Mirbeau Inn & Spa at the Pinehills
What We Love
- The 14,000-square-foot spa has a eucalyptus-infused steam room and a heated massage pool
- Rooms have Juliet balconies or patios overlooking Monet water lily pond–inspired gardens
- The treats; house-made madeleines dipped in chocolate are offered at the front desk, and decadent Parisian chocolates by the bed are constantly replenished
- Exclusive, limited-time rates on a newly opened property
What To Know
- The mood is serene, and it's popular with couples
- Located in the Pinehills, a planned residential community anchored by two golf courses, but it's worth the drive to see Plymouth’s sights
- The spa is a special retreat reserved for adults 18 and over
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
The inspiration for the architecture of Mirbeau Inn & Spa at the Pinehills was taken from Impressionist master Claude Monet’s country house in Giverny, France. French instrumental music plays outdoors as visitors take in the impressive three-story, red-shuttered stucco building. The guests keep their voices low, and the hallways, lined with framed prints of Monet’s work, are long and quiet. The interiors, which include custom furniture and fabrics throughout, were designed by Linda Dower (who co-owns the hotel with her husband Gary) and Westley Spruill of Boston-based Deeson Design.
Bed and Bath
The guestrooms are airy and plush, with a rich color scheme of deep grays, blues and yellows. The bedding is custom-made, and most rooms have curtains and bed skirts patterned with toile. Faux exposed beams in the ceilings add a bit of rustic flair, and gas fireplaces keep the rooms feeling cozy. The bathrooms are wonderfully spacious, with a simple, unfussy palette based on white and black; each one is equipped a clawfoot soaking tub, double vanities and a stand-up shower.
The hotel’s big draw is the spa, which offers massages, scrubs, facials, body wraps, manicures and couples treatments. It also features a full-scale gym, in which yoga and fitness classes are offered daily. Henri-Marie, one of two on-site restaurants, is located in a reproduction of a 19th-century family chapel. Executive chef Stephen Coe prepares French cuisine such as sous-vide beef Wellington with foie gras, truffled mushroom duxelle, poivre sauce and a crispy egg. The Bistro & Wine Bar serves more casual interpretations of French bistro classics; the steak frites are to die for, and other highlights include tuna crudo made with a spicy crème fraîche and pickled local seaweed.
In the Area
The inn is located within the Pinehills, a sprawling planned community that features two acclaimed 18-hole championship golf courses for seasonal play. The community village green, where a handful of shops and casual eateries are located, is within walking distance of the inn. And it’s a 10-minute drive to the waterfront in downtown Plymouth, where you’ll encounter an abundance of intriguing historic landmarks relating to the Pilgrims — Plymouth Rock and the Mayflower, for starters. The town center is also lined with stores, from upscale boutiques to cheeky souvenir shops and restaurants.
How to Get There
I stayed here with my significant other for a night and found this hotel quite lovely and well appointed. It is in a victorian style with some modern amenities. The bathroom was large and quite nice. The grounds of the hotel are very well maintained and while I did not attend the spa my significant other did and claimed it is one of the best in the area.
Booking your vacation you're going to encounter staff who are very business-like with almost no personality or ability to have a conversation with you beyond feeding you a very straightforward answer to anything you ask. It's not helpful when you're trying to look at their packages and find out the best way to book your vacation. Luckily, these folks are not at this resort so that is not who you're going to find upon arrival.
The rooms are nice. They used a diffuser, which I wish they didn't, as it bothered me and there's no real way to get the aroma out. It was pleasant, but I got stuffy almost immediately upon entering the room. That aside, they are furnished nicely, the furniture in the room is well kept (often I find this isn't the case and it shows on dark furniture). The products that they supply for your stay are also wonderful and you will want to buy them later.
