you haven't heard of the Charlesmark Hotel, you're probably not alone. The
understated elegance and European flair of this boutique hotel located
across from the Boston Public Library is truly one of the city's hidden
jewels. Opened in 2002, the 33-room hotel offers the most reasonable rates
in town from $129 a night and up, nearly 15-25% less than some of the city's
The five-foot diameter clock located in the main lobby is from the south of
France. Silver and gold comforters priced at $900 each top the beds. Once
a private residence, the six-story contemporary hotel now hosts portraits
from local artists that line the hallways, imported Italian marble and tile
bathrooms, imported Belgium brushed silver sconce flight fixtures, Swedish
bathroom fixtures and custom-made furniture to reflect a modern feeling.
Each room offers earth tones to create a soft look and is equipped with all
the modern conveniences, including cordless phones, data ports and even
surround sound wired bathrooms. Located at the finish line of the Boston
Marathon, this hotel will soon become one of the city's hot spots.
What some of the rooms lack in size, they make up for in expansive city
views. The Charlesmark offers computer high speed Internet access in the
lobby, continental breakfast complete with coffee, tea, muffins, pastries,
bagels and fruit, a CD and VHS library, in-room refrigerator and satellite
television. Because this is a boutique hotel, don't expect room service as
there is no on-site restaurant but some great properties like Abe & Louie's,
Atlantic Fish Company and Pizzeria Uno's are just a few steps down Boylston
The property, which was built in 1886 as a private residence and converted
to offices in 1922, was transformed into the Charlesmark by renowned
designer Dennis Duffy, who worked on one of the Red Sox' main men, Manny
Ramirez' penthouse at the Ritz Carlton. Today, the hotel provides the
luxury, comfort and functionality of a major Boston hotel without the steep
Before opening the Charlesmark, co-owner Mark Hagopian alongside his father,
Nubar, operated the downtown properties Newbury Guest House and Harborside
Inn. Mark later worked as director of development with the owner of the
luxury boutique hotel XV Beacon. Today, Hagopian and Charles Hajjar oversee
guest requests and provides first-rate service at his new property.
This small hotel offers the same amenities as their neighboring competitors
but without the steep price tag. For example, the rooms come fully equipped
with DirecTV satellite receivers with more than 200 channels of movie,
television and music, CDs and VHS players and cordless speaker phones.
Thirteen rooms have a queen size bed with pullout twin sofa and 20 offer a
full-size bed with large leather reading chair.
The stylish shops of Newbury Street, the Prudential Center shopping plaza
and Copley Place surround the Charlesmark. The Freedom Trail in Boston
Common, the Public Garden and Faneuil Hall are just a few minutes away.
The Charlesmark Hotel
655 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116
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Kellie K. Speed is
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