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The Porches Inn at MASS MoCA
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   231 River St, North Adams, MA 01247   |  
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Ranked #1 of 3 hotels in North Adams
Brooklyn
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Fantastic Stay!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2007

Dear Porches,
We came to North Adams to
participate in an art exhibition. The project required us to respond to North Adams once there--
so we couldn't prepare for it before our arrival.

Through the hospitality and resources of the Porches we
were able to turn a stressful context into an enjoyable and creative experience. While staying at the Porches we were rested, relaxed, well fed (through your fantastic breakfasts) and extremely productive. The wired and spacious environment of the conference room off of the pool allowed us to focus and use our time efficiently and enjoyably. During our stay we experienced several 10 hour work days. Impressively, they became the most memorable and leisure filled work days we have had. We know such a context could have unfolded quite differently elsewhere.
To say we were captivated by the details of your accommodations would be an understatement. The design, architecture, lighting and decor of your incredible spaces, in combination with the extremely courteous staff, resonated with us and our practice. We feel that the Porches is not just a place to stay, but a place of inspiration and joy.

Many thanks!
EE & JK

Stayed May 2006
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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New York
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37 reviews 37 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2006

My husband and I stayed a second time at Porches Inn in the middle of December and it was even better than our first stay. We arrived several hours before check-in and were shown to our room immediately. Also, as we were checking in, we helped ourselves to the freshly baked cookies and hot apple cider in the lobby. Our room had a King size bed with a wonderfully soft warm down comforter. The decor is also soft and warm. Just the thing when the outside temperature is in the 30's. The rooms have individual digital thermostats, so we set ours to 80 and went out to the year-round, 24 hours a day jacuzzi. Definately one of the reasons we came back. Nothing quite like sitting in a hot tub looking at the stars. DVD's are available for loan(free) from the front desk.The bathrooms are very large with tubs built for two and immacuately clean. My husband pointed out that the entire hotel was spotlessly clean. All the woodwork was polished to a glow and floors, walls, even corners completely free of dust or grime. We did have a problem with a party going on upstairs from us with a lot of door slamming, loud voices, etc. at about midnight. We called the front desk and within minutes heard the staff come up the stairs to address the problem. My only "complaint" would be that breakfast, which is included, could have been a little better. The offerings were somewhat sparse (muffins, fruit) and the coffee only tepid. Other than that, I would highly recommend this hotel for a romantic getaway. Staff is extremely friendly and helpful and their winter rates really make the trip worth it.

Stayed December 2006
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Boston
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2006

We stayed at this hotel for one night with the thought of a romantic get away, a visit to the MassMoCA and perhaps some visiting to the surrounding Bershire area. We came up thinking we might stay an extra night if the hotel was really nice - we ended up staying only one night. This hotel is "fine" but certainly not worth $300 per night. Our alternative destination was New York City and the hotel there was $325 per night - a luxury hotel on Park Avenue!! For $300/night at Porches, we had a mediocre suite where we could have our dog with us (at an extra $50/night!!) and the surrounding area was really dumpy. I can see why this place is popular in the summer time but late fall (late November) was a bust. All this said, it does appear that this is the only "good" place to stay in North Adams.

  • Liked — Accross the street from Mass MoCA
  • Disliked — the price
  • Stayed August 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2006

We stayed at the Porches for three nights in October and what a great place. We had a suite (my husband, my daughter and myself) with a pull out couch in the living area. The beds were comfy and the bathroom was fabulous with a jacuzzi tub and large shower head. The only thing that I might change is the lighting (not very bright) and the TV is in the bedroom as opposed to the living area. I know we're not there to watch TV but... The pool, sauna and hot tub were great and there is an area with a fire pit and a cool sitting area higher up in back. The breakfast was nice and the rocking chairs on the porch are a fun touch. There is a turn down service along with home made peppermint patties left on your pillows. Cookies and cider in the reception area at night was another nice touch. All in all this is a really nice place. I can't wait to go back.

  • Liked — It was all pretty nice
  • Disliked — children running upstairs were pretty loud
  • Stayed October 2006, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2006

we had a fantastic stay at this hotel 3 years ago and decided to return this time for 3 nights. The hotel was just as we remembered, really unusual, but very comfortable, quiet and with fantastic views from our room and pool. We had a King room and it was a great size, with a window looking over the hills and a large bathroom. All was absolutely spotless. The hotel was busy on the weekend, but by Monday the car park was almost empty.
Unfortunately the service and staff at the hotel have really let it down. We reserved using the link on the hotel website. However, once the hotel confirmed the room, they would not honour the rate which was quoted and on the initial quote produced by the website. The hotel did not see this as their problem, as they said they did not run the website. Interesting as they provide the link......
The hot tub was unavailable for the first evening. when we checked in, the front desk said it would be ready in an hour. an hour later, they said another hour and so it went on. The following morning we got up early to use the tub and they were filling it with cold water. Again, we were unable to use it. Not sure they picked the best times to perform maintenance, as surely these would be the most popular times? When I complained about the hot tub availability, the staff were not interested.
We asked for a restaurant recommendation, which they did, but didn't warn us we would need to book as they were all full by the time we got there......
We ordered breakfast in our room the first day. Fruit juice, tea/coffe and a pastry was the selection on offer, with a choice of 3 things for the pastry. We both ordered muffin and a croissant appeared. Our selection was not available and indeed remained that way for our stay. Not great when you only have a choice of 3 to start with. The offer was the same in the main breakfast room.
Finally, upon checkout, the staff were very abrubt and rude. They
did not ask if we had enjoyed our stay and were generally very unhelpful. For me, this was the nail in the coffin and we would not return. A real shame for a lovely, unique hotel.

