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Rating: 3.81

Address: 655 Boylston St, Boston, MA, 02116

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    Comments (141):

    1. Michelle K.
    This was my second visit to the lounge, as it is a convenient after-work spot for my friends and I to meet up. The decor is modern and sleek, the drinks are fun, but the service is horrible. A few of us walked in and sat down at a table. We were the only ones in the place and there were two people working behind the bar and neither of them bothered to acknowledge us. Finally we went up to the bar and ordered our drinks. Other than sliding our beverages over to us, we weren't acknowledged at all. Finally, a bunch of people came in and sat at the bar. They were immediately offered drinks, extra water and some sort of snack mix. We sat there with empty glasses for a half hour. This was after we asked for service. Finally we had enough and decided to leave. Only then, did we get a 'thank you' yelled to us from the bartender who wasn't busy talking to his friends. I will not be going back and I suggest anyone who appreciates service over trendiness follow suit.

    28/03/07 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    2. Sam M.
    Sunday nights at the Charlesmark are incredible!  By far the best place to go on a Sunday Night in Boston.

    27/08/07 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    3. Sally J.
    I wouldn't know about the actual hotel itself but the bar/lounge is very modern and comfortable. It's a quaint little place to either stop in for a quick drink and bite with a friend or a chill evening perfect for good conversation while relaxing in the lounge area upstairs. Their drink menu is really fun, the blueberry martini outstanding, more like a blueberry lemon drop flavor w actual berries in it. Also the key lime pie martini = killer with a cute little graham cracker crusted rim. We didn't order any food but from what I recall the menu says it comes from an Asian restaurant across the way, sounded good but you will have to take someone else's word for it. I loved the lounge bathroom, the paint job = awesome but the sign on the wall threw me off, something about keeping noise down because there were two rooms adjacent...OKAY, um interesting, and then just when I walk out, a man walks through with his suite case through the bar, through the lounge, and through a door nxt to the restroom, to his room. With the music and conversations going on in this place I hope the room comes with a set of ear plugs!  Also, I picked up on the fact that this place is a great scouting area for you cougars here in town and that if you want to book a hotel room do it through an online service bc it's cheaper.

    14/03/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    4. damaris r.
    great loungy bar!! love the back room...good for parties!
    large tv screen...great for sporting events and anything else you might want to watch!

    21/03/07 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    5. sheila s.
    this place has potential with all the comfortable lounging areas available but i went there briefly on a friday night and congregated at the bar early before heading elsewhere, so there was nothing remarkable about the visit. An older crowd, expensive drinks as you'd expect at a hotel bar i guess.

    22/07/06 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    6. Emily D.
    I had a girlie after-work drink with a friend on a summer evening at the Charlesmark.  I was afraid it would be mobbed with tourists, but it was actually almost empty (maybe because I was drinking on a Monday).  The decor was nice, with cushy modern bar stools.  We enjoyed our tasty lemon drops on the patio and ate thai appetizers served by a friendly cute bartender.  I'll be back for the patio and people watching.

    19/06/06 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    7. Scott A.
    The Charlesmark was located in a great area, close to shopping and most anything. The room was small, but large enough for me. The room was tastefully decorated and appointed. Actually well above many hotels that I have stayed in. The only complaints that I could come up with were that their free wireless Internet was God awful slow. You would think you were working on dial-up. Also that the room only had a double bed. For one person it is acceptable, but not for two in my opinion. There may be rooms with queen-sized beds but I didn't ask. There is also a nice little bar located downstairs. Continental breakfast was included. The best part was that the price was very reasonable. In fact, for Boston I might consider this one of the best deal that I have ever found. A real hidden gem!

    07/12/07 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    8. Lynda M.
    I am a lounge lizard. I heart the Charlesmark. I came here after work tonight with a friend. We grabbed bar seats and soaked up the atmosphere. Cool, icy grey colors. with red accents. Nice relaxing music (Cold Play, David Grey, etc) Wine list is good, chicken satay was delish. They get their bar food from the Thai place next door. What made this place excellent was the service. Our bartender, Jefferson, was top notch. He even gave us some of his daughters Girl Scout cookies. The lounge on the upper lever was crowded, but not annoying, large number of comfy couches and low chairs. Great candle lighting. LOVE the atmosphere, not too crowded and oh so relaxing. I heard they have killer outdoor seating in the summer.

    02/03/07 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    9. Rave M.
    I stayed here a few years ago, back before the Charlesmark had opened its fun, street level lounge. Before the bar opened, there was just a door with a small awning to indicate that a hotel even lived there... which made it an even bigger, pleasant surprise to take the elevator upstairs to the really inviting guestrooms. The Charlesmark bills itself as a "boutique hotel,"  which often means "small." And it is. But it more than makes up for it with the calm, contemporary decor and well-appointed rooms. The location can't be beat (many rooms with a view of Copley Square!), and for the area it's in, The Charlesmark has relatively reasonable prices.

    24/04/07 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    10. Casey B.
    After passing by this funky little hotel patio many times, i finally decided to go in and was even more pleased to see that the lounge in the back and bar was decorated with such modern class.  The drinks are fun and the bartenders and owner is even more fun!  I recently held a 90 person event at the hotel lounge/bar/patio and it turned out AMAZING!  Everyone was so helpful and accommodating, the food was great and most of all the guests had the best night ever!  The rooms are cute and modern just how they should be- i would totally recommend this place!

    27/11/06 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    11. Wendy I.
    A comfortable hotel, in what seems to be a trendy area of Boston (Back Bay), just steps from transportation and Copley Square. Also very close to lots of shops, restaurants and bars. The room was clean, cozy and simple, with modern decor - great for one or two people. There was one double bed, a very nice bathroom (shower only, no tub, which was fine for me), and plenty of drawers/spaces to hold a long weekend's worth of clothes. I was pleasantly surprised to find that in addition to cable tv, there was satellite radio in the room. Oh, and free wireless internet - a big plus! The staff was very friendly and helpful. They also provided continental breakfast in the downstairs lounge. In the evening, this same bar/lounge turned into a pretty happenin' hotspot for the locals, and a nice place to have a drink and relax after a long day of walking around Boston. All in all, a great hotel for folks that like to keep it simple, because how much time are you going to really spend in the hotel anyway?

    25/10/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    12. Eric S.
    I've been here a few times. Pretty good.

    20/08/07 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    13. Sean M.
    I had a bad day last August that was somewhat salvaged by the Charlesmark. I crashed my Audi causing $10K damage going 2 miles an hour in an underground parking lot.  Since the car was AWD you need a flatbed to tow it. Flatbed trucks do not fit into underground garages with low clearance. By the time I fliggured this all out I had missed the last train home and was stuck in the city. I had passed by the Charlesmark many times so I went straight there, and checked in. I ordered Thai from the place next door planted myself on a barstool and proceeded to get very drunk.
    This is a great lounge and the location is as central as can be. I now find excuses to meet people here and drink vodka martinis. The rooms are very hip, sort of W-lite with free broadband(kinda slow) and SAT radio and TV. My room was about 1.5 the size of the one I stayed at  
    the W in Union SQ in NYC or the one I stayed at in SOMA, SF. The Charlesmark staff don't have that W-tude either. Everyone from the desk clerks to bartenders to maintenance people and managers were very nice and not phony about being so.

    BAR: 5 stars
    Hotel: 4.5 stars great value for the $

    31/05/07 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    14. Kristin S.
    The Lounge at the Charlesmark is a great place to stop into if you want to grab a quick drink.  I was meeting my husband for dinner at L'Espalier; he was coming from work so who knew when he'd make it there.  I'm always nervous when I'm the first one to a meeting spot, I don't want to look like a lush or anything!  I found that I didn't feel out of place here.  The bartender was very nice and even gave everyone at the bar samples of a key lime martini.  (It was really good, and if you're going on a hot day I'd imagine it would be quite refreshing)  I don't think this is really a destination for a night out (I would go across to City Bar for  that) but just for an after work drink or meeting spot it works well.

    22/07/07 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    15. James W.
    i love a good hotel bar, and this review is for the bar only.  let's face it, the drinks are a little pricey and the bartenders know this.  they also know you're most likely in from out of town and are looking to have one or two drinks to get stiff then you're either going back to your room or out to a nudie bar.  either way.  this knowledge causes them to make real drinks.  get a scotch, and the glass is full; get a rum and coke and the coke is for color only.

    the charlesmark is no different.  trendy decor with good service.  there is a lounge area upstairs, but i usually sit by the bar.  i've always had good service, even when the bar was somewhat crowded.

    can't tell you anything about the hotel itself.  i live in boston, so i tend not to stay at hotels.  i can, however, assure you the bar serves alcohol (not sure about the no alcohol votes).

    01/09/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    16. Parisa S.
    $129 a night got me an adorable, super clean room with complimentary wifi AND breakfast.  they even threw in complementary bottled water.  what a nice break from the $10 per bottle of Fiji that i'm used to.  and let's not forget the awesome location - esp. for those of us with a shopping bug.

    minus 1 star because of the smell of thai food that infiltrated my room between the hours of 6-9pm (presumably from the restaurant downstairs).  

    otherwise, solid hotel that i highly recommend (particularly when travelling absent that trusty expense account)

    06/12/07 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    17. S H.
    My wife and I just went to the bar/lounge part of the hotel since we live in Boston.  The bartender was very friendly and happy to serve us.  The drink menu is creative and extensive, but they only have four beers on tap.

    You can order food, but it comes from (3-star) Bangkok Blue Thai Restaurant right next door.  The prices are slightly inflated, but the bartender literally walks next door to get your food.

    The bar has modern lines and because it's in a hotel, there's free internet access in the back (if you're desperate).

    02/01/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    18. Amanda Z.
    Besides the great price and excellent location, the #1 reason to stay at the Charlesmark?  Surround sound in the room and speakers in the bathroom!!  Listening to "classic alternative" satellite radio in the shower?  Awesome!  Nothing like a little Joy Division to start the day off right!

    14/03/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    19. soxygal E.
    Never stayed here but I'm a regular at the bar.  It's one of my favorites - the drinks are great (the gummy bear martini rocks my world), bartenders know their regulars and are great, sitting on the patio on a nice day with a cocktail and an appetizer - doesn't get better than that.  They accomodate requests - my friends and I booked a little private area for a birthday and they had signs up for her and had set set off a lounge spot for us.  Just a great bar, great drinks, great location!

    09/05/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    20. Jayashree P.
    The Charlesmark Louge is very euro without the trash. The red tall bar stools are the focal point of the ambiance. Drinks are on the pricey side, but are delicious. The food menu is from the Thai restaurant next door, Bangkok Blue, so you won't be disappointed.
    The music is a wacky hodgepodge of non-descript jazz and religious Indian music. I'd try them out before it becomes another crowded Boston bar where it takes you a while to make a drink order and the music is so loud you can barely have a conversation.
    Oh, and they have a great chocolate dessert.

