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“A stay like home” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Element Lexington
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Lexington
Poland Spring Maine
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1 review
“A stay like home”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2008

I stayed at the element for a couple weeks in October while working in the area. I must say that my stay here was one of the highlights of my trip!

The staff was all marvelous, fun to deal with, extremely helpful and courteous. Their service was excellent!

The amenities we splendid. Where do I begin?! High ceilings giving the feeling of great spaciousness, plenty of room in the kitchen, loved the TV, living room arrangement and office space. The bed was very comfortable with plenty of covers to arrange as needed.

Being a green hotel, the stated commitment is low impact and I greatly appreciated the use of Seventh Generation products. However, I hung my towels indicating that I wanted to reuse them and they were changed anyway. I simply averted this by using the don't disturb sign on my door and gave them feedback on my follow-up survey.

The location is directly off I-95 and a breeze to get to regardless of traffic. The grocery is just around the corner only minutes away with dining and entertainment all very close. My favorite dining experience was at the Tango Restaurant in Arlington, less than 20 minutes from the Element. A live South American duo played during our entire meal and the food was traditional and delicious.

I would love to stay at the Element anytime and hope I have opportunity to again.

  • Liked — Their green effort, style and professionalism
  • Disliked — Nothing!
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Thank DeannaU
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Winnipeg
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42 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2008

My husband and I stayed at the element for just one night before our flight out of Boston the next morning, and we wished we could have stayed longer. The room was gorgeous; dark wood floors and modern furnishings, nice kitchenette, huge shower, pillowtop mattress, widescreen TV with DVD player. It was a little noisy when people walked by in the hall however, and you could faintly hear the music that was playing in the lobby (which was a little too loud for such a big, echoey place). Also, the shower leaked out along one wall, soaking a pile of clothes I had dropped there. Still, I would love to come back for a week if I could afford it! It's beautiful.

  • Liked — modern look, friendly staff
  • Disliked — leaky shower, noise
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Thank Happy_Scrappy
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Florida
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20 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2008

I’ve been here since August 3rd and have to check out tomorrow. I hate to go! I found this hotel on Trip Advisor and reading the new reviews find they cover most everything. The staff is unbelievably courteous and helpful. It has been a terrific place to stay if you have to work in the Lexington, Concord, or even Bedford area. It is also a great location for tourist activities.

I would like to add to the current reviews. The social hour is Monday through Thursday from 6 pm to 7:30 pm. Sometimes on Wednesdays they cook hamburgers and hotdogs on the patio grill. Breakfast is available from 6:30 am until 9:30 am during the week and 7 am to 10 am on the weekends. (There were a couple of weekends when the hotel was full and breakfast seemed like a mad house compared to the week days.) This hotel is also pet friendly. The hotel has a shuttle running on the weekends that will take you to Burlington Mall or Alewife Train Station.

They are working on the shower problem. I think they are finished with the first floor installing a rubber gasket on the bottom of the door. I have just been laying a towel down. It didn’t seem like a big deal because there are so many great things about this hotel.

I agree about this hotel being hard to spot from Rt 128! It’s exit 30A and it helps to look for the signs for Minuteman National Historical Park and Hanscom Air Field. The Park literally begins across the street. If you miss the exit traveling south, take the SECOND exit to come back around or you will be taking a scenic drive!

I don’t know about the comment about the air conditioning blowing over the bed. I have been on the 4th floor the whole time and my air conditioner blows the blind on my window, not the bed. Also I haven’t had anyone walking over me! I have heard people talking in the hall.

Here are some tips:

Concord has good tourist things to do including the historical center which has shops and several restaurants. I liked Walden Grille the best. http://waldengrille.com/ The Old North Bridge is a nice walk from either side. Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge has a great trail for walking or running. Minuteman National Historical Park has a 5.5 mile trail good for walking, biking or running. There is a Rite Aid in Concord but no grocery store.

Lexington has lots of restaurants on Massachusetts Avenue as well as a CVS. The CVS has large photos from the past of what that strip used to look like in their windows. My favorite restaurant there is Not Your Average Joes. http://www.notyouraveragejoes.com/locations/# It’s near the Starbucks. There is parking in the back for this strip. There is also a Walgreens in Lexington and a small Stop & Shop grocery store. The Super Stop & Shop is in Bedford which is one exit north.

  • Liked — It's clean and new and has everything you need
  • Disliked — No complaints
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Thank WorkingAndPlaying
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Cape Cod, Massachusetts
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81 reviews
43 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2008

I would describe the great design, comfort, and staff courtesy we found at the Element Lexington, but so many other reviewers have already done so. Everything said is true. On top of it all it incorporates "green" concepts throughout, proving it can be done without sacrificing a feeling of luxury or any comfort.

The place itself is really beautiful, nestled in the woods and very handy to Minute Man National Historical Park with great trails for biking and hiking. We were provided with two free bikes for a morning workout combined with history lesson as there are information markers all along the trails. In fact, the whole Lexington area is history-loaded.

Breakfast was simple but completely adequate for most tastes.

There was a pleasant social hour, complimentary, with beer, wine and snacks. The big, open lobby is beautifully designed for comfortable hanging out, with different activity areas including a Wii screen.

While its target clientele is long-term business and it has all the business accoutrements, the hotel is fine for families, couples old and young, and for swingers - you can walk across to the Aloft (a partner hotel) bar for a little neon and amusement.

Some caveats:
Although the Element is just off Route 95/128 it is very hard to find. Apparently, signage isn't permitted at the turnoff for the entrance.

Pool quite small but good for children, not for real swimmers.

There's no restaurant at the hotel but plenty of choice in Lexington center, a short drive.

This is a new hotel so there are still some start-up glitches such as our shower door designed so the water gushes out under it on to the bathroom floor (not very eco); not enough brochures on hand for bike trails and things to do in the area, but – att. travelingmannyc - there is now a good selection of newspapers available in the lobby.

Bottom line: Absolutely great hotel.

  • Liked — design, comfort, location
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
Thank Rasha36
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Saskatchewan
Level Contributor
80 reviews
48 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2008

Brand new hotel in Lexington, only about 10 min. drive to Alewife "T" "(i.e. subway) station, where there is a huge parking garage. Hotel is immaculately clean. Ultra post-modern design throughout. Room had refirgerator, stove, microwave, dishwasher, sink, hi def TV, internet connection, VERY comfortable beds. Seems to cater to business travellers, and price drops noticably on weekends. This is a real gem in an area which tends to be extremely expensive. For those interested in US history, the hotel is very close to some of the sites associated with the opening events of the American rebellion of 1775-76. Price included an EXCELLENT breakfast - hot and cold items.

  • Liked — Location, Price, Style
  • Disliked — A few problems with billing i.e. computer glitches on their part
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank TravelNotTourism
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Property: Element Lexington
Address: 727 Marret Rd - B, (for October 1, 2008), Lexington, MA 02421
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Location: United States > Massachusetts > Lexington
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Lexington
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Element Lexington 3*
Number of rooms: 123
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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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