Stayed in the element -- a new chain under the spg umbrella with my 3 siblings and our 8 kids. We chose it because it had kitchen facilities so thought it would be like the Homewood Suites/Residence Inn type of place. NOT! It's a yuppified place for extended stays -- and it looks like the target audience are junior consultants from PwC or Booz Allen on military projects at the base that need a place to stay and party. So if you fall into that camp and you need to be in Lexington, you'll probably like this place.
The architecture is stark with modern lines and stainless steel. This has a cool factor, but the lack of sound dampening furniture means that the lobby is LOUD.
There seems to be a lack of rooms with 2 beds. Although we were guaranteed 2 doubles, we ended up with 3 king rooms because they were out of rooms with 2 doubles. I understand these things happen if you check in at 6:30pm, but it still was not a pleasant experience so be warned.
The room itself was comfortable and clean. Very interesting furnishings but they seemed more like the product of some hot-shot designer's addled mind that we were only now field-testing. For example, they had a bulletin board that we could write on that was cool, but did not have magnets that we could stick stuff on. They had modern rainfall type showers with clear see-through doors that assumes you don't have kids that have to go, right around the time you are taking your shower so you can't just let them go without covering yourself.
There's a gas grill that guests seem like they can use. Which is helpful again if you're a hotshot consultant relaxing with your team of 20 consultants and want to have a party.
Breakfast was the best part. Very fresh and healthy options. Beds were comfortable -- from the chain that invented the heavenly bed. Exercise room, indoor pool, and laundry rooms were modern and functional.
Weirdest part -- 20+ prime parking spots close to the hotel reserved for electric cars -- all sitting empty.
- Also Known As:
- Element Lexington Hotel Lexington
- Element Lexington Hotel
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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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