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  • The Charles Hotel

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    1 Bennett Street
    The Charles Hotel
    Cambridge, MA 02138
    (617) 864-1200
    (800) 882-1818

    About Us

    In the 1970s, an empty lot sat at the corner of JFK Street and Memorial Drive overlooking the Charles River in Cambridge's Harvard Square.

    The sweeping water views and prime location the land offered read more
    • About

      In the 1970s, an empty lot sat at the corner of JFK Street and Memorial Drive overlooking the Charles River in Cambridge's Harvard Square.

      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.

      Richard Friedman, the president and CEO of the commercial real estate firm Carpenter & Company, understood the challenge posed by their opposition when he acquired the plot several years later, envisioning it as the home of an upscale hotel where visitors and locals alike could gather for good food and world class service. But he ultimately succeeded in working with the community and the Kennedy family to come up with a plan that benefited all the parties involved.

      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.

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    • Member Events

      Wednesday Oct 17, 2018
      Friday Oct 19, 2018
      Charles Rivers Farmers Market every Friday 12-6pm and Sunday 10am-3pm ...read more
      Friday Oct 19, 2018
      Paquito D'Rivera at The Regattabar October 19th at 7:30pm ...read more
      Friday Oct 19, 2018
      Paquito D'Rivera at The Regattabar October 19th at 10pm ...read more
      Sunday Oct 21, 2018
      Charles Rivers Farmers Market every Friday 12-6pm and Sunday 10am-3pm ...read more
      Friday Oct 26, 2018
      Charles Rivers Farmers Market every Friday 12-6pm and Sunday 10am-3pm ...read more
      Sunday Oct 28, 2018
      Charles Rivers Farmers Market every Friday 12-6pm and Sunday 10am-3pm ...read more
      Friday Nov 2, 2018
      Charles Rivers Farmers Market every Friday 12-6pm and Sunday 10am-3pm ...read more
      Sunday Nov 4, 2018
      Charles Rivers Farmers Market every Friday 12-6pm and Sunday 10am-3pm ...read more
      Friday Nov 9, 2018
      Charles Rivers Farmers Market every Friday 12-6pm and Sunday 10am-3pm ...read more
      Sunday Nov 11, 2018
      Charles Rivers Farmers Market every Friday 12-6pm and Sunday 10am-3pm ...read more
      Friday Nov 16, 2018
      Charles Rivers Farmers Market every Friday 12-6pm and Sunday 10am-3pm ...read more
      Friday Nov 16, 2018
      Kenny Barron Quintet at The Regattabar November 16th at 7:30pm ...read more
      Friday Nov 16, 2018
      Kenny Barron Quintet at The Regattabar November 16th at 10pm ...read more
      Saturday Nov 17, 2018
      Kenny Barron Quintet at The Regattabar November 17th at 7:30pm ...read more
      Saturday Nov 17, 2018
      Kenny Barron Quintet at The Regattabar November 17th at 10pm ...read more
      Sunday Nov 18, 2018
      Charles Rivers Farmers Market every Friday 12-6pm and Sunday 10am-3pm ...read more
      Friday Nov 23, 2018
      Charles Rivers Farmers Market every Friday 12-6pm and Sunday 10am-3pm ...read more
    • Whom to Contact

      • Alex Attia
        General Manager
      • Molly Collins
        Brand Marketing Manager
    • Directions

      For driving directions, visit our website: http://www.charleshotel.com/experience/map-and-directions.

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