Experience the charm of The Charles. The Charles Hotel is a proud member of Preferred Hotels and Resorts and a AAA Four Diamond award-winning hotel. Located in the heart of Harvard Square, bordering the Harvard campus and a mere 10 minutes from downtown Boston's world-class attractions and Logan International Airport, our location is unparalleled. At The Charles Hotel, we pride ourselves on offering an understated, elegant charm that seamlessly combines with the warmth and ambiance of a New England home. Picture yourself in our inviting library, where you can savor a drink and engage in meaningful conversations with friends. Relax in one of our 303 well-appointed rooms, including 46 suites. What sets us apart is the dynamic atmosphere of thoughtful intellectual discourse and learning, which captivates both the young and old, the influential and the contemplative. We bring together the best of both worlds, blending our serious side with a touch of zany off-beat fun. From our captivating quilt collection to the soulful notes of jazz concerts and an eclectic restaurant inspired by the essence of a pig, our offerings are as diverse as they are delightful. At The Charles Hotel, we serve as a home-away-from-home for accomplished, esteemed guests visiting Boston or Harvard. We're their choice because we consistently meet their exceptionally high standards. We look forward to welcoming you! For those in search of exhilaration or relaxation, we offer our new state of the art Fitness Center and world-class spa and salon experience at Corbu, ensuring that our guests can unwind and rejuvenate. No pool, additional rooms - total 303, restaurant Bendetto now Bar Enza, new Hotel Fitness Center.

Couples in particular like the location – they rated it 9.7 for a two-person trip.

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Property Highlights

Top Location: Highly rated by recent guests (9.7)

Want a great night's sleep? This hotel was highly-rated for its very comfy beds.

Parking available at the hotel

Loyal Customers

There are more repeat guests here than most other properties.


Availability

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Room Type
Number of guests
 
1 king bed
1 king bed
1 king bed
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Travel Sustainable Level 2
This property is making considerable investments and efforts towards becoming more sustainable. We’ve worked with experts such as Travalyst and Sustainalize to create the Travel Sustainable program – making it easier for you to experience the world more sustainably.
Guest reviews

Categories:

Staff
8.7
Facilities
8.6
Cleanliness
9.2
Comfort
9.2
Value for money
7.4
Location
9.7
High score for Cambridge
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See what guests loved the most:

  • Sarah
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    Clean, cozy, classic. LOVE the location right in Harvard Square!
  • Agus
    IndonesiaIndonesia
    The room is wide and spacey. It has two stands for luggages. It does not have electric kettle nor coffee machine, but upon request the hotel provided us with electric kettle.
  • Courtney
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    The staff were fantastic, very clean, beautiful decor, quiet, incredibly comfortable bedding. High quality refreshments in Noir. Loved it! Recommend 100%

Hotel area info

Restaurants
4 Restaurants On Site

  • Henrietta's Table
    • Cuisine
      American
    • Open for
      Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner
    • Ambience
      Family-friendly • Modern
    • Dietary options
      Vegetarian • Gluten-free • Dairy-free
  • Bar Noir
    • Cuisine
      American
    • Open for
      Cocktail hour
    • Ambience
      Modern • Romantic
  • Bar Enza
    • Cuisine
      Italian
    • Open for
      Dinner
  • One Reason Garden Bar
    • Cuisine
      American
    • Open for
      Lunch • Dinner • Cocktail hour
    • Ambience
      Family-friendly

Amenities of The Charles Hotel in Harvard Square
Great facilities! Review score, 8.6

