Charlesmark Hotel: Budget Hotel by Boston Marathon Finish Line
You'll Love this Boutique Hotel in Boston's Copley Square
Affordable rates and a top location across from Copley Square and the Boston Marathon Finish Line make the Charlesmark Hotel a favorite of budget travelers.
Located in the city's leafy Back Bay neighborhood filled with stately Victorian brownstones, trendy boutiques, and wonderful restaurants, the Charlesmark is a small boutique hotel boasting only 40 rooms, a fun lounge, and a sunny outdoor patio overlooking Copley Square, historic Trinity Church, and the magnificent Beaux Art-style Boston Public Library.
The catch? The Charlesmark appeals to lots of budget-minded travelers looking for top-value accommodations in Boston without flattening their wallets - so if you want to stay here, you need to book early.
Top photo: Patio seating in front of Charlesmark Hotel
What to Expect at Boston's Charlesmark Hotel
With only 40 rooms located in an 1892 townhouse, the Charlesmark gives you a glimpse of how Boston's elite lived back in the 19th century.
Upstairs hallways may feel a little narrow - probably servants originally occupied this space - and rooms run small (true for most older Boston hotels at every price point). However, everything about the hotel is sleekly contemporary.
Pale woods, modern furnishings, Italian tiles, and interesting paintings by local artists furnish the compact rooms and public spaces.
Guestrooms have individual climate controls, stereo systems, and televisions with cable channels, and the hotel maintains a VHS and CD library. Free wifi is available to all guests.
The emphasis is on comfort, not luxury - which is what keeps rates low enough to be a bargain in this otherwise expensive part of Boston.
Continental breakfast is included with your room rate, making the Charlesmark Hotel an even better deal.
The Charlesmark's Copley Square location means that it is ideally located for Newbury Street shopping among all the designer boutiques.
You'll find lots of trendy restaurants surrounding the hotel.
Prudential Center, Symphony Hall, the Public Garden, Boston Architectural College, and even Fenway Park are all an easy walk from the hotel.
And of course, Back Bay itself, with its gorgeous mansions, historic sites, and gardens is right at your doorstep when you stay at the Charlesmark.
A subway ("T") station is across the street next to the library, although most of Boston's top attractions are within an easy walk of the hotel.
You may also want to consider the Charlesmark if you're looking for a business hotel in Boston. It's also a good alternative to some of the pricier Boston Hynes Convention Center hotels nearby, and most of the guestrooms include desks and good lighting.
The Charlesmark is a small, European-style hotel - no huge conference spaces, no in-hotel restaurants, no swimming pool, no designer linens or fancy furniture, no fitness room, no room service. The elevator is small, and so are the rooms (although small rooms are the norm in most of Boston's older hotels). If you don't need these amenities or much space in your room, then the Charlesmark offers you a great bargain in a superb location.
However, the real "catch" to staying at the Charlesmark is that lots of savvy travelers know about its cheap rates.
At certain times of the year - the Boston Marathon, the college graduation period from mid-May through early June, and during the summer tourist season, especially July 4th - reservations can be next to impossible to get unless you make them very, very early.
Even when no big events are scheduled, you should book as soon as possible if you want to stay here because you'll be competing with lots of other savvy travelers for those 40 rooms.
Although no onsite parking is available, there are decent options at garages in a 2-10 minutes walk from the hotel.
Drop off your bags at the hotel (give them a call if you need help with your bags) and then head to a garage.
The cheapest parking for weekends and nights is at Boston Common Garage (10 minute walk). Validated parking, which gives you a small discount, is available at the 100 Clarendon Street Garage (4 minute walk). Closest but most expensive is at the Prudential Garage (use the Exeter Street entrance and park as close to it as possible for a 2 minute walk).
A better (and cheaper) option is to not bring your car at all, if possible.
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