The Hotel: Berkshire Mountain Lodge
Pittsfield MA, in the Berkshires
*The Berkshire Mountain Lodge is just off of Route 7, the region’s main artery. It’s a bit off on it’s own but only ten minutes from the town centers of both Lenox and Pittsfield. You can get to pretty much anywhere you would want to visit in the Berkshires in 35 minutes or less. There are several good dining options a few minutes away.
This sizable hotel looks plain from the outside but inside it’s been recently renovated. The large lobby (top) has a warm, comfortable feel. It took Tiny Traveler 15 seconds to find the popcorn machine and soft drink fountain in the lobby and to settle into one of the wingback chairs with her snack. So yes, it’s very family friendly and the staff is helpful.
The Mountain Lodge is an all-suites hotel (check *rates!)and these were some of the biggest and homiest suite-rooms we’ve stayed in during our travels. There is a full, equipped kitchen and dining table, good size living room with a pullout couch, large bathroom, and separate bedroom. It can easily sleep 4 and even 5 with a portable crib, rollaway or inflatable kid’s bed. There are TVs in both the living and bedroom. The toiletries were nice.
We had planned to explore Lenox that evening, but we liked the room so much we decided to just stay in, relax and make the most of it.
Given the location the Berkshire Mountain Lodge seems like the sort of hotel where you spend your day out doing things and just come back to sleep. So we were surprised and pleased by all the great extras it offered.
There is a good size indoor pool that wasn’t too cold and an outdoor hot tub. Even with a half dozen kids in the water at one point it wasn’t too loud or crowded. The Mountain Lodge offers kids activities including a late-afternoon movie and craft projects in the afternoon. We arrived too late for either, but the front desk had some of the “fairy jars” they’d made that day (a mason jar filled with paper fairies, greenery and glitter) and it was definitely of the coolest art projects I’ve seen a hotel do.
There’s no restaurant onsite, but there are several close by. We visited the Stop & Shop supermarket for a rotisserie chicken and some easy-to-make sides. A gourmet store further down the road was our source for local beer and breakfast items the next morning. We had our rolls and doughnuts with the free coffee and tea in the lobby.
Spotting a DVD player in the room we headed to the front desk to ask if the lodge had discs to lend. We were handed a thee-page list with recent releases, classics and plenty of kid movies. We chose the seventh Harry Potter movie and settled in for a relaxing evening of dinner and a show in our PJs.
Wi-Fi and parking are free. The Mountain Lodge has several bicycle racks out front and they were pretty full. I’m not sure if a lot of guests arrive that way or if they take the bikes off their cars to lock them up over night.
The Bottom Line:
The rates ($113 in low season to $250 in peak weeks) seem reasonable for the size of the room and amenities. The pool was good. We liked all the extras and the room itself. We would absolutely stay here again if we were skiing on nearby slopes in winter or coming to hike, bike and explore in the museums in spring, summer or fall.
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* We were guests of Berkshire Mountain Lodge for our one-night stay. We did not agree in advance to any particular coverage in exchange for the stay and our opinions are always our own.
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