This past weekend my husband and I celebrated our one year anniversary by staying at The Porches and traveling around the Berkshires.
We are picky travelers--long gone are the days when I felt comfortable shacking up in a triple bunkbed co-ed hostel room! We seek out unique places to stay and travel, meaning that we love to support original small businesses, in food, retail, and hospitality. On paper, The Porches seemed like just that. We were looking for a place similar to where we stayed for our mini-moon(The Clifton Inn in Charlottesville), for a relaxed and comfortable escape from city life.
First, the positives:
--The renovation, color scheme, and decoration of The Porches is as impressive in person as it is on their website.
--You can easily walk to the MOCA from the hotel.
--The bathroom is huge, cute, and clean.
--The main house has a series of comfortable leather chairs and an exceptionally friendly cat.
Now, the negatives:
--The Porches is right on top of the road. Literally right on top. We were thankful that we didn't have a street facing room; we were back in the building a bit and could still hear the road noise.
--We had been expecting and hoping for a more secluded, nature based 'retreat'. While there is a short path behind the hotel, it's simply a short path to an overlook and then back down.
--The noise level is incredible! Each hotel door's slam (or even quiet closing) jolted me from sleep. There is zero insulation between the first and second floors. We certainly didn't feel as if we were removed from our busy city life--the hotel was louder than our Brooklyn apartment!
--The breakfast room is inadequate for the number of guests at the hotel. This is made worse by brusque, 'bull in a china shop' style workers. The staff was perpetually on top of the guests, roughly clearing tables and shoving food around to restock. It was literally a rude awakening each morning.
So, in conclusion--parts of this hotel are quite nice. North Adams is not an affluent Berkshire town like Lenox or Great Barrington. I'm not sure what happened in North Adams before The Porches and MOCA were renovated. North Adams offers a decent jumping off stop to VT and Williams, but if you're more into visiting other Berkshire towns like Lenox and Great Barrington, it's not all that convenient. And the lack of insulation is a huge negative: it's disappointing to come back from a weekend away no more rested than when you left!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- The Porches Inn At Mass Moca Hotel North Adams
- Porches Hotel North Adams
- Porches North Adams