The Charles Hotel

The Charles Hotel

1 Bennett Street, Cambridge, MA 02138, United States
+1 617 864 1200
R5 477

rate per night


based on 414 reviews

The Charles Hotel
Fri 28/1
Sat 29/1
ProviderNightly total
SnaptravelR5 477
SnaptravelR5 486
ExpediaR5 563

About The Charles Hotel

  • Hotel Room
    You’ll have a private room with all the hotel’s amenities
  • Clean and Tidy
    This stay has listed several different cleanliness practices.
  • Freebies
    This stay includes Wi-Fi for free

Offering free Wi-Fi and an indoor pool, The Charles Hotel in Harvard Square is situated in Cambridge and is a five-minute walk from Harvard Square and the American Repertory Theater. It is also a brief walk from Harvard MBTA Subway Station.

The hotel provides a 24/7 reception, as well as free bicycle rental and an express check-in and check-out feature. For added convenience, it offers a car rental desk, a concierge and a 24-hour business centre.

The Charles Hotel in Harvard Square has 294 rooms, all of which are equipped with a mini bar. Interconnecting rooms are also available.

The hotel features both restaurant and bar where guests are able to relax at the end of the day. For those preferring to eat out, the local neighbourhood offers many bars and restaurants with a selection of different cuisines.

Local sites near The Charles Hotel in Harvard Square include Harvard Stadium and Harvard University. Episcopal Divinity School and Harvard College are a brief walk away.

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Rooms available at The Charles Hotel

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Amenities at The Charles Hotel

  • Spa and wellness centre
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Room service
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Coffee shop
  • Valet parking
  • Business centre
  • TV
  • Cable or satellite TV

Health and safety

  • Daily housekeeping
  • Contactless check-in/check-out
  • Face masks for guests available
  • Physical distancing in dining areas
  • Physical distancing rules
  • CCTV in common areas
  • CCTV outside property
  • Hand sanitiser in guest accommodation and key areas
  • Screens or physical barriers placed between staff and guests in appropriate areas
  • Use of cleaning chemicals that are effective against coronavirus
  • Guest accommodation is disinfected between stays
  • Guest accommodation sealed after cleaning
  • All plates, cutlery, glasses and other tableware have been sanitised
  • Safe
  • Guests can opt out of accommodation cleaning
  • Staff follow all safety protocols as directed by local authorities
  • Disinfection of high-touch surfaces

Services and conveniences

  • Conference rooms
  • ATM on-site
  • Wedding services
  • Business centre
  • Car hire
  • Safety deposit box
  • Concierge service
  • Meeting/Banquet facilities
  • Room service
  • Express check-out
  • 24-hour front desk

Media and entertainment

  • Radio
  • Library
  • Cable or satellite TV
  • Pay-per-view channels
  • TV
  • DVD player

Accessibility and suitability

  • Pets allowed on request. Charges may apply.
  • Disabled access
  • Lift
  • Multi-lingual staff
  • Allergy-free room
  • No smoking


  • Minibar
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Breakfast in the room
  • Food can be delivered to guest accommodation
  • Coffee shop


  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet
  • Free toiletries
  • Smoke alarms
  • Heating
  • Air-conditioned

Pool and spa

  • Spa and wellness centre
  • Massage
  • Spa
  • Pool


  • Family rooms
  • Interconnected room(s) available
  • Telephone
  • Storage available

