The Inn at Hastings Park, Relais & Châteaux
What We Love
- Free breakfast (like triple-stacked vanilla pancakes and pure maple syrup) served every morning
- Salon stocked with parlor games, classic novels and cookbooks by local faves like Julia Child
- Fabulous fires: original decorative fireplaces as well as flip-of-the-switch modern ones
What To Know
- Bring a car: Historical sights are within walking distance, but everything else will require wheels
- Some rooms have additional pullout beds
- Business travelers confab midweek, but sightseers get the run of the house on weekends
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Yankee Doodle Dandy meets boutique charm inside the two historical guesthouses and barn, where American traditional meshes seamlessly with a thoroughly modern casual elegance. Original parquet floors reflect pops of unconventionally colored accents procured locally by Lexington designer Robin Gannon. Botanical prints and vintage garden maps give the feel of a time gone by, while whimsical candelabras in hot pink and electric blue are decidedly now. In the foyer, wallpaper silhouettes of wigged ladies and gents welcome guests at check-in.
Bed and Bath
The guestrooms have all the new-fashioned amenities, such as 42-inch flat-screen TVs and free WiFi, but they don’t sacrifice the cozy aesthetic of a classic New England escape, with fireplaces, craftsman-made furniture and windows that shimmer with a leaded glass effect. The soft, upholstered beds sport crisp cotton linens but are rendered homebody-ready by textured Brahms Mount throws, which are hand woven in Maine on antique looms. Frette towels and rainfall showerheads dress up the simple marble bathrooms, which are stocked generously with nature-inspired Naia soaps and shampoos by Thymes.
Whether for a business brunch or a romantic rendezvous, Artistry on the Green restaurant is tastefully revolutionary. At the helm, executive chef Mathew Molloy brings native bounty to the table, with ingredients harvested by local farmers and fishermen. Like the dishes — from quahog chowder and oysters on the half shell to hearty yankee pot roast — the tavern-style dining room is traditionally inspired yet innovative, with streamlined Windsor chairs, sleek drumlike lighting and stark gray-paneled walls offset by a single colonial flag. A free à la carte breakfast is served daily, while libations such as the Mezcal Musket Ball will have you partying like it’s 1776.
In the Area
While Minutemen were ready to fight at a moment’s notice, you’ll want to take your time touring Lexington’s sights, from favorite militiaman watering hole Buckman Tavern to the Lexington Battle Green, where the “shot heard ’round the world” was fired on April 19, 1775. Continue your history lesson in nearby Concord at Minuteman National Historical Park, then practice self-reliance at Walden Pond. Literary buffs can check out the 19th-century digs of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Louisa May Alcott, while gourmets can dine simply on Wilson Farm’s produce (and cider donuts) or go upscale at 80 Thoreau or Bondir Concord.
How to Get There
I enjoyed this Inn very much. Lovely old building, non-corporate decor, excellent updated bathroom. My room was on the smaller side but with good windows, very clean, just not enough room for an extra chair and no desk. (I glimpsed a couple other rooms when being cleaned, and what I saw were larger.) The staff is wonderful: human, kind, helpful. The restaurant serves a full, very good breakfast menu, complimentary with your room, and my dinner there was also good. No coffee maker (or surface you could put one on) in the room, but they put out a good Nespresso machine in the downstairs sitting area from early in the morning, also tea options. And you find what's now become rather rare, a very high quality little chocolate left on your bed at evening turn-down service, along with an apple as a healthier option. It's just a few minutes walk to the small central area of town. I never heard any street noise--an excellent, peaceful night.
This is not a "grand" hotel, It's a New England Inn, in every way, in what it offers and in what it doesn't. I'd happily return again.
Our stay couldn't have been more enjoyable! My Son and fiancé were getting married this weekend . The bride and weeding party were also staying at Inn. The staff was absolutely amazing to all of us! The décor is absolutely unique and fabulous! The complimentary breakfast was lovely! The best hash browns ever and I don't really eat potatoes! Would come back in a heartbeat!
This is everything a New England Inn should be. The service was top notch, the decor was beautiful and the rooms were so comfortable. The beds were made with Frette linens and so sumptuous. Your room comes with breakfast and it was served in a beautifuly decorated dining room and was delicious. We will put this on our list of great hotels.
This is not "Relais & Chateau" level of property. If you have ever stayed in other 'Relais & Chateau', you will be really disapppointed. The food, design, service are all way below the level of 'Relais & Chateau'. the staffs were invisible, even not on their position when needed. Not a great welcome or smile. Below average quality of hospitality.
This was amazing! Such a great experience. The room was gorgeous, the service was top notch and the restaurant was fantastic-- I'll definitely be back, and I can't wait to stay in all of the different rooms!