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
Pros: great view, awesome jacuzzi In suite, huge suite, good food, room service was fairly priced
Cons: entire hallway on our floor REAKED of old stale dog urine, AC in room was clogged with immense dust and fur to the point of not working. Bathroom was soap scummy around all fixtures with slight sliminess to shower floor, blow dryer was cracked and had exposed wiring.
On a side note:
I’m all for pet friendly hotels and am in the pet services industry. I understand that pets can be messy and have accidents and shed fur. However , there is no excuse for a hotel to allow for a hallway to be that unclean. The smell was not as though one dog had an accident 10 min ago that they were on their way to clean up: this hallway carpet was clearly repeatedly peed on and never cleaned. That smell is unmistakeable. And an AC air filter should never have that level of fur and filth. These are problems easily solvable with a carpet washer and vacuum.
I didn’t have my dog with me this time but she has joined me on trips to many other pet friendly hotels; none of them smelled or were coated In fur
I stayed here for a business trip and overall everything was fine. Hotel staff were nice and accommodating. The rooms were clean, a nice size but a little dated. Unfortunately you can definitely hear your neighbors through the walls in your room. I agree with another reviewer, the room service dishes sit in the hallway a long time and it starts to smell. The location is nice as it’s attached to the mall so it was very convenient to pick up things I forgot.
The Marlowe is now our Gold Standard for hotel stays.
Exceptional Staff: Front Desk, Room Service and Housekeeping.
Excellent Rooms: Pictured is the presidential suite
Great Location: the mall is next to the hotel, but accessed via the underground garage or by walking around the corner.
Room Service: worth the extra cost.
And I really like the Wiskey Sour sans egg whites.
One stay at the Intercontinental Boston after a stay at the Marlowe and now we have had 4 stays at the Marlowe with no interest in other properties.
We park our car and take taxis 10 minutes into the hub of Boston.
This Hotel and the Staff who make it great are well worth your time. An experience of only positive interactions and happy outcomes.