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1896 House - Brookside & Pondside Motels

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2.5 of 5
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910 Cold Spring Road, Williamstown, MA 01267
1896 House - Brookside & Pondside Motels
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Ranked #5 of 13 Hotels in Williamstown
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Canton CT
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8 reviews 8 reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This lodging had positives and negatives. The location was ideal for touring the area. The room was clean and the bathroom newly redone. The grounds were spacious and tranquil once the highway traffic abated. The room was also musty and dimly lit. The staff took 3 hours to figure out how to turn on the heat. The hot water was... More 

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Greenfield, Massachusetts
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We ended up staying at the 1896 house Pondside after an extremely poor experience in another motel and a great referral from a local waitress. We stayed in the Sweetheart Room. It wasn't super big, but it was plenty big enough for my husband and I who were celebrating our 20 years together and our 16th wedding anniversary. The room... More 

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Charlottesville, Virginia
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

The 1896 House gets a lot of things right, but what they get right is being a good 1958 roadside motel. The Brookside and Pondside motels are standard roadside motels, with rooms that have the standard (comfortable) beds and a bathroom. The rooms are immaculate, but have the same smell as when you visit your great-grandmother. The wooden walls make... More 

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Columbia, Connecticut
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

First off, one thing not pointed in most of the reviews here is that the 1896 is kind of a complex of 3 small old inns and motels. Point being, one reviewer complained about a bad experience, but check the overall reviews. Each inn/motel is quite different. The Barnside features some beautiful suites/apartments with big front decks, situated in the... More 

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Hyde Park, New York
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91 reviews 91 reviews
13 hotel reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

We stayed here a couple of years ago and chose to return for our visit in January. The room was clean and pleasant... like a cabin with paneled walls. One night there weren;t enough people staying to have the breakfast buffet so our breakfast was brought to our room. It was a hearty breakfast of eggs, bacon, toast and a... More 

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Living room
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55 reviews 55 reviews
14 hotel reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015 via mobile

We paid about $200 for Living Social deal for the room 2 nights weekend with a bottle of wine you can bring with you to the restaurant to use your $35 voucher for dinner. It also included a box of chocolates. The restaurant was a awesome and loved the little bridge walkway to the restaurant. It was nice how they... More 

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Hyde Park, NY
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39 reviews 39 reviews
11 hotel reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Stopped here a couple of years ago to take in the sites of Williamstown and was not disappointed. So for a few day winter stay decided to go back. Since it was not the best travel time, there were not too many people there. The usual breakfast buffet was canceled and we got room service instead. Next day there were... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

I would absolutely recommend you avoid this place and spend your money elsewhere. It's is a total rip off with crappy service and bad attitude from the owners. We arrived late at night, the room was freezing. I tried to set the thermometer at higher temperature but the heating system was not working, indeed NO air was flowing through no... More 

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Hingham, Massachusetts
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

First timers, father and son Berkshire hunters getaway. Spent 2 days in room 11 Pondside along with group of fellow outdoorsmen who have made the 1896 House their hunting "home away from home" for many years. I must say, I see why they return yearly. The rooms are very well appointed. Beds quite comfortable, and the owners treat you like... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

We just returned from one night at Pondside Motel. Visiting the area for a son's cross country meet. I had booked one night at the Brookside (had the confimation in hand) but upon arrival I was told they were booked so we went to Pondside. I expected a basic motel room, but this felt a bit subpar. One curtain was... More 

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