Most popular amenities
  • Parking on site
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Fitness center
  • Family rooms
  • Spa
  • 4 restaurants
  • Room service
  • Bar
Outdoors
  • Picnic area
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Garden
Pets
Pets are allowed on request. Charges may apply.
Activities
  • Bicycle rental
  • Live music/Performance
    Additional charge
  • Tour or class about local culture
    Additional charge
  • Walking tours
    Additional charge
  • Evening entertainment
    Additional charge
  • Cycling
    Off-site
  • Hiking
    Off-site
  • Canoeing
    Additional chargeOff-site
  • Fishing
    Additional chargeOff-site
Food & Drink
  • Coffee house on site
  • Fruit
    Additional charge
  • Wine/Champagne
    Additional charge
  • Kids' meals
    Additional charge
  • Special diet meals (on request)
  • Breakfast in the room
  • Bar
Internet
Wired internet is available in all areas and is free of charge.
Parking
Public parking is available on site (reservation is not needed) and costs $45 per day.
  • Valet parking
  • Parking garage
  • Electric vehicle charging station
  • Accessible parking
Front Desk Services
  • Invoice provided
  • Private check-in/out
  • Concierge
  • ATM on site
  • Baggage storage
  • Express check-in/out
  • 24-hour front desk
Cleaning Services
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Ironing service
  • Dry cleaning
    Additional charge
  • Laundry
    Additional charge
Business Facilities
  • Fax/Photocopying
    Additional charge
  • Business center
  • Meeting/Banquet facilities
    Additional charge
Safety & security
  • Fire extinguishers
  • CCTV outside property
  • CCTV in common areas
  • Smoke alarms
  • Key card access
  • Key access
  • 24-hour security
  • Safe
General
  • Shuttle service
    Additional charge
  • Convenience store on site
  • Shared lounge/TV area
  • Air conditioning
  • Smoke-free property
  • Hypoallergenic room available
  • Heating
  • Car rental
  • Packed lunches
  • Elevator
  • Family rooms
  • Hair/Beauty salon
  • Facilities for disabled guests
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Room service
Accessibility
  • Auditory guidance
  • Visual aids (tactile signs)
  • Visual aids (Braille)
  • Lowered sink
  • Raised toilet
  • Toilet with grab rails
  • Wheelchair accessible
Spa
  • Locker rooms
  • Fitness
  • Full-body massage
  • Hand massage
  • Head massage
  • Foot massage
  • Neck massage
  • Back massage
  • Spa/Wellness packages
  • Foot bath
  • Spa lounge/Relaxation area
  • Spa facilities
  • Body treatments
  • Hairstyling
  • Hair coloring
  • Haircut
  • Pedicure
  • Manicure
  • Hair treatments
  • Waxing services
  • Facial treatments
  • Beauty services
  • Massage
    Additional charge
  • Spa
    Additional charge
  • Fitness center
Languages Spoken
  • Mandarin
  • English
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Hindi
  • Indonesian
  • Serbian
  • Filipino
  • Chinese

House rules

The Charles Hotel in Harvard Square takes special requests – add in the next step!

Check-in

From 3:00 PM

Guests are required to show a photo ID and credit card at check-in

Check-out

Until 12:00 PM

 

Cancellation/
prepayment

Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodations type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check what conditions apply to your preferred room.

Children & Beds

Child policies

Children of all ages are welcome.

Children 18 and above will be charged as adults at this property.

To see correct prices and occupancy info, add the number and ages of children in your group to your search.

Crib and extra bed policies

0 - 6 years
Extra bed upon request
$20 per child, per night
Crib upon request
Free
7+ years
Extra bed upon request
$20 per person, per night

Prices for cribs and extra beds aren't included in the total price. They'll have to be paid for separately during your stay.

The number of extra beds and cribs allowed depends on the option you choose. Check your selected option for more info.

All cribs and extra beds are subject to availability.

Age restriction

The minimum age for check-in is 18

Pets

Pets are allowed on request. Charges may apply.

Groups

When booking more than 9 rooms, different policies and additional supplements may apply.

Mastercard Visa Discover JCB Diners Club American Express The Charles Hotel in Harvard Square accepts these cards and reserves the right to temporarily hold an amount prior to arrival.

The fine print
Must-know information for guests at this property

If the method of payment provided is from someone who is not staying in the room, a credit card authorization form (sent via email) is required.

Guests are required to show a photo ID and credit card upon check-in. Please note that all Special Requests are subject to availability and additional charges may apply.

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19), additional safety and sanitation measures are in effect at this property.

Food and beverage services at this property may be limited or unavailable due to the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), this property is taking steps to protect the safety of guests and staff. Certain services and amenities may be reduced or unavailable as a result.

Spa and gym facilities at this property are unavailable due to the coronavirus (COVID-19).

FAQs about The Charles Hotel in Harvard Square

  • The Charles Hotel in Harvard Square offers the following activities/services (charges may apply):

    • Spa
    • Fitness center
    • Massage
    • Cycling
    • Hiking
    • Fishing
    • Canoeing
    • Evening entertainment
    • Walking tours
    • Beauty services
    • Locker rooms
    • Bicycle rental
    • Tour or class about local culture
    • Facial treatments
    • Live music/Performance
    • Waxing services
    • Hair treatments
    • Manicure
    • Pedicure
    • Haircut
    • Hair coloring
    • Hairstyling
    • Body treatments
    • Spa facilities
    • Spa lounge/Relaxation area
    • Foot bath
    • Spa/Wellness packages
    • Back massage
    • Neck massage
    • Foot massage
    • Head massage
    • Hand massage
    • Full-body massage
    • Fitness

  • The prices at The Charles Hotel in Harvard Square may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates, hotel's policy etc.). To see prices, enter your dates.

  • The Charles Hotel in Harvard Square is 1.1 miles from the center of Cambridge. All distances are measured in straight lines. Actual travel distances may vary.

  • Check-in at The Charles Hotel in Harvard Square is from 3:00 PM, and check-out is until 12:00 PM.

  • Room options at The Charles Hotel in Harvard Square include:

    • Double
    • Triple
    • Suite

  • The Charles Hotel in Harvard Square has 4 restaurants:

    • Bar Enza
    • One Reason Garden Bar
    • Henrietta's Table
    • Bar Noir