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Signifying discovery, the Hotel Marlowe is adorned with compasses

A glimpse into the presidential suite bedroom

A regal palate of enticing jewel tones in the guest rooms
luxury in the well appointed bathrooms
Bambara Restaurant serves American Brasserie-style fare in an elegant setting
A picture prefect, and perfectly fresh dessert at Bamabara

Story and Photography by Glenn Johnson

Much like its rich historical surroundings, the Hotel Marlowe, located in Cambridge Massachusetts, is a uniquely sophisticated property. Just steps from the banks of the Charles River, the hotel stands conveniently close to everything both Boston and Cambridge have to offer, including M.I.T. and Harvard University. With the major twists and turns of the notorious “Big Dig” municipal project safely on the other side of the Longfellow Bridge, at the Marlowe, your travels will lead you safely to a journey of regal relaxation. The hotel is an eclectic mix of rich colors and whimsical accents. Upon entering the lobby, a grand staircase and a modern, yet almost medieval-like living room greet you whose fireplace is an enormously subtle addition to this comfortably modern room. The grand living room is home to complimentary morning coffee, evening wine and often, readings by renowned authors. The collection of art throughout the property reflects a heightened aesthetic; the paintings of Vladimir Kush add a surreal dimension to the walls here.

Upstairs, the Hotel’s palette of crimson cherry, bright golds and deep blues greets you as the elevators open upon rich carpets carrying the omnipresent compass-theme that helps direct you to your well-appointed room. The 236 rooms this boutique property boasts include eight corner suites and one presidential suite on the top of this eight-story building. The suites offer the chance to open to adjoining rooms; perfect for families. Floor to ceiling windows provide various views of the vicinity, with those on the west side most coveted for the opportunity to wake up to the engaging view of the Boston skyline. Subtle historical references are woven into your experience at the Marlowe; look for the Declaration of Independence, stars, banners and nautical symbolism throughout the hotel.

While both the airport and train station are only minutes away, your arrival into your room here will quickly transport you away from the drudgery of today’s modern transportation. Whether you find yourself in Cambridge for business or pleasure, your accommodations here will allow for appropriate relaxation. All rooms have truly comfortable beds with Frette sheets, a down comforter, a faux fur throw laying at the foot of your bed and animal print robes quietly awaiting you in the closet. Additional amenities include complimentary high-speed access in each room, webTV, cordless phones with data-ports, Nintendo players and 24 hour room service. The signature restaurant of the Marlowe is the Bambara, which features an American Brasserie-style menu imbued with ingredients indigenous to the New England area. Fresh fish is a specialty here, and is presented in delicious glory. A destination for the Cambridge area, Bambara has quickly set itself apart as a dining experience on par with many of the fine establishments Boston is renowned for.

Enjoying your stay here may include traveling on the complimentary bicycles available for guests. A trip across the Longfellow Bridge might be more than you want to endeavor, but a leisurely ride along the bike path on the banks of the Charles River offers a fantastic opportunity to take in the busy and beautiful waterfront. The architecture of Boston offers much for the eye to behold, and includes the magnificent designs of I.M.Pei as well as the simpler vistas of the various boathouses that line the shores. For a remarkably nominal fee, sailing boats can be rented as well, and prove to be a popular sport. Also popular are the various boat tours that conveniently embark from the nearby Galleria shopping center, as well as the famous Duck Tours available close by at the Museum of Science. Harvard Square is a must-see destination in Cambridge, and offers a large selection of independent booksellers and additional shopping options. A tour of the Harvard campus by one of the students is easily arranged, and offers a unique glimpse of Americas oldest college. The Quincy Market in Boston is also a must see destination that offers a myriad of shopping and eating opportunities.

A stay at the Marlowe, while ideal in the warmer months, can certainly be enjoyed year round. The elegance and sophistication this hotel embodies, allows its guests to enjoy themselves in many ways. The hotel as well offers many specialty packages that tempt the soul to visit here, including an “All about Me” personal makeover and relaxation tour, a “Love in the City” package and a “Literary Trail” package, to name a few.

With the cities of Boston and Cambridge welcoming tourists and business travelers alike, the Hotel Marlowe brings modern sophistication with historical flair to your next stay here. Click here for more information about the Hotel Marlowe and other fabulous Kimpton Hotels.

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