    12/04/06 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    21. Tommy N.
    My roommate and I rolled into the Lenox to grab some Sunday Funday drinks, but City Bar did not open until 4, so we ended up at The Charlesmark, right across the street.  Walking through the front doors, the bar is located to the left of the lobby, and it includes a big ass window façade overlooking Boylston St., which affords excellent people watching.  The bar was 99% empty on this particular Sunday afternoon, and the sox game was on the TV behind the bar, so that was just fine.  The bar is totally going for that urban boutique feel, but a few notes were missing.  Music, for example, was not playing.  Being in a quiet empty bar is always odd, even if we are talking about a Sunday afternoon.  The cocktail list consisted of about 12 different martinis, and a decent wine selection.  My roommate and I both tried ordering a Dark and Stormy, but the bartender informed us there was no Ginger Beer.  Now, I've been noticing this tasty concoction on lots of drink menus lately, so I asked the bartender to suggest to the manager that it be added to the list.  She then informed me that the manager has not/does not change the cocktail list, which is completely strange and backwards.  Anyhow, the bartender was friendly, and she shook up some quality drinks.  Oh, except for the first martini, that included two floating hairs.  NASTY.  She ended up not charging us for one drink, but still, c'mon, it's one thing finding a hair in food, but floating in a drink like it's some kind of new age garnish? BOGUS.

    All hairs aside, I'll probably be back on a busier night, as they have a decent size sidewalk patio that's worth a check when waitresses are working.  Holler.

    04/08/08 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    22. Christine J.
    Pleasantly surprised!  I stayed here on Memorial Day weekend.  It was all about location location location for me, and being a stone's throw from the Copley T-station, it was convenient for to make quick stops during my stay.  For Memorial Day weekend, it was also the most affordable hotel in the area, so I didn't expect that much of the room.  When I arrived, I was disappointed that my room was on the same floor as the bar separated only by a door, so I thought I wouldn't get much sleep.  Boy, was I shocked to find that it was fairly soundproof.  Plus the room is at the back of the hotel so it didn't get any street noise.  This place is a boutique hotel and i loved how it felt like one.  The decor was modern and fun.  I liked the classical music playing in the room when I entered and having speakers in the bathroom too.  They also gave us free spring water on the first day and lollipops in the bathroom.  I thought they were nice touches.  The staff were friendly and helpful.  

    The bar at the front was trendy, and drinks were expensive.  But the place had nice atmosphere and the big cushiony couches were comfortable.  Great place all around.

    28/05/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    23. Christian H.
    I actually love the bar/lounge area here.  The bartenders are super friendly.  The food comes from the place next door I think (asian food) but I like it a lot.  I went to a private party here once as well which was very well staffed and well-run.  It's a nicely done place and it seems to be overlooked so you can always get a small group of people in with no trouble -- even on a Friday/Saturday.

    11/01/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    24. Dave M.
    Initial reaction to the room was overwhelmingly good. The rooms, while certainly not large, are not too small so long as it's a short stay; two or three days max in all likelihood. More than two people would also seem claustrophobic and overwhelm the space. It was, however, very well appointed and tasteful, and quite cozy. First complaint is that the bed was a bit too hard, and I like a firm mattress. My girlfriend, however, was less than pleased; and fellas, as we too well know, if she's not happy, you're not happy. Second complaint goes to the television positioning; it was on the top of a very high shelf, which made viewing a movie from their rather huge (if unorganized) free dvd and vhs collection difficult. In-wall and in-shower speakers were a great touch; but they stopped working not long after we checked in.

    Bathrooms were charming in an attractive dark green tile. The sink, it must be noted, has a joystick-style faucet; I felt like I was playing Super Mario Shaving in the morning. Shower was huge for one...not quite big enough for two, sadly. Our particular shower had some holes in the wall, and the nozzle was cracked, though I am more than certain this is the exception rather than the rule; possibly some rowdier renters had caused some damage and it had not yet been repaired.

    Service hit both ends of the spectrum. Our night clerk was curt and seemingly self-righteous, thought not outright rude. He was the kind of fellow who would go the extra mile and make sure you knew he was doing so. Other attendants were much friendlier; the woman who answered the phone knew just about everything when trying to get there and was gracious in giving out her advice.

    And now, the bar. Tasteful, thematic, very clean, although easily crowded: it's a good thing it doesn't get too busy. Bartenders were friendly, but seemed to lack knowledge of their stock and of cocktails. Then again, I suppose my personal standards are far too high, being a very good barman myself; to most others with no such strange requests as mine, I'm sure they're more than satisfactory. The bar also makes it feel somewhat strange checking in; the bottom floor is almost completely given over to the dining and drinking area, with nothing more than a tiny desk for the clerk to sit behind.

    It's a moderate-sized, very well priced hotel for the area which does a lot of things right. I think most of the issues I had were due to that it is a much smaller, less corporate hotel; fine for character, but many of the little things can go unnoticed in such a business. However, very recommended for any group of two or less staying in Boston.

    26/01/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    25. Josh P.
    I went to the Charlesmark recently on warm Friday evening with my fiance and another couple.  The patio was what drew us in.  Although it was full, it was not crowded.  A woman greeted us at the front desk, which also seemed to serve as a hostess stand, and directed us to simply take any open table.  One thing to note is that you have to order some type of food if you are having drinks on the patio, and the kitchen closes at 10 pm.  Despite the fact that we arrived at 9:55, our server graciously placed an order for us so that we could sit and enjoy our drinks outside.  
    We eventually moved inside to the comfortable lounge seating in the back.  The drinks were well made and the service was attentive.  We recommend this location as a good spot to meet up before going out, or for an after dinner drink.

    29/08/06 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    26. Alexandra K.
    Bar&Lounge Review
    So this is a place that not many people know about, but it is totally worth the trip! The interior is light and comfy, the martini list is just great! (and tastes good too), and the food I had so far is delish, definitely will come here again!

    03/03/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    27. John H.
    Review is for the hotel bar only:  This bar has a modern yet cozy flair - square bar stools with dark lighting.  An excellent after work spot to grab a few drinks, the best part about the bar is Vanessa.  She is very friendly and well-traveled, with an exceptional taste in lounge music that keeps the ambience relaxed and cool.

    22/12/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    28. A H.
    They made nice use of the space. Lots of sofas and decent prices.  Not to shabby.

    16/02/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    29. Southie G.
    This is a review of the Bar area only. We stopped here on New Years Eve and got a front row seat for the parade passing by. The bar tender was friendly and attentive and our drinks were made well. Its a very small bar, but its got a wonderful vibe.

    01/01/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    30. Anita X.
    LOVE this place. the drinks here are amazing. the bartenders are cute and can make a solid drink - what more can a girl ask for? The place draws a good crowd too - no guidos, no frat boys, no trashy drunk girls..wait? am i in boston still??

    20/06/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    31. Mihir P.
    A somewhat sleek and small bar with a good amount of lounging space is offered. This is a great alternative to sports and Irish bars to watch a game. They have a huge screen in the back. I was there for the JAC @ NE game and they had free pizza from Upper Crust!! The bar service and the drinks are OK. I guess I was expecting more professional service and better tasting drinks. I had a margarita but the sour mix was of poor quality; I then just stuck to beer.

    FYI: they offer food from the Bangkok Blue next door.

    20/01/08 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    32. Khiem T.
    I am a fan of this place because it's quite a gem. I like going here for a drink, good lighting, the lounge area in the back is very impressive. I talked to the manager for a possible event and he was very helpful. The music is really chill also, great reggae and lounge music. Good drink menu. Check it out!

    14/07/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    33. Heather W.
    Great martinis! Perfect place for an after dinner drink, a little expensive but a nice splurge.  I had the S'mores martini and my friend had the espresso martini, both delicious and strong.

    22/03/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    34. Anonymous P.
    I would avoid the hotel. It's sketchier than hell. There's barely a front desk. It's more like a front booth with some dude who looks like a bouncer. There are stains all over the common hallway carpets. There's nothing quaint, nice, or hip about the hotel itself, though the lounge looked like a great place to overpay for questionable cocktails (their definition of a Manhattan does not include bitters) and the opportunity to meet eurohipsters.

    If you are older than 25 and you have not seen this hotel, I would seriously think twice before reserving it. However, the rooms themselves, though small, are decent.

    21/06/07 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    35. peggy c.
    Averages out to 3.5 stars

    The last time I was at Charlesmark (either on Friday or Saturday), the place was pretty dead despite it being only 12:30ish or so.  The service and the drinks were decent enough, but it was kind of unsettling that it was so dead at such a peak time so I hadn't thought about going back for a long while.... but I found myself in the area recently and decided to give it another shot.  

    This time, the place seemed a lot livelier (not to the point where it gets obnoxiously loud and I can't hear the person a foot away from me despite their yelling).  We didn't really intend to stay, but we ended up lounging there for a while and it was relaxing.  Also, the blueberry lemonade = deliciousness.  I can't believe I didn't notice that on the menu before.  I don't frequent the place so can't say what the usual crowd is like... but averaging out my experiences... Charlesmark was ok

    11/05/08 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    36. Lynne S.
    This review is only for the bar/lounge. The decor is modern and chic using mostly black, white and red. You feel as though you've stepped into a really hip LA club. The bartenders were friendly and terrific and served up some of the best cocktails I've ever tried. My ultimate favorite was the blueberry lemonade. I could have drunk 10 of them in a row! Mmmmm... the one with pear was delicious too. If you're looking for a hip, fun night out on the town, definitely stop in at the Charlesmark!

    30/05/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    37. Lewis C.
    This hotel was amazing.  After reading some reviews out there, I was a bit worried that the size of the rooms may be a problem.  However, the rooms had more than enough space.  Yes, if you are a family staying here then you would be cramped -  but, I was there with one other person and there was more than enough room.  The room itself was great, as advertised it was very boutiquey.  The bathroom was very clean and looked like it had just been renovated.  The shower was pretty spacious and had speakers playing whatever was on the television.

    As for the lounge, I'd have to give give some more praise.  The drinks were great.  I'm not a fan of sugary drinks with a bunch of ingredients, but I tried the Crantini and it was delicious.  The music playing was nice as well, with a good eclectic mix - but what was really great was that it wasn't too loud where you have to yell to ensure the person next to you hears you.  Also, all of the bar staff were very friendly, but Jefferson was awesome.

    Overall, the room was great, the location was great, the staff was great.  The only complain I have was that the breakfast was a bit skimpy, but this was far from a deal breaker.

    04/03/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    38. Alex T.
    This review is for the Charlesmark Hotel bar/lounge.  Decor is minimalist/modern.  One thing that is quirky about this place is a lot of the furniture is square.  Square benches by the bar, square couches.  Really not much to report other than that.  The lighting is dim wiht little colored spotlights.  The main bar area is downstairs.   Stairs lead to a second level with a much bigger lounge area.  There is an outdoors area that is good for the summertime and smokers.  The problem I see here is Boylston is just perpetually busy so sit outside at your own accord.

    I was here for an engagement party.  We had the place all to ourselves and it was intimate and nice.  The size of this place is really deceiving because the upper area is quite roomy.  I recommend this place for small parties and get togethers.

    14/08/08 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    39. D M.
    I stopped in here tonight waiting for Jesse to get off work and it was just okay.  I really wanted to see what they had on the drink menu, and I left feeling a little underwhelmed.  I ordered the Ruby Slipper, which I chose purely by cute name, and it really had the flavor of sweet tarts, which came from a float of sugar free red bull.  Can't win them all.  The service wasn't bad, but wasn't great either.  I waited a while for her to close out my bill, even though I handed her my card right away.

    The food menu seems to be from Bankok Blue, which is right next door.  While tasty, it'd be nice to see something more exciting and different than Thai.....there's so much of it on Boylston!

