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“Great value & service at Briarcliff Motel”
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Briarcliff Motel
Ranked #1 of 10 Hotels in Great Barrington
Certificate of Excellence
Ware, Massachusetts
1 review
“Great value & service at Briarcliff Motel”
Reviewed September 24, 2011

We had a wonderful stay at Briarcliff Motel (August 26, 2011). Briarcliff is a great value that delivers on everything promised by their website.

The owners (Richard and Clare) placed us in a room (#9) that was spotless and very well kept. Room furnishings and the bathroom were new and trendy in design. A light continental breakfast came with the room (excellent tea, amazing coffee, fresh muffins, yogurt with granola [the latter is specially prepared by Richard and is very good!]).

We visited Briarcliff because it is conveniently located near Tanglewood in Lenox-Stockbridge, MA. The hotel is reasonably priced for the peak season ($165/night for the specific room we booked; $184.30 with taxes). The hotel is also close to downtown Great Barrington (a cute little town center with an eclectic mix of eateries, shops, etc. and easy public parking) and the more touristy centers of Lee and Stockbridge, MA. Obviously, Briarcliff is also well positioned to accommodate those who want to view the fall foliage.

The owners have been in operation for about year. They have done an amazing job renovating and updating each room of a traditional 1960’s motel. The personal attention provided by Richard and Clare gives this hotel the feel of a B&B.

No question on our end; we recommend the Braircliff Motel to anyone and we look forward to booking our next stay.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Augusta, ME
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Reviewed September 22, 2011

We needed a dog friendly room---the Briarcliff has two available. Ours was not one of the "updated" rooms, but it was very clean, the beds were super comfortable, and the motel had plenty of greenspace to walk the dog. The hosts were pleasant and helpful, and the breakfast, while simple (tea, great coffee, muffins, and DELICIOUS granola), was more than satisfactory. I can honestly say there are no negