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