    20/12/07 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    40. Misty L.
    This lounge has great martinis.  I especially like the key lime pie and the dancing bear ones, but I'm sure the other ones are great too.  It is a good place to come with a small group.  I believe if you want to order appetizers they come from the thai place next door but I usually have been either after work or after dinner so I've never ordered.  In the summer it is nice to sit outside since it's a great location.

    30/01/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    41. Kristen F.
    Typical hotel bar... better than it's neighbors. Swanky, pricey, dimly lit... but not too crowded, fast service, friendly door staff. I'd recommend it to start your evening off, or end it. Part of the reason I liked it is it's convenient, right on Boylston St.
    They're gummy bear martini is good too.

    23/06/08 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    42. Howe L.
    To be successful as a bar lounge, either the drinks, atmosphere, and/or the service have to be amazing. The music and decor has a good vibe, but the atmosphere was very constricting. The drinks were actually my favorite part of the place. The service from the bartender was eh.

    01/05/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    43. Jeffrey H.
    I joined Daniel S. here for cocktails & cocktales one lovely evening after work.

    The bar itself has a modern style with a clean and simple appearance. The drink menu is original without being overwhelming. There's nothing I hate more than menus that are novels with complex descriptions that require 2 historians, an engineer, and a Catholic Priest to decipher.

    I don't remember the names of the drinks I ordered but I know that I had two different ones which were both delicious. The second one was a copycat order inspired by Daniel--his drink came with gummy bears! The bears were actually a delicious compliment to the drink as well as my waistline! They were also an idea I happily used at a recent Christmas party I co-hosted--gummy bears in all the champagne glasses!

    There isn't much else to say about this bar other than the fact it DID have good drinks, it DID have good service, and I WILL return for alcoholic beverages whether for business or pleasure.

    One noteworthy item would be that it was as if Daniel and I stopped in on a 'gay' night--we were sitting amongst all gay men...well I mean I didn't ASK if they were gay...but c'mon...COME. ON.

    Me: Daniel, is this a gay bar?
    Daniel: No...why?
    Me: Look around, it's all gay men.
    Daniel: That's weird.
    Me: We're the hottest.
    Daniel: I know.

    26/12/07 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    44. Alicia R.
    We're staying here for a convention and wow. Very modern room. I walk in to some classical piano playing which just set me into a fit of glee.

    The room is spaced well, chic furniture and VERY comfy pillows/bed. Modern look and paintings about it. I haven't stayed anywhere else so I don't know how it compares but for the price in a city, I'm lovin' it!

    24/03/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    45. Jamie S.
    Great place to drop in for a drink after work. A few of us grabbed a table at the end of the lower level, near the end of the bar, and had fantastic drink service the entire time we were there. By 7:30, the place began to fill in with an eclectic, mostly middle-aged mix of tourists and suits.

    Highly recommend coming with a group. If you can't get a table near the bar, there is quite a bit more modern lounge seating in the elevated space to the back. Nice area, except when I was there on an icy February evening, they were actually pumping A/C into the lounge. Needless to say, we retreated back down to the bar area.

    Overall, great service, tastefully modern decor, and an intriguing mix of patrons warrants high marks for the Charlesmark.

    15/02/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    46. .Hon H.
    If you're looking for a spacious and luxurious hotel room, the Charlesmark is definitely not for you.   If you're like me and my hon of hons husband, and you are just in town for a couple of nights, the Charlesmark will do you up just fine.   The location simply cannot be beat - it's across from the Public Library and steps from Copley Plaza and Newbury Street.

    Dig it:

    The Charlesmark is a narrow, 7-story building with the tiniest of lobbies.   There's a bar and lounge on the other side of the lobby that were really hopping, all the way to closing time.   Our room was on the 5th floor, right across from the elevator, so of course I figured it would be noisy and asked to be switched.  No dice, as the place was sold out and we were the last guests to arrive that evening.  As it turned out, it really didn't matter since the place was quiet as a tomb.

    Our room was really, really small, but managed to accommodate a queen bed, nightstands, shelving unit and desk that appeared to be custom-built for the room.  We even had a flat-screen TV mounted on the wall, and a radio/CD player that had speakers in the sleeping room and bathroom.

    The bathroom was spectacular, and almost as large as the sleeping room - marble everywhere, slate walls - very chic.   Unfortunately, the towels were nothing great, but the moment was saved by the heavenly toiletries.

    The hotel also has a continental breakfast that was pretty lame, but all we wanted was coffee anyway.   And they give you little Hershey bars when you check out - yay!

    29/07/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    47. Jonas D.
    This is a great hotel for single people traveling. The rooms are small but also very modern, cool, and comfortable. AVOID room 507, the floor in room 607 is insanely sweaky and will keep you up all night. The bar and food from Bankok Blue is good if you want a night spent in the hotel. Staff was super friendly and willing to help out. You just can't beat this location steps from the Copley T Station.

    04/01/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    48. Cindy C.
    a solid 4.5 stars. I've been back numerous times now, and I can't stop coming here! The bartenders are friendly, and the space is amazing. I know I can come here to unwind with my girlfriends and have a quiet corner to talk without having to shout.

    and I LOVE the dancing bear martini. YUM

    09/06/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    49. Rick W.
    Stayed here many times while in Boston. Love the location - one street over from Newbury. Cool ambiance and well-made cocktails at the bar. Front patio offers great people watching in the summer. The lounge is an uncrowded go-to after a Red Sox game. For the rooms, recommend a higher floor.

    20/08/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    50. Katy D.
    I will give most of the credit to the margerita, from there, I was lost.

    The outdoor patio is great, but you've got to order food to sit there.

    So a few apps later, a very awkward (and frequently absent) waitress places a plate of spring rolls and tempura on our table.

    I almost hesitate to say this but it was the WORST plating that I think I've seen at a seemingly "upscale" place. How they made 4 spring rolls and one cup of sauce look so terrible, I will never know.

    The food is from Bangkok Blue next door and is pretty standard asian/american fare.

    I didn't hate it, all I can really say is, eh...

    18/06/08 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    51. Brittany D.
    This really is a darling hotel. Its very tiny though and we really understood the meaning of tiny when we walked into the room...

    For what we needed at the time it was cool, cute and tiny. But in all honestly once we got bridesmaids dresses and make up and hair shit, oh and 10 girls inthere... not so cool any more. We also didn't like getting fussed at by the fucking house keeper. Saying that there was too much stuff in the room and that it was dangerous.... my girl went off on her. But the skank put our dresses in the cramped closet after they were obviously hung so that they wouldn't get wrinkled....seriously that bitch should be cut.

    Thanks hotel peeps for letting us use ur lobby area as a make-up station and for holding my bags well  past happy hour!

    24/09/08 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    52. Dan S.
    We loved it.  For the price it's great.   Nice location, clean rooms and comfortable.  The only down side is the lack of a fitness room.  But there is a club near by for $15 a day or you can run along the river.

    27/10/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    53. Wayne D.
    Okay so I have never shagged at this hotel, have never taken a date to their restaurant, never cruised their bathrooms, never recieved a facial in their spa (if they even have one), and have never flirted with a room service server. I did, however, have cocktails in their bar, which was pretty good but nothing really over the top.

    I am a rum lover and they have one cocktail on the menu called "Sailor Jerry's Last Kiss'. Rum, amazing. Spiced Rum, incredible. Spiced rum in a martini glass shaken with Amaretto and Pineapple Juice, remarkable to down-right orgasmic. I ended up having three of them and loved each one more than the last....oh gee...

    I went on a Sunday night (industry night at many other places) and so this place was pretty dead. The bartender was as dry as the nuts we never got (in all fairness I don't even know if they serve nuts but the bottom line is that the bartender sort of had no personality). Am I being to harsh? C'mon, I loved the cocktails! And if they don't serve nuts in their bar, they should, at least something.

    Decor and music was very swanky. This was a lounge that was crying for attention, and a break, from the couple smacking face in the back corner. I know, it's none of my business, but damn folks, their are rooms upstairs. Get one. And take a "Last Kiss" with you.

    15/08/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    54. Tara B.
    This review is based on the bar & lounge, not the hotel.

    You know what gets 5 stars at the Charlesmark? The Dancing Bear martini! There are only a few cocktails that I pine for, that I could write sonnets about, and this is one of them. It's fruity and pink and has 5 gummi bears (I love gummi bears, LOVE, especially the white ones) speared on a toothpick balanced over the drink like little piglets roasting on a spit over a tasty blush-hued fire. Amazing.

    Actually the entire cocktail list is great. Another high scorer is the blueberry lemonade martini.

    The upstairs lounge area is a perfect place to, you know, lounge. Seating is cushy, there's usually not too many people around, so you have some privacy. My first date with my former BF was here, so it holds a special place in my heart. Weird thing though: there's a bank of PCs set up on one wall of the lounge, so during our date one of the guests in the hotel was surfing the Net in her PJs right next to us.

    Tip: The food is from next door at Bangkok Blue. Just go eat there.

    19/02/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    55. Christopher M.
    Came here in February for a weekend in the big city with my girlfriend. The location and the service at the Charlesmark are both superb. I really felt like the staff were happy we were staying there for the weekend. The location is right on Boylston Street, which is central to just about everything in the Hub. The rooms are small, but very clean and well decorated. The bathrooms were fantastic...a nice, large, stone-tiled shower.

    The front desk was very helpful both nights we were there. They never seemed annoyed that we were asking their advice on where to go for brunch, etc. Downstairs there is a lounge area and bar. The bar seemed very eclectic and hip. On the second night we went to see a comedy show. When we got back, we hung out in the lounge area and enjoyed some wine. There is a second floor to the lounge area where patrons can sit in large comfy chairs and/or couches. It looked like they had a large flat screen that simulated a fireplace, which made it seem cozy.

    All in all, we enjoyed our stay and would go back. The Charlesmark is a boutique hotel that offers great customer service and is an ideal location. We got an excellent rate. The only drawbacks are that they do not offer their own food, however, they provide a list of places you can order for room service or dine out. The other draw back is that the rooms are small. Parking is on the street only, and there is no valet service.  Technically, I would give 3.5 stars here, but alas, they get 3.

    08/04/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    56. Michael S.
    This is only for the bar. (The hotel itself is 3 stars.)

    The attitude of the services (based on two stays) are unjustified. Like they've forgotten they're behind the counter and are actually part of the scene.

    They're not.

    (The real "scene" is a nice mix of hotel guests and after work crowd.)

    And the drinks are extremely weak.

    03/04/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    57. Rachel A.
    Great hotel!

    -Perfect location
    -Free internet
    -Complimentary continental breakfast
    -Stylish rooms
    -Friendly staff
    -Affordable rates
    -Delicious cocktails

    There are monthly wine tastings in the lounge, a space available and good for small parties/private functions.

    24/12/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    58. Victoria J.
    My wonderful boyfriend rented out a room for us to stay for my birthday.

    And I loved it.

    The location is absolutely perfect, right across the street from the Boston Public Library.

    The lady was the front desk was an absolute doll - we asked her if we could check-out later than what the hotel requests, and it wasn't a bother at all.  The lobby and the bar area are very hip with red, cream, and black being the color scheme.  We grabbed the key and up, up we went to our room.

