Accommodation Review

Wicked Fun! A Kimpton Holiday Stay and Giveaway: Boston Edition

Kimpton Hotels recently hosted five writers in five cities across the country as part of a holiday blogger getaway event.

My family loves Kimpton as this kid-friendly brand offers a fresh departure from typical hotels with updated décor and whimsical themes. We stayed at Hotel Marlowe in Cambridge for our family getaway and it was quite a treat!

Hotel Marlowe Boston Lounge

Kid-Friendly Hotel Marlowe


To start, the location is ideal for families of all ages. The address reads Cambridge, however, you are just over a bridge from downtown Boston. This puts you just steps from the Museum of Science (read more about this fantastic family attraction on Top 5 Kid-Friendly Excursions in Boston).

Additionally, this area is surrounded by acres of open park space to explore along the Charles River. Canal Park is next to the hotel and the Charles River just across the street.

Most images of Boston include the Charles River. There’s a huge bike path along the river where families can walk, bike, scooter or rollerblade — it’s gorgeous! Watch the crew teams from Harvard and Boston University or the multitude of sailboats. The open space is ideal for all ages.

To top it off, Hotel Marlowe offers complimentary bikes and kayaks for guest use. If that is all too serene, you can swing along to the back of the building and hit the Galleria Mall.

Cambridge is a foodie’s haven. Given all the great restaurants in Cambridge and Boston, you can’t go wrong. We always love Oleana, a famous Mediterranean restaurant, who grow all of their produce at a farm right next to our house. Flour, my favorite bakery in the area, is just around the corner. Bondir is new to Cambridge and was just named as one of Bon Appetite’s Ten Best Restaurants in America for 2011.

Hotel Marlowe Guest Room Boston

Guest Experience

The kids loved the hotel from the moment we entered the “living room.” Kimpton creates welcoming spaces where guests experience the hotel in a comfortable and inviting setting.

With color rich furniture and a fire to warm you up, the space is funky and very kid-friendly. We arrived during the evening wine hour where guests are treated to complimentary wine and a hot chocolate bar for  kids.  It took just minutes for my kids to start playing with the fun topping combinations including marshmallows, chocolate chips and fresh whipped cream — yum!

The rooms have recently been renovated at the Marlowe and our room was beautiful, with lots of glass overlooking the Charles River. My kids were immediately drawn to Fray, our fish for the night and the telescope. Kimpton doesn’t want you to get lonely so they always put a pet fish in the room.

Clearly, this fish drew the short stick because my 4-year old just couldn’t stay away from its bowl. That was great until she decided to give it a few items to play with — ugh!

Each child was given a thoughtful Kimpton Kids bag full of little toys based on their age. My favorite item in there was the ABC Boston book that also serves as a journal with questions about favorite area attractions.

Museum of Science of Boston

Boston Holiday Highlights

Boston is packed with fun during the holidays and our concierge provided a great list of options. We started out volunteering a few hours for Heading Home at the Prudential Center, which was teaming with holiday activities. After work, we headed to the top of the Prudential Center to see the Skywalk, a guided view over the city integrated with the story of immigration and its impact on Boston.

Next stop was the Mapparium, a three-story painted glass globe — which I find so cool — at the Christian Science Center directly across from the Prudential Mall. By this point, we were tired and hungry and ready to lounge back at the Hotel Marlowe. We had a delicious dinner at the hotel’s restaurant, Bambara. The casual atmosphere and unassuming food is perfect for families.

The Marlowe is an ideal hotel for family movie night, our post-dinner activity. We cozied up together in our animal print robes and rented a great movie. The next morning we walked across the road to the Pompeii exhibit at the Museum of Science. What a fabulous stay!

Kimpton Hotels offered Ciao Bambino complimentary lodging and breakfast. We weren’t asked to express a particular point of view.

Goldfish Kimpton Hotels

Kimpton Hotels Giveaway

Please note this contest is now closed. Congratulations to Lucia Jones, the happy winner of a two-night Kimpton getaway with her family!

Here’s how to enter:

1. Leave a comment below answering the question, “At which Kimpton property are you dreaming about staying this weekend?”

2. Leave a comment on each of the other four participating family travel bloggers’ Kimpton hotel reviews and giveaways. Go to Mother of all TripsHip Travel MamaPit Stops for Kids and The Vacation Gals‘ posts and answer the same question.

