the Charles River – that come with an array of amenities.


Star Service Tick 4

Unlike the more tech-savvy Hyatt and Le Meridien, the latter owned by MIT, Charles Hotel places emphasis on homey comforts, a lively social scene and style that reflects a historic regional character. Full review →

As rooms are sold run-of-the-house, request top-floor units for broader vistas and quieter exposures.

Time Out

Utterly modern, the purpose-built Charles Hotel nonetheless has an air of relaxed refinement that befits its smart Harvard Square location. Full review →


Travel + Leisure

The hulking 294-room Charles, on the eastern edge of Harvard Square, is the best reason to stay north of the river. Full review →


Zagat 3.8

"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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Charles Hotel

4 Star Hotel charleshotel.com

1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA 02138

Contact (800) 882-1818
  • Business Center
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Spa
  • Conferences
  • Tennis Court
  • Air Conditioning
  • Minibar
  • Family Friendly
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