The Charles Street Inn
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Charles Street Inn Boston
We stayed in the Henry James Room for three nights. It was fantastic! The room is really beautiful, although could of done with some curtains! The fire place was lovely and worked and was very luxurious to have breakfast in our room every morning. The Jacuzzi was nice and bathroom was pretty big. Room was enormous and the bed bigger that King size. The proprietor was rude to us upon leaving but apart from that was perfect, the rest of the staff were really nice. Located in best area of Boston with great restaurants lining the Charles Street. All in all great hotel.
A B&B that acts like a large hotel
I recently stayed at the Charles Street Inn and pleasantly discovered the ammenities, along with the decor, like that of a fine hotel. Upon entering the small lobby, I was a bit suspect as this is really a bed and breakfast, if not described as a small inn. However, the rooms are spacious, very comfortable, with attention given to even small details. The staff offered assistance warmly and informatively. My only complaint is that the breakfast, although ample in amounts, is limited to continental. For the money, I had hoped for more variety. That said, I think the Charles Street Inn is a wonderful find, quiet, and quaint, making one believe they've gone back in time.
I cannot understand the bad review of this inn that I found posted on TripAdvisor. The Charles Street Inn is, in my opinion, one of the most incredible places I have ever stayed. I've traveled the world, and have stayed at castles, coaching inns, hotels and B&Bs. Amazingly, I find this wonderful getaway place less than an hour from home.
I chose the Charles Street Inn after researching for a special place to spend with my husband. We were renewing our wedding vows after 20 years and had one night two spend together away from home, but close enough to be within driving distance. I almost looked elsewhere. I am so glad I did not. The Charles Street Inn has a two night mandatory stay on weekends and we were only going to be able to stay one night (because of childcare constraints). But I happened to notice on the Charles Street Inn's web site that the room we would have wanted (the Henry James) was booked for that weekend starting on Saturday, so Friday night was free and not able to be booked for the two night minimum. I emailed the inn to ask whether they would forgo the two night minimum requirement for our Friday night stay and they happily agreed.
We arrived around 4pm and were immediately shown to our room. (Note: parking is available off site within walking distance.) The room was up one flight of stairs, although there is an elevator available. The Henry James room is simply breathtaking. A huge four poster bed with cushy linens, tall ceilings, a marble fireplace and antiques make you feel as if you are truly stepping back in time. The bath includes a spa tub (big enough for two!) and tea, coffee, refreshments and snacks are all provided, as well as robes and slippers. There is an unlimited supply of firelogs for the fireplace and television with a collection of DVDs and CDs for playing on the BOSE stereo system. Anything you could possibly want is available for the asking, and I suggest you check out the inn's web site for ideas on their "Specials" page.
We took a winter stroll through Beacon Hill for supper at a nearby restaurant. The neighborhood is beautiful, historic and filled with atmostphere of a bygone era. The house itself was built in the 1860s and retains all of its original charm and character, while offering all modern amenities (including DSL). Breakfast was brought to our room at the time designated by us. And my husband had asked the inn to have roses waiting for me, which were indeed in our room when we arrived.
My only complaint -- and it really isn't even a complaint -- is that my husband had arranged beforehand with the inn for champagne and a massage for each of us later that night and as he was showing us our room, the man checking us in let both surprises slip. Otherwise, our stay was absolutely perfect and we will definitely be returning.
I would recommend the Charles Street Inn for a romantic getaway, however, they do cater to families with children as well providing rollaway beds and DVDs for kids.
Romantic, a trip back in time
The gentleman at the desk is just that in every sense of the word. He went above and beyond for us. The rooms are lovely, evoking an earlier, elegant time ... The Inn is located at the foot of Beacon Hill within walking distance of Newbury St. So enjoy the feeling of 1800's Boston! I'm picky and LOVE it here! Get a fireplace room for the winter. Great restaurants on Charles St. and a short distance away!
Enjoyed ourselves immensely!
I love history and gorgeous architecture- he will only stay where he can get Fox News and use his laptop- well, this place suited both of us perfectly. We left the
car at the Charles St Parking Garage ($26/day) and wheeled our suitcases up the street to the inn and were thrilled from the moment we entered. We were checked in quickly and given a tour of the room (3B- Olmsted room)- the fireplace was terrific- and you can get the logs from the pile in the lobby- there is a little alcove off the bathroom which has a closet with dishes, napkins, silverware, coffee pot and tea pot and a refrigerator filled with water and Snapple. There are two liquor stores on Charles St- we ran across to one and got some champagne to chill. I loved walking around Beacon Hill- stumbled upon Louisburg Square off Mt. Vernon Street- and enjoyed looking at Sen Kerry's home, and #10 where Louisa May Alcott died-and all the little cobblestone side streets- it was very easy to forget that I was in 2004 and not the 1860s- we ate at the Hungry I across the street from the inn- romantic, French food and tres expensive! Would do it all again in a heartbeat!
A stay at the Charles Inn is a romantic step back in time with all the modern conveniences. A perfect destination and setting to celebrate a honeymoon, which we did. I was extremely impressed with the staff I encountered in my 8 day stay. All were gracious, went the extra mile to please, and were exceptionally knowledgeable in the historical aspects of Boston. One staff member (Dan) personally took a package to FedEx for me after FedEx failed to do a pickup at the Inn. Wow...that is service. A yummie breakfast delivered to your room ..what more could you want. Spacious refrigerator for storing goodies and a marvelous whirlpool to relax in after exploring Boston. The location is convenient to the "T" station and North End. I have traveled extensively and highly recommend a stay at the Charles Inn.
Best little secret in Boston
I've stayed at the Charles Street Inn for a total of about 20 days on and off over the past 9 months. It is without question my favorite hotel in Boston. The rooms are museum quality, the bathrooms are wonderful and the breakfast is convenient, healthy and tailored to your needs. I travel to Boston for work and play and I'll never stay anywhere else if they have a spot for me.
Beautiful and Relaxing
The rooms are lovely, elegant and makes you feel like you just traveled back in time until you go into the neat new baths. The location is perfect for walking about Beacon Hill, Back Bay and the Charles River.
Although I live in the Boston area, I love to get away to the inn each year for some pampering where one can enjoy the spa tub, have breakfast in bed and walk the historic streets of old Boston or go to the theater. There are also nice refrigerator units in your room if you want to bring Champagne or your own special munchies. I don't understand the comment from the other reviewer about the snobby staff.
The people I've dealt with has always been extremely helpful and the opposite of snooty and imposing, something you sometimes find at other more upscale hotels and inns. I've stayed at some from the Palace d'Estee on Lake Como to Dromoland Caste in Ireland to the Regina and Europa in Venice and I have to say the staff at the Charles Street Inn makes you very comfortable and am glad I don't have to travel so far to enjoy it.
I have never dealt with such a snob on the phone.I wanted to book one night in February (Saturday)and they told me NO. Meanwhile, they already booked three other rooms for the same night I wanted - for only one night. I have a two night min.requirement but the other three couples don't?I told the "innkeeper" that I was on the internet as we were speaking and had seen he had booked three single night rooms on the same day that I wanted.We took a tour of the place a couple weeks earlier and were looking forward to the stay.If this is the way they treat people I want no part of staying there. I wont be recommending them to anyone I know.
Individual and characterful
This was a lovely little place to stay (Oct 2001) and much nicer than the usual bland hotel chains. It was perhaps not very convenient for doing touristy type things but was a quiet and charming place to stay.
Breakfast was good!
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