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“Close to Boston and colleges” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel Marlowe - a Kimpton Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   25 Edwin H. Land Blvd, Cambridge, MA 02141   |  
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Ranked #1 of 18 Hotels in Cambridge
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Bloomfield, New Jersey
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15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
“Close to Boston and colleges”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

Stayed at this hotel when visiting 3 colleges in Boston area the last weekend of September. Family of 3 and could not have been more pleased. Beautiful hotel, connected to a shopping mall and out of the busy city just by a short crossing of a bridge. We were able to self park in under ground deck for 20.00 which is probably half the cost of valet. Room and lobby were charming and enjoyed the wine hour. We ended up shopping in mall before dinner at hotel and really enjoyed ourselves. If you looking fo a convenient hotel to Boston or the colleges in area you should consider this hotel.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kimberly_Zalanskas, Guest Relations Manager at Hotel Marlowe - a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, October 24, 2012
Dear frefutravelor,

Isn't it amazing what crossing one little bridge can do? One minute your in the middle of it all and the next you feel like it's miles away. :)

Good luck to yours on getting into one of the Colleges you visited. Hope to see you again, too!


Best,
Kimberly Zalanskas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2012

Stayed for three nights and found the hotel surprisingly good value for money. The restruant was also very nice with the food, service and attentiveness of staff all scoring points. Located sufficiently close to the centre and benefits from being next door to a mall. Two picky points, being British, I kind of resented the waitress filling in the percentages of tips on my bill! I also found the 10 dollar a day charge for internet access a bit much. You can join and get it for free but its such a faf! Would stay again..and that's my highest recommendation.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kimberly_Zalanskas, Guest Relations Manager at Hotel Marlowe - a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, October 24, 2012
Dear bill d,

Thanks so much for the review! We're so glad to hear that you would stay again, can't wait! :)


Happy Travels,
Kimberly Zalanskas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

My wife and I stayed overnight @ the Hotel Marlowe while while looking at colleges for our youngest daughter in the immediate Boston area. This is a beautiful luxurious hotel from the guest rooms to the lobby, and well-manned with friendly, knowledgeable, and courteous employees. This facility is located a 5 minute walk to the T (subway), which easily took us into the city of Boston in 30 minutes. Parking is available at the adjacent shopping mall. The cost was also a major factor, at least 1/2 the price from what we found in the heart of Boston. I would recommend this hotel for anyone in requiring lodging in the Boston area without needing to splurge on city prices. We plan on staying here again, if and when our daughter is accepted to Northeastern.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kimberly_Zalanskas, Guest Relations Manager at Hotel Marlowe - a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, October 24, 2012
Dear djkginger,

It's so great to hear that you enjoyed your stay so much! Thank you for the wonderful review. We hope that your daughter is accepted to Northeastern too, not just for the fine education she'll receive, but so that you can come and join us while she's here. ;)


Here's to (hopefully) many happy returns,
Kimberly Zalanskas
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Hudson, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

I recently stayed at the Marlowe while in Cambridge for a conference (not held at this hotel). It was one of the nicest hotel stays I've ever had. Here's a list of some of the great attributes of this hotel:
1) I arrived rather late, and they didn't have the room type I'd reserved. So they upgraded to a room with a beautiful view.
2) Young, extremely helpful staff. I felt they were genuinely concerned that my stay be perfect.
3) Room nicely decorated and exceptionally clean.
4) Staff at Bambara, the in-hotel restaurant, were also unusually friendly and helpful. They felt (I didn't) that my food took too long to be served, so they gave me a glass of wine. I didn't think it was necessary--but appreciated it all the same.
5) Bicycles (and helmets) available for loan.
6) The attached Galleria made running a few errands super easy.
7) The bed was terrific: firm, with a featherbed that made it just perfect.

Overall, I can't say enough nice things about the Marlowe and its staff. I travel frequently, but always feel a little edgy when first settling in to a hotel room. Here I felt like a treasured guest who had been situated in a lovely, peaceful room. I'll look for reasons to be in Cambridge, just so I can return here!

