To say that our stay was disappointing would be an understatement. Although the location of this hotel says Cambridge, it is not really near anything in Cambridge because it is in East Cambridge. The only thing near it is the mall that is attached to it. The second thing to know is that if you pay extra for a “water view,” which they define in their ad as either the canal or the Charles River, you better get the Charles River or you have wasted your money. The canal view is a view of a rectangle of water surrounded by buildings. Finally, and the thing that bothered us the most, was that we were given a room on the third floor. Unfortunately, we were given a room that was directly above the ball room, which was hosting a party the night we were there. We went to bed early, tired from a long day, and for the next three hours until midnight, all we heard was the pulsating beat of music below us. I called the front desk and they said they would ask the disc jockey to turn down the music, but I think he spited them and instead turned it up. My biggest question is why a hotel would assign rooms directly above a party where you can hear the music when other rooms, I am sure, were available in the hotel? Although the room was very clean and comfortable, when you can’t sleep everything else is negated. My recommendations would be threefold: 1. If you are going and want to stay near Harvard Square and the quaint part of Cambridge, don’t stay here. 2. If you want a room with a view, do not accept a view of the canal and insist on a view of the river. 3. If you want a good night’s sleep and have to stay at this hotel make sure you are higher than the third floor. This was a very disappointing experience for us.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The wonderfully eclectic and luxurious Kimpton Marlowe Hotel 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 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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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Marlowe Kimpton