I recently spent just over a week in the States with my boyfriend, and as well as visiting New York we wanted to explore some of the surrounding areas. After a bit of research we decided Boston was definitely on our hit list, and we were lucky enough to enjoy our first night in the city at the beautiful Hotel Marlowe…
Not only is The Marlowe the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of busy Boston, but it’s plush, lavish interior is enough to make anyone want to stay for an entire lifetime. Here’s my experience at The Marlowe, Boston…
After a short bus ride (around four hours) from New York, we arrived in Boston and took a ten minute taxi ride to the Marlowe, costing around $10. If you’re flying, Logan airport is only four miles away.
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION
Whilst in the centre of Boston, the hotel was north of the Charles River so was around a 10 minute walk from downtown Boston, and a less-than-five-minute walk from the Museum of Science. The positive to this is that the beautiful Charles River is right on the hotel’s doorstep, as well as some of Boston’s most beautiful parks.
CHECK IN AT THE MARLOWE
As soon as we arrived, our bags were whisked off us by the charming men on concierge and taken into the hotel reception. As you enter the hotel you can’t miss the room directly opposite, full of plush red cushions and lavish furniture – you really get the feeling of grandeur and luxury the moment you walk in.
We received a warm welcome from the reception staff, namely Jeff, who talked us through the facilities of the hotel and provided us with restaurant recommendations and the best things to do around the city. He suggested borrowing the hotel’s bikes or kayaks and exploring Boston that way (we opted for the bikes).
THE ROOM AT THE MARLOWE
We were upgraded from a King Deluxe View Room to a gorgeous Studio Suite. Our welcome was made extra special by the surprise gift of prosecco and a selection of fresh fruit with natural honey and yoghurt served on a beautiful wooden board…yum!
The room was huge and we were left opened mouthed at the size – it was probably the biggest room I’ve ever stayed in. The grandest part of the room was of course the king sized bed. I loved the rich colours and they blended together perfectly with the deep blue velvet bench at the foot of the bed.
The large open plan living area featured a comfy red sofa and a blue velvet arm-chair, as well as a desk. The WI-FI in the room was super high-speed and complimentary. The room also featured a yoga mat, an iron and ironing board, fluffy robes, a safe, a well stocked treat drawer (yes please!) and mini bar, a book on Boston, a large TV, a telescope and numerous mood lighting lamps dotted around the room. The one thing I felt the room lacked was tea and coffee making facilities, something I would usually expect as standard in a luxury hotel, however I’m sure this could have been supplied if asked for at reception. 🙂
The bathroom was also really spacious and was well stocked with luxury toiletries. I felt that no small detail had been overlooked, from the beautiful embroidered shower curtain right down to the miniature sign letting guests know that they were able to request any bathroom item they may need. These homely extras made all the difference.
THE BREAKFAST CLUB
Bambara Kitchen & Bar on the ground floor was modern and a little more stylish than the rooms. It’s warm tones gave it a trendy feel which was complimented by geometric designs, a large ceramic map of Boston on the main wall and incredible circular chandeliers suspended from the ceiling. The room was well set out and had a few different sections; the main restaurant area, the grand feature bar, and a space with booths if guests are after a little privacy. Bambara Kitchen & Bar serves breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner as well as cocktails and drinks, and welcomes locals as well as hotel guests.
We had breakfast at Bambara, and unlike other hotels that offer a standard buffet breakfast, the Marlowe’s breakfast was made to order. The menu featured dishes such as Eggs Benedict, breakfast burritos, banana pancakes and a large choice of continental options. The service was spot on and the waiters were smiley and patient (even when I took ages to decide what to order!)
FOR THE GYM BUNNIES
The fitness centre is open 24 hours a day and features equipment that ranges from treadmills and rowing machines to weights and training mats. I loved the fact that the general manager invites hotel guests to join him and other staff on a 3/4 mile run along the Charles River a couple of mornings a week. I, of course, was fast asleep at this early hour, but I feel like this is a nice touch and is cool way for the staff to get to know the guests. I also really liked that it was possible to ask the front desk for an in-room workout bag – perfect for anyone in a rush that doesn’t have time to visit the gym.
The Marlowe is the perfect hotel for anyone spending a couple of nights or longer in Boston, and being tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the city means it’s even easier to feel completely relaxed. With warm, attentive staff and outstanding service, it’s hard not to feel right at home. Grand, stylish and most importantly the embodiment of pure luxury, the Marlowe is the perfect place for anyone looking for a little extra from their stay.
Perfect for those after a romantic break, those wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of a city, business stays, luxury.
Would you like to stay at The Marlowe? To book your stay visit http://www.hotelmarlowe.com.
25 EDWIN H. LAND BLVD., CAMBRIDGE, MA 02141
Reservations: 1-800-825-7140 Hotel: 617-868-8000
- If you’re after a delicious Italian head to Boston’s Italian district, Little Italy. This will require a short taxi / Uber journey or the subway which is around a 5 minute walk from the hotel.
- Stroll through the parks and visit Harvard University.
- Head up to the top of the Prudential Centre for the best views of Boston.
- I would also definitely recommend biking or strolling around the Charles River at sunset, for obvious reasons. 🙂
Thank you to Leslie at Kimpton Hotel Group, Joe and everyone at the Marlowe for hosting us for our first night in Boston.
My stay at Hotel Marlowe was provided complimentary as part of a press stay for The Wanderlust Bug.