Kimpton Marlowe Hotel

Boston, USA

The hotel

Offering stunning views of the Boston skyline in a beautiful riverside setting, the Kimpton Marlowe Hotel prides itself on personalised service and exceptional accommodation. There's a whole host of things to see and do in the immediate area but the hotel offers a state-of-the-art fitness centre as well as the highly regarded Bambara Restaurant and Bar. A great place to relax, admire river views as you recline in deep-cushioned booths and feast on American brasserie-style cuisine. There's an emphasis on seafood dishes, accompanied, of course, by some very fine wines. Across the street from the hotel are unpaved trails, ideal for jogging, walking, biking and skating - the hotel offers complimentary bikes so grab one and explore. How about the setting, does the water tempt you? If so, there are also kayaks for complimentary use if you fancy paddling your way downstream. Spacious guest rooms are idea for larger groups and families are very well catered for with welcome packs for the kids.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Babysitting service
  • Valet parking
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Laundry Service
  • Internet Access
  • Restaurant
  • Kayaking

Where is it

On the Cambridge side of the Charles River, within walking distance from downtown Boston and attractions such as Harvard Square, MIT, the Museum of Science and Beacon Hill. The Metro Line (Lechmere Station on the Green Line) is also close for venturing further afield. Transfer time from Boston Logan International Airport: 10 minutes.

Hotel information

236 rooms. All with are air-conditioning, floor-to-ceiling windows, satellite TV, luxury Atelier Bloem bath amenities, in-room yoga mat, tea/coffee making facilities, mini-bar*, safe*, bathrobe, hairdryer and iron and board. King Deluxe Rooms with 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

King Deluxe View Rooms with 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Double Deluxe Rooms with 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Double Deluxe View Rooms with 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 3 adult or 2 adults and 2 children.

Studio Suite with living room, pull-out sleeper sofa and king-size bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Executive Suite with living area, pull-out sleeper sofa, king-size bed, wet bar and separate Fiji jet spa tub, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Bambara Kitchen + Bar (open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch). Cambridge lobby bar. Complimentary morning coffee and tea service. 24-hour fitness centre. In-room spa services*. Hosted evening wine hour. Complimentary bikes and kayaks. Babysitting service* (on request). Laundry/dry-cleaning service*. 24-hour room service*. Concierge. Complimentary WiFi. Self parking $30 plus tax, per night, valet parking $43 plus tax, per night (payable locally, subject to change).

*Denotes local charge.

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Traveller rating

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Weekend trip

Oct 18, 2020 914brendap Newtown, Connecticut

The hotel is very convenient to the mall that is behind it..and you have to pay for parking in garage next to it. But there is elevator that goes up from garage right I to the hotel which is nice. Room was very modern and stylish we had 2 queen beds and view of canal in room 719. Small fridge and safe..but I thought microwaves were there but had… Read more
The hotel is very convenient to the mall that is behind it..and you have to pay for parking in garage next to it. But there is elevator that goes up from garage right I to the hotel which is nice. Room was very modern and stylish we had 2 queen beds and view of canal in room 719. Small fridge and safe..but I thought microwaves were there but had none..no coffee maker in room either..though they had free coffee in restaurant area of hotel..no complimentary breakfast..was so disappointed ..they did offer dry staple breakfast items for a cost...that's the only thing I can say was a serious negative..pleasant staff,easy area.. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating A Remarkable Poorly Run Hotel

Aug 31, 2020 Ralph E Larchmont, United States

Very attractive but not well run. We reserved a room with two beds. We called a few days before to confirm. We arrived and were sent to a room. We were surprised that it was a suite, but it only had one bed. We called the front desk and were told they had no rooms with two beds available, gave us the suite for no extra charge and could make up… Read more
Very attractive but not well run. We reserved a room with two beds. We called a few days before to confirm. We arrived and were sent to a room. We were surprised that it was a suite, but it only had one bed. We called the front desk and were told they had no rooms with two beds available, gave us the suite for no extra charge and could make up the fold our couch as a bed if we wanted. A fold out couch is not what we wanted, but we accepted it. No offer of a refund. Sunday they had a small breakfast menu; Monday that had nothing, as in nothing. Not even coffee on site. Not even for sale. They repeatedly gave us incomplete directions as to how to use their garage. The suite had a space clearly designed for a computer work desk and chair; no desk; no chair. Even the clock in the room was off, still set to standard time although that ended months ago. Not what we expected. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Nice to be back

