It is very hard to give this hotel an overall rating: there is much that is marvellous about this inn, but there are some things which I found a bit hard to live with.
First of all, our approach - via a large industrial plant on the edge of Adams and then a long, rather run-down road made us wonder where on earth we had come to. We found it off-putting to the point where we both left the car with sinking feelings in our stomachs.
Thank goodness for the warm welcome to the delightful interior of the hotel. It is lovely inside - quite beautifully and artistically decorated, using natural materials. The dining area is a relaxing and pleasant place to sit with a glass of one of the large range of teas.
Our (greek) room lived up to our high expectations decor-wise and the bathroom was very good - with stylish glass washbasin and funky bath complete with coloured lights!
The eco-products were fun to use (and I am completely in support of the chemical-free principle) but, subjectively, not as effective or pleasing to smell as those which I had taken on holiday - but, hey, I knew about this beforehand and I could easily put up with it for a few days.
The room was a little impractical, with limited hanging space, but the main issue for us was the air circulation system, which we found to be unpleasantly noisy, especially at night (even with ear-plugs.) Strangely, the bathroom fan was near-silent in comparison.
Breakfast was generally great - the melon soup with plum syrup was one of the most enjoyable things which i have ever been given at a hotel breakfast - and most things were both tasty and healthy, which made a very welcome change from much of the food we had consumed during our trip.
The proprietors were interesting, helpful and friendly. I liked their music, too! But you have to be aware that you are there on their terms and, for example, being told that having a cup of tea in the bedroom is strongly discouraged does feel a bit odd. It was, for example, quite the opposite from the previous place where we had stayed where we we advised to "treat it like your own home while you are here..."
Overall, then - a memorable and mostly very positive experience.
- Also Known As:
- Topia Hotel Adams
- Topia Hotel
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Chosen one of the World's Best New Boutique Hotels 2010. Artist decorated rooms. Organic beds and linens. Home baked organic breakfast included. Free Wi-Fi and DVD-HDTV in all the rooms. Clay finish on walls. Located on an 11 mile bike path at the base of Mt Greylock in the heart of Adams, MA. Minutes from museums, festivals and performance spaces. Skiing and snow shoeing in the winter, bike riding, swimming and kayaking in the summer. ... more less
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