The Cornell in Lenox is a friendly B&B, on the outskirts of Lenox. You can walk to the center of town in 5-10 minutes and to Tanglewood in about 45 minutes (2 miles). That makes it a nice base for a summer weekend in the Berkshires, especially for classical music lovers. We chose to walk instead of drive to the sold-out John Williams 80th Birthday concert, and pretty much kept pace with the cars!
The decor embraces New England Americana, and depending on your taste, you might find it super cute or super "kitsch." Regardless, the rooms were well-maintained and super clean. For breakfast, the chef whips up a fantastic buffet spread of homemade creations that change daily: pumpkin spice pancakes, melt-in-your mouth banana muffins, french toast, eggs, quiche, home fries, and breakfast meats. The quality and selection was well above what I've had at similar inns, and certainly something to swoon over. There are tables both inside and outside in the garden, which is really relaxing on a summer morning.
Above all, props to the Cornell for being one of the few Inns in the area that does not have an obnoxious three-night minimum for summer weekends. This was a key factor in our choice to stay there and something we were very thankful for. Cornell's summer weekend prices are high for sure, but come out looking decent when you compare them to others in the area.
There was one "negative" asterisks to our experience: we had an odd room mix-up that gave us pause. This is the sort of B&B where each room is decorated quite differently, and since we booked 5 months in advance, we had almost the pick of the litter. They have a computerized reservation system and our confirmation clearly stated the room we had booked, but we arrived to find they had put other guests in our room. The only explanation we could get was a sheepish "we don't know why that happened." We were given the only other room available, luckily a nearly identical room in everything but decor, which was pretty different. All was fine in practicality, but we were disappointed not to have the room we selected, especially at $225/night and having booked so far in advance. The only possible explanation we could think of was that someone else asked to switch rooms, and if that's the case, it would have been wrong of Cornell to give them our reservation. Whatever the cause, it might have been nice to see a small gesture of apology (some other places I've stayed might have given a complimentary bottle of wine or a discount on the room) but it wasn't a huge downer overall. Our experience was otherwise good, and I would certainly give the Cornell another shot.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to The Cornell Inn, a three-guesthouse inn located in the heart of historic Lenox village. The inn's Main House (c. 1888) is a Victorian with 10 guest rooms. The Carriage House, circa 1889, is decorated in a country primitive style. Two of the suites in the Carriage House each offer full kitchens, perfect for long-term guests. The MacDonald House, a private family home built in 1777, has 10 guest rooms, each decorated in the Colonial style. All rooms are strictly non-smoking, have private bathrooms, cable television, and air conditioning. Many of our rooms feature fireplaces, whirlpool tubs, mini-bars and/or decks to offer you year-round comfort. The inn has a private pub for houseguests only. We welcome corporate travelers and offer government and corporate rates. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cornell In Lenox Hotel Lenox