Boston >Bars & Clubs > The Charlesmark Lounge
655 Boylston St, Boston, MA | Directions 0211642.349951 -71.078502
Neighborhoods: Back Bay East, Back Bay
Place to avoid – I went there 2 weeks ago with a group of friends. The place and drinks were ok but the waiter was not!! I dont think I saw the waiter more than twice, I never was asked if I needed another drink or even how my food was, which by the way was delivered cold. Even when my order was being taken I felt as though the waiter wasnt even listening and I was right, he had given me the wrong order,and finally my food was delieverd cold . . My friend wanted to go to restroom then followed him into restaurant next door where waiter took the food , she noticed the guy was enjoyed eating the food that supposed to be our orders. We don't mind paying money but we mind sharing our foods to him too . ridiculous! It just wasn't experience I was expecting or looking for. Don't go there the rude waiter really ruined our evening, We will never return for donation !
Charles missed the mark – When I arrived at the hotel I found a small counter with a man sitting watching a computer screen I have never been to any US hotel with such a small reception area I was told to move to the lounge and wait.
Later I was called back to the desk and given my room on the 1st floor /the hotel's codeword for the basement I went to the basement and found my room which was at the end of the hall next to the service alley The closet was one-foot wide and there was no dresser It was obvious that I would have to leave all of my clothes in my luggage I asked to see another room I was shown a room overlooking the street It was small and cramped but the view was better than the basement I was told I would have to wait for them to ready the room I had to wait for 3/4 of an hour before the room was ready The receptionist gave the impression that accommodating guests was a major burden and was keeping him from more important matters The rooms are extremely small-miniscule They claim the rooms are large 18 x 14 but this is misleading due to the incursion of the bathroom the hall and the adjoining rooms In my "upgraded" room the closet (3'H x 1 1/2' W) would hold about four shirts or four folded pants The room was noteworthy for the lack of drawers and storage space The room was so small with the sleeper extended there was less than a foot of space between the end of the sleeper and the wall mirror This made moving across the room almost impossible The biggest problem was the noise The hotel has a patio in the front which is contiguous with the lounge During the evening hours you can hear the blaring music and noise. Every a.m. we were awakened by the cleaning staffers chatting outside our door
The hotel has no luggage storage room. The luggage is stored out in the open in full view of the lounge. A bicycle cable is attached to the luggage, but since a divider separates the reception desk from the lounge, there is no monitoring of the luggage. I would not recommend this hotel.
Unique addition to Boston – I would assume that the person who wrote the above review has not traveled very far out of Boston in his/her lifetime. One thing that Boston is missing is a diverse music scene. The Charlesmark Lounge is one of the few places in Boston that caters to those in tune with the electronic jazz / downbeat scene. The Charlesmark is way ahead many of the other lounge venues in Boston. Visit New York, San Francisco, DC, and you will find plenty of these kinds of places. Bottom line, Boston is in dire need a more diverse music scene. I think the Charlesmark is one of the few places in Boston trying to add a different flavor to the scene.
Back Bay hotel bar provides one of the neighborhood's most inexpensive spots for serious people watching. – In Short
Just like its namesake hotel located upstairs, the Charlesmark Lounge enjoys a primo Back Bay location but doesn't make its patrons pay exorbitant amounts for its Boylston Street address. The well-stocked bar shakes and stirs designer cocktails like tiramisu and key lime martinis. The breezy sidewalk patio is popular with tourists and local workers looking to down a beer while watching the foot traffic go by.
Martini Bar and Lounge with Potential – I was torn between giving this an Average Rating or a Recommended Rating. This place could be great (the next City Bar or Bar 10 if you like those kinda places), but has a few things to work on.
Don't be fooled by the view from the street. The "bar" area is very small, but if you move to the back their is a stylish lounge area. The red, white, and black look could be harsh looking, but with the dim lighting and strategic candle placement it is actually quite comfortable. They have a small beer list and a decent wine list, but the martini like cocktail list is your best bet. The martinis are standard for a Boston area lounge (10-12 bucks).
Unfortunately there were very few people in there on a Friday night at 10. If you want a quite place where you and your date can grab a corner couch alone then it works. If you want to meet other singles then good luck.
This bar could be better and get more customers coming back if they follow this simiple 3 step plan. (They should be paying me for this)
1) Get a New Name - Every cool Hotel Bar/Lounge has a name different from the Hotel (Bar 10, City Bar, the Foundation Lounge, Noir, Ruby Room)
2) Get Better Music - I understand that not everyone likes trippy techno, but the music needs to fit the mood of the place. You went all out with the decor no finish the job and pick music to complete the experience (Diva Lounge, the Foundation Lounge, and Middlesex Lounge even have live DJs on the weekend)
3) Change the names of the Drinks - Another marketing tip. If people are paying 12 dollars for a martini they want a funny name to go with it. I know it is the same drink, but it makes a difference. The Key Lime Pie drink I had was good (even though you forgot the Graham Cracker crust) but give it a new name. Try having the drinks tie in with the new name (see step 1) of the bar (go to Noir in Havard Square for an example) or if you can't get that creative name the drinks after Boston stuff.
Let me know if you agree!
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