I travel to Boston around 4-5 times per year, and the Marlowe is always the first I call for a reservation.I have stayed at the Hotel Marlowe five or six times now, and hope to stay there many times again.
The decor is unique and welcoming. The rooms are stylish, but the designers didn't take themselves too seriously (leopard print bath robes....?), which makes the whole experience much more relaxing. Other hotels in the area have a very corporate feel, and are much less welcoming.
The workout room is well equipped with at least 7 machines, free-weights and medicine balls. The only drawback is view: the gym either looks out over the small internal courtyard of the hotel, or over the roof of the local mall, depending on which window you're facing. Even though one usually uses the gym in the hours of darkness, it's a shame not to see the Boston skyline.
The Kimpton group have exceptional attention to detail, with yoga mats in each room, complimentary coffee in the morning, and a list of other items you might need during your stay. I actually put them to the test and asked reception for a chapstick and nail clippers. They were able to give me the latter there and then, and they had a chapstick waiting for me when I got back from the office. All for free.
BamBara is their in house restaurant and bar. The power lunch is great value, and the bar staff are well-trained: they made one of the best Caipirinhas I've ever had. Local beer on tap and always showing a game of some sort on the TV over the bar; but thankfully never too loud.
The Hotel adjoins the considerable Galleria Cambridgeside Mall. Which is open until about 9-10pm with a selection of high street brands and a big food court. You don't even have to go outside to get there, which is a relief in the winter months.
The staff are always top notch, friendly, interested, and also quite well-travelled. The drawbacks, if I had to name some, would be the fact that there's no pool, which comparable hotels in the area do offer; and the fact that the hotel can be a bit of a warren: there are no windows in the corridors and I get a bit confused sometimes with the layout. If you're there for a few days it's fine, you get used to it.
I highly recommend the Marlowe in Cambridge, both for long or short stays. This time I actually flew in very early from Colorado with a colleague. As we were arriving before 6am I had asked at the time of booking for the distant possibility of an early check in. We were politely told that they would do what they could. The most we were hoping for was somewhere to dump our luggage before heading to the office, but to our relief there were two rooms ready, and we were able to shower and rest before heading to work.
Taxi from the airport is usually around 26-30 dollars. If you use the hotel driver it will be more like 35, but he's really nice, and his car is much nicer than a standard cab.
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Wow, this is great! It makes me so happy when I read and hear about experiences like this. Thank you SO much for sharing and your loyalty to the Marlowe!
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