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“"Unexpected moving of my property out of room without consent".”
Review of Bascom Lodge

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Bascom Lodge
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Adams
Reviewed June 3, 2013

I booked a private room for two nights and was given the key and escorted to room #8 located on the 1st floor which was nicer than I thought. On Saturday when I returned from a very strenuous hike, I was told by Reyna the receptionist that she had moved my belongings to another room #3 on the second floor because they had made a mistake. I was surprised that our property which consisted of iPads and iPods were moved along with our personal belongings without our prior consent or permission. I was surprised since Reyna was the one who checked us in on Friday and never mentioned a room change during our stay. I voiced my concern of the move without my consent. It fell on deaf ears. I am an avid hiker and will not recommend the Bascom lodge at all. The bathrooms and showers on the second floor are in need of upgrading especially when the water temperature cannot be controlled once your in the shower. Best to stay in one of the many accommodations located in the towns below the summit.

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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 1, 2012

This is a beautiful place. The building is historic and gorgeous, the views are wonderful. The manager is a lovely woman, and the chef is fabulous. They are both kind and helpful. Breakfast and dinner are wonderful. And all the staff are really kind - a man got lost while hiking, saw a bear while lost, it was getting dark, and he was afraid, and they spent hours picking him up and taking him to his car, and then made a special dinner just for him because he missed dinner, as it took so long to find him. They did not need to do that, but they did it cheerfully and with concern for his welfare. .

But the price for private rooms is too much for what it is. The bunk rooms, at $35.00 a bunk, are a good value - that is hostel pricing for hostel accommodations. But the private rooms are 130 something plus taxes which brings it up to around 160, and that is simply too high priced for shared bathrooms and no frills. By no frills, I mean, this is not a B and B with comfy 4 poster beds and beautiful quilts, and trays with water and mints in your room, and oh well, you share a bathroom. This is no frills, very basic. Not rustic, just spartan. But the rooms are not as nice as what you would get in Shenandoah National Park Lodges for a similar price and, if I recall correctly, private baths.

Now, if you have been hiking the Appalachian Trail, or bicycled up from Brooklyn, as one man had done when I was there, I am sure you would be grateful for the room. But unless you get a $35 bunk in a hostel type, anyone who rents a bunk can sleep in this room all together even though we don't know each other room, it is a lot to pay for a spartan room with shared bath.

The views are wonderful, and if you have not spent a lot of time in Shenandoah, with similar views but better lodging, you might think the price was right. I was happy to stay there to see it, having never been to the Berkshires, but the private rooms are definitely overpriced for what you get. And it is privately owned, not a state park facility, so your money is going into the owners' pockets, not for park upkeep. FWIW, my sheets and blankets were clean and my room was tidy and nothing smelled like sweaty hikers but the hikers themselves as they walked to the shower. And it was cool to meet people hiking the trail. But the owners really need to bring the private room price in line with what they are offering. Even with the views, to my mind, $75, a bit more than double the bunk price, would be more reasonable.

Room Tip: Either end you are right next to a bathroom and stairway, and both stairways lead to the restaurant...
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed October 21, 2012

After being greeted by a surly "receptionist," you can be taken to your threadbare room, where the bedspread is filthy and the blanket smells like dirty hikers. Then, you will be introduced to the shared hall bathrooms, and the shower stalls on timers with no temperature controls. You will be charged $160 plus tax for this hot mess. Dinner will be tasty and a good value, but woe be unto you if you're a vegetarian and a private party is there...you might not have an entree. You will wake to breathtaking views. They're not worth the rest of the experience.

  • Stayed: October 2012
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2  Thank PeekskillMike
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Reviewed September 26, 2011

Enjoyed dinner here on 09/10/2011 with a group of friends. When calling to make a reservation we were told when the sunset was going to be that evening so we could arrive in time to enjoy it before dinner. The meal was excellent. One person in our party had a food allergy and the staff was very accomodating. The price for meals is reasonable as is the price for wine. I would recommend this experience to everyone but would caution that you should look at the menu prior to making reservations to be sure it is to your liking.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with friends
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3  Thank Macac
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Reviewed August 23, 2011

Wonderful food,.they have private rooms or bunk rooms...at very reasonable rates......and the views are spectacular...

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 14, 2011

This lodge sits on top of Mt Greylock, the highest mountain in the Berkshire range. The scenic drive up a newly paved road is scenic and worth the trip up it. The temperature changes as you climb road about 10 to 15 degrees. Once up on summit view is great. The lodge is rustic yet in side quite comfortable. There is a choice of private rooms or shared rooms. Linens are provided. There is a private bathroom that is also handicapped accessible. The lodge has 2 fireplaces,a scenic enclosed porch to view area. There is no TV only peace and quiet. Food and a small wine and beer selection for sale. The food is gourmet style and plentiful . You may dine for diner this is a set 5 course menus. Breakfast is from a menu with a wide selection. If you stay overnight a continental breakfast is included in room price. The Appalachan trail runs through park. The trails around lighted monument are handicapped marked allowing for reaching viewing area. On a clear night the moon and stars seem to be much closer and a setting sun set is something to behold. If you like nature,peaceful and quiet time this is the place.

Room Tip: Small in size but sufficent for overnight stay
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  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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4  Thank proudmarydj
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Reviewed July 26, 2011

Hostel quality charging hotel rates.
Great asset is location but it's wasted on this place. You're better off camping.

  • Stayed: July 2011
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Additional Information about Bascom Lodge

Address: Summit Road, Adams, MA 01220
Location: United States > Massachusetts > Berkshires > Adams
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Adams
Price Range: $35 - $150 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Bascom Lodge is a rustic stone and wood Lodge perched atop Mount Greylock in western Massachusetts. Built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930's to provide accommodations for hikers, vacationers, and nature enthusiasts. Private and group rooms are available for overnight stay.The large dining room with its high ceiling and hand-cut oak beams provides an ideal atmosphere for a meal and the enclosed porch with wraparound windows overlooks the finest views in the Berkshires. Stone fireplaces create a relaxing setting after a day of hiking. ... more   less 

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