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The Charles Hotel

This posh brood (two adults, two toddler boys) recently spent a night at the Charles Hotel in Cambridge, Massachusetts. My in-laws live in Boston, and we decided to take pity on them after five days of spreading all our stuff all over their houses for the holidays! The Charles Hotel has 295 rooms and is conveniently located in Harvard Square, with a five minute-walk to the subway, or the “T” as the locals call it. It's so posh that Ben Affleck has been known to frequent its presidential suite!

I liked the lobby’s library which had excellent current writers stocked. There’s nothing worse than a hotel with dusty, old boring books to borrow! As it was the season, Santa Claus just happened to be visiting the pretty courtyard in the center of the property, and my kids had fun dancing to the live brass band that accompanied him, as well as watching the tree lighting ceremony. In the summer, the Charles has a kid’s summer music series as well as a popular bike-lending program.

Charles Hotel Double Double

Our room was the Deluxe Guest Room with two queen sized beds, down bedding, Wi-Fi, Bose Radio, TV, EO bath products and robes. The showerhead was disappointingly small given the large space, but I was happy with the separate dining table that was convenient for when we made trips down to the excellent hotel restaurant Henrietta’s Table for takeout. I also think for a mother who is pumping, the nearby plugs would make the dining table an excellent pump station.

Henrietta's Table

My favorite aspect of the Charles was by far Henrietta’s Table, which has an extensive children’s menu and high chairs, as well as lots of bright light and colorful, farm chic green chairs and tables. Gourmet magazine recently named Henrietta one of the “World’s Top Hotel Restaurants,” and after participating in its popular $35 pre-fixe brunch menu we were sold! I checked out the hotel’s Corbu Spa and Salon, but had sticker shock from the $50 pedicure. Massage prices (starting at $95) seemed more reasonable, and the space was a little hideaway retreat from the bustle of the city outside its windows. The hotel’s ice-skating rink was just being set up when we were there, and it stays until the weather thaws.

The hotel is popular with business travelers as well as parents visiting nearby Harvard and Boston’s other many universities, and it does sell out around major Cambridge events like the Head of the Charles rowing event in October.

Kate Rockland is a mom to two toddler boys. When she is not building forts out of couch cushions or making pb&j sandwiches, she is traveling in beautiful New England every chance she gets. Find out more about Kate here: www.katerockland.com

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