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
the queen rooms offer a tad more space at 260-325 square feet. The contemporary-style, mostly custom-made furnishings are designed to maximize space, so it feels a bit like being in a cruising yacht. Free Wi-Fi adds to the value.
The room rate includes a continental breakfast with bagels from nearby Finagle a Bagel and doughnut sticks from Dunkin’, plus coffee and fresh fruit, but there’s no room service — for that, you can order in from 50-plus restaurants, or just head next door to Bangkok Blue for Thai. Fancy an adult beverage? No problem: There’s a martini bar-lounge in the front of the house. If you’re the type who would choose value and location over fancy and frills, the Charlesmark is your place.
655 Boylston St., 617-247-1212, www.charlesmarkhotel.com. Rooms $99-$279.
AND PAMELA WRIGHT