Parking and transportation

  • EV charging station
  • Parking
  • Valet parking


  • Spa bath
  • Bathrobe
  • Private bathroom


  • Computer use available
  • Fax/photocopying
  • Desk

Things to do

  • Gift shop
  • Bicycle hire
  • Beauty salon


  • Laundry service
  • Iron and ironing board


  • Alarm clock
  • Wardrobe or closet

Reviews of The Charles Hotel

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9,7 Excellent
Pros:Location was excellent. The room was very nice and comfortable. Excellent farm to table restaurant and bar.
Cons:Although they had a parking garage, the elevator to the lobby was out of order so you had to take the stairs and the stairs lead to outside the front entrance. Very inconvenient if carrying any bags from the car and also because of sub-zero temps that weekend. Also no in and out access for self parking at $40 per night. If you leave you have to pay again.
10,0 Excellent
Pros:Location was great with excellent service and nice trait ants around in the plaza
10,0 Excellent
Pros:One great thing about Harvard Square is the high energy and bustle, especially when school is in session. What makes The Charles so perfect is that it is a tranquil respite right on the edge of all the happenings.
8,5 Great
Pros:The Charles is a perfect place to stay in Cambridge. It is well located, well designed with contemporary clean lines but still warm, and the Rialto is a fabulous restaurant in the hotel. We had a corner room which was quite spacious which we really appreciated as we were staying multiple nights.
5,4 Passable
Pros:Well decorated rooms. Convenient to Harvard square
Cons:Officious front desk staff. Being told they couldn't change our departure and charges despite a family emergency because it was our fault we used a third party reservation service. Being told entirely dissimilar rooms were the same. Smelly comforter covered by clean sheets. No coffee maker in room. Ice available only on request from room service.
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1 Bennett Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

What's nearby

  • Harvard Square306 m
  • Longfellow National Historic Site0.5 km
  • Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments0.7 km
  • Harvard Art Museums0.7 km
  • Harvard University0.7 km
  • Memorial Hall0.7 km
  • Harvard Museum of Natural History0.9 km
  • Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology0.9 km
  • Semitic Museum0.9 km
  • Central Square1.7 km
  • Porter Square1.8 km
  • Mount Auburn Cemetery1.9 km



Check in anytime after 15:00, check out anytime before 12:00


Cancellation/pre-payment policies vary by room type and provider.

FAQs when booking at The Charles Hotel

  • If you decide to host your big day at The Charles Hotel, there are many amenities for you to benefit from, including several venues to choose between, such as courtyards and ballrooms. There is a professional event planning team that will help you with your entire event, and it is possible to customize your own catering menu, with sample entrees including items such as fresh lobster, seared tuna, spinach gnocchi, and beef carpaccio. Services such as decorations, floral arrangements, entertainment, and set-up can also be coordinated directly through the hotel.

  • To brighten your skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and aging, make a reservation for the Radiance Facial, a service that uses a fruit peel to boost collagen production and leave your face looking smooth and refreshed. If you would like to get rid of dead skin and hydrate your entire body, there is the Full Body Exfoliation, a treatment that lasts for 45m and costs $75. Known for being one of the most popular treatments amongst guests, the Corbu’s Pure Bliss Custom Massage can be personalized directly to your needs and is meant to rid the body of tension.

  • For guests that are hoping to try out one of the hotel’s on-site dining options, book the Bed and Breakfast package, which will provide you with daily breakfast at Henriette’s Table. If you will be staying at The Charles Hotel with your significant other, opt for the Suiteheart Romance package, which will provide you with a bottle of sparkling wine, chocolate covered strawberries, and your choice of breakfast at Henriette’s Table or through in-room dining.

  • The Mt Auburn St @ Story St is a 3m walk from The Charles Hotel and is used by lines 71 and 73, while the Harvard stop services the red metro line, as well as several bus lines, including 72, 74, 75, and 77. If you need to take line 78, head to the Garden St / Mason St stop that is a 6m walk from the hotel. A one-way bus ticket will cost you around $1.70, while a one-way metro ticket will cost you $2.40.

  • If you will be traveling with a lot of luggage or would just like to arrive at The Charles Hotel as quickly as possible, take either a taxi or ridesharing service. The trip generally lasts between 20 to 25m, and a regular taxi ride will cost you around $25 for a one-way trip. To save money during your vacation, consider using public transportation, such as the local metro. If you take a local bus and the red line, the trip will last you approximately 45 to 50m. (Prices checked 03/07/19).

  • The Charles Hotel is located at 1 Bennett Street in Harvard Square - The Quad, 1,4 km from the centre of Cambridge. Harvard Square is the closest landmark to The Charles Hotel.

  • Check-in time is 15:00 and check-out time is 12:00 at The Charles Hotel.

  • Yes, The Charles Hotel offers free Wi-Fi.

  • No, The Charles Hotel does not offer free parking.

  • No, The Charles Hotel does not offer free airport shuttle service.

  • The Charles Hotel is 6,8 km from Boston Harbor SPB. The Charles Hotel is 9,4 km from Boston Logan Intl.

  • Yes, The Charles Hotel is a pet-friendly hotel.

  • Yes, The Charles Hotel has a pool on-site.

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Distance to city centre

1,4 km

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Nearest airport

Boston Logan Intl

Distance to airport

9,4 km