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Kimpton Marlowe Hotel has Monopoly on Cambridge fun

Does the thought of a winter cozying up with board games make you want to bust out Monopoly and head to Park Place?



a bridge over a body of water with a city in the background: NOV. 22, 2020 - Memorial drive in Cambridge, MA. Getty Images


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NOV. 22, 2020 – Memorial drive in Cambridge, MA. Getty Images

Good news then: You can do just that in Cambridge — and enjoy a great local getaway while you’re at it.

With the November launch of Cambridge Monopoly by Top Trumps (under license from Hasbro), you can play the game and live it too, thanks to a special stay and play program at Cambridge’s Kimpton Marlowe Hotel.

The Kimpton Marlowe Hotel (www.hotelmarlowe.com) is the only hotel actually on the Cambridge Monopoly Board, and a perfect spot to check out of your house and into a room for a day and night of fun play paired with exploration: play the game and literally jump into the action by touring the city too.

First, the game: Set up in traditional Monopoly style, it pits players against one another to own and develop such spots as the Charles River and Harvard Square, the Longfellow House and Washington Gate, MIT and Harvard, and even some classic Cambridge events like the City Dance Party and River Festival.

The classic board spots that require payments from players include Cambridge activities like renting a bike and getting ice cream.

The Chance cards are pure Cambridge magic. When it’s time to draw, you could be directed to “Advance to Lab Central” because you’ve “finally found a place to conduct your experimental research,” or go back three spaces because “There are students crossing the road.” It’s delightful, quirky and educational.

There are still the classic touches that Monopoly demands. The color coding for properties of value is the same, as are the houses and hotels. And of course, the player tokens are those same ones you fought over with your brother as a kid.

Now for the hotel stay. The Kimpton Marlowe’s Cambridge Monopoly Stay Package is a perfect escape for a family, adults, anyone who wants to play the game and enjoy a respite from home.

The Kimpton Marlowe’s COVID-19 efforts are obvious upon arrival. From the front desk to the room service folks, all are clearly focused on safety, but the luxury and comfort the hotel is known for remains.

Once you check in, you head to your room where you’ll find your complementary Cambridge Monopoly Game, a top hat filled with game-time goodies (when was the last time I scarfed down some Junior Mints?), all set up with a room looking out across the Charles River and toward the twinkling city lights at night and the breathtaking skyline by day.

They toss in some clever add ons too: Off the bat, you win with “Free parking” for the night. Once you start playing, if you bring along your Scottish Terrier (the Kimpton Marlowe is super pet friendly; visiting pets even get a plush dog bed and treats of their very own), you’ll enjoy a 50% room discount

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Cambridge council rejects request to demolish former Preston Springs hotel

CAMBRIDGE — Councillors rejected a request to demolish the former Preston Springs hotel so the city can follow through with an appeal process currently before a provincial heritage tribunal.

“We started a process, I think we owe it to our citizens to allow the process to unfold… and allow the public to come up with plans and ideas to save the building,” Coun. Pam Wolf said at a virtual Cambridge council meeting Tuesday evening.

“Any building can be saved it’s just the amount of money you’re willing to put into it,” she said.

Property owner Haastown Holdings asked the city for permission to demolish the once-famed hotel that overlooks Preston. Paul de Haas told council he doesn’t have much choice but to demolish the heritage structure.

“To date, we’ve spent eight years trying to find a viable solution to redevelop this site while retaining the existing structure, and the bottom line is, we cannot,” said de Haas of Haastown Holdings.

He rebutted claims that this is an example of demolition by neglect, saying Haastown has tried its best to salvage what it can from the building that sat vacant for many years before he purchased it in 2012.

Council had to make a decision on de Haas’ demolition request before Nov. 24, when a 90-day period from the date of his request for demolition would expire and result in allowing demolition.

But because the property is a designated heritage landmark, council must remove the heritage designation before the city can issue a demolition permit.

The fate of the crumbling heritage structure has been up in the air since a local heritage advocacy group appealed a city decision to remove the building’s heritage designation and allow its demolition.

That appeal is now before the Conservation Review Board, a subsection of the Ontario Land Tribunal that hears heritage disputes.

de Haas told council he has spent $150,000 to uphold property standards at the decrepit building since he purchased it.

“We’ve exhausted our efforts to try to salvage this building,” he said.

“We know however we can make this site iconic once again, albeit in a different form.”

Built in the late 1880s, the historic building was home to a popular tourist hot spot where visitors would enjoy the sulphur springs that bubbled below the hotel.

Area residents and heritage advocates have pleaded with the city to try to save the crumbling structure since it was deemed unsafe by the city’s chief building official earlier this year.

