America's Top College Hotels
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America's Top College Hotels

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Courtesy of The Charles Hotel

College towns make great weekend getaways, and these hotels near campus get our top scores.

Charles Hotel, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

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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

America's Top College Hotels

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

Courtesy of The Charles Hotel
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