    My boyfriend opened the door and let me in. I walk in to find music playing, champagne, and flowers.  Awwwwww... Find out later that he requested the hotel to do that and they happily obliged.  

    The room itself is somewhat small, but they utilize the space quite nicely. The bed is big & comfy, and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the huge mirror. Wish I had one of these at home, would definitely help with getting ready.  The bathroom is nicely tiled, the shower is big, and the citrus body wash smells divine.

    I had a great night spent here and would definitely consider staying here in a heart beat!

    13/02/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    59. Kaitlin M.
    Went to the bar for cocktails before going out with 5 of my girlfriends.  The drinks were great, delicious. The shots we had were made perfectly.
    The scene on a Thursday night pre-game was quiet and and music did not get me at all ready for a night out.  But a comfortable couch area to chat with girlfriends or go on a date.
    I would go back for the location, friendly staff, and tasety cocktails.

    21/02/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    60. A J.
    I was at the same shindig as Dorise G. so I wont reiterate all the details about the event, but I will share in her enthusiasm! The lounge here was an excellent venue for our upscale party of 50+ people.

    We all paid $20 to cover appetizers and one drink. The drinks in general are a little pricey but well worth the money and fit the classy atmosphere. I got the dancing bear martini which tasted like gummy bears and came with a skewer of gummy bears across the top! The food was also very good, I got the pad thai before the party started and then ate the spring rolls during it. The cheese and veggie platters were also a nice touch.  

    Kristen was our amazing server, especially considering she was our only waitress and it was only her second day working! She was so friendly and when one of my friends tried ordering food after the kitchen closed, Kristen brought her some chex mix instead and then when we finished the chex mix, she brought us another bowl full of pretzels. The bartender also came up a few times to make sure were doing okay and to keep away party crashers.

    Definitely a great night had by all. I will be back to hang out at the bar and drink that yummy martini again!

    20/12/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    61. Toni D.
    Like the other reviewers I've never stayed at this boutique hotel...I've just had drinks.   It's cozy, dark and they have great martini's.  I've been here a few times and it's usually when I'm on a date.  It's a great place to actually have a conversation with someone.  The music isn't blasting like most places. I usually head upstairs towards the back.  The leather sofa seating in the back is pretty comfortable...

    10/08/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    62. Kaitlyn H.
    Only a review of the bar.

    Worst spring rolls ever. Looked like they came out of a freezer ready bag and were nuked for our enjoyment. Nasty.

    Drinks are overpriced. Glass of wine is $9, other cocktails at least $11, and nothing really impressive.

    Decor is nice, but the menu/service doesn't match.

    Our bartender was stone cold bitch.

    15/06/10 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    63. Alyson G.
    Hosted a Holiday party at the Charlesmark last year, and we had a good time. The food was great, we were offered a combination of catering and Thai food so went with cheese and veggie spreads along with spring rolls and Chicken Satay.  The Chicken Satay was so good.  I must admit I initially turned down meat on a stick but was glad we listed to their suggestions and changed our mind.

    Great location, pretty central and close to the T. Loved the white banquettes and red accent pillows.  Really great venue for a small cocktail party, but the one downside was that we couldn't control the music.  We love a good dance party, and so that would have made the night even better.

    13/12/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    64. Mary C.
    I've had the experience of lounge/bar and dinner there once.

    The dinner menu is mostly asian specifically thai food. And it seems like it comes from the restaurant next door. Nothing special.

    The bar area is small but does it's job. Please get their dancing bears martini. :) You won't be disappointed.

    16/05/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    65. Lily F.
    For the drinks only...

    Only a particularly hot, humid day I stopped into the Charlesmark to quench my thirst. To be fair I had in my possesion a perfectly good bottle of water but that wasn't the type of beverage I was jonesin' for, ya dig? I ordered up a martini, very dirty, extra olives, despite the fact that I've heard ahmazing things about 'The Dancing Bear' 'tini because I'm boring.

    The drink was perfect, I chatted it up with the lady next to me at the bar (as you do) and enjoyed some stellar Boylston street people watching.

    If only the T stop construction across the street would finally finish...then it would be  a perfect watering hole.

    23/07/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    66. Kendall H.
    stayed here for a 4 days during the brutal boston summer.  Very rare to find a clean place, new place on boylston at the price i got.  Neat set up, small space, great service with a very friendly concierge who didnt mind holding my bags even after i checked out.

    People say the drinks are expensive, but honestly come on... It's in the higher end portion of boylston street, half of what people pay for is the location and atmosphere...

    01/07/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    67. Kate A.
    This place gets a top rating for their (the bar that is):

    1. Outstanding staff.
    2. Dancing Bear Martini
    3. All other drinks.

    The only thing I didn't like was the sketchy chex mix...but I got over it! Go here if you're having a shitty week and need a pick me up

    26/11/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    68. Janet G.
    I went this past Wednesday for the Monthly Wine Tasting and was quite impressed. For $20, you can taste 5 different wines and there's a sheet explaining each one. At the end you can sample 3 different specialty cocktails. I tried the Coco-tini, a Swedish Fish Martini, and a Pumpkin Marintini. The set up is very comfortable if you get there early and snag a lounge table. Each table has its own plate of fruit and cheeses. Also, there is an assortment of snacks for you on the side wall, wraps, crackers and hummus, vegetables, etc. If you aren't able to grab a table, you can also get your wines at the bar rather than the table at the back of the lounge.

    I also really like the red and black decor

    I will definitely check this out again!

    24/09/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    69. Mashka I.
    Space: Bar seating, tall tables indoors, large patio with seating. Spacious, usually not packed.

    Coffee: Espresso served until close.

    Wine: Decent selection.

    Food: Good options for small bites or full meals.

    Excellent place to work/study for a few hours. Very pleasant atmosphere and people watching!

    22/07/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    70. Alexandra C.
    I enjoyed a very comfortable, pleasant, and quiet stay here when I was in Boston for a conference recently.  The girl who checked me in was friendly and efficient, and got me into a room right away, even though I was checking in a couple hours before check-in time.

    The room itself was on the small side (cozy) but clean and comfortable, with a loveseat next to the bed and a writing surface under the TV (not a stand-alone desk). There wasn't an office chair, but there was a fold-out chair stashed in the closet if you needed it. The closet was small, but I was able to hang all my pants and things in there. The rest I placed on the shelves on the wall of the room.  I wasn't sure if they were meant to be decorative or practical, but since I needed somewhere to put my sweaters, I used them as shelves. The room was decorated and designed with a modern Asian-esque theme. I liked that the room had character - it wasn't your typical bland, boring hotel-chain room.  

    The bed was very comfy, with plenty of pillows, and the bathroom was, well, a bathroom!  It had a nice stone tile floor, which was a nice touch, I thought. It went with the contemporary design of the room and the hotel overall.

    My only complaint is that the lighting wasn't great. There was no overhead light - there was a switch that turned on a dim light near the TV and one near the door, and there were two bedside lights that you could adjust using a futuristic slide panel. Even with both of them on to full intensity, the room seemed poorly lit and if you were standing near the door, it was difficult to see. There was a window, but I kept the blinds closed for privacy.

    The free continental breakfast downstairs was simple but filling. Tea, coffee, bagels and cream cheese, and fresh fruit were provided. No toaster for the bagels, though. The lounge area was comfortable, clean, and quiet, and newspapers (NY Times and Boston Globe) were available for guests. There were also two computers with free internet available for guests to use. Speaking of internet - one of the main draws of the Charlesmark for me was the free Wi-Fi, and they were true to their word!

    Overall, I was very happy at the Charlesmark. If you are looking for a quiet, sophisticated hotel with character, I recommend this one!

    Pros - excellent location near Copley and shopping, steps from the T, free Wi-Fi, continental breakfast, quiet and relaxing

    Cons - poor lighting system in my room

    11/11/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    71. Stefanie L.
    I didn't stay here but had a couple drinks and snacks.  It's a cute little gem snuggled into Back Bay.  I wish I was an out of towner so I could stay here.

    Spring rolls were decent (not as bad as review below fo sure) and chicken satay- also decent. Nothing overly phenomenal but goes down good with your booze.  

    They make a good Greyhound.  Yes a drink with 2 ingredients can be bad.  

    Good people watching.  Would return.

    29/07/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    72. Mac M.
    Like a lot of city center hotels the rooms are quite small but they are modern and of high quality.  Our room faced the street but it wasn't as noisy as I expected.  Staff were helpful although one evening a bar maid was too busy talking to worry herself about refreshing our drinks.  Close to the underground train stations and lots of restaurants.  Don't forget to check back streets for great but less busy restaurants and bars.

    08/08/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    73. Rashi V.
    I stayed in the hotel for one night and took a room with a pull out couch as we were 3 people sharing a room and was told that was the only option. Upon arrival, everything seemed great except for the fact that the air conditioning of our room was not very effective. The front desk staff told us they would do something about it, but the attitude was so rude and non helpful that it just ruined the experience. They showed us another room as an option and as we were still thinking whether to move or not, the hotel guy said well that's your only option. It was the attitude of that person that just ruined the whole experience. He was totally non-helpful and not once were we offered the option of an upgrade or taking another room at maybe a discounted price. The pull out couch in the other room was broken, had a dirty old sheet on it, and my husband who slept on it got an insect bite, so that pretty much explains the hygiene levels. I am surprised that this hotel has a good rating on trip advisor, which was our main reason for booking the hotel. I shall never return to this hotel. And may I add, these guys at the front desk can surely do well with an etiquette class in hospitality. The hotel is nice but the attitude of the front desk left much to be desired.

    07/07/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    74. Vicky L.
    Love the bar area. Very intimate and modern.  It's very red and white and black colored here.

    But the rooms, the rooms unfortunately are way to small and uncomfortable for my taste.

    Expect a full sized bed, about 1 and a half feet on each side for walking and a huge mirror about 2 feet from the bed that basically serves the purpose of making the room feel bigger than what it actually is.

    The pros:
    Nice tv, you can rent VHS tapes from the hotel for free, there is a great radio that plays music in the room as well as the bathroom.  

    I think it's a fine place if you are just coming by yourself, but with 2 people, the bedrooms are a bit too small for comfort.

    Free continental breakfast and a nice lounge area with free wi-fi which is what I'm using right now to write this review.

    Good location.  Within walking distance to Prudential, Copley Square, Boston Commons, Beacon Hill, etc..

    Also, keep in mind this a boutique hotel, so I really shouldn't be comparing it to a Westin.  

    So for a hotel I give it a 3, but for a boutique hotel I give it a 4.  It's very convenient and cute, just way too small for my taste.

    17/11/08 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    75. Anne C.
    The Lounge at the Charlesmark is such a cool little spot.  Great outdoor patio right on Boylston and nice intimate group seating in the back of the bar.  Really delicious and creative cocktails and martinis and friendly staff.  Perfect for grabbing a drink with your date or for a girls' night.

    12/07/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    76. Katie M.
    Okay I feel really bad writing this review because the staff here was very nice and the location is great and they surprised us with a complementary bottle of champagne since we were celebrating our honeymoon but that being said our room had a terrible smell.  Bad. Like urine and mold. We told the staff and they gave us some air fresher and offered to switch our room the next day but we decided to just deal with it since we like the room otherwise.

    10/10/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    77. Tiffany M.
    I'm really only reviewing the hotel bar.