Room Tip: The view of the Charles is reallly lovely.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kimberly_Zalanskas, Guest Relations Manager at Hotel Marlowe - a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, October 24, 2012
Dear CarolLB5,

We're so glad we were able to make your stay so memorable. And Thank You for such a wonderfully detailed review. Sometimes we just like to do something special - a complimentary upgrade or drink, use of the bicycles & protective gear - just because we feel it's the right thing to do. :)

We can't wait to see you again!


All the best,
Kimberly Zalanskas
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Duluth, Minnesota
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012 via mobile

Located in the heart of Cambridge, this hotel is pet friendly and offers staff that goes above and beyond. Cab rides to Boston nightlife only runs $10 from this hotel. The free wine reception each night makes meeting new people fairly easy. This hotel is also attached to a mall so if you need any last minute clothing or want to catch some cheap mall food you are in luck.

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kimberly_Zalanskas, Guest Relations Manager at Hotel Marlowe - a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, October 11, 2012
Dear Warminmn,

This is perfect! Thanks so much for the awesome review~! Can't wait to welcome you back!


All the best,
Kimberly Zalanskas
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Atlanta, Georgia
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2012

Great service, great rooms. The only ding I can give them is that the business office is not included. I needed to do an airline-check-in. I would think that a hotel of this class would not want to nickle and dime guest for use of the business office.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Kimberly_Zalanskas, Guest Relations Manager at Hotel Marlowe - a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, October 11, 2012
Dear ThunderhorseBob,

Thanks for the review! So you are aware for the future, we do offer complimentary boarding pass printing from the Business Center. Just select the Boarding Pass Icon when you log on. :)

Hope to see you again soon!


Happy Travels,
Kimberly Zalanskas
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Muscat
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2012

I recently stayed in this hotel. The hotel is nice located in the center of Cambridge minutes away from downtown Boston. The first thing that struck me was the bed :) yes again. The beds are way too fluffy for my taste. I asked the reception and they immediately added boards underneath the mattress and removed the feather top cushion. That really helped. The hotel is not very contemporary. Free internet if you don't mind giving away your email address. There is a free wine and beer hour at the reception in the evening (it was form 5 to 6 pm)
The breakfast is a la carte. So you have to select from different items in the menu as opposed to indulging into an open buffet kinda thing.
the gym is way too packed, still can make use of it in rainy days. I used the outdoors instead. Much nicer to jog by the river Charles.
Rooms aren't very spacious yet still sufficient space to move around. The walls are very thin so do not except any privacy!
Walking distance to MIT and Harvard ( if you do not mind a 20 min walk!) Shopping center is literally next door. Boat trips and all.
Overall good hotel but a bit pricey.

Room Tip: I asked for a view but do not expect any decent view as opposed to what is advertised. There is no c...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kimberly_Zalanskas, Guest Relations Manager at Hotel Marlowe - a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, October 11, 2012
Dear karacali,

So glad we were able to make the bed as comfortable as possible for you. You'll find that over the less busy months of the year (December-March) the rates are noticeably cheaper. We hope you come back again.


All the best,
Kimberly Zalanskas
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Address: 25 Edwin H. Land Blvd, Cambridge, MA 02141
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Location: United States > Massachusetts > Cambridge
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Cambridge
#1 Family Hotel in Cambridge
#1 Romantic Hotel in Cambridge
#1 Business Hotel in Cambridge
#2 Green Hotel in Cambridge
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Marlowe - a Kimpton Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 236
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The wonderfully eclectic and luxurious Hotel Marlowe is perfectly situated minutes from Harvard Square and the MIT campus in Cambridge. The waterfront location offers guestroom views of the park-lined Charles River and Boston skyline. This unique boutique hotel, a Kimpton Hotel, further sets itself apart with unsurpassed service, superb amenities and educational and cultural programs. It celebrates and reflects the vibrant sense of discovery that is quintessential Cambridge. Adjacent is the award-winning Bambara restaurant. ... more   less 
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