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America's top college hotels: Charles Hotel

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Charles Hotel, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

A late-20th-century design of schematically stacked boxes means rooms here—many of which overlook the Charles River—are larger than in landlocked B&Bs deeper inside Cambridge. Students, professors, and music aficionados all flock to the hotel’s Regattabar, a casual jazz club with views of Harvard Square. And since The Charles is alongside the JFK School of Government, you never know which ex-president or cabinet member you’ll ride the elevator with. As the hotel diplomatically puts it, expect anyone “from Ben Affleck to even His Holiness the Dalai Lama.”

—Jason Cochran


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