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Boston Marriott Cambridge
Ranked #8 of 19 Hotels in Cambridge
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Reviewed September 19, 2013

Stayed in the marriott cambridge in september, and while normal prices were expensive i managed to get corporate rates which make the stay really different. So if you can get these rates then different experience.
Good location for business as the metro is just outside hotel entrance and gets you in downtown in less than 15 minutes. However even though the area around hotel is beautiful there is a lot of construction going on right now which might be really annoying and if driving can cause a lot of trouble.
Otherwise, comfortable rooms, great bar downstairs and within walking distance to the river and MIT.
Just make sure you get the corporate rates

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 17, 2013

The good:

This hotel sits adjacent to the MIT campus. It has a pretty upper echelon collegiate vibe as a result. When we visited on our most recent stay it was MIT freshman registration weekend. We were there on business, but the hotel was loaded with proud parent and their future engineers.

The height of this hotel's towers provides half the rooms with the great view of the Charles river. They constructed the rooms to each have a big, floor to ceiling, corner window. Amazing. The rooms on the other side of the hotel look out over the north end of Boston and Charlestown. Less amazing, but still cool.

The lobby provides a comfortable place to hang out and meet people. There is a Starbucks within the lobby, so doppio espressos are easy to find.

The Red Line T sits right outside the "back door" of the hotel. This makes for simple access to the rest of the city. It's one of the most convenient setups in all our travels.

The not so good:

The rooms at this hotel are not huge. I know from past stays that they have larger rooms. They didn't see fit to upgrade a Lifetime Platinum to a better room, so I may reconsider staying there next time.

They don't allow food delivery drivers to bring your food to your room. This irks us at any hotel that does this. Especially when the elevators are not secured. Any Joe Blow can walk up to our floor and cruise around, but someone we are paying to deliver food cannot. This is a ridiculous policy, which seems geared toward making it less pleasant to order from outside vendors. Shame on you Marriott!

The final word:

I would consider staying again. The price would have to be right, unless we are taking our kids to freshmen orientation at MIT, of course.

Room Tip: Try to get a room on the river side of the hotel.
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed September 16, 2013

Held our daughter's wedding here and the attention to detail was superb. Jen Was a delight to work with and Salem and his staff did a marvelous job too. The suites were beautiful and clean the towels plentiful and plush. Everyone at this Marriott worked to make it an ideal occasion.

Room Tip: Ask for a river view!
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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 9, 2013

I stayed in this hotel in late August 2013. It was located just beside Kendall metro and was near a handful of restaurant and pubs. The room was very clean and cozy. It was a pity I did not spend much time in this nice room. It is within walking distance to MIT and Charles River. However, you have to pay for internet.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

The building might not say much, but it's location is pretty good to explore Cambridge. Staff attentive. Rooms clean, spacious and bright. Has a starbucks and across the street a Cosi.

The only glitch was that my sheets had a hole.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 29, 2013

Stayed here recently while dropping our daughter off at school. Location is great, close to public transportation and many good restaurants. The onsite restaurant, Champions, was very good and reasonably priced. Room was very large and quiet, even on the sixth floor. It was a bit dated but clean. Bed was comfortable. Valet tended to be a bit slow, call early to get your vehicle. Johnny Souza, concierge, went above and beyond to help us during our stay. Overall, an excellent stay. Will stay here again.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 25, 2013

I stayed there with my wife. First of all location is very good. Top of the Boston subway (Red Line), Kendall/MIT Station. Just two stops to city center (Park Street Station).
Hotel has a low capacity public area, Starbucks and restaurant at the entrance and anyone easily enter the hotel, so no privacy and secure for that reason.
Rooms are not good. little bit small and very low ceiling. Sink is out the bathroom, inside the room)


-And this is my experience, not a generalize- Receptionists and restaurant staff aren't helpful. Let me explain: Last evening I bought a special bottle of wine to drink in our room. (That day was a special date for us) I asked the restaurant staff "Could you give me a wine opener for just a second please?" he told me "Sorry I can not give you a wine opener and I can not open other bottle of wine with my wine opener" (?)
Than I went to reception desk, I asked the same question to receptionist, she told me "I can not help you, if you go to 7 Eleven market, maybe you can find wine opener there" Time is 9 pm, and 7 Eleven is four blocks away.
So I opened it in my room with hanger...

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: 50 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02142
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Location: United States > Massachusetts > Cambridge
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Green Hotel in Cambridge
#4 Luxury Hotel in Cambridge
#8 Family Hotel in Cambridge
#10 Romantic Hotel in Cambridge
#12 Business Hotel in Cambridge
Price Range: $156 - $573 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Boston Marriott Cambridge 4*
Number of rooms: 431
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A top choice among Cambridge hotels, Boston Marriott Cambridge is situated across the Charles River from downtown Boston and is the perfect location for your next visit to our historic city. Our Cambridge hotel is positioned in Kendall Square near popular Boston area attractions. Top universities such as MIT, Harvard, and Boston University are just minutes away, as well as Massachusetts General Hospital & the Children's Hospital. Guests of Boston Marriott Cambridge enjoy close proximity to Harvard Square, Fenway Park, TD Banknorth Garden, the North End and the Museum of Science. Our hotel is also an ideal event and meeting facility. With ten breakout rooms and 12,000 sq ft of event space, we can accommodate groups of any size. With easy access to Logan Airport, I-93 and the subway, Boston Marriott Cambridge is the ideal lodging choice for business trips and vacations in Boston, Massachusetts. ... more   less 
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