The spa is great. I thought I would be bored just with a foot soak, some lounges and a hot tub but that wasn't the case as it's very relaxing. The steam room was unbearable, neither of us could stay in it while it was "on" and had to step out and go back in. We did encounter a couple of friends who were loud and obviously drunk, which was unfortunate, but most of the guests were pleasant and aware of those around them. It did get busy on the weekend during the day, but that's to be expected I guess. It was disruptive when appointments would be called in as a mass of people would enter the spa about 15 minutes before and then exit all together about 15 minutes later. This really brought the feeling of the spa down.
We stayed a couple of nights and went to a power yoga class. This left a lot to be desired as there was nothing power about it. I am new to yoga but was almost bored by this class. It also did not run the full time noted on the schedule and wasn't listed as having an alternate length. The instructor also never said hi and just started the class and never one bothered to give any tips, advice or even watch what we were doing.
The food is really good. We had breakfast, lunch and dinner in the spa. I enjoyed that you could be in your robe for breakfast and lunch and it contributed to a very relaxed spa atmosphere. I was amazed the food was as good as it was, I didn't expect it. We had the hash, basic breakfast, calamari (eh), mushroom salad (amazing), quiche, french onion soup, tuna nicoise and scallops.
Overall we had a very pleasant weekend. If I could change anything it would be the yoga classes to add more throughout the day, have them accurately represent the catalogue and also find a way to restrict the number of people in the spa. Advice - go during the week.
Continues to disappoint. My husband and I have been coming here since they opened close to 5 years ago. I assumed they would have managed to work through their growing pains and begin offering a high end smooth running inn and spa. This is simply not the case. Check in at 4:15 went smoothly. Brought to our room and given an overview. Asked about food options. Went down to the restaurant at 4:30 to be told in a not so pleasant way, “we don’t serve food between 4 and 5, but your welcome to sit at the bar”. So our options were, order room service or eat in the wet outdoor patio of the spa in the drizzling rain. Hmmm. An inn that has no food service from 4-5 in its only restaurant. This should have been pointed out to us at checkin. The hostess at this point says, “would you like me to see if they will make you something?, again in a not so pleasant way. Decide to go to the spa. Go out to the patio and find wet cushions and tables not wiped down and no bar tender. Find a towel to place on the cushion, get a cloth, clean off the table, find 2 menus and wait patiently for the bar tender to return. Upon doing so, he immediately serves 2 woman who have walked out after us and then asks for one of our menus to give to them because he only had 2 menus for the entire outdoor patio. What? Hmmm. Here you go, have my menu. He’s now busy taking their order and making them drinks. Says nothing to us. Go inside to use the steam room to find used towels and cucumbers laying about on the benches in the steam room. So, nope, they haven’t worked out the kinks and are not offering a high end inn and spa experience.
I had a lovely visit. The room was pretty and clean. The spa is nice. The food was great and so was the service.
What I liked: Fresh flowers in dining room, friendly bartenders. Fresh croissants and fresh hot popovers served with dinner. No complaints on the food. It was all good. Loved the claw foot soaking tub! It was fabulous. The usual toiletries provided.
In the spa, the massage room was nice and had a gas fireplace and chandelier which added to the experience. The locker room had all the amenities you would need.
What I didn't like and the reason I gave 4 stars instead of 5:
#1 I got a manicure at the spa. It was a poor manicure and they had someone re-do it the next day. The 2nd one was also bad (see photos - the worst a friend has ever seen). For the price, I expected better. I mentioned this in my survey and in an email to the spa manager. I've not heard back.
#2 A woman was talking on a cell phone in the "quiet" area and nothing was done about it. This took away from the experience.
#3 The hot tub area was fairly crowded . People stay and linger for hours so good luck getting a seat. The ratio of seats to people is not good. They need to limit it somehow.
The "quiet" area with the foot soak is over hyped. It's a shallow pool with a big rock in it, period. People talk in the "quiet" area which defeats the purpose.
Also, there's nothing else to do in the general (walking) area if you were looking for that.
All in all a nice visit.
Rooms are well appointed and nice size. The staff was very polite and helpful. The Spa relaxation room was absolutely heavenly! The most comfortable chairs anywhere. I had a wonderful facial which I enjoyed greatly, although their spa treatments are rather pricey.