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
- 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
The Marlowe is located in Cambridge, just steps away from the Boston science Museum. We stayed there last Saturday night, and found it a delightful in December as it was when we stayed there last in June. Thus time our reasonable rate included valet parking and a "gift" of a $25 gas card on check out. They charge an additional $22 services fee that provides free Wifi and a $10 dining credit.
The hotel's "grand dame" ambiance was enhanced by tasteful holiday decorations, and free wine service in late afternoon. The rooms are tastefully decorated, very comfortable, and impeccable clean. The staff shows genuine interest in guests with a smile and enthusiasm. It's also a pet friendly hotel that will care for your dog if you need to leave the hotel without your pet.
When we were there in June,I was able to take a great 10 mile bike ride along the Charles River. The hotel provides loaner bikes, as well as other seasonal sporting equipment such as sleds in winter.
The hotel is large enough to provide quality services; and small enough to be personally attentive to guests. It is definitely my "goto" Boston hotel.
We are still raving about our two night stay at the Marlowe! We found this place by looking for a dog friendly hotel and this place was perfect! They put the dog friendly rooms all on the same floor and have a dog bed, bowls, treats & walkers (I think $10 for 15 min). The room was great and overlooking the Charles. We are at the restaurant there for breakfast both mornings and enjoyed the pop up bar one night. Very convenient to all sorts of stuff. I think we got it cheaper than normal because it was Thanksgiving weekend in a college town. We LOVED it.
They are always great and I LOVE the hot chocolate in the afternoon. Very attentive and thoughtful staff. The funky atmosphere is so fun. I wish they had a tad more meeting space, so I could do other programs there, but what they have they use well.
We just had time for a quick get-away to the Boston area, and were very pleased to end up at the Hotel Marlowe. The location was great, our upgraded river-view room was very comfortable, the food in the restaurant was very good, and the staff were all pleasant and knowledgeable. We'll definitely consider the Marlowe for future visits.
I’m a big Kimpton fan, which made this experience all the more surprising and disappointing. It took 4 rooms before I found one that was suitable. I went through hairs all over the tub, floors that clearly hadn’t been vacuumed, and a lumpy mattress. I learned a lot along the way. A view room could mean a quiet courtyard view or a view of the river over a noisy street. None of the refrigerators work properly as they all have a warning about not changing the temperature. I have to refrigerate medicine, and I called the desk to ask if I should have one brought up or if I could use the one in the room which contained items for sake. They said to use the one in the room. I sadly discovered it did not work correctly, as my medicine did not stay cold. The rooms are also very dated. The staff is friendly and tries to remedy any problems, and it is nice that you can walk to the mall (which has a CVS and coffee shop) without walking outside. However, it didn’t make up for the lack of quality house keeping and dated, ill-functioning rooms.