    The decor is really gross, and unappealing. I don't care for red paper napkins, and felt like I was at a cheesy party. The red, black, and white motif really isn't working.

    They have a thai menu, but no thai iced tea. That was a bummer for me. I noticed that the menu has several items with "a brown sauce." I felt that this wasnt very descriptive, and gives me no clue to the ingredients. That's a real problem for anyone with food allergies or sensitivities. For me, it's a problem of a culinary nature. I don't know if this sauce is sweet, spicy, etc. There's nothing really appealing about that description either.

    Anyhow, I got the drunken noodles (in a brown sauce) with beef. It was mediocre, thai-takeout quality. At least it was only $13, so not too much to complain about. I felt that the sauce was a bit sweet for my liking, and my food was barely warm. I learned that they don't have a kitchen, and order their items from Bangkok Blue next door.

    As for the service: my bartender was polite and friendly. I was eating alone at the bar, waiting for an 8pm meeting nearby. It had been a long, shitty day, and I really wanted an engaging barstaff. Unfortunately, they spent more time talking amongst themselves about parties and the perks of being in the industry (free cases of wine, etc). I was provided with the amount of attention that was absolutely necessary, and nothing more.

    Oh well, no big deal...but it could have been a better experience.

    28/06/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    78. Diana B.
    This review is for the lounge only...Come here only if you want to pay $13 for 3 ounces of juice in a martini glass!!

    The decor, people and environment were nice but it was Friday night and I went out to DRINK- and was not pleased.

    09/08/11 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    79. Bryan R.
    I like this place but don't love it

    3 stars = A-ok with is fine with me

    Nice layout, looks cool from the street. Nothing that stands out inside.  Drinks are standard fare.  Upwards lounge is comfortable kind of cool with flat screen tvs but not inviting and feels like a diva LA seatspace

    Close to a 4 star bar

    Just missing something

    25/06/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    80. Leighann F.
    What is it about hotel bars that attracts not only those who stay in the rooms above, but the locals who live in and around the town where they are built? Is it their often-sleek design? Possibly the appeal that most fellow patrons will be strangers? Perhaps it is the obvious pick-up aspect of the singles scene? Whatever the case, which I've yet to identify, it seems these little dens deem a following, however transient they may be.

    The particular hotel bar has a few notable qualities, including a location right on Boylston Street just steps from the T and quite a bit of parking.  The interior is modern and sexy, monochromatic grays punctuated with bursts of matte red. Plenty of seating along the bar and adjacent high top tables allows for small groups and duos to comfortably intermingle, and low music and good acoustics facilitate easy conversation. Add to this with swift service and The Charlesmark is almost perfect. Almost.

    To be perfectly fair, their making their best effort to appeal to their average customer, but it has to be mentioned that the cocktail list is a pedestrian effort of one flavored vodka concoction after another, the next more sweet than the last. After first glance, it was clear that I wouldn't be ordering from their list and opted for a Hendricks Martini, up, with a twist. Personally, I'd love to see just a cocktail or two of the classic variety, aside from the requisite Manhattan.

    25/07/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    81. Stephanie L.
    3rd Wednesday wine tasting review:

    $20 = 6 wine pourings + a huge spread of food (everything from wraps to cupcakes) + martini shots brought around on trays + a voucher for a free cocktail when you come back on another night = a ridiculously good deal

    This is held in the lobby of the Charlesmark Hotel, which has a posh, modern feel to it. Wine is served both at the bar and at a table set up in the back. Reservations are a must, as this event has evidently become quite popular. Showing up right at 6 could help you snag primo seating, but coming a bit later is no problem either. It was a bit crowded, but still offered plenty of room to mingle an circulate.

    The crowd seemed more about drinking the alcohol than learning about different wines in a tasting setting, so make sure your expectations entering this event are not the latter. Overall, a fun crowd, a solid event, and a phenomenal value.

    I feel like there should be separate Yelp listings for the hotel and lounge portions of the Charlesmark. I did not visit the hotel portion, so this revue does not reflect the rooms/ hotel service.

    22/05/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    82. Hilary D.
    This review is only for the bar/lounge - I went there a few weeks back for an after-dinner cocktail with my friend, and we both enjoyed the drinks and the atmosphere.  

    The decor is modern/trendy - I was underdressed, but I knew that going in, and sometimes I judge a place by how well they treat an underdressed customer.  Service was excellent - the bartender was quick to take our orders, quick to deliver our drinks, and helpful with describing the drinks and the specials.  

    The cocktail menu had a lot of sweet-sounding, girly drinks, but they do make a great Negroni.  I had two.  Music isn't too loud or too distracting, and the lighting is perfect date lighting - bright enough that you can decipher expressions, but low enough that you won't have to worry about your date noticing that you've used about a gallon of undereye concealer.

    Can't comment on the hotel or the food, but it's a nice place to stop in for a cocktail.

    17/10/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    83. Taylor P.
    This review is only for the bar/lounge and their wine tasting night.

    I came here with a group of girls for Wine Tasting last week and we had a blast. It was my first time going but apparently they do this once a month so I hope to go next month as well.

    We arrived a bit early to snag some seats which was good because the room filled up fast and it was pretty tight in there. You pay $20 and get to enjoy the snacks/appetizers, 6 generous testing glasses of wine, a few featured shots/shooters, ANNND (I know, as if that wasn't enough for your 20 bucks) a voucher for a free drink at the bar to use at a later time. The atmosphere in the room was fun and lively. Everyone was super nice and just there to have a good time and break up the week.

    The hotel and bar staff was very friendly and courteous. I look forward to going back to redeem my free drink voucher and the $25 gift certificate we won while there!

    23/03/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    84. A M.
    Review is for the bar lounge and staff. I felt welcomed as soon as I came in. Friendly bartenders and good drinks. I will come back again.

    04/04/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    85. Dave Y.
    Everyone seems to like the bar, but the rooms are a rip off. Not suitable for two people staying 4 nights (@ $200 a night). Basically no closet, no place to unpack, and not even room to put 2 suitcases on the floor. Plastic glasses. They could save a ton of money by turning down the water temperature and putting a flow regulator on the shower

    Will not return.

    21/05/09 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    86. Mike O.
    The Charlesmark Hotel Bar and Lounge has long been a staple of mine that fits a variety of needs and functions. Whether you're meeting up with friends after work to hang out on the patio or just having a low key, chill night in the lounge, the objective is clear: you come her to relax and unwind from the hustle and bustle that are just steps from the hotel's front door. There are also various nights when things become more upbeat as they've hosted parties and fashion events, and that's equally as enjoyable. The drinks are always very creative and usually delicious, and made with an attention to sophistication. The decor serves as a catalyst to your tranquility with very earthy tones and sleek, modern textures.

    The one notable down side that is a major issue for me is the food. If you do want to sit on the patio, it is required that you order Bangkok Blue. I have never thought very highly of their quality standards prior to their brief, but forced, hiatus and I'm sad to report that they're still not earning points with me. Dishes are seemingly slapped together with very little regard for presentation let alone flavor. The CH used to have their own, independent menu but sadly they have abandoned the small apps and cheese plate for cheap Thai.  But I digress; this is about CH as a whole.

    If you're looking for a classy, not too expensive, and not crowded (don't read: spacious) spot to hangout for drinks with a small (or large) number of friends, co-workers, family, etc CH will not disappoint. If I were visiting from out of town I could definitely see myself wanting to stay the night in one of their rooms.

    08/05/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    87. Sara M.
    I came here to meet a friend for drinks one weekend night.  The bar was tinier than I expected and full of a collection of random people.  

    As I waited, it was obvious that some skeevy guys were checking me out (poor girl, by herself - she must need saving).  Finally, my friend came and she knew the bartender lady so we got some drinks and scored two seats at the bar.  Where we were immediately hit on by two older, married men who tried to impress us with their knowledge of champagne but obviously knew nothing.  However, we were also bought two shots by several guys closer to our age but when we showed we weren't interested in anything further, moved on to some other girls who were definitely looking for some attention.  The whole feel was strange and my friend even commented on how it normally is not like that.  

    However, the drinks were good if a bit pricey and the bar itself looked pretty cool.  I'd like to go back and see how it can be minus all those crazy people.

    23/10/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    88. Miss J.
    During my college years I would search books, magazines, and even websites for "mood" images for my school projects. When I found Charlesmark's wide angle photos online I was amazed.

    During my Boston trip, we parked along Boylston street and walked up and down the street where locals played. I read each sign of every restaurant, bar, and shop. When my eyes read Charlesmark hotel, I screamed!! I couldn't believe I was standing in front of one of my "mood" inspirations!!! I had forgotten to look up the address before my trip. It was meant to happen =)

    Charlesmark is a small boutique hotel. Once inside you can see all of the restaurant, bar, and lounge area from the entry. I looked around and saw a desk with Internet access for guests. I peeked inside the lobby restroom. A design isn't complete if the restrooms do not match the decor! Sure enough, shiny red tiles, metal finishes, and bright lights. My favorite elements of the hotel were the leather zig zag wall pattern above the lounge area. Ekk still can't believe it!!

    09/09/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    89. Catie C.
    Quite swanky. I enjoyed my summer evening at their patio.

    I never imagined their would be a hotel right smack in the middle of the block. Reminds me a bit of Manhattan. Or is it that I never notice petite hotels in Boston since I actually grew u here and not a tourist?

    I fulfilled my Thai craving there by having an order of chicken spring rolls. The presentation is... what presentation?? Throw food on the plate and get it out of the kitchen. No garnish, no nothing for my spring rolls nor my friend's pad thai. The food was not outstanding. Nothing to rave about.

    Enjoy the patio scene with a glass of wine!

    22/08/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    90. richard K.
    My review is for the bar - I've never stayed over night ----I go to this bar a few times a week...friendly staff and amazing drinks. Go for the crantini!!

    08/12/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    91. Stacy H.
    this review is only for the lounge.

    i went with a pretty big group last friday for a friend's birthday, and they still had seats even though it was 10pm. the waitress was really attentive and patient even though we were loud and obnoxious and drunk. she also let us split our tab 10 different ways, which i really appreciated.

    drinks are pretty expensive -- $12 or $13 for one -- but they were pretty delicious. i got the drunken pear, and would definitely have it again for a special occasion.

    take note: no food after 10pm. boo. minus one star.

    05/02/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    92. Dorise G.
    The Charlesmark Hotel is a magnificent pick for medium sized groups (50-60 people).

    My friends searched out a venue for our social group's holiday party by using some of the following criteria:
    ~could accommodate a group of our size
    ~centrally located (preferably near the T)
    ~would give us good bang for our buck
    ~would be upscale atmosphere for a cocktail party

    Once we'd narrowed it down to a few choices, after actually checking out the venues, the Charlesmark was the clear favorite.

    ...and they absolutely delivered.  Walking in, it was beautifully decorated for the holidays.  Red and white, plenty of couches and table space, but lots of room to mingle in the middle.  All in all, a smart set-up.  We had to spread out a little to get people away from crowding around the food, but it didn't take too much herding.

    On this horrifyingly frigid cold night, I was thrilled that by the time I got to the Copley T-stop I basically just needed to run across the street, instead of having to do any kind of crazy city traversing.

