I'm a repeat visitor to the Red Lion, and I love the old-fashioned inn ambiance, the antique decor and mismatched chairs and carpets scattered around the public spaces, and the way in which it is the antithesis of a big glossy hotel, from the porch out front to Simon the cat (if you're allergic bring your medicines, as Simon, like a T.S. Eliot cat, occupies any chair he likes in the lobby and around the fireplace and will follow you into your room if he is so minded!). The staff is gracious and accommodating; the food in the dining room and ancillary spaces is absolutely delicious, and the homemade muffins at breakfast are worth the trip from wherever you're coming! I was also delighted to find that the inn took the plunge and installed heating in the pool, which for many years past was freezing even in August (as all unheated pools are in the Berkshires...), but which is now an all-season amenity and very worth the upgrade on their part.
Stockbridge is always a bucolic delight, and the inn is a wonderful escape from the city. However, I was disappointed on this visit as I booked a room in the newly renovated Maple Glen outbuilding. Although apparently much effort has gone into this venture, including dazzlingly high-tech flat-screen televisions with picture sharpness that awed us (not what you go to the Red Lion looking for, but an unexpected and pleasant surprise), we had some unfortunate technical problems with the heating/AC system, which looks brand-new, but failed miserably. Our room was 80 degrees most of the time we were there despite our continuing attempts to lower the temperature using the electronic thermostat, and on Saturday night when we finally called for maintenance, we were told that this was a problem throughout the building, though our room was worse than others. The solution - a 29-dollar standing fan from a Wal-mart and an open window... This wouldn't have been too bad if not for the fact that I needed to wait a good hour for the room to cool off enough to go to bed, and then had to get up around 4 AM to close the windows as the nights were still dropping to the high 30s. I was very upset about two nights of ruined sleep on a weekend meant to be for rest, but Julie at the front desk did what she could about adjusting our bill at the end of the weekend. So by all means do go to the Red Lion for a wonderful weekend in the Berkshires - but don't count on the newest rooms being in the best condition.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcoming guests with genuine New England hospitality for over two centuries. Antique-filled rooms, suites, & guesthouses. Contemporary regional cuisine, 3 restaurants, James Beard House-honored chef, elegant & casual/indoor & outdoor dining, award-winning wine list. Heated year-round outdoor pool & hot tub, Gift Shop, WiFi. Live entertainment nightly in pub. Memorable weddings & events. Small to mid-size meetings, unique spaces. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Red Lion Hotel Stockbridge
- Red Lion Hotel Stockbridge
- Red Lion Stockbridge
- Red Lion Inn Stockbridge Ma
- Stockbridge Red Lion