I recently stayed at this hotel for the second time, and I definitely recommend it. Although I recall being happy with the Element the first time I stayed here a year and a half ago, I think it has even improved with age. I found it exceedingly comfortable and restful for a quick one-night stay. It still also looks very new, despite being a few years old now.
I had to make a last-minute trip to Cambridge and there was really nothing affordable there, which was likely due to the several events that were going on at Harvard at the time. I wasn’t interested in staying in Downtown Boston, so I settled on something in the suburbs as an alternative. I was happy to see that the Element and Aloft aren’t all that far from Cambridge, plus had low rates. The rates were basically the same for both hotels at the time, but I ultimately settled on the Element over the Aloft because it offers much more spacious rooms, free breakfast, and just a nicer/calmer environment.
The Element is located just off of I-95, and at least for getting to Cambridge, it was an easy drive down the Concord Turnpike (abut 20 minutes). The hotel is a bit isolated on a hill, and I didn’t see much of anything nearby during either stay, in terms of restaurants or stores. You can easily drive on 95 north a couple of exits to the Burlington Mall area for more than enough restaurant choices.
The Element really isn’t very aesthetically pleasing from the outside, but it’s much better on the inside. Everything is very clean and modern, decorated in earth tones. I was impressed by how spotless everything was. We even noticed some areas in the hallway that needed to be painted while we were there, and sure enough, the next morning, they had been. There seems to be very good attention to detail here.
When we arrived around noon, we were able to check-in immediately, and found the woman at the front desk to be very friendly and welcoming. We were in one of the studio suites with 2 queens (room 265), and it was exactly as I remembered it from my first stay. I was impressed that everything in the room was still spotless and felt new. One could argue that the rooms are a bit drab and too neutral, but I find them restful. I think the design of these rooms is smart. The studio suites are basically L-shaped, with the kitchenette along one wall as you come into the room, a couch straight ahead along the window, and beds off to the side. The large desk and tv on a rotating stand serve as a divider between the bed and kitchen sides of the room. The way the room was laid out made it easy for everyone to have some space to themselves. One person could be working at the desk while another sat on one of the kitchen stools and used the counter as a work space.
The bathroom is quite large and nice as well. The bathroom could even have been made a bit smaller to give the rest of the room more space. The sink has plenty of counter space and the walk-in shower is really large with a nice rainforest-style showerhead. Shampoo and shower gel are in the shower in dispensers (I honestly couldn’t tell the difference between the two). We had one small issue with the toilet. The toilet has two flush options marked on top, a half flush and full flush. I’m not exactly sure how, but one of the two buttons was stuck down and the toilet wouldn’t flush when we arrived. Luckily it ended up being pretty easy to fix by taking the top off the toilet and fooling around with it.
All in all, we really enjoyed the room and even liked having the kitchen area (something I’m never much of a fan of). It was impeccably clean, unlike at some other long-term stay chains, and having kitchen supplies was great when we had some food to bring back to the room to eat.
You also can’t go wrong with the beds, since they are the very comfortable Westin heavenly beds. I was able to get good sleep in the bed. The only issue was that the HVAC system was a bit loud while we were sleeping. Otherwise, the hotel is very quiet and in a quiet setting.
We enjoyed the free breakfast in the lobby in the morning. It was very well-stocked, and an attendant was constantly refilling things. My only complaint would be that some items were a little cold, such as the French toast. However, the selection was generally good. There was French toast, two breakfast sandwiches to choose from, oatmeal, and lots of cold options. The little smoothie ‘shots’ that they offer are tasty as well. There was also a sign indicating that some hot food is available during the week at night.
All in all, I do recommend the Element Lexington. I had a positive experience here in the past, and I enjoyed it even more this time. It is fresh and clean, and the eco-friendly theme is never a bad thing. I would be a little careful with making sure the location is ok for where you need to be. It is a little isolated. Otherwise, I won’t hesitate to stay here next time I am in the area.
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- Element Lexington focuses on keeping guests feeling fresh, focused and at their best. Surrounded by rich colonial history and a vibrant business community, it is located 20 min from downtown Boston. ... more less
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- Element Lexington Hotel Lexington