Before deciding to stay at the Red Rose Motel, ask yourself this:
Q: "How do I feel about 1950s roadside motels?"
A. Kitschy charm is so retro and fun! It's like traveling back in time!
B. I don't really care, as long as the room is relatively clean and not too pricey.
C. 1950s motel rooms are fine as long as they've been updated with all-new everything.
If you answered A or B, you'll be absolutely charmed by the Red Rose Motel. If you answered C, keep on driving. The Red Rose is a no-frills, inexpensive place to stop on the Mohawk Trail. It isn't actually IN Shelburne Falls, but it is close enough to visit Shelburne Falls easily while staying there. When you check in you will be greeted by the owner with a very warm smile and a sincere handshake welcoming you to the establishment. I walked out of the office with a huge smile on my face feeling like I'd been welcomed into their family.
I also thought it was super cool that they still have those huge plastic motel keychains on the room keys and a buzzing fluorescent light fixture in the bathroom straight out of the late 50's. Yes, the furniture was dingy and worn, the bed was kind of flat, and the knobs on the A/C unit were broken off (we had to move the bed in order to plug in the air conditioner to turn it on). But it's a safe, clean and very convenient place to stop along Route 2, and that's exactly what we were looking for the night we stopped here. There's also an outdoor pool on site (which we did not get to use) and a great view of a beautiful green meadow out the back window.
So, in short, whether you should stay here or not depends on your personal expectations. If you're looking for an adventure or a trip back in time, the Red Rose Motel may be just the place! If you want modern amenities and all the comforts of the new millennium, it's probably not a good fit for you.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Family-run motel overlooking the Deerfield River on the historic Mohawk Trail. We offer satellite television, free wi-fi, swimming pool, barbeque area, volleyball, horseshoe pits and in-room coffee and tea service. Numerous local outdoor activities include white water rafting, skiing, zip lining, hiking, kayaking, mountain biking, hunting, and many others. In the nearby Village of Shelburne Falls you can shop, walk across the historic bridge of Flowers and see the impressive glacial potholes. In Charlemont you can ski Berkshire East, Zip Line at the BEAST or Zoar Outdoor and enjoy the quaint town we call home. We accept pets and offer a great rate of 450.00 for a weekend to rent our Lodge. ( six bedrooms, full kitchen, full bathroom, flat screen TV, Bar and wood stove) Great for big parties and events. ... more less