My friends and I were forced to go on a trip to Great Barrington, MA because of a friend's wedding. After extensive amounts of research, my friends and I opted to stay at the Lantern House Motel simply because it was the cheapest place around. That's right, the $169 MOTEL room was the cheapest in the vicinity. Out of curiosity, I just did a super quick search of hotel prices in San Francisco, and the Parc 55 Wyndham, a 4**** hotel in downtown SF, is $189 a night. I've stayed there, it's lovely. I understand that the entire Great Barrington area is (inexplicably) expensive, and of course the owner of any business is wont to follow the market pricing, but it is BEYOND me how these prices are fair. This was certainly not a $169 hotel room experience.
When we arrived, the owner was sitting at his desk on the phone on what did not sound like a pressing call. He kept saying the name of his website over and over. While we were waiting, his wife opened the door leading into their home and I caught a glimpse of what was at least a 70" LED television. After waiting for well over 5 minutes, we were finally helped, at which point the owner explained that if we gave him a good review, then we would be given nicer rooms when we came back to stay another time. I wish I was making that up. I do feel confident that I won't be back.
He was nice enough to put our party in adjoining rooms, but once we got in there, scenes from every motel-set horror movie started playing in my mind. Knotted pine wood paneling. Ruffled curtains. Plaid. And before you start thinking of me as a city snob, no. I've spent most of my life at barns and farms, and I appreciate a simple lifestyle. I don't appreciate it looking like the Salvation Army farted its leftovers into the room I'm staying in. I should also mention that my friend's room was too small for two people to stand up in.
Decor aside, what really seals my dislike for the Lantern House is the owner's general over-involvement in our stay. Our first morning there, he called my room and asked said he was calling because he didn't see our car in the lot (immediately outside your door, pal) and wondered if we were there. Why does it matter to him? We had a specific discussion with this man that we didn't want our rooms cleaned that day, and that we were hanging our DND signs on the doors so please don't worry about cleaning. Despite this, we came home from the wedding party to find that things in our rooms had been rearranged - lights were turned off, papers and phone chargers were rearranged on various tables, windows were closed, air conditioners had their settings changed. Entering my room that I am paying for when I asked you to please not to is invasive behavior in my book. If he was so concerned about the extra $1 that me leaving a light on might cost him, he should really re-think his gargantuan television. Beyond this, he was generally lurking all over the place - there wasn't one time that I left my room and didn't see him hanging around.
I also want to mention that at one point, the (tiny) TV in my room had a black screen pop up over the picture and letters started typing across the screen. It read "YOU." I wish i was kidding.
I do give it two stars because the place was clean and, surprisingly, no one was murdered. Normally that is all I would expect from a motel. But when you're charging me $169 a night, I expect better service - which means staying out of my hair unless I ask for something.
I read a review from one lady saying that after she posted a negative review of this place, the owner called her to complain about what she had written. We'll see if that happens.
Don't stay here. In fact, don't come to Great Barrington at all. It's an awful place. I'm literally on antibiotics now after being there. But, if your friend forces you to go to the Berkshires for their wedding, it's worth the cash to go to the Old Inn on the Green or Mepal Manor.
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