    Though the atmosphere, size, and location all sold us, it was really how much they were giving us for our money that was most impressive.  In charging our members only $20/person, that included one free drink apiece (wine/beer/champagne/mixed drink), and a couple trays of appetizers - a beautiful veggie tray (really nicely laid out with some not-so-average veggies mmmmm asparagus), a nice cheese tray with wheat thins, some of the best chicken satay I've ever consumed, and some delicious chicken spring rolls as well.  For a 4-hour reserved beautiful space, drinks, and food, this place was a steal.

    Of course, all of these wonderful things are nothing without stellar execution, which I'm pleased to say did not let us down.  Kristen, our server, was quick with our drinks, extremely attentive, cheerful the whole evening, brought us constant trays of water (the throats of chatty kathys run dry easily), and even played photographer when necessary.  I made sure that a couple times during the night I thanked her for what an amazing job she was doing - being the sole waitress for a crowd of 50+ for 4 hours is a difficult thing, but even more impressively she told us it was only her 2nd night on the job!  She ROCKED!

    If you're looking for a location for your mid-size holiday party, go here.  Just don't take it away from us on the dates we want, or we'll get feisty on your ass.

    17/12/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    93. Ellen W.
    Went to the Charlesmark Hotel bar on Saturday night with some family and friends.  We had a great time - between the amazing selection of martinis, the delicious food and the way above average service, I can not wait to go back.  It is a fun place with a fun crowd.  I highly recommend a visit!

    02/07/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    94. Sarah G.
    Wen here with a few people to grab a drink, and you definitely feel like you've walked into a posh place the moment you step in here. There is red velvet covers on the chairs, it looks super trendy and modern, and then this club music starts bumping throughout the bar that makes you want to get your groove on, almost like a club scene on Boylston, but then you realize that you are in a hotel bar and that this really is not a dancing kind of place. There wouldn't even be room for it even if you tried. But that music almost made me and another girl in our group want to leave to find somewhere to dance, if that means anything for your business plan, Charlesmark ha

    Drinks are not cheap here either. Wine is around $9 a glass. The few beers they have on tap are $5.50 which is average, but most cocktails start at $10 it seemed, so not a place to start your night, unless your date is paying ha ha But definitely a semi cool spot to stop at if you are bar hopping in the area. And they have a few pretty good looking bar tenders here too if you are into that ha

    06/03/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    95. Michael N.
    First off - this is only a review of the lounge.

    I enjoyed an awkward first date at the lounge here. It was all that an awkward first (and last) date is supposed to be - awkward moments of silence, stolen glances at clocks, silly excuses to end things early, alcohol to soothe the pain.

    Music was at a low enough volume that we could hear each other talk (maybe volume would have helped the date!). The bar is very modern and chic. Seems like a great first date place, if you and your date have something in common. Bathroom was quite clean and nice and it offered a nice (much needed) reprieve.

    The bartender, Vanessa, was nice and seemed to understand the pain. She even made the comment after wards that she had "seen worse first dates". Dishonesty is not typically a trait I value, but after that date I appreciated it.

    I'm mostly a beer sort of guy and this is mostly a martini sort of bar. I think they had 4 beers on tap or something like that. Made me a little sad. The martinis looked good if you're into that sort of thing (I won't judge).

    Honestly, a really nice bar and I blame zero chemistry, not it, for the awkwardness!

    04/08/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    96. Lynn C.
    Am I allowed to give a five-star review to a hotel whose only section I've visited is the lounge and the only thing I had there was two of the same drinks?

    Yes? No? Well too bad, I'm doing this anyway.

    I had a wonderful time here tonight with a couple of friends at the swanky hotel bar. The lights were dim, but not so dim that you can't see. The music is low, but not so low that you can't hear (in fact it was perfect for conversation). The service was attentive, but not so attentive that you feel like you're overwhelmed. Really, what I mean to say is that the service was great! They were very very friendly and funny. You totally don't feel like you're in some stuck-up expensive hotel bar where everyone is judging you--they make you just feel like you belong there.

    I had the dancing bear martini because i was told by a friend I should try it...it turns out that the recommendation was brilliant. I loved my martini that tasted like a gummy bear! Our bartender/server even made the five gummy bears on a toothpick dance for me!! Had to of them at $12.50 a pop, a fairly average price for a bar in Back Bay.  

    It is a perfect place to hang out with a small group of friends or a date. I can't wait to go back.

    07/10/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    97. victoria c.
    I stayed at the Charlesmark for a whole week on my last trip to Boston, earlier this month.  I really enjoyed the stay, I really did.  The bedclothes were luxurious, there was a great sound system in the room (even speakers in the bathroom!), the shower was simulated slate, giving me the feeling of a tropical paradise right on Boylston Street.   The location can't be beat, especially for our purposes, we were able to easily walk to all of our favorite spots we frequented in college.  Aahhh, memories.

    But I have to say, and I hate to say it, the hotel bar is WHACK.  The bartenders there are rude in the sort of "we're too good for you" kind of way.  The drinks are horrendously overpriced, and to be honest, they do not know how to correctly make a martini.  Every single drink we ordered was shaken to death like an unwanted baby, resulting in shards of ice which significantly watered down the drink.  I'd have to estimate that by the time my dirty martini got to me, it was probably 1/8-1/4 water.  I resent paying $13 for a badly poured drink at a dinky hotel bar where the bartenders think their shit doesn't stink.  

    Also, that dancing bear martini was a joke, it was little more than fruit punch, but at least it came gratis because of the free drink voucher we got with the room.

    5 stars for the room, 0 stars for the bar.

    28/03/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    98. Annette F.
    This review is for the hotel only, not the lounge area.

    My husband and I stayed here for one night this past weekend and were pleasantly surprised at what a great little hotel it was.  We paid $159 total for one night, which included Internet access, continental breakfast buffet (which we did not take advantage of), and complimentary coffee, tea and water.  Based on other reviews, we expected our room to be incredibly small.  However, we found our queen bed room to be quite large.  Nothing fancy, but our room had modern decor and was clean.  We had a large, flat-screen TV with a pretty fancy sound system.  The bathroom was decorated quite nicely, although only had a shower stall, not a tub if that's something you are concerned about.  

    The location of the hotel could not be beat.  It sits right on Boylston St. at the marathon finish line.  Restaurants and shops line the entire street and the surrounding area.  It is within walking distance of the Boston Common, and a long but doable walk from Fenway Park.  Since it is a popular area, I would recommend making dinner reservations in advance if possible.  Several parking garages are located nearby, and the hotel offers validation for a discounted rate of $27 a day at a garage about 3 blocks away.  This rate seemed pretty standard for that location.

    One recommendation I would make is to ask for a room on the second floor or higher.  The "first floor" is actually in the basement.  We would definitely stay at The Charlesmark again.

    04/09/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    99. Steven A.
    Overall a very nice little boutique hotel located on Boylston Street.  I liked the contemporary decor even though the rooms were a bit small.  But in a way that only added to the charm.  Good A/C and the tile bathrooms were fantastic.

    But you do not want to come to your room hammered late at night.  The floors feel a bit uneven as you wind your way through the narrow hallways.

    I knocked them down a few stars because of the lame ass martini bar downstairs.  I looked at the menu and it is just one sweet, gunky attempt after another.  If you have to sweeten up your drinks that much then it must be for a reason.  Not my thing.  If I want a martini I'll stick with the classics.

    04/08/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    100. Paul O.
    I stayed at the hotel here....it's a nice boutique hotel. The rooms are small, but if you're staying by yourself or with one other person, it works great regardless of the size. The  bathroom was nice and the room was clean. The internet works ok, good enough to check your email, facebook, twitter, etc. but not very fast that you can expect to watch Netflix or stream movies with. Good customer service, and the bar downstairs is also a plus. There's also a lounge downstairs that works well too if you just want to chill and hang out with friends at the hotel.
    The location is also great, as it is within very good proximity of the Boston T (Trolley and Subway), so you can get around town very easily.
    It was overall a nice place and I would definitely come back.

    14/01/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    101. Kate B.
    I really enjoyed my stay at the Charlesmark. I was in Boston for just one night while I was in town for a blogger meetup taking place in the hotel's lounge, so I decided to make an evening of it & stay. I got a cheaper rate on Hotels.com than I could through the hotel itself, $169 for one night, booked the day before - not terrible. The hotel is very easy to get to & is directly across from a T stop, right near the library. The hotel is small & posh; the front desk employee was incredibly friendly & helpful, & I like that the door to the hotel is locked & can only be opened with an actual key, not a keycard. My room was cute & surprisingly spacious, with a GIANT mirror & mood lighting. The bed was crazycomfy, & overall, I was very happy with the whole experience.

    One-star deduction for the lack of room service. I ordering Maggiano's through Dining In, but it took forever. Wish I could've just gotten someplace from someplace nearby, but I had no idea what was around!

    13/09/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    102. Lisa H.
    Great hotel, awesome staff , best location .  Rooms were great all the amenities of a big chain without the hassle .

    13/04/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    103. Greg S.
    The Charlesmark martini bar is awesome. The Espresso Martini and seasonal Pumpkin Martini were our favorites. We also tried the Hot Toddies, a Manhattan, a Harbor Island Tea, and an Old Fashioned. All drinks were very well prepared by the friendly and knowledgable bar tending staff.

    We stayed 3 nights at the Charlesmark Hotel. The downtown location cannot be beat, the building is very clean and modern, and the staff members are friendly.

    25/10/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    104. Lorry Y.
    TOO BAD I HAVE TO GIVE THEM ANY STARS...If this were a scratch and sniff post, you'd smell a rat!

    I checked $$$$ because the CMH is not worth the money. There are NO amenities, NO service, malfunctioning bathrooms, NO internet accessibility, and NO CONCERN FOR THEIR GUESTS!

    My husband reserved a sub-"standard" room for 2 nights at the "discount" rate given to the New England Historical and Genealogical Society members. The rate was $159 for 8' x 14' room with a double bed and a closet the size of a bathroom cabinet and no horizontal spaces other than the remaining 6' our 6 pieces of luggage. That's of course, you can get your luggage down the narrow 30" wide corridors that have turns every 15' or so.

    Trying to sleep in such a double bed with only a 16" of clearance to get in and out of bed was just the beginning of our nightmare. When my husband got into the shower and turned the water on, the whole shower fixture fell out of the wall. The entire time the water was on, it emitted a loud shrieking sound that measured over 110dB (decibels). Anything over 80 dB for 15 mins or more can cause permanent hearing loss.

    The CMH advertises the internet, but I was unable to access it the entire time I was there. My husband got it one night but was never able to access it again.

    When I spoke with the "weekend" manager regarding an adjustment to our rates, she said she would look at the shower, but there was nothing she could do about the rates. When I spoke to the hotel manager today, he gave me the same story.

    The room that we paid for was NOT functional and still they were NOT willing to make any accommodations at all. I've never been to a hotel that has NO concern over whether they're actually providing their clientele what they paid for.

    It's BAD BUSINESS! If you want to stay in Boston, I encourage you to look elsewhere. Once this hotel has your money, you have no recourse. Oh, and if you get to your room and find it's not acceptable, too bad, they have a 48 hour cancellation policy so they get you coming and going.

