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“Truly a Historic Inn” 4 of 5 stars
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1565 Pleasant Street, South Lee, MA 01260   |  
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Ranked #2 of 2 South Lee B&B and Inns
West Hartford, Connecticut
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30 hotel reviews
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
“Truly a Historic Inn”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013 via mobile

The Historic Merrell Inn was a very nice place for us to stay for a Tanglewood weekend. Convenient to the Stockbridge and Lenox Museums, shops and gardens it provide great access to a wide variety of activities. The Inn is truly Colonial America with all the advantages and disadvantages the come with that. While the bathrooms are at best small you have to appreciate the old wood floors, antique caged bar (sorry no wine or other libations) and old dining room. The Innkeepers were very helpful and accommodating. While not perfect by any means it is a very good choice for a trip into the area.

Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Manchester, Connecticut
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2013

The Merrell Inn has a prime location, within driving distance of the highest peak and waterfalls in Massachusetts, surrounded by a plenitude of theaters, and just a stones throw from shopping. I would describe the mill as quaint and charming. We stayed on the third flooring room 5, it is equipped with an individual a/c and own bathroom with stand up shower. It's cozy and comfortable. The Inn is very old but extremely well taken care of.
The innkeepers are a father/son team who are very attentive and helpful. They were there to help out from what to do, to where to eat, offering suggestions showing us maps and menus and even placing reservations for us!

Room Tip: The third floor is really quiet if you don't mind the extra stairs!!
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

Easy to find and centrally located, the Merrell Inn is truly a gem. We were greeted by George, the innkeeper, who graciously offered recommendations to fill the time we spent off the mountain. He was always available to offer directions, not to mention and a wine shop or restaruant along the way! He made us dinner reservations at a French bistro. We would not have found it on our own. The meal was only trumped by dessert! The room was quaintly decorated and even though it had an old world feel it lacked nothing in cleanliness and comfort. George stacked wood in our room's fireplace each evening so we could relax with a touch of luxury.

Nothing beats waking up to breakfast cooking! The local muffins were a great start and the simple menu of breakfast favorites offered something for everyone. The little touches of warmed syrup for yummy blueberry pancakes didn't go unnoticed! We even had to take home a couple of the hand crafted coffee mugs.

There is certainly something to be said for service with a smile. The innkeepers are the right combination of knowledgeable and friendly. We can't wait for our next visit :)

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Greensboro, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2012

I stayed at the Historic Merrell Inn for three days in July; it has become an annual, highly anticipated trip for me. The innkeepers could not be more accommodating. Andrew is always ready with great suggestions for new sites to see in the Berkshires, which is a wonderful area for a wide variety of vacation experiences. Breakfast is very tasty and served with a smile! The rooms are cozy and the inn is quiet for a restful stay. I love the inn not only because of the innkeepers but because of its proximity to Tanglewood Music Center and all the important sites in the area like the Rockwell Museum, downtown Stockbridge and even the attractions in nearby Pittsfield and Williamstown. For a cultural arts fan, you cannot beat the Berkshires, and the Historic Merrell Inn is the place I've enjoyed launching my adventures. Highly recommended!

Room Tip: Rooms upstairs are quieter.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2012

Having run two successful guesthouses on Cape Cod for 17 years, I have a little understanding on how to run and operate a guesthouse. We chose the Merrell Inn for a long weekend in the Berkshires, mainly because of it's location and the past reviews we read on Trip Adviser. Well, the Merrell Inn is certainly historic judging from the age of the building, the condition of the rooms and linen and towels. This is a great guesthouse provided you aren't allergic to the intense smell of burnt timber, you don't mind getting a body scrub when you towel down after a shower, you sleep deeply enough not to be wakened by guests moving about throughout the night or the sound of water rushing through pipework located in the wall behind your bed. The one saving grace was that the window AC worked and the noise is made acted like white noise so I did get some sleep on the second night. At $200 a night I found the Inn greatly overpriced and certainly not value for money. One last observation which is very subjective but might ring a bell with other travelers. I’m not the greatest conversationalist at breakfast time and prefer to be quiet and not engage in conversation I didn’t instigate. I just wish some innkeepers would understand that guests like me don’t want to share the things they did the previous day or their upcoming plans with other total strangers eating breakfast. Just a thought.

