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“Old and a little over-rated” 3 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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Bottmingen, Switzerland
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23 hotel reviews
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88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
“Old and a little over-rated”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

We purchased a guide book in Europe and followed the advice to stay in this Inn. It is certainly an old place but we would have preferred to see it in a slightly better condition. Rooms were ok, restaurant as well. The bathroom could be updated. Of course antique sanitation may look great for certain people but we saw better working antique looking faucets in other hotels. The water of the shower was difficult to control and splatters were the result. The dinner taken in the Lion Den was ok, nice selection of food and especially vine. The dinner and the dinner service were fine. Service for breakfast was very, very slow and the waitress never came back again for refills, etc. After all we were semi impressed.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

Having been around since 1773, the Red Lion Inn has seen and made a lot of history. Located in the heart of the Berkshires in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, The Red Lion is in the cat bird's seat when it comes to visiting the southern Berkshire Hills. During our visit to Stockbridge we had a wonderful lunch here. The dining room is large and classic looking, but still very homey, Our food was attractively presented, service was very good and the ambiance could not have been better. At lunch you have your choice of dining in the dining room or in the tavern, Bioth locations have the same exact menu, The tavern being the less formal. We highly recommend lunch at the Red Lion.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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354 helpful votes 354 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

I don't have a bucket list, but having lived for so many years in the Berkshires long ago, I always wanted to stay at the iconic Red Lion Inn. I wanted to be one of the grown-up guests sipping coctails on the large wonderful porch that overlooks the main street of Stockbridge, Massachusetts. So on this swing through the Berkshires I realized that dream. Rooms are expensive, often running $250-$350 per night but if you are willing to take a room upstairs with a shared bathroom down the hall, you can cut the price by more than half We did so and the price tumbled to $115 a night...a really great deal for such a nice place. Continental breakfast is also included and for a small amount, one can upgrade to a full breakfast. This hotel is crammed with antiques and it exudes history, being the longest continuously operating tavern in the area, tracing its lineage back to the 18th century. It has been an Inn for a very long time and it has for generations commanded a dominant space overlooking what was once the only stagecoach road from Albany to Boston. It is an antique, not an antique wannabe or a place that has been antiqued. But despite age and charm, the hotel has been well preserved and is comortable. The service is gracious, the rooms are sufficiently large, airy and roomy. The walls are very thin, though. We thought that this only applied to the inexpensive rooms upstairs, but I see from other reviews out here that even the expensive rooms have what some reviewers call "paper thin" walls. This led to what now seems like an amusing confrontation between Barbara (My wife) and our next door neighbors. The couple in the adjoining room was loud and evidently tipsy. I was out to dinner and to a bar with an old High School friend who lived in the area and who I have not seen for 50 years. Barbara dined with friends and returned to the room to face the tumult caused by the couple next door. It was early and she did not complain of the noise. But the couple on the other side of the noisy ones did call down and complained to the front desk. This enraged the male next door who assumed that Barbara was the complainer. I came back on the scene to the fellow yelling at Barbara from his room and then trying to get into our room through the adjoining door which was thankfully locked on our side. He yelled: "Did you call down and complain about me?" To which Barbara answered: "Uh...Not Yet!". He still could not grasp that Barbara was not the one who called down and later we found a note where he called Barbara "gutless" for not complaining directly to him. Not to end on a negative note, I liked our stay and would return there again, though hopefully with different neighbors on the other side. To be fair, I don't think Barbara would return...not because of her experience with the couple on the other side but because she really preferes to stay with friends or at quaint smaller B&Bs.

Room Tip: If you don't mind a shared bath those rooms are an amazing bargains. And we never had a time whe...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

$399 for a lovely room, with paper thin walls is a bit much. You can hear muffled quiet conversations from the next room. For that price, they need to invest in soundproofing. You don't even get breakfast thrown in. Warning .... the price is jacked up for one night stays and weekends.

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Loudonville, New York
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

We rented an entire house located on the property which had three suites. One also had a small dining room and a kitchen. It was a get away for us and our two married children and also served as a birthday celebration. It met our needs quite well and was only a few steps from the main hotel and its amenities. Hotel staff was very genial and helpful. Very nice!

Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

I have been to the Inn dozens of times with my wife and without .With her it's a privet bath ,without her I'll try a B+B room with the shared bath down the hall but I'll stay a little longer .
I love the Inn ,I do and the people that work there and the people that own it ,why, because they are trying preserve a time of elegance and warmth that most Hotels don't give you anymore .Has every visit been great or perfect .......hell no .Went for Valentines Day once and some schools had winter break at the same time ,kids running up and down the hall or crying in the dinning room ,not a good visit . The Inn is what almost 200 years (or more ) old I like the creaky floors and yes there are drafts in winter ,reminds me of my childhood home .It isn't cheap either ,the food although it is very, very good is priced out of sight ,I have stayed there and eaten else where .
If you want coffeemakers in the room and 600 channels on TV go somewhere else ,if you want a memory stay at the Inn because Stockbridge and the Inn will do that for you .To those who didn't like it well to me you didn't do your homework when you were booking the room to those of you that love it like I do , I'll see you there .
G1 and the Mrs .

Room Tip: Stay away from the street side , the hall ways creak so think of your neighbor when getting up early...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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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Troy, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

I am not saying that it's not a quaint place to stay the night, just a little dark, creaky and smells of smoke, especially in the lobby. Staff initially was a little snooty when we tried to eat lunch in main dining room but we snuck down to the Lion's Den and were greeted like they wanted us there. Food was ok and overpriced, however. Being from the Northeast, not as smitten about the rustic, old-worldness of the place, but it does have a certain graciousness, like an old Dutchess, Veranda was nice in the evening and our waiter Chris worked his magic to schmooze and pamper us. Lion's Den jazz band on Saturday night was awesome as was the Jacuzzi!!! Gift shop a little precious and overpriced. Breakfast in the very ornate and sedate dining room was definitely overpriced and not that exceptional. Overall good, but once was probably enough.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 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
Hotel Style:
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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