Get an overview of this hotelStylish Cambridge hotel near Harvard Square

1 block to cafés/shops

This Cambridge hotel is located in the heart of Harvard Square's cafes, shops, and entertainment, and is two blocks from Harvard University and two miles from downtown Boston.

Focus on fitness

An on-site health club at The Charles Hotel has an indoor pool and spa tub, several floors of exercise equipment, and fitness classes; the Corbu Spa and Salon and ice rink are also featured.

Tech and tradition

The Charles Hotel's 295 Shaker-style guestrooms feature originally commissioned artwork, Bose Wave® radios, and Séura "in mirror" bathroom televisions. A turndown service can be provided on request.

Hotel Amenities

Hotel Amenities

Located in the heart of Harvard Square, The Charles Hotel is 2.5 miles from downtown Boston. The 10-story hotel, updated in 2009, features modern conveniences while maintaining its original New England charm.

The hotel offers a lively jazz club; two restaurants, each offering regional cuisine; 15 state-of-the-art business and conference rooms; and banquet rooms available for weddings and business functions.

A 54-foot square indoor ice rink is just outside the front door. The Corbu Spa and Salon offers a range of skin, hair and beauty treatments. Additional amenities include a 24-hour business center, parking garage, and an indoor pool,. (Children have access to the indoor pool during select times only and must be accompanied by an adult.)

Guests of The Charles Hotel enjoy complimentary admission to an on-site health club which features a lap pool, weight room, group fitness classes, personal trainers The health club also offers Kid's swim hours. The hotel offers complimentary bike rentals during the warmer months and an outdoor ice-skating rink in the winter months.

Wireless Internet access is available throughout the hotel.

  • 24-hour business center 
  • 24-hour front desk 
  • ATM/banking 
  • Breakfast available (surcharge) 
  • Coffee shop or café 
  • Free newspapers in lobby 
  • Computer station 
  • Concierge services 
  • Conference space 
  • Conference space size (feet) - 18000 
  • Conference space size (meters) - 1672 
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service 
  • Elevator/lift 
  • Express check-out 
  • Fitness facilities 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Free wired high-speed Internet 
  • Full-service spa 
  • Gift shops or newsstand 
  • Hair salon 
  • Health club 
  • Indoor pool 
  • Library 
  • Limo or Town Car service available 
  • Luggage storage 
  • Meeting rooms 10 
  • Multilingual staff 
  • Nightclub 
  • Number of bars/lounges - 2 
  • Number of floors - 10 
  • Number of meeting rooms - 15 
  • Number of restaurants - 2 
  • Porter/bellhop 
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk 
  • Self parking (surcharge) 
  • Smoke-free property 
  • Spa services on site 
  • Spa treatment room(s) 
  • Spa tub 
  • Steam room 
  • Total number of rooms - 295 
  • Free use of nearby fitness center 
  • Valet parking (surcharge) 

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Cribs/infant beds (complimentary)  
  • Free Wi-Fi  
  • Indoor pool  
  • Refrigerator (on request)  
  • Soundproofed rooms  


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi , Free wired high-speed Internet

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi , Free wired high-speed Internet


Self parking (surcharge), Valet parking (surcharge)

Room Amenities

  • Air conditioning 
  • Bathrobes 
  • Climate control 
  • Free newspaper 
  • Free toiletries 
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available 
  • Free cribs/infant beds 
  • Daily housekeeping 
  • Designer toiletries 
  • Desk 
  • Free local calls 
  • Free long-distance calls 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Free wired high-speed Internet 
  • Hair dryer 
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding available 
  • In-room safe 
  • Iron/ironing board 
  • Minibar 
  • Pay movies 
  • Phone 
  • Plasma TV 
  • Premium bedding 
  • Premium TV channels 
  • Refrigerator (on request) 
  • Room service (24 hours) 
  • Slippers 
  • Soundproofed rooms 

Where to Eat

Henrietta's Table - Serves classic New England dishes using local, organic ingredients. Open daily for breakfast, lunch, supper. Brunch is also served on Saturday and Sunday. The restaurant also has a full bar and opens an outdoor café in the summer.

Noir Bar - Located in the lobby. A warm, sophisticated bar with 1940s ambiance. Serves classic cocktails, signature drinks, and a menu including late-afternoon or late-night appetizers. Patio seating during warmer months.

Rialto Restaurant - Chef Jody Adams, winner of the James Beard Award, combines local ingredients with regional Italian culinary traditions at Rialto. Patio seating during warmer months.

Regattabar - The Regattabar opened on January 29, 1985 and has since become the leading jazz club not only in Boston, but in all of New England.

Pronto - Stop by for a speedy breakfast, lunch, or mid-afternoon snack of hearty Italian take-out fare.

Nearby Things to Do

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or near the hotel; fees may apply.

  • Free bicycles on site 3778 
  • Golfing nearby 
  • Kayaking nearby 
  • Sailing nearby 
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby 
  • Aerobics on site 
  • Ice skating on site 
  • Yoga classes/instruction on site 

Spa Services

  • Hot stone massage 
  • Deep tissue massage 
  • Swedish massage 
  • Prenatal massage 
  • Sports massage 
  • Couples treatment rooms 
  • Manicures and pedicures 
  • Body wraps 
  • Body scrubs 
  • Massages 
  • Body treatments 
  • Facial treatments 


To make requests for specific accessibility needs, complete the “Special or Accessibility Requests" section of “Trip Preferences" when you book your hotel.

  • Accessible parking 
  • In-room accessibility 
  • Accessible bathroom 
  • Accessible path of travel 
  • Roll-in shower 

Hotel Policies


Check-in time starts at 3 PM

Check-in time ends at Midnight

Minimum check-in age is 18


Check-out time is Noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available for USD 20 per day.
  • Free cribs (infant beds)!


Pets allowed, Only dogs are allowed, Maximum number of pets per room 1, Pet maximum weight in lb is 50

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.


Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.
  • Self parking fee: USD 38 per day
  • Valet parking fee: USD 40.00 per night (in/out privileges)
  • Pet fee: USD 50 per pet, per stay
  • Rollaway bed fee: USD 20 per day
The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

Hotel Name

We should mention

The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation. Guests can arrange to bring pets by contacting the property directly, using the contact information on the booking confirmation (surcharges apply and can be found in the Fees section).

Awards & Affiliations

  • The property is a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts.
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