Room Tip: I was in Room 3 on the Second Floor at the back of the house. I chose this room because I thought it...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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BerkshireTraveler01, Owner at Historic Merrell Inn, responded to this review, July 27, 2012
If Steven M ran two successful guest houses on Cape Cob for over 17 years, then I’m sure he appreciated feedback from guests while they were there so any issues or questions could be addressed and remedied while they were there. In an area like the southern Berkshires we have many attractions, hiking and museums within just a short drive. The Berkshire Theatre Festival, Shakespeare and Company, Barrington Stage, Jacob’s Pillow and Tanglewood all offer great entertainment, and although breakfast is served at tables for two, many guests end up comparing notes on performances they have seen and recommendations for possible future evenings. We have always felt one of the differences between staying at an impersonal motel and a B&B is the interaction between guests from various parts of the country and the world.

The Merrell Inn is over 215 years old and has only had indoor plumbing since 1980, but it also was unoccupied for 100 years from 1880 to 1980, so there wasn’t much call for it then. Some plumbing is behind a wall, but it’s in a corner away from the bed. The original heat was all supplied by the 10 fireplaces, of which 6 are still used in season. Unfortunately we had a very strong storm go through recently that took down four of our trees, one that narowally missed the Inn. However, two of the chimneys were damaged, the bricks dislodged, and the caps blown away causing rain water to run down the inside of the chimney. Until a brick mason can get to the top of the Inn (four stories up) and make repairs(soon I hope) there may be some residue of past wood fires.

The Inn’s hallways and the rooms above Steven’s are carpeted so other guests noise from entering or leaving and moving about is mitigated. Unfortunately nothing can completely quiet all sound and everyone is not as courteous of others.

In checking rates for the same time at both motels and other B&B’s, rates at local non franchise motels ranged from $167.50 to over $200 per night and at national franchise locations up to $350 not including tax, and without breakfast being included. Other B&B’s ranged from $200 plus to the mid $300’s per night, so unfortunately summer in the Berkshires isn’t an inexpensive destination. The theatres, restaurants, entertainment, and just being outdoors in the Berkshire Hills make it all worthwhile.

I am sorry Steven didn’t enjoy his trip as much as both he and we would have hoped, but maybe he’ll consider and give us a second chance.
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New York City, New York
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2012

The inn is very simple and basic (small room/bathroom, loud AC, can hear footsteps coming from the floor above, can hear cars passing by). Room was neatly arranged although there was a hint of odor due to the humidity. There are many inns in the area and I wish I had done more research as I stopped by a few near the center of town that were cheaper, nicer and closer to the main festival attractions (Shakespeare/Tanglewood). Service left a lot to desire.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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BerkshireTraveler01, Owner at Historic Merrell Inn, responded to this review, July 23, 2012
A little over eleven years ago when we took over the Inn my Mom gave me a
sign that we put in the breakfast room over the fireplace along with several
others. "Guests bring us Happiness, Some by coming and some by going." As
we talk with guests many ask what percentage of each do we find, and 99% are
in the first group.
Last Saturday evening, around 11:45 pm, as my son was walking around the Inn
to see if guests had returned from their evening activities, he noticed
lights on in the kitchen and a couple in there washing their picnic dishes
and looking in the refrigerator for a late night snack. When he informed
them the kitchen was for Inn employees only, the woman became upset and told
him he was ruining their weekend. We decided to send an email to other
innkeepers to see if they had run across the same situation with guests
making them selves at home. Over a dozen responded, some have installed new
locks on both the kitchen and refrigerator. Some inform guests on arrival that the

kitchen is for staff only, per their licensing, and for insurance and health department

rules. Until now we hadn’t even considered such steps, but may have to in the future.

The room she was in (room #2) is a large room with a queen canopy bed, working fireplace in season, and lots of space. With no name motels just off the Mass Turnpike in Lee having rates range from $167.50 to $200 per night and B&B rates ranging from $300 to $400 per night, and one in Lenox with rates up to $600 per night. I’m not sure what she’s referring to.

I am sorry this incident occurred, and it’s partly our fault for not adequately explaining areas for guest use.
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High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2011

The inn is indeed historic (unlike many that make this claim) - interesting history, engaging and informative host (Andrew). We stayed here on our honeymoon tour of New England and were delighted by our choice.

Andrew coundn't do enough to ensure our stay was worthwhile, and should we ever foind ourselves out that way again we won't hesitate to stay here.

Great breakfasts, too!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1565 Pleasant Street, South Lee, MA 01260
Location: United States > Massachusetts > Berkshires > South Lee
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in South Lee
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Number of rooms: 10

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