    29/07/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    105. Angeline K.
    I was pleasantly surprised by this boutique hotel. The rooms are on the small side, but they have been remodeled so the everything is nicely appointed. You can hear the street noise outside even with the window closed but I didn't find it to be bothersome. The hotel is in a great location, just a short walk away from some of the sights tourists want to see (Public Garden, Public Library, Newbury Street) as well as restaurants and bars. We had a room on a higher floor so we didn't hear any noise from the bar downstairs in the wee hours of the morning. If you think this might be a concern for you, make sure to request a room on a higher floor.

    11/12/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    106. Lauren W.
    This review is for the Lounge only:

    These cocktails are awesome. The Dancing Bear Martini is my favorite, but the entire cocktail menu is killer. The bar itself area is fairly small and crowded on a Friday or Saturday night, so I wouldn't recommend bringing a group. That being said, this is a perfect place to sit back and enjoy an excellent martini.

    24/03/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    107. Island Boy B.
    First, this review is for the bar only. As an interloper who has lived in Boston for over 23 years, I've seen plenty of change. The Charlesmark is one of those nice changes that has been part of the boutique bar revival on Boylston Street.

    I like to think of it as my little secret joint where I can engage with the friendly bartenders and rendezvous with friends without having to deal with the pretense of some of the other Back Bay bars.

    Nice atmosphere, great drinks and bartenders are creative.

    02/01/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    108. Michael M.
    In the past 18 months, I have stayed here three different times and I'm already looking forward to making plans for my fourth visit in December.

    Being located on the finish line of the Boston Marathon, I had more than a little casual interest watching the news about the bombings earlier this year.  The staff has rebounded from this atrocity and the hotel is as wonderful as ever.

    07/07/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    109. Michelle A.
    Went to the Charlesmark Bar and Lounge. They were having a martini tasting party. Not a bad idea. $20 gets you 3 signature martinis, small fare of food and a free drink ticket for a later date. Sounds good right? Well the martinis were all pre mixed with less alcohol than what I spill when I pretend to be a mixologist. I planned on not even drinking all 3 martinis because I am not a heavy mixed drink drinker. Well I had all 3 and even ordered a dirty martini to boot that cost me over $13. The bartender was really nice but when I asked for a dirty dirty Somerville dirty martini I expect a swampy dirty drink. This was just your standard dirty martini. Still imbibeable but not what I ordered.

    Will I go back again? Sure. It's a great looking bar in a great location but I will make sure I pay all my bills for the month first so I know how much money I have left to spend here.

    Totally forgot to say that there was a hair in my $13 martini. UGH!

    02/03/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    110. Chris W.
    Spent two days-clean modern rooms (smallish but I didn't care a bit), surround sound, fridge-just very cool looking. Staff was very nice,completely helpful. Really liked everyone. Bar is awesome, no complaints. Was booked at a bigger place and so happy I switched to this one, considering the other had bed bug complaints. No chance of that here. Best part besides all if that is the location and the price. Unbeatable. Will stay again.

    09/02/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    111. GG C.
    Small, delightful European style hotel. We live in NH. Last minute decided to stay over in Boston as we often just come down for the day. Since it was our anniversary, we decided to stay over. They wanted to upgrade us as we checked in because the reservationist actually asked if there was special occasion involved. Nice touch. Always admired this cute place when we walked past it and there were no disappointments! Totally small, but adorable. A candle in the room, lollipops, refrigerator. Every space in room was efficiently used. If you're looking for a big box hotel, this is not your place.  Location can't be beat. Lovely!

    16/02/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    112. Haley V.
    For Lounge: Great little bar although its very hidden in Back Bay! Its right by Copley and right downstairs at the hotel itself. To be honest I can actually say the drinks here are the best I've had in Boston, plus the fact the bartenders are willing to try and make anything your heart desires! The staff in general is incredibly friendly and sometimes the owner of the joint will be socializing with the guests, and he's also incredibly friendly and kind! Its a must try if you are around Prudential and Back Bay in general!

    15/03/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    113. Doug J.
    (score 1-100) - 75.  This review is for just the BAR/LOUNGE.  This is a hip upscale classy bar that has an additional lounge in the back.  Most days you can step into the back lounge and have plenty of space for your friends or group to hang out and have cocktails.  The best time to go is the monthly martini party they have on Thursdays from 6 to 8 pm.  It is 20 bucks and you get 3 (premixed, slightly watered down) drinks and a coupon for a future cocktail..wow!  They will have a few finger foods as well, like mini cupcakes and a salad platter, etc.....  It draws well and tends to be crowded.  

    Note the drinks off the menu are in the 12 dollars and up range so be prepared to pay!!!

    02/04/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    114. Michaels M.
    I'd stay here again. On a business trip I stayed here for a week, room was nice and also the amenities. I did have a co-worker stay here as well and her room was much smaller than mine. She would have to walk around her bed to get to the other side, but you get what you pay for.

    Hotel was in walking distance to everything! I loved that and the lounge wasn't bad either. Caught a few drinks there at the end of the day and met some cool people from other states. It's an older building that's been renovated at one time and you have to expect it's not going to be a Four Seasons. Front desk was very helpful and courteous to me at all times.

    16/09/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    115. Anne T.
    Two nights in a row when the server/bartender made racist comments. We didn't make it to the meal or drinks. There was no point. We walked out. Funny thing is they whispered it and didn't expect any of us to hear it. But they owned up to it when we called them out on their comment. "I meant no disrespect." Sorry sir, that is all disrespect.

    12/07/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    116. Antoinette P.
    Modern, clean, compact, well-designed, within 3 blocks of everything I could need or want on a recent business trip, AND $139 a night.  I've paid more for dumps.  The Charlesmark is tremendous in nearly every way.  I'm so happy with my experience there and will totally stay there again.

    I got the middle-sized single room, and if you prefer a roomy room, you ought to go for a larger room.  Although there was no view out of my small window, I was really only there at night, and there was no noise from the street because I was facing the back.

    Three things I would love to see improved, but wouldn't keep me from staying there again, are:

    1. The lighting (with just the tiny window, more flexible lighting options are appreciated),
    2. The TV / stereo thing (a complicated setup and no written instructions for existing features, like the DVD player -- so it takes some experimentation to figure out), and
    3. The temperature controls (would prefer a thermostat where you enter the temp you want, and the system adjusts for you, instead of a knob to make it colder or hotter)

    Also, there was some hopping event going on in the bar on the second night I stayed there.  I had other plans and didn't participate, but I bet that was a lot of fun.

    22/11/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    117. Andrew S.
    The Charlesmark was conveniently priced and located for one night in Boston with walking access to shopping on Newbury St. and public transportation via green line at Copley station.

    The bedroom and bathroom are both small (feels like a college dorm) but they've done a nice job with optimizing the living space. The room was clean and ready earlier than expected.

    The internet isn't great but it's free. The hotel has a small public cocktail bar in the lobby with decent drinks. Overall, the quality  slightly surpassed the inexpensive price of the room.

    13/03/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    118. Elizabeth S.
    Lounge only:

    This bar is amazing for a date, night out, drinking alone, anything. Very trendy-casual. An excellent place for a first date, because even if the conversation is lacking, the drinks more than make the bar tab worth it.

    Ahem. The Dancing Bear martini. Tastes like a gummi bear. Has a gummi bear on a cocktail toothpick laid on top. Yes, please. More, please. I'm drunk, thanks.

    Seriously though, really really amazing drinks.

    03/05/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    119. Lynn J.
    NOTE: This review is for the LOUNGE ONLY.
    The Charlesmark Hotel Lounge is a
    classy and cool hidden gem in Back Bay Boston!

    STAFF:  Friendly and inviting with no snobby air at all.
    ATMOSPHERE: Dim lighting, open center isle,
    and long couches line the walls inviting mingling.

    THE DEAL:  For only $20, they offer a monthly
    Martini Party, a Wine Tasting and other events.
    These are, hands down, THE BEST BOSTON DEAL!
    You get 3 drinks, free appetizers and a free drink card.

    15/03/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    120. Caitlin M.
    I love this place! The bartenders are awesome! It is always a good time! And the "dancing bear martini" is the best!!

    19/07/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    121. Chappy B.
    I have been a regular at Charlesmark for about a year now. Wonderful, intimate environment. Lounge is very modern. I am not a mixed drink person but I will admit they have a great martini list. Staff is always willing to make up something special upon request.

    I personally know the bartenders and I am kind of shocked to read the recent reviews on here. Unfortunate a comment or misunderstanding took place but it sounds like they all combined into a great party army on Yelp to generalize the entire establishment. The customers are always a mixed bag of nuts, people coming from out of town to check out the marathon memorial site, lots of international tourists staying at the hotel.

    Boston is considered one of the most racist cities? Really? You must travel a ton.. try crossing the Mason Dixon.

    They partner with Bankok Blue (a Thai restaurant) next door for all food orders.

    Great spot- check it out.

    16/07/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    122. Chelsey A.
    The Bar:

    I don't frequent many bars in Boston, but of all of the bars I've been to, this one is my absolute favorite.

    As mentioned by other reviewers, the Dancing Bear martini is amazing - I can't drink alcohol unless the drink is sweet and the dancing bear is perfection.

    Compared to other bars in the area, it's honestly never too crowded or anything so my friends and I are always able to grab a seat. The bartenders are nice, the owner is nice, and I suppose I don't really have anything bad to say.

    I don't know why anyone would prefer the Oak Bar over the Charlesmark for drinks ... perhaps you're into geriatrics hitting on you? I'm lost there.

    The Hotel:

    Stayed at the hotel once when my apartment had an issue. The room as small, which was expected, but I found it was very clean and nice. The continental breakfast is nothing too special -- the usual bagels, coffee, juice, and fruit.

    19/10/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    123. gail b.
    This review is for the lounge. Cool ambiance, tastey drinks. Their drink menu on the door is not right so when I asked for a drink on that menu, bartender said it is only being served during winter.... Ok then.. Make sure what you post is current. Bartender was snarky at times. One of the employees said we had to order food if we sat out in the patio but the 2 other tables outside had no food and we didn't order any either so not sure how sound that rule is here.

    22/10/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    124. Elaine K.

    Yep, that's what the bartender said to us when we were there Saturday, 7/12/2014 at around 5:30pm.

    My group of girlfriends and I came here yesterday for a few drinks.  We were trying to figure out what to order when one of the bartenders, older gentleman, said to the younger bartender 'must be Asian night again'.  And yes, if you haven't figured it out the group of us are all Asians.  The bartenders didn't think we heard them because they continued to laugh with each other until one of our friends asked them if there was a problem.  The older bartender, the one who made the racist remark looked at us, kind of in shock.  I asked him why would he make such a comment and when is Asian night.  To my surprise he backed up his comment by saying 'it's Friday night at midnight'.  I don't know if he thought I was going to joke along with him but I sure as hell wasn't amused.  I put him in his place and said there's no reason to make such a racist remark.  He apologized and said he didn't mean any disrespect.  By this time our drinks were being served to us and I couldn't stand being there anymore.  I told them they can keep their drinks because we're leaving.

    Charlesmark Hotel, I don't know what kind of people you are hiring because this is some BS.  And this isn't the first time either.  After this happened I told my other friends and turns out they were at this hotel the night before and dealt with the same racist issue, but this time with one of their servers saying 'UGH A BUNCH OF ASIANS'.  It boggles my mind that this hotel would hire such ignorant people to work for them.  Boston is considered one of the most racist cities and I get that.  But if you're running a business, all that racist BS is out the window and you treat your customers with respect.  