  • Liked — Unique, clean, comfortable bed
  • Disliked — Staff
  • Stayed September 2006, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Newark, New Jersey
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12 hotel reviews
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61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2006

We decided to go to the Berkshires & see a play & perhaps Tanglewood. I searched several websites & many B&B'S were booked up. Then I saw a review on the Porches, which were all positive. We booked a 1 bd suite with a queen bed, pretty pricey but it was a long weekend. My husband & I grew up in the Boston area but had never been to this part of MA. The Porches are a dozen or so row houses renovated, so realistic that we kept pulling into real row houses that families lived in. Finaly we saw the name PORCHES written on the last house. I thought with the name we would have a porch, not so only 1/2 doz small porches from individual rms & a long porch in front connecting all the blds. As soon as we walked into the rm I felt like I had been transported back to the 50's . Not in the tv or movies nostolgic way, but when we visited many of our relatives who lived in row houses with old curtains & furniture, made to look worn out ,not "shabby chic". Across from the town mill where the men, mostly wrked 12 hrs in dirty, dark conditions. Now the mill across from the porches is an art museum, I swear it was a full day until someone told me that it wasn't a mill anymore.Luckily we booked a 1 BD suite because the studio rooms were no bigger than jail cells. With every thing looking so drab inside it was a nice change to go into the lobby area wth some public rms & a F/P, big leather chairs, books & a computer area. There was a very nice outside pool next to a "rec" house. We saw a fantastic play, & went sightseeing around the colonial looking towns. I have to say it was kind of depressing to come back to our "row house" room, it seemed so dark & dingy. I know thats the effect the owners were going for but it was a little too realistic for people who grew up like that. I think We will choose a colonial B&B, with cozy comforters & perhaps a F/P, next visit

  • Liked — The area, your near, culture,entertainment, shopping ,sightseeing, good food in nearby towns
  • Disliked — no elevators, rooms dark & oppressive& one HK, that didn't knock just used her key to come in
  • Tips/Secrets — If you lived in the south in big open houses this may be interesting to you
  • Stayed August 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Connecticut
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2006

We read all the wonderful reviews and even feature articles in magazines. We hope to save someone else some grief and wasted money. We stayed for one night and that was one night too long! The inn is very attractive from the outside and even the hallways. They allow pets and we have a little 7 pounder. We entered the main area where the front desk is located. I was carrying my tiny dog and was immediately told to get out because pets are not allowed in common areas! How pet-friendly! We reserved two suites. The first suite was located on the main floor. When we got there the door was wide open. It smelled so bad you could smell the stench in the hallway! It was overwhelming like the moldiest, damp basement. We refused the room and were told that maybe we would get our money refunded. The suite that didn't smell was tiny and cramped. The few lamps they have give off no light, so you can't see anything,the bathroom door was unclosable unless you rammed it ten times with your foot, the TV was tiny and only in the bedroom, the towels are stacked under the sink (not very sanitary), the sink had no water pressure. All this for over $300 a night! The surrounding area is very depressed. The one bright spot? Isabella's restaurant (located between North Adams and Williamstown) is a gem!

  • Liked — The paint colors
  • Disliked — Too many to list
  • Tips/Secrets — Stay somewhere else
  • Stayed August 2006
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 231 River St, North Adams, MA 01247
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Location: United States > Massachusetts > Berkshires > North Adams
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 hotels in North Adams
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Porches Inn at MASS MoCA 3.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Porches Inn consists of seven renovated Victorian-era buildings that originally provided housing for the area’s mill workers. Located across the street from MASS MoCA, Porches’ guest rooms and public spaces employ a clever synthesis of retro and contemporary designs. The inn’s 47 rooms and suites are fully wired, offering free WiFi, BluRay/DVD players and complimentary DVDs. Porches' healthful continental breakfast is included in the room rate and may be eaten in the Breakfast Room, on the porch (weather permitting) or delivered to your room in the inn's signature metal lunchbox. The inn features a year-round heated outdoor pool, hot tub, sauna, bonfire pit, fitness room and meeting rooms for retreats and special events. ... more   less 
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