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“Funky Bistro Hotel in heart of Boston” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Charlesmark Hotel
Ranked #53 of 82 Hotels in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
Manchester, Vermont
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90 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Funky Bistro Hotel in heart of Boston”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2012

Absolutely LOVE this funky hotel ! While the rooms are on the small side, they are tastefully decorated to the point of being wonderfully functional. Price is awesome and you are right in the heart of all the action in Boston. Great bar, nice helpful staff and to boot--it is an independent hotel (owned by a Bostonian)... Love supporting local! Nice touch with taking luggage to the room, having music playing and water bottles waiting.
If a large room is what you want, stay at a known chain--but for charming, eclectic and well worth the money--stay at the Charlesmark---We will again!!!!

Room Tip: Book early as at these prices, rooms go fast and there are not many of them!
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank shoots4themoon
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
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Troy, NY
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12 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2012

The hotel looks and feels like a hip youth hostel. The rooms are not fancy/glamorous but rather comfy.
I loved it. In the hotel has a martini bar as well. The bar was well attended. I could not hear the noise of the bar in my room!
One big downside though is that the elevator to the rooms is accessible by everybody, not just hotel guests. I would have preferred an hotel-guest-only elevator key...or some kind of higher security system. Same for the stairways.
After checking out from the hotel, there was the possibility to leave the luggage with the hotel. The luggages are locked with a rope so that they cannot be stolen but are accessible by everybody - so make sure you lock you luggage since people could go and open your zippers. I didn't trust the storage enough, so I only left my luggage but took my laptop and all other electronic devices with me. This was quite inconvenient.
In overall, I loved my stay and would stay there again. Though I would not bring any valuables along.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank obiwankenobiTroy_NY
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Dublin, Ireland
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2012

My wife and i stayed here 3 nights, lovely hotel, clean and lovely staff- hotel is in walking distance of many areas, with Boston common 10 minute walk, good also if your going shopping, which we did, and also good for the underground, got from airpost to the hotel in 45 mins, with no problems, and 2 min walk ftom underground. would recommend for couples, but rooms are small, but not a problem, bathrooms very clean, and one of the best showers i have had in a hotel- overall a great place, and would stay again if viting boston again -

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank stephen f
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Calgary, Canada
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120 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2012

my boyfriend and I enjoyed a wonderful weekend at this hotel

1. arrived early after a 6am flight, were shown to the breakfast area and told they would try to have our room ready as early as possible, very friendly helpful staff got us in at 11am and gave us maps of the area.
2. wonderful location right across from the library and near lots of attractions, enjoyed the boutique feel of the hotel
3. great price for the room, yes they are tiny, but beautifully decorated and all the amenities you need
4. would highly recommend this hotel, the downside is the breakfast as other reviews have pointed out (very few selections) but they are pleased to point you to other restaurants in the area, and helped us with dinner reservation which was a big bonus!

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank laura v
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Southport, North Carolina
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7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2012

Can't beat this location in Boston as it is in walking distance of a lot of great food and bars and the T is nearby. The rooms are on the small side, but the value makes it perfect for a short stay in the city. I would definitely recommend.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Grant S
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Montreal, Canada
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131 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2012

We stayed here on 2 different occasions and were quite happy both times. The rooms may be small, but the are functionally laid out, modern and clean. Nice amenities that gives an air of sophistication throughout. There is no lobby per se, the downstairs is all but taken up by the nice bar, which is used for the cold breakfast buffet (basic staples as you would expect). Considering the location, design and cleanliness, well worth it for a small hotel.

Room Tip: Rooms in the back are probably quieter. No views.
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  • Stayed May 2011, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank not-a-redshirt
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Surrey
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2011

First trip to the US and booked hotel online as read Trip Advisor feedback. Charlesmark was in a great location. We walked throughout Boston from the hotel but could easily have taken the 'T' located across the street. Close to shops, restaurants and the Freedon Trail. Excellent service from reception, good continental breakfast in the bar area and free tea/coffee all day if required. Lovely room and fabulous bathroom. Loved the Duck Tour and walked to Harvard Uni - took an hour and a half but worth it. Would definitely use this hotel again and recommend to all.

Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Charlesmark Hotel

Property: Charlesmark Hotel
Address: 655 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116-2804
Region: United States > Massachusetts > Boston > Back Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 Best Value Hotel in Boston
#35 Business Hotel in Boston
#46 Romantic Hotel in Boston
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Charlesmark Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
European styled boutique Hotel set in former private residence dating from 1892; situated in the Back Bay neighborhood. ... more   less 
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