The sweeping water views and prime location the land offered attracted none other than the estate of President John F. Kennedy, which selected the site for his Presidential Library. As the time for building the institution drew near, however, loyal residents of Harvard Square questioned the potential commercialism that such a development would bring to their beloved neighborhood.
Right next door to Harvard's new Kennedy School of Government and just steps away from the university's storied quads-the thinking capital of the world-The Charles Hotel, a truly unique, independent luxury hotel, opened for business in 1985.
Every guestroom at The Charles is designed to provide you with all the comforts of home. The rooms offer panoramic views of Harvard Square, Cambridge or Boston. All of our Cambridge hotel suites are generously appointed with custom designed down quilts, complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access, three telephones with free local, national long distance, and 800 calls, Bose Wave® radios, LCD Flat Panel Televisions, and S?ura® “in mirror” bathroom televisions.
All rooms have shower mirrors, hair dryers, bathroom scales, irons and ironing boards, EO bath products, and fully stocked refreshment centers. Guests enjoy amenities including Italian waffle bathrobes and slippers, complimentary weekday morning newspaper delivery service. Turndown service upon request. Complimentary web cubes with internet, printing, and Skype technology are available on each guest floor.