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Located just minutes from downtown Boston and a variety of world-class attractions, The Charles is a AAA Four Diamond Hotel and a proud member of Preferred Hotels and Resorts.Reflecting the eclecticism that is Cambridge, The Charles Hotel is a modern interpretation of New England hospitality with a thriving jazz club, the Regattabar, two signature restaurants, ice-skating rink (winter months only), state of the art conference facilities, Corbu Spa & Salon, and a central location in the heart of Harvard Square.The Hotel is home to Henrietta’s Table, featuring “fresh and honest” home cooking, and Rialto, recognized by one of the best restaurants in America by Gourmet, Food & Wine and Esquire. Noir, the hotel’s chic, cozy bar, serves classic cocktails mixed to perfection and sultry signature drinks. Since its opening in 1985, The Regattabar has established itself as the leading jazz and world music club in Boston and the New England area. Corbu Spa & Salon is named after famed architect and designer, Le Corbusier and offers a harmonious escape from the stresses of urban life. A French influenced menu offers seasonal treatments with locally sourced ingredients. Open daily.Catering to internationally renowned business leaders, government officials, entertainment executives and leisure travelers alike, it’s no wonder that the New England Travel Guide has designated The Charles as the best hotel to “stay put in” when visiting Boston.
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Phone: (617) 661-5000

Phone: (617) 864-1200

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The Charles Hotel
Harvard Square

Charles Square

Charles Hotel Harvard Square

Noir Cambridge

The Charles Hotel

Charles Hotel

Bars, Cocktail Lounges, Taverns, Night Clubs, Restaurants
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Parking: Garage, Street

Wi-Fi: Free

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Dressy

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Price Range : Average

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Underrated Bar for Film Noir-types

Even if Noir often ends up being my back-up-plan as opposed to my go-to bar, it still remains one of the best places to meet for a post-work cocktail or a late-night rendezvous. Maybe I’m just a sucker for the film noir theme, but it’s more likely due to the fact that this place is convenient, affordable and has just the right amount swank.

The cocktails are always tops and the bar menu has just the right amount of good eats to make sure those drinks don’t go right to your head. In the dead of Winter, it can be easy to forget it exists, as it’s tucked into a tiny little corner of the Charles Hotel. Come bird-and-bee-time, however, it’s a swell place to sit outside with a martini and a clove cigarette, looking all dark and mysterious.


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Cheap Food, Good Cocktails in a Dark Lounge

Monday through Thursday from 5-7pm, Noir offers their food menu at prices ranging from $0-5. It's amazingly easy to cobble together a meal from all the offerings. Drinks are pricier, mostly running over $10, but are well worth it for the combination of classics and unique seasonal libations. If you price it right, you can get out of Noir with dinner for under $20.

The room itself is not particularly comfortable, but if you're looking for a dark corner to enjoy your drinks in, you've found your place. Of course, if you also want to see what you're drinking, you're out of luck.


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The first time I went there, I had a good experience. Good drinks and a nice atmosphere, but very slow service.

The second time, was not so great. My sister and I got food p0isoning that lasted over a week (throwing up, dlarrhea, & abdominal pains that put me in tears). This is not what I expected from my $100 bill. Definitely stay away from the food (it was only average anyways). We narrowed it down to the lettuce. They probably didn't wash their hands after bathroom use.

The service was again slow and there was only one other table besides us. There are much better hotel bars in Boston. I won't be going back to this one.


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Great place to end the night.

I like Noir primarily as a great bar to end an evening of bar-hopping or after a late dinner. Their drinks are consistently good and the staff has always been courteous if not outright chipper. It's a lot more than I would have ever expected from a place that's sort of a hotel bar.


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Best romantic bar? I don't think so.

I specifically chose this lounge because it was supposedly very romantic. Not so much. We walked in at probably 10:30 on a Saturday night. It was full of college students and the music was blaring. The place was tiny. I don't know. Everyone I was with was in disbelief that Noir was voted best anything. I didn't try their food because we had just eaten but they did have a very original and extensive (and expensive) drink menu. It just wasn't the atmosphere I was expecting or looking for. Don't go there if you're looking for romance.


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serves drinks the latest

This bar is pretty swanky compared to the rest of the square. It's a bit small, but is comfy and chill. Clientelle is a diverse crowd which is pretty cool.


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Agree with prior reviewers about the excellent (but expensive) drinks. The key is to show up between 5 and 7 p.m. on weeknights, when the food is all steeply discounted (everything $5 or less). Definitely worth a trip.


Provided by Citysearch - 
Late night drinks cool ambiance

Friendly service, great patio, and interesting cocktails. This place is a cool spot for a date or a place to start or end your night. Know most of the staff, they are knowledgable and fun. Only place in square open till 2am EVERY night. Not bad. Crowd gets a little rowdy late at night. For most part though, it's clientele comprised of hotel patrons and older people. Good martinis and cocktails. Recommended


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Great Happy Hour menu

I agree with the other reviewer regarding RUDE waitresses, but if you can get past that and I try to, being that the eats are great and reasonably priced at Happy Hour, between 5 and 7 pm, M-F, it's worth trying. Yes the drinks aren't cheap at $10, but everything's expensive these days! Hey if you get tude, give it back and then don't give a tip if you don't get excellent service. See you there!


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Great Place, but Incredibly RUDE Waitresses

Noir is a great neighbor spot I sometimes like to visit after work on my way home, but with such unpleasant attitudes, its very discouraging. Management, please ask your wait staff to lose the foul attitude.

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