Aug 8, 2020 khelenmack Brewster, Massachusetts

This was our fourth stay at the Marlowe but hadn’t been in years. We had hoped to travel to see grandchildren but Covid limited our options so decided a trip to Boston area would work. We were pleasantly surprised with renovations. We had a deluxe king on 7 floor. Very comfortable and stylish. The bed was extremely comfortable and the towels were… Read more
This was our fourth stay at the Marlowe but hadn’t been in years. We had hoped to travel to see grandchildren but Covid limited our options so decided a trip to Boston area would work. We were pleasantly surprised with renovations. We had a deluxe king on 7 floor. Very comfortable and stylish. The bed was extremely comfortable and the towels were luxuriously soft. We felt the safety precautions in place were great and we felt safe while there. Sanitizer everywhere. Easy access to a nice walk along the Charles River. Vallet at the front desk was very helpful and cheerful. Enjoyed the free wine bar both nights. Easy garage parking as the valet service is suspended for now. Would definitely return and look forward to all the finishing touches Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Stylish, pet friendly hotel. Easy Boston access. Pleasant staff.

Jul 27, 2020 jcfox1978 Columbus, Ohio

Hotel- Kimpton Marlowe (Cambridge, MA) Date- 25july – 27july 2020 (2 nights) Overall: Excellent. I really enjoyed my first stay at this property. The property is undergoing renovations, and the top two floors, which are complete, look great! I am eager to see how the lobby turns out. I’ll be back! Accommodations- Excellent. The room was very nice,… Read more
Hotel- Kimpton Marlowe (Cambridge, MA) Date- 25july – 27july 2020 (2 nights) Overall: Excellent. I really enjoyed my first stay at this property. The property is undergoing renovations, and the top two floors, which are complete, look great! I am eager to see how the lobby turns out. I’ll be back! Accommodations- Excellent. The room was very nice, and the bed was fluffy and comfortable. A smart tv, a mini fridge, a desk and chair, and nightstands rounded out the room in a stylish motif. The bathroom was a reasonable size, but counter space was limited. IHG Rewards Club Recognition- Excellent. We were offered welcome amenity points or the Raid-the-Bar credit, which could be used towards the items they kept at the front desk. (The minibars in the room have been emptied during the pandemic.) Staff- Excellent. Rachel at the front desk made a great first impression, and it was noteworthy. Welcoming, polite, and engaging, she impressed us. I couldn’t have been happier when she let me know that she had ensured the extra pillows we requested were provided, and in preparation for our pet’s arrival, a pet bed and food dishes were waiting for us in our room. Kudos to her! What an asset to the company! Housekeeping- Excellent. The room was immaculate. Toiletries and towels were provided in a supply adequate for our length of stay. I would be hard pressed to find anything to improve upon. Pool/Gym- Not evaluated Breakfast/Meal Options- Excellent. Given the pandemic, we didn’t expect much to be available. We were wrong. The restaurant is open and pick up service is available. We tried the margarita pizza and the fusilli; both were excellent. Wine hour has been modified, and although congregating isn’t on the menu, wine from the front desk is. Coffee machines were available for in the room. Laundry- Not evaluated Computer/Printer/WiFi- WiFi was strong throughout the hotel, and streaming was smooth. Property Appearance- Excellent. I was surprised to learn the property was undergoing renovations; it looks so well cared for. Exterior- The entrance courtyard was clean and attractive, and the sculptures caught our attention. The lobby was stylish and well maintained. Interior- The hallways and carpet were clean and flawless. I could not find a single scuff on the walls either. Other- Valet parking is suspended, but the self-parking garage for the hotel and the neighboring mall next door was available for $30 daily. An elevator brings you from the garage right into the hotel. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Recent Renovation, soft tones, cheery staff

Jul 25, 2020 seacoastgardengirl maine

Super comfortable stay, just re opened with soft grey tones, still has the same happy floral citrus scent, new lighting, gorgeous bathrooms and furniture. Staff is as always chipper. Appreciated the easy access umbrellas, miss the mini bar treats but you can pick up your goodies at the front desk. It was nice to venture out after months of… Read more
Super comfortable stay, just re opened with soft grey tones, still has the same happy floral citrus scent, new lighting, gorgeous bathrooms and furniture. Staff is as always chipper. Appreciated the easy access umbrellas, miss the mini bar treats but you can pick up your goodies at the front desk. It was nice to venture out after months of isolation, this is the place to go, easy walking access to the sights of Boston. Read less