That’s it! Five easy comment-style entries for this giveaway, and maybe it’ll be you who will win a fun, relaxing mini-vacation. Entries close Sunday, December 11, 2011 at 11:59PM PST. The winners will be announced Monday, December 12, 2011.

Promotion Rules: The Kimpton Hotel Holiday getaway prize is a gift certificate for two-night stay at any Kimpton Hotel in the Continental US and is valued at $500. Up to five entries per person. No purchase necessary to enter. Void where prohibited by law. You must be a US resident, 21 or older to participate. Employees, partners, agents, vendors, or immediate family members of Mother of All Trips, Hip Travel Mama, The Vacation Gals, Ciao Bambino, and Pitstops for Kids are not eligible to enter. This is a random drawing, so odds of winning will depend on number of entrants. Rules are governed by the state of Washington. Hip Travel Mama, The Vacation Gals, and other participating sites reserve the right to cancel, suspend, and or modify a promotion if any problem corrupts the administration, security or proper play of the promotion. In the event of a dispute as to the winner’s identity, entries will be deemed made by the holder of the email account associated with the entry.

Entrants agree that Ciao Bambino, The Mother of All Trips, or any of the other participating sites are not responsible and cannot be held liable for any unauthorized intervention, technical errors, printing errors, mail delays and any other errors in connection with the administration with this program.

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  • We’ve been dreaming of visiting my sister (who lives in a 6th floor walk up with 2 roommates) in NYC. We can’t stay with her so we;d stay at INK48

  • I love the fishbowl in the room! I need to pick somewhere we can drive, so I’ll go with the Scottsdale location.

  • We would love to experience the Denver or Portland hotel at the hotel Monaco. I love the fact that they are so kid friendly. My family would love this experience.

  • We LOVE traveling with our kids and we have never been to Boston. It is at the top of our “want to visit’ list and your property looks amazing.

  • Oh, either the Sky Hotel in Aspen or the FireSky Resort & Spa in Scottsdale. I’ve stayed at the Sir Francis Drake in SF before. Nice digs

  • I don’t think I’d be unhappy in ANY Klimpton. They have a certain magic that makes them very special. I’m ready for a return trip to Chicago, however, so I’ll check out which one lures me to my favorite city.

  • I’d love to take my husband and kids to the Hotel Kimpton in Baltimore this weekend and explore the Inner Harbor.

  • I’d love to stay at one of the 4 in NYC. We take our boys on a solo trip with Mom and Dad before they go to Middle School. So staying as a family of 3 and showing him all the sights would be a dream in a Kimpton Hotel in NYC. He might need the goldfish as he is used to having 2 other brothers around:)

  • As much as I’d love to check-out some of the other Kimpton properties, I had such a wonderful time staying in Portland, OR, that I’d love to go back. It’s about a 90-minute drive for me, so I wouldn’t be exhausted after my arrival. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • I’m dreaming of staying the weekend at the Kimpton ‘Sky Hotel’ in Aspen, CO. Skiing, relaxing and breathtaking views of the mountains is definitely a dream come true.

  • I’m dreaming about staying in Hotel Palomar in Chicago because I’m dying to eat at Sable – Chef Heather Terhune is on Top Chef right now!!

  • Actually, I have been wanting to go to Portland, Oregon so, now I am dreaming of staying there. It is beautiful.

  • The Surfcomber in South Miami Beach is speaking to me. The dry cold winter weather in Denver has been brutal, and we’ve got 3 more months to go! Miami is one of my favorite American cities and I’d love to surprise my husband, 7 year old son and 2 year old daughter with this amazing treat!

  • The Surfcomber in South Miami Beach is speaking to me. The dry cold winter weather in Denver has been brutal, and we’ve got 3 more months to go! Miami is one of my favorite American cities and I’d love to surprise my husband, 7 year old son and 2 year old daughter with this amazing treat!

  • Biking & kayaking in Boston sound fabulous – love that city – but right now I’m dreaming of a weekend in San Fran!

  • I’m dreaming of staying at your NYC location – I’d love to take my kids to the Metropolitan Museum of Art after they read “The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E Frankweiler.”

  • I just came back from a stay at Hotel Marlowe, so that dream happened! If I had to pick one I’d dream to stay at, I would pick Eventi in NYC. I would love to check it out!!

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