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
I’ve stayed in many Kimpton hotels and they are great. I had a very comfortable stay. The room was large and extremely comfortable. The staff were friendly and helpful. The breakfast was amazing, I loved it. I always love the wine happy hour, thank you for that :)
BUT, the big BUT, the extra fees are scandalous.
There was no mini bar price list in my room and the mini bar fridge wasn’t even switched on. Because the large bottle of water beside my bed was $6 I assumed the tiny 300ml bottle was free or at least less than $6 but no I was charged $7 per bottle. What a joke??
Then charged $20 a day for “amenities” that are standard in any hotel (WiFi etc). Why are these not built into the booking rate? Total scam!!!
For 4 breakfasts and 3 bottles of tiny water my “extra” bill was over $150 - give me a break. I travel frequently and this is a complete scam - not once was any of this mentioned to me, or at least made any way transparent. Kimpton, you can seriously do better than this!!!
We decided to stay here for a romantic weekend getaway. From the moment we checked in with Keith until we checked out everything was superb! To start with this hotel is tucked away so be careful that you don't drive by. We booked into the drive and stay package which included overnight valet parking and we also received a $25 Shell gas card. After staying I felt we paid under what I would have paid for this hotel! The hotel itself is stunning with a luxurious feel to it.The doorman and valet were very friendly. The young gentleman that also handled our bags was efficient and kind. There was lovely cucumber water one day and strawberry water the next in the area where check in is. In the mornings there is coffee and tea. At night there is a cocktail reception although we were not there t enjoy but I imagine based off everything else would be wonderful.Check in was swift and we actually arrived several hours earlier than planned. They gave us the option of checking into a room right then and there or we could check into a room with a very nice view that they had set aside for us but was still in the process of being cleaned...l am so glad we waited,,the view across the Charles River from our room was WOW! So we decided to wait as we had plans within the hour. My husband needed to change clothes and they offered the use of the lobby bathrooms (they are HUGE) or a room we could use..we opted for the bathroom but we pleased that they did offer an alternative if we needed. We came back later in the evening and walked in to our room to discover a bottle of sparkling wine and chocolate covered strawberries (both were delicious) for us to enjoy compliments of Kim and Keith along with a nice card saying they hope we enjoy our romantic weekend. The room itself was very spacious and the decor very nice. Bed was comfortable, linen spotless, room odor free, bathroom clean and I love that they had washclothes!! Checkout was smooth and easy. We travel and fair amount and this hotel is TOPS on our list. This was our first stay at a Kimpton and we are hooked! the thing that sets this hotel brand apart from others in the boutique category is how personal everyone was ..there was not one single person we encountered who worked there who did not greet us or ask us how our stay was or if there is anything they could do for us. The location is awesome right next to the river and the only a $10 Uber ride to the harbor or Back Bay area. You could either use this as a base to a Boston trip or honestly just relax and stay in the hotel the entire time...its that nice and the restaurant there we ate at for breakfast and supper was AMAZING!! THIS HOTEL IS NOT TO BE MISSED!
I booked the Kimpton Marlowe for a weekend trip back home with my boyfriend. I chose the Kimpton because I'm fond of the brand and the location in Cambridge. It's convenient to the airport, the train system, Downtown Boston and Cambridge.
The room on the 3rd floor was big enough. The bed was hard, but it wasn't terrible. We had breakfast at the restaurant in the hotel and it was great. The walls are thin. At 2:30am we were woken up by what sounded like a group of girls chatting. We had to bang on the wall to get them to be quiet. Luckily they took the hint.
We wanted ice to partake in some beverages from the mini bar. The ice buckets don't have plastic lining in them, gross.
They need better signage for the hotel entrance. Two of my ubers drove right past it. Currently there's a sign that reads Kimpton Marlowe parking but it doesnt tell drivers to enter to pick up passengers.
Parking was a nightmare. We opted for overnight valet. They say you should call 15 - 20 min ahead for your car. We called at 11:35am. At first I would put on hold by the front desk. After waiting for 5 minutes while they "helped another guest" I got tired of waiting so I hung up and called right back. When I called back they took my ticket number and indicated we should wait 15 minutes. It was 11:40am. We went downstairs at 12pm to check out. The line was awful. I get check out time is 12pm but they should get with the times and staff up or slip receipts under guests doors to expedite this. We tried the check out feature on the TV and it didn't work. At 12pm our car still wasn't ready. I tried to get in line to check with the front desk but there were 10 people ahead of me waiting to be helped by 2 people behind the desk. We then went to the valet and he told us the front desk FORGOT TO CALL OVER TO REQUEST MY CAR. How absurd after waiting the designated time. They assured us that the car would come up right away. At this point we were getting antsy because we had a 1:30 PM flight to catch. Our car eventually came up at 12:11 pm. Very frustrating.
One night for business with a late arrival (and thankfully) a late checkout w/ wonderful service by all, esp. the front desk team of Keith and Kim. EVERYTHING worked as it should and staff arranged an extra blanket. Free HS Internet for IHG. Room service dinner was fine (I arrived after the eve. happy hour) and downstairs restaurant for a nice breakfast. Will stay again. Thanks to all.
Very good and clean hotel. Great staff and great location. Very pleased with hotel and room.
Word of warning though, beware of the strategically placed unknowingly priced 9 dollar bottle of water next to the bed!!
Other than that couldn't fault the hotel.