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Charlesmark Hotel, Boston — Back Bay buzz on a budget

The Charlesmark Hotel sits right on the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Boylston Street, but if you’re thinking you’ll book a room and plan a party, you’re too late — rooms fill up a year in advance for Marathon Monday (April 15 this year). Otherwise, this skinny-as-a-supermodel (or elite runner) boutique hotel is a good, budget-friendly choice if you’re planning a weekend escape from the suburbs or setting up out-of-town guests.

You can snag a room here for as little as $99 (typically, $149-$279), not a bad deal considering the fabulous Copley Square location, with all the temptations of Newbury Street just a few steps away. The outdoor patio, facing Boylston Street, offers prime people-watching. Of the hotel’s 40 guest rooms, the standard rooms (with a full-size bed) are a snug 140 to 180 square feet, while

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