Kimpton Marlowe Hotel
What We Love
- It’s the perfect place for parents to shack up while their kids spend the night in the dorms at MIT
- Views of the Charles River from floor-to-ceiling windows
- Free bike and kayak rentals, morning coffee and nightly wine happy hours (from 5 - 6 p.m.)
What To Know
- Not in Boston proper; across the Charles River in Cambridge
- East Cambridge location is near MIT but still a trek from Harvard
- Connected to the CambridgeSide Galleria shopping mall
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
The vibe at this Cambridge boutique hotel provides a modern take on affluent, Old World Boston. The decor draws on the city’s maritime and academic heritage, with a whimsical nautical theme accented by Harvard crimson. Decked out in merlot and lemon hues, with leopard and chain-link patterns, the decor feels playful and inviting.
Bed and Bath
The guestrooms are decent size for a city hotel, and should you need to attend to business, the work area is actually comfortable, with soft leather chairs and fast WiFi. Boston skyline views are another asset, thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows. Although the decor is modern, Boston’s early American heritage is not forgotten — just check out the lamps with mini–bust sculptures of Revolutionary War heroes.
The on-site Bambara restaurant is a neighborhood favorite that offers seasonal New American fare such as pan-seared scallops with English pea risotto, housemade pancetta and sherry gastrique, or pot roast with herbed potato dumplings, pearl onions and carrots. Work it off in the 24/7 fitness center, or take advantage of the hotel’s free bikes and kayaks.
In the Area
Located in East Cambridge, right across the Charles River from downtown Boston, this Kimpton property is next door to MIT and a string of tech companies spawned by the school’s wunderkind graduates. Head over to the Museum of Fine Arts to view its encyclopedic collection, then take a stroll along busy and historic Newbury Street, which is lined with boutiques and open-air cafés. Stop for a bite at Savenor’s, a neighborhood gem since 1939 that stocks an excellent selection of produce and meats, or nibble your way through the cobblestone streets of the Italian North End or Chinatown on a delicious market tour with knowledgeable local guides. For eclectic jazz in the city’s coolest venue, hit the Beehive in the South End. The upstairs restaurant shows silent films.
How to Get There
We had a great experience with the Kimpton Marlowe! Room was clean with fun furnishings (red velvet pillows and leopard print bath robes!) Location is also pretty good if you don't mind a little walking- you can get to Beacon Hill in about 15 minutes walking along the river and over the Longfellow bridge.
What we really appreciated was the wonderful staff- everyone seems to go out of their way to be helpful. Shout out to Rubin, who helped get us set up with the hotel's free kayak rental! He personally walked us out to the canal, got us situated, and even ducked back into the hotel to get us some bottled water. We had a great time!
Nice location, adjacent to a shopping center, close to Boston attractions. Service is good, rooms are clean, parking is easy. There is free coffee in the reception. The only issue is the small beds. This hotel has smaller size double beds. If it is a family stay with 2 kids, room with two double beds may disappoint you. How much small? Well, around 10-15 cm narrower from an ordinary queen bed you are used to in any American hotel. Otherwise very good stay. Recommended.
We decided to include our 12 year old Yorkie and 1.5 year young Sheltie on a 3 night trip to Cambridge. We had never stayed with our pets in a hotel prior to this trip! This was truly a positive experience. The hotel is very accommodating to pet owning patrons and I don't mean just dog bowls and pet beds. I might not have been compelled to write a review if it were not for our experience one night when a dog in the room next door was barking INCESSANTLY. It was about 8:30pm when we returned to our room. We noticed a large dog (based on the sound of the bark) was barking as we walked through the hall to our room. The barking continued for over an hour and we surmised the dog was probably alone and crated. I decided to call guest services to request a different room. Frankly, at that time I thought it was a HUGE mistake to take our dogs and stay in a pet friendly hotel! Guest services could not have been more understanding. They said the barking dog would be removed from the room and taken to the front desk until the owners returned. WOW! We were so thrilled and surprised. To top it off... we got a note of apology the next day with a bowl of strawberries and blueberries and bottled waters. Well done Kimpton Marlowe!! Great customer service!! We will definitely return.. with or without our pups. BTW . The rooms are lovely, clean, modern and upscale!