Charlesmark Hotel, Boston — Back Bay buzz on a budget

People-watch on the patio or in the lounge and martini bar.
People-watch on the patio or in the lounge and martini bar.

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.

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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.

Charlesmark Hotel
655 Boylston St., 617-247-1212, www.charlesmarkhotel.com. Rooms $99-$279.


DIANE BAIR
AND PAMELA WRIGHT