We stayed for 2 nights as part of a 10 night trip to Boston and Maine in mid-June. We got this hotel in a Hotwire deal and were very, very pleased. This hotel is near the top of hotels we've stayed ever. The room is definitely not your usual cookie-cutter hotel. There are lots of fun things about the room - the decor and the crazy printed (and very cozy) bathrobes stand out. The bathroom was not lacking for anything although note that the hair dryer is in the closet, not in the bathroom as you'd expect. My biggest complaint is pretty minor. It took 4-5 tries to get the TV to work each time (the picture would come on & freeze or it would turn on with no picture).
We were thrilled with a couple amenities that make the Hotel Marlowe special. The first were the complimentary bikes. The bellman (wish I knew his name) helped us select and set up the bikes to our liking. They have very nice road style bikes and "comfort" style bikes complete with helmets and locks. We were thrilled to hear we could take them for as long as we wanted and he gave us some great suggestions for riding. We spent the better part of a day riding along the Charles River, through MIT, through Harvard and back. It was a great way to really explore the area.
We also enjoyed the complimentary wine hour along with the strawberry lemonade and flavored waters in the afternoon and the morning coffee in the "living room" in the morning.
The location is a little out of the way. For those taking taxis everywhere (which seemed to be most people at the hotel), it's very close. For those of us taking the T, It is a 5-10 minute walk from the Lechmere station which is the end of the green line. It is a safe and enjoyable walk once you get away from the station. Be sure to take the path around the lagoon - much shorter than going all the way around the mall.
The employees were all very friendly. Every single employee said hello every single time whether we saw a cleaning person in the hallway or as we passed by the front desk. However, a special thank you goes to the bellman who made our stay so enjoyable. His friendly hello every time he opened the door but especially his assistance with the bikes made our stay!
I would love to stay here again!!
- 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