The Charlesmark

A 40-room hotel in a historic mansion with a patio located in the fashionable Back Bay neighborhood right by shop-lined Newbury Street.

By Jon Marcus, Monday, Feb 28, 2011, 8:00 AM

The Charlesmark, Boston
(Courtesy The Charlesmark Hotel)

The Charlesmark, Boston

The Charlesmark

About this Hotel

Price From $119

'Hood The fashionable Back Bay, just half a block from Copley Square, a block from high-fashion shopping on Newbury Street, and across the street from the Shops at the Prudential Center and the Hynes Convention Center. Copley Station, served by the Green Line subway, is at the corner.

The Vibe A six-story, onetime single-family mansion built in 1886, the Charlesmark was renovated into a "budget boutique" hotel by a pair of young entrepreneurs (the "Charles" and "Mark" of the name, who also own the Harborside Inn), one of whom is almost always on site. The decor is stylish and modern. The same goes for the popular street-level bar frequented by friendly regulars; the bartender has worked in the Back Bay for 25 years. There's also a small patio fronting the bustling (and newly trendy) Boylston Street.

Rooms The 40 rooms are small-beginning at 150 square feet-but surprisingly comfortable and chic. Hot local architect Dennis Duffy has designed them to include imported European tile and fixtures, high-thread-count linens, down pillows, DVD players (and, in some cases, a movie library), surround sound, and custom furniture made of bright, light wood.

Plus There's a free basic continental breakfast, free bottled water, and plenty of bar and restaurant options in every price range just steps away. The small size of the hotel, paradoxically, means you almost never hear or see the other guests because there are few public spaces other than the bar and patio.

Minus Although it succeeds in pulling off the boutique vibe with the hipness of its look, the Charlesmark has a tiny lobby, narrow hallways, and small guest rooms. Rooms in the back of the hotel overlook an alley, and seven are either on the first floor near the bar or in the basement. Ask for rooms on a high floor on the Boylston Street side.

Free Wi-Fi? Yes

Credit Cards Accepted Yes.

Details Standard room with one full-size bed and a reading chair from $119; queen bed with a couch and writing surface or a larger "premium" queen room with a couch and closet but a more limited view from $129. Breakfast is included.