Plymouth Rock is reputedly where, in 1620, the creation of the United States began. Nowadays, the area has around 60,000 residents and many tourists – often weekend trippers from Boston or holidaymakers on their way to Cape Cod. Check into a traditional Massachusetts inn or quality chain hotel yourself to explore the shoreline, seafood and history of “America’s Hometown” – bookable on Culture Trip.
With an exterior reminiscent of a French manor house, Mirbeau Inn & Spa feels like it belongs to another time – and that’s just how its husband-and-wife proprietors intend it. Tradition merges with 21st-century amenities, including the gym’s Peloton bikes and the Biotec facial spa treatments. Within a short putt is Pinehills Golf Club, while in-house Bistro & Wine Bar serves (naturally) French-influenced classics such as steak frites to hungry holiday pilgrims.
If you want to be close to amenities, this newly built hotel is the Plymouth pick for you. The Colony Place shopping complex is virtually across the street, with stores like Walmart, Aldi and Petco – the latter being particularly useful for those traveling with their pooch to this dog-friendly establishment. The hotel runs a complimentary shuttle van into downtown Plymouth, so you’ll be able to access the harbor and local attractions.
Harbor views? Check. Walking distance to shops, restaurants and attractions? Double check. Hotel 1620 is at the heart of Plymouth action, right by the Mayflower replica, Plymouth Rock itself and the departure point for sunset cruises on an authentic paddlewheel boat. When you’re not out ticking things off your to-do list, swim some laps in the heated indoor pool.
Touring Massachusetts is something everyone should do at least once, and Hilton Garden Inn is the perfect jump-off point for exploring the state’s nature and history. The sweeping, sandy vistas of Cape Cod are only 10mi (16km) away, while downtown Plymouth is a 2mi (3.2km) drive – or taxi ride, if you’re planning to try craft tipples from the local Mayflower brewing company. Sampled one too many? Treat yourself to a soak in the hot tub and indoor heated pool the next morning.
With an exterior that’s a vision of the New England townhouse, Above the Bay is a charming Massachusetts B&B. Owners Julie and Shawn ensure every guest is made to feel as unique as their bedrooms, which are all eclectically designed with plush bedspreads and local knick-knacks. It’s the perfect stop if Plimoth Plantation – just over 2mi (3.2km) away – is your main port of call.
Checking into the Hampton Inn & Suites is as easy as one, two, key with the Hilton Honors App, through which you can bypass the front desk and leave at your leisure. Downtown Plymouth – with its historic harbor, gleaming seaside architecture and array of independent shops and restaurants – is just 3mi (4.8km) away.
Harbourtown’s 16 suites are ideal for travelers craving peace after a day on nearby Plymouth Long Beach. Part of a residential complex, its suites are bright, white and pack elegant ocean views along with comfy living rooms. Cooking will be a pleasure in a kitchen decked out with all mod-cons, but fear not if you fancy eating out – you’re a one-minute walk from the harbor and downtown.