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
My wife and I were celebrating our honeymoon at this property. I think that's why our experience is so disappointing, because we really tried to pick the nicest place in the area to celebrate and had high hopes.
I am sure that the INN has several nice rooms, unfortunately the room we stayed at was on the bottom floor, the walls incredibly thin, right next to the parking lot, tiny bathroom and impossible to get any natural light into the room without other hotel guests looking right inside. The images online are a little misleading as they show the room very bright but again, you can't get that light w/o completely sacrificing privacy.
I think the real issue stems from the fact that because we were taking an extended trip, our dog was with us. We have medical documentation for our dog since he's a support dog but because we happened to have our dog, the hotel put us in what's probably a more undesirable area. Only families with small children seemed to be roomed in that area, making it a very noisy environment with kids playing right outside the window. When we asked to move to a quieter space, they declined due to our dog. This was disappointing because we had paid an extra $125 just to have the dog, so limiting our experience further, on our honeymoon was disheartening.
Room service was also very unremarkable, you do not get the same food as you do from the actual property restaurant, which we could not visit due to the restrictions around our dog. The staff left out an entire entree and when we called about it, his response was simply that they don't make the dish anymore... so they just left it out..no calling ahead to inform us that so we could choose another item?
We checked out early due to the above, not willing to sacrifice another night's sleep due to the noise. And that would be the end of it, just a disappointing stay and start of our honeymoon, but what put us over the edge was the bug bites. The day we checked out we noticed all these bumps all over each other and even the dog. They were clearly bite marks. The Inn was/is very rejecting of the idea that the bug bites have anything to do with the property but we arrived at the inn bug bite free and left with about 10-12 bites a piece. So- you do the math there.
Suffice to say we won't be returning.
Let me begin by saying this “room” cost $500ish a night. After an Airbnb fell through I called ahead to ask them if they allowed an ESA dog. I have a note from my health provider and everything, some people may think ESA dogs are bs, mine is not, enough said.
They called back and said, we’ll allow it but you must pay a $125 cleaning fee. I agreed. They did not tell me that along with that cleaning fee they would put me in what must be their worst room which they refer to as a suite.
It’s room 10 FYI. Basically they shoved my husband and I in the kids corner because we had our 14 lb Maltese. After a night of nonstop noise from the kids upstairs I asked to move, they very nicely said sorry but we are making an exception even allowing you to be here with a dog, this is the only room for you.
Do not make an exception. Either take the $125 cleaning fee and then allow me the courtesy of all other guests, able to switch rooms due to noise etc, able to go anywhere on the property or do not make an exception. Either you give every guest the same treatment or just don’t allow dogs of any kind, there is no middle ground.
I don’t have pictures of the room, too depressing to take any, it was dark ( if you kept the shades up you’d see kids right there playing outside 1 foot away) and on the bottom floor facing the woods, the bathroom was minuscule, I found dead insects in the windowsill and there was an odd smell to the room itself.
The cherry on the cake is that they absolutely had a pest problem. My husband, myself and even my dog left with bug bites. I told the Inn about it after realizing we were covered in bites and they denied they had any and I never heard back.
If you need to stay in Lexington I don’t know what to tell you but if you have flexibility stay at Clarendon Square BNB. It’s in Boston, the suite there is actually a suite, it’s wonderful - huge bathroom, insane closet, lovely room, and it’s $100-200 cheaper.
This is a Relais & Châteaux property. We were going to book another Relais & Châteaux property The Point in NY for the Fall, but after this experience I won’t, and I’ll contact Relais & Châteaux and let them know how badly this reflects on their whole brand.
The Inn is owned by an Angel named Trisha Pėrez Kennealy.
It is located in the historical centre of Lexington, MA and has all the facilities of a major-city hotel. The staff are all efficient, friendly and helpful. The food, from breakfast through dinner is fine & tasty.
It deserves a Michelin rating!
I recently had lunch with a group of friends at the restaurant in this inn. The food was great, the cocktails were even better, the atmosphere of the spring afternoon in the dining area was cheery and charming, and the staff were very kind and attentive!
We have stayed here on two separate occasions in a standard room in the Isaac Mulliken House (one had a fireplace, the other didn't). We live in Boston but have used this as a "date night" -- a dinner for two at the on-site restaurant,* a stay in one of the plush rooms, and a quiet on-site breakfast** the next morning.
* The restaurant is called "Artistry on the Green." The main dining room has more of an "occasion" feel, but there is also an arguably more informal bar.
** Breakfast was buffet style the first time we went and is now a la carte -- both were fantastic.
The Guest Services agents we have worked with (including Nancy and Agnes) were very professional. We also really appreciated the bartender Tim.