We have enjoyed other Kimptons in the past and this was no different. This hotel was amazing!! After booking with them directly (using their best rate guarantee over the phone) and emailing the concierge, we had a reply back within a matter of minutes from Michael, the front office manager, congratulating us and informing us that he had taken the liberty of upgrading us to an Executive Suite. The suite was huge (over 600 sqft) and overlooked the Charles River. When we got in, we found that they had left us a box of truffles and champagne on ice for the occasion as well, accompanied with a note of congratulations from the concierge. There was a nice sitting room with wet bar area, pull out sofa couch, desk with chair, and sitting chair, along with a nice large flatscreen TV. Two pocket doors led into the bedroom which had a King bed, nice chaise lounge and another flatscreen TV on the dresser. The decor, while on the wild side with leopard print carpet and faux mink bed garnishes really worked for us and felt very home-y. Every light in the place was on a dimmer. The bathroom was fabulous as well...a huge two person jacuzzi, separate stand up shower, and vast amounts of counterspace with entrances from both the living room and bedroom, both with their own pocket doors. The hotel itself has an ample amount of common areas with a cozy living room.
The hotel is a 5-10 minute walk to the Lechmere T station at the end of the green line, which is on a convenient path to the North End, Downtown, Back Bay, and even Fenway. After inquiring with the concierge about the 7 day T passes, he handed me two passes that had been returned by departing guests that had 5 days left on them. The hotel just saved us $30...nice!
We also made use of the tandem kayak, which the hotel offers complimentary for guests (they have singles and bikes also). Two of the guys working the front desk hauled it over to the canal for us and told us to just tie it off and leave it after we were done and they would get it later. We did just that and then informed the front desk that it was tied up but not locked. 45 minutes later we left for dinner and it was still there. An hour and a half later, we were back from dinner, and...you guessed it...still there. We decided to schlep it back ourselves, at which point the front desk staff was very apologetic for dragging their feet.
Honestly, the only knock I can think of regarding the hotel was the lack of doormen presence and how often we had to open the door ourselves. But let's be real...this is not a big deal and if that the only criticism I have, then all in all it was a first rate experience.
During this trip, we stayed at the Marlowe, the Mandarin Oriental in Back Bay, and the Nine Zero Hotel (also a Kimpton), and this was our favorite experience.
In fact, we have decided to name our new Boston Terrier Marlowe.
- 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:
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