“It’s almost always cheaper to demolish a heritage building than to save it,” said Alex Ciccone, counsel for the advocacy group Architectural Conservancy Ontario.

He told council the current owners of the once-famed hotel left it to deteriorate.

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“Just because it’s expensive to repair doesn’t mean it cannot be rehabilitated,” Ciccone said.

Michelle Goodridge lives on Fountain Street North and can see the building from her home.

“It is financially possible to save it and bring it back to its

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Hot Hotel: University Arms Cambridge is a nod to the city’s quintessential Britishness | Short & City breaks | Travel

University Arms Cambridge

Despite its grandeur, the hotel is reassuringly relaxing (Image: PR)

This being Cambridge, one of the UK’s most prestigious seats of learning, interior designer Martin Brudnizki (whose projects include The Ivy restaurant, Buckingham Palace), working alongside Classical architect, John Simpson, has introduced scholarly elements.

Photographs of crews of the legendary Cambridge teams; of Winston Churchill resplendent in a favourite siren suit; another, an extraordinary alfresco lunch for 32,000 on Parker’s Piece celebrating the coronation of Queen Victoria and various botanical prints and old maps are a nod to quintessential Cambridge and its Britishness. 

Some of the original features of the building remain: a massive fireplace in the library, where distressed leather sofas sit on reclaimed parquet floors and original stained glass windows, featuring college crests overlook Parker’s piece.

Despite its grandeur, the hotel is reassuringly relaxing and its 192 rooms and nine suites ooze luxury.

Mine, the Charles Darwin suite, featured a nod to the great naturalist with well-chosen books relating to natural history such as dinosaurs and woodlands. 

Lighting emanates from wrought-iron chandeliers powder-sprayed in pillar-box red with dinky shades and industrial-style lamps.

Bedside lighting is mismatched, as are the bedside tables, avoiding looking too contrived. The hypnos beds are superb, as is the silky linen.  

Black marble bathroom basins work beautifully against white tiles and come with superb rain showers, claw-footed baths and smellies courtesy of D. R. Harris & Co. 

Corridors of carpet in deep blue and rust stripes representing the Cambridge University Tie connect the rabbit-warren array of hallways and the hotel’s recurring colour, uplifting Cambridge (Tiffany) Blue, pops up in trays and Dutch bikes available for guests. 

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The property’s 192 rooms and nine suites ooze luxury (Image: PR)

COVID CHECK IN

Apart from a couple of staff wearing visors, hand sanitiser and a sign detailing what measures the hotel has taken, Reception appeared to be relatively ‘normal’.

I loved the very ‘Royal Birth Announcement’ ornate easel featuring details of the Covid app as well as decals of characters from Wind in the Willows on the floor tiles reminding guests to be considerate of others. Many amenities were removed from the room, such as bathrobes and body lotion. These are however, available on request. 

Drinks and food is left on a tray outside your door and rooms are serviced after three days and are thoroughly cleaned and left to sit for 24 hours after guest’s departure.  

STYLE

Parker’s Tavern has a very relaxed French bistro feel with white linen tablecloths, banquettes and Wainscot walls adorned with Cambridge-themed scenes (more rowing and old photographs of the city) under gigantic circular ‘chandeliers’ of wrought iron. 

Each second table was left empty to encourage social distancing but this didn’t detract in any way from the appealing atmosphere.

If nothing else, Parker’s is a destination restaurant with an incredible menu created by Tristan Welch who was Gordon Ramsey’s partner at Petrus. 

Kick off the evening in the adjoining bar (bar stools have been removed) with a cocktail or glass of

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definition in the Cambridge English Dictionary

(尤指出遊的)假期,休假, (學校的)假期, (法院的)休庭期…


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vacances, passer ses vacances, passer des vacances…


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vacances, passar les vacances…


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prázdniny, dovolená, trávit dovolenou…


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ช่วงปิดภาคเรียน, ลาพักผ่อน…


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die Ferien (pl.), Urlaub machen…


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ferie, dra på ferie, feriere…


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(尤指出游的)假期,休假, (学校的)假期, (法院的)休庭期…


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vacanza, andare in vacanza, (passare le vacanze)…


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meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

These are words often used in combination with recreation.

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form of recreation

Their only pleasures are drink and tobacco, the former being subjected to temperance campaigns to remove even this form of recreation from the workers’ lives.

national recreation

What the mainly administrative organisations catering in the widest sense for national recreation have achieved over the years with voluntary money has been quite remarkable.

outdoor recreation

It was not possible to determine whether inmates acquired the infection while in their cells or during outdoor recreation periods.

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