    At this point though, don't ever expect me or anyone else with self respect to come to this place.  

    Oh and best part of this is the bartender offered to give our drinks to us for FREE.  I'm sorry man but my self respect is worth way more than your free gummie bear martinis.

    13/07/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    125. Julia S.
    This review is for the hotel. Small boutique hotel highly recommend by a friend, at Copley Square in the heart of Back Bay, lively neighborhood. Similar to Santana Row in San Jose, CA.

    Conveniently located to shopping malls, restaurants, and the Copley station. Famous Boston Public Garden and Newbury street are within walking distance, also the hop-on, hop off tour  bus stop.  The Boston Public Library is just across the street.

    It offers complimentary internet access,  continental buffet breakfast consist of fruit, and cereal,  guest computer and printer in the lobby.

    Receptionist is friendly, courteous and helpful. Asked her to call taxi to the airport and she promptly got me one, taxi fee is about $20 to the airport.

    My room is irregular shape, quite small with bold color. Nice touch of radio/CD with speaker on the bathroom. The bathroom was unexpected in size, almost as large as the sleeping room.  
    The hotel has a cocktail lounge and outdoor patio.  The concern about  possible noise from visiting patrons on the cocktail lounge could be heard from the room is invalid.

    Enjoyed my stay here :-)

    11/06/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    126. Margarita Y.
    Lounge only!!!

    If your looking for a real lounge, this small nook in back bay is it! It is a hidden gem and I'm so happy to have visited. They have a small first floor and a second floor that could be separated into smaller parties or be rented for a private party. I love that no one knows about this place because I wouldn't want it to be super crowded. The drinks are affordable ( surprisingly due to the area). The atmosphere is super chic and classy.

    27/12/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    127. José C.
    Great hotel and staff. The breakfast in the morning was ok. The rooms were not too small. Plenty of restaurants nearby. Wifi was on the slow side. I was able to get wifi working with my android device the first time,but not after that.

    20/03/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    128. Allie W.
    I have been a regular for over a year and I have come to call the amazing bar and front desk team, family!

    Their Thai menu is always delicious and the bartenders are always accommodating.

    Jefferson, the bar manager takes pride in his mixology and keeping his bar guests happy.

    This bar is always a great place to host parties and gatherings. The staff are always spot on.

    Bangkok Blue serves as their menu and their food is always fresh. The menu is decently prices for the amount you receive.

    As a Korean, I am picky with my asian cuisine and between the cocktails and the food - you can't go wrong!

    17/07/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    129. Meghan M.
    HOTEL review only:

    Ummmmm....no thanks. Charlesmark has a great touristy location going for it, hence the two stars, but that's pretty much it.

    The room:
    We paid extra for a room on an upper floor that was supposed to be larger. The room was larger but had one tiny window overlooking the air conditioning units. No natural light at all. The furnishings seemed outdated, though the hotel only opened in 2005, and the bedding was cheap, though adequate.

    No gym, no restaurant, no room service...not really anything available aside from a free, very limited continental breakfast.

    Really not friendly at all.  On one occasion, our last night there, the key did not work in our lock. We struggled with it for a solid 5 minutes and then decided to get some help from the front desk personnel. It could not have been more of an inconvenience for this guy to help us.

    Cheap. You get what you pay for, I guess, though I've gotten rates only slightly higher at great four star hotels in town on winter weekends.

    General issue:
    When we arrived and got into the elevator, there were piles...PILES...of dirty laundry in there but no one to be found. We rode up to the 5th floor in the stank of that laundry. For the remainder of our stay, there was that same stench in the hallways of the hotel.  As someone who is extra sensitive to smell,  I can tell you this really sucked.  

    I cannot recommend a stay here. Try the Lenox or the Boston Park Plaza, or the Omni...way better service, amenities, rooms, and overall experience. I promise it'll be worth the extra 20 bucks or so a night.

    19/02/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    130. Ellen C.
    I wish Yelp would allow no stars. This place has the most racist waitstaff I've ever encountered. Being born and raised in Boston, I grew up in a diverse city. How is it possible that racism occurs in the heart of this beautiful city?

    7/11 - we came here with ten people and mind you we probably generated a good percentage of their revenue that night. Were we not there, they would have had 6 other people. Later around 1 am, the bartender and waitress commented on a friend's sneakers and said they were squeaking and too loud. Please just sit down. My friend, not wanting to create a difficult situation or a scene, sat down and the waitress who makes barely minimum wage, had the courtesy to say, "ugh a bunch of Asians." Wow. That's crossing the line and more. Maybe Charlesmark is used to hiring uneducated waitstaff who has never seen a non Caucasian. With that said, we left. But it gets better.

    7/12 - before we had time to share this within our Asian community, several other friends went to Charlesmark an hour ago. What do they hear but yet another racist comment - "must be Asian night again"

    I am shocked and will never choose Charlesmark as a place to hang out and drink, not when we are getting judged in 2014 for our color. I've had several events at the Charlesmark and 20+ people show up. As we are not good enough for your waitstaff (you know the people who serve us non white folks) I am not coming to this place again. Ever.

    Thanks for a great weekend Charlesmark!

    12/07/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    131. Owen R.
    Would absolutely stay again.
    Primo location.
    Rooms are small, quaint!
    Staff friendly, no parking (few blocks away), about $28 per day.
    Room is small, but it's Boston, lots to do, no need for excessive time in the room.

    25/11/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    132. Adam L.
    Great hotel, great location, great bar. The room was very modern and made good use of its space. The speakers in the bathroom were especially nice. The staff was excellent. You are near a lot of activities and steps from the metro. Overall, this hotel made our stay in Boston very enjoyable.

    22/02/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    133. Theresa M.
    Popped in here one night for a drink. It was classy and nice. The waitress was attentive and the drink was good. I also liked that the staff was quickly taking care of some rowdy patrons who there for a reunion of some sorts. I'd actually like to check out the rest of the hotel given the decor of the bar I bet it's nice. Also great location.

    19/12/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    134. Robyn B.
    I've only been here for the monthly wine tastings... which are great! You get to sample a ton of wine, and they set out nice platters of cheese/veggies/crackers. It's always pretty crowded so you'll probably have to wait in line and have a tough time finding a seat, but I've always enjoyed myself. I did happen to glance at the regular drink menu, which looked pretty good. $$$ though.

    18/03/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    135. Billy S.
    Beautiful rooms and awesome location. Right next to Boston library and a block from copley square, the charlesmark is in the middle of all the action. The rooms are very nice and seem to be recently renovated. Old tv but who cares. Two disadvantages. Parking is far away and the front lobby gets a little loud right around happy hour. Overall pretty sweet.

    09/04/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    136. Stephanie T.
    I'm torn between 3 and 4 stars here, however my love of their martini's with feta cheese stuffed olives pushes me to give them 4 stars. The bar is very small, but well decorated, it can just feel very cramped on a crowded night, though most of the time its not too packed so this place is a great chill drinks night. I've also attended the monthly wine tastings, which I think you get a lot for your $ at, though those are PACKED. Overall I always recommend Charlesmark for a chill night with great cocktails, just be prepared to spend a little more than average on the drinks.

    18/03/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    137. Mel C.
    Kayley F. below is exhibiting what we call "white privilege." Google it. Comparing racism to southern states is no way to defend the bartenders' actions either.

    While the comments made by the Charlesmark hotel bartenders don't sound like they the best, sometimes people are ignorant to these issues. What the manager should have done is apologized for their behavior and offered to comp the drinks.

    I've found my experiences at the Charlesmark in general pretty average, hence the 3 stars. On the bright side it's a nice small space for a group gathering. The white couches in the upper platform are easy to reserve for volunteer group meetings, etc. Drinks are pretty good and all in all a nice spot in a very touristy area! However, you are entering the tourism-zone that is Back Bay/Newbury St/Boylston which means cocktails will cost you $$$$. I've found the environment at The Hawthorne or Oak Bar to be a lot better, and the martinis cost about the same.

    20/08/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    138. Ryan D.
    Biased since we stay here whenever we come to Boston but the rooms are chic and modern, albeit a bit small, but the staff makes the stay great!

    Here for Jeter's last games and got the last room, booked a month ago. Every other hotel in area was $500+, called and got room on a Saturday night for $300.  

    Bar/lounge area anyways busy at night though we have yet to frequent it, so I can neither confirm or deny the bartender's alleges behavior.

    Walking distance to almost everything from Fenway to The Wharf area.

    Love love love this hotel. If you're having trouble finding it, it's across from the library at the Finish Line for the Boston Marathon.

    28/09/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    139. Sara B.
    We stay in dozens of  hotels every year.

    This sweet little place is first class in every way.   The bar is great, it's clean and well stocked.the bartender is wonderful......

    Our room was small but perfectly fine for an overnight.  The staff here are really nice......

    The bed was very comfy......the bathroom was very clean..

    We stay here every year.......it's always nice to see the place so well taken care of.

    The location cannot be beat!

    They do need a toaster for the bagels, tho!

    06/12/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    140. Rebecca C.
    This review is for the bar alone. A coworker and I were passing by and realized we hadn't been here before, so why not stop in and have a drink. We both had been craving sangria. We walked over and asked the bartender if he had sangria which he said yes. We were excited. We sat down and ordered two sangrias. As he was making them he tried one of the ingredients to see if it was still good which since I have bartended before means that this was not checked at the beginning of the shift and is a bad sign when it comes to rotation. The gentleman brings over our sangrias and the politely brings over a little thing of chex mix (forgive my spelling). It was very cute and the presentation of our drinks were on point. He then walked away to go back to playing on his phone at the end of the bar which is fine considering we all secretly do, but usually in the back. We take a sip of our sangria and it was very sour and way to floral. I wanted to ask if this is how it is supposed to taste, but our bartender disappeared. So we sat there not drinking it and then waited.... And waited..... And waited. When he did return he went back to the corner of the bar and hung out with either friends or regulars, not really sure. So now we realize we aren't going to be able to ask and we would never send back a drink because in the industry that's a no no, so we chugged it back and waited again for the check. Once again we were ignored for a bit. Finally he comes over and doesn't even acknowledge our drinks are empty, so I just ask him for the check while he begins to clean a little. He makes a joke and says only one ladies? I grab the check and look at him and say you may want to try your sangria because it's terrible and something's off on it. He gives me a nasty look and doesn't apologize. He goes and makes himself a sample and he also didn't look pleased with it. So then I hand him the book and he now looks mad at me and irritated! Seriously?!?! Is because you think i won't tip you for your bad service or for the terrible drink? Well even despite that lovely exchange I still left a $6 on $16 because I get it, but don't plan on coming back to this place because unless your a regular they won't pay you attention even if it's dead on a Tuesday night.

    As the only positive thing, the decor is delightful.

    21/01/15 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    141. Maggie P.
    We will never stay anywhere else in Boston...no reason to. Rooms are beautiful with large windows on two walls in the corner rooms. Speakers in walls of room and bathroom. Touch dimmer reading lamps. DK guide to Boston on the bedside table.  Staff was fantastic as well. Charlesmark = nuanced perfection.

    All that for an unbelievaby affordable price tag.  Also, they validate parking to bring the cost down to only $28 for 24 hours. Win!

    25/04/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0