The Charles Hotel, Harvard Square
From its exceptional guestrooms to its seasonal regional cuisine, The Charles Hotel, Harvard Square epitomizes New England’s timeless rustic elegance and charm. Set in Cambridge with views of Harvard Square and the Charles River, this four-star gem boasts 294 guestrooms and suites with Shaker furniture and modern luxuries that have welcomed world leaders and celebrities. Dine at its award-winning restaurants, toast to good times at the cocktail bar, enjoy an evening at the jazz club, and indulge in farm-to-spa treatments at Corbu Spa & Salon.
- Enjoy live jazz music at the 225-seat Regattabar, a highlight of Cambridge’s nightlife
- Feast on organic dishes in a farmhouse setting at Henrietta’s Table
- Indulge in seasonal face, body, and beauty treatments at Corbu Spa & Salon
- Work out at Wellbridge Athletic Club, located in the hotel, with a rooftop pool, steam rooms, and pilates studio.
- Explore Harvard’s campus, and follow the American Revolution Freedom Trail
- Cycle along the idyllic Charles River on the hotel’s complimentary bicycles
- Walk to the city’s best shops, restaurants, attractions, and Harvard University’s storied quads
Return from a day of exploring historic Cambridge and Boston for opulent, French-inspired pampering, sumptuous Italian or American cuisine, and a memorable evening at Regattabar, voted “Best Jazz Club” in Boston Magazine’s annual Best of Boston Awards 13 times. Along the way, admire pieces from the hotel’s art and early American quilt collection. You can also plan your next event here — the hotel’s 18,000 sq ft of meeting space, including a ballroom, offers many options to accommodate your needs.
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The 294 guestrooms and suites at this luxury hotel combine classic New England style with new technology. The cream paneled walls, understated shaker furnishings, custom-designed down quilts, and floor-to-ceiling windows create a welcoming ambiance. Curl up on the plush leather armchair in your bathrobe and slippers, and freshen up in the luxe marble bathroom with Séura in-mirror bathroom televisions. Suites have a separate living area and deluxe oversized shower, and the Presidential Suite — where many heads of state and celebrities have stayed — features a custom four-poster bed, two fireplaces, and five flat-screen TVs.
On each floor, you can access complimentary “web cubes” with Internet, printing, and Skype. Impeccable concierge and turn-down services are also part of your stay. If you are a couple or a family, this hotel is perfectly positioned for a luxurious city vacation. If you are on business, the hotel’s conference services department is on hand to help.
The Charles Hotel’s dining hotspots are among Cambridge favorites, with executive chef Peter Davis spearheading a talented culinary team dedicated to sustainable agriculture. Dine alfresco from the barbecue or sample the Regattabar’s tasting menu.
Henrietta’s Table – Savor fresh, organic, seasonal cuisine, sourced directly from Massachusetts farms and the New England’s coastline, at this charming farmhouse-style restaurant. Try the award-winning Sunday Brunch, well known with locals and visitors alike.
Benedetto – The Benedetto team interprets traditional Italian cooking with both genuine hospitality and exquisite craft in the kitchen. The chic, intimately-lit space draws influence from rural Umbria and Tuscany.
Noir – Enjoy a late-afternoon or late-night snack at Noir, a martini bar and cocktail lounge inspired by 1940s glamour. In the summer, take to the patio as the bar throws open the doors.
Regattabar – Named “Best Jazz Club” in Boston Magazine’s annual Best of Boston Awards 13 times, Regattabar has welcomed Bo Diddley, Cassandra Wilson, and other jazz greats. Kick back with a cocktail in one of the 225 seats.
Be pampered in the hotel’s exquisite Corbu Spa & Salon, where the French-influenced treatments have a unique farm-to-spa twist. Make the most of your complimentary pass at Wellbridge Athletic Club, adjacent to the hotel, for access to the state-of-the-art gym and lap pool. On a warm afternoon, take the hotel’s complimentary bicycles for a ride along the Charles River, then dine in the award-winning restaurants and enjoy live music at the jazz club.
Charming bookstores, sidewalk cafés, historic Georgian and Colonial mansions, and riverside parks are just a stroll away. Explore the historic campus of the Ivy League Harvard University, just a six-minute walk from the hotel. Follow Boston’s famous Freedom Trail, taking you to 16 historic sites in just 3 mi / 5 km, for an evocative insight into the American Revolution. Visit the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum before heading to the JFK Presidential Museum & Library, or take a stroll in enchanting Boston Public Garden, America's first public botanical garden.
The Charles Hotel, Harvard Square
The Charles Hotel is in the heart of the historic Harvard Square neighborhood in Cambridge, Massachusetts, just five miles from downtown Boston and within easy walking distance of Harvard University.
Logan International Airport is 9 mi / 14 km away and takes 15 minutes by car.
Harvard Square Station subway stop is a five-minute walk.
The Mt Auburn St @ University Road bus stop is two minutes on foot.