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“Lovely place, but some glitches” 4 of 5 stars
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The Red Lion Inn
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   30 Main Street, Box 954, Stockbridge, MA 01262-0954   |  
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New York
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
“Lovely place, but some glitches”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

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.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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West Simsbury, CT
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

What a much needed getaway and the perfect place to be. Check in to check out was fabulous. The food, staff and accommodations were top notch...
We checked in early evening Friday and got settled then off to the Lions Den for a bite to eat and a beer. Great and just enough. Breakfast Saturday with a day of shopping and exploring. Finished by a nice relaxing dinner in the dining room. Great nights sleep and a terrific hearty breakfast on Sunday before the drive back to reality.
Thanks for everything.
We shall return....
Terry T

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Herts
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

Stockbridge and the Red Lion Inn are as as distinctive and rewarding to visit as the tourist literature suggests, and we recommend the nearby Norman Rockwell Museum as well. We visited in low season and having phoned from the UK to check that the Porch Suite was suitable for 2 couples, booked it for a night at a very modest $210 dollars. We were slightly disappointed in that the sun porch was too cold to use and the sofa bed was not the largest or most comfortable. Getting enough bed coverings from the otherwise helpful staff was also strangely difficult. If the website or our phone conversation had been more informative about the layout and facilites, I might have booked other accommodation in the hotel.

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Westfield, New Jersey
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7 hotel reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

My girlfriend and I went there for Easter weekend to get away from the city. We found a lovely inn in real quiet Stockbridge, MA. If you are looking for a relaxing weekend - this is it. The rooms are nice - I would surely get one with a bathroom in it. There is not much to do regarding shopping, antiquing or much of a choice for restaurants in either Stockbridge or surrounding towns. There is a lot of hiking and outdoor activities for adults and kids. The National Shrine of Divine Mercy is up there. It was a great place to visit - walking distant from Inn - beautiful church and grounds. The inn has three restaurants - one is fancy, another one off the side (old rustic NE bar look) and then a bar downstairs which features local singers. The downstairs pub would be an awesome place to have dinner, few drinks after spending all day either skiing or hiking. Horrible cell service unless you walk up to the third floor for a booster service - although that may be what you are looking for. They also have a heated pool and whirlpool outside which many people used. I used the whirlpool in mid March - it was nice to go out and feel the fresh air.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

As we had a function to attend on a Saturday evening in Connecticut, we decided to extend our pleasure---since we rented a car anyway---and purchased a special midweek offer at this great old Inn that we both had independently passed on summer trips for over 30 years, but never reserved a night or a meal
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We agreed that we were glad we finally experienced The Red Lion. We liked the area too, despite the time of year (early April with a chill in the air, no budding tree branches). I like an animated lobby area, and this one had a fire going and enough comfortable chairs to sit a bit and have a drink. I overheard a guest telling her companion that Abraham Lincoln sat at the table by the door, the very table they were enjoying. I can imagine the pleasure of a summer hour on the porch, observing the town from a rocking chair. Perhaps we'll experience that at some point.
The Inn is very old and the wide floorboards worn and creaky. Lots of wood and claret colored fabrics, so it's neither light nor airy--- but the main dining room has windows and doesn't feel too enclosed. Speaking of the dining room, we had excellent prime rib and Yorkshire pudding, attended by a very friendly, helpful server. It didn't hurt that the "deal" included a tidy sum toward dinner and a glass of wine apiece. The house cabernet was just fine. Server gave us a taste, then a good pour. We were pleased all around.

We paid a small supplement for a room with 2 Queen beds, and that was fine. Clean room, updated bathroom, wonderful mattresses, great pillows. Good reading lamps and two reading chairs.

Breakfast was not included in the package, and we opted to go down the street to an adjacent building which had a wonderful, reasonably priced breakfast. Friend and I were able to watch our calories, but it wasn't easy. Many fruited pancake alternatives and waffles called to us. We stuck to the eggs and veggies, a generous portion cooked very well. Coffee, alas, only ok, should have been rounder and stronger.

We checked out quickly, no problems whatever. Nice front desk, good with directions. All in all, we enjoyed ourselves. And that was the point of this trip. Glad we finally visited this Inn.

If you visit this Inn, also visit nearby Lenox which has many attractions, and shopping, restaurants, pastry and coffee. Recommend.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

Went to the Inn over the Easter break and stayed in one of the newly opened houses, very modern while keeping the tradition. While we were there they changed the common area furniture, it didn't need it. We had a great time with family. The hot tub and heated pool were fantastic. Great place to explore the area. The food was good, a very relaxing place to go and not a far drive from New York City.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Iselin NJ
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

Stayed 2 nights in a clean room with old stained wallpaper. The lobby and adjoining rooms are separated by heavy red velvet curtains, reminiscent of a funeral home. There is an extensive collection of teapots and plates everywhere you look, that are in dire need of cleaning. As you walk up onto the porch the windows and doors are filthy, not very welcoming. The curtains in the large lobby look as though they have never seen a washing machine. I hope you are not allergic to cats, as Simon roams the inn and sleeps on all the sofas. I appreciate antiques and historical buildings, but not when they've been neglected. In need of wallpapering, cleaning and painting.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 30 Main Street, Box 954, Stockbridge, MA 01262-0954
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Location: United States > Massachusetts > Berkshires > Stockbridge
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Stockbridge
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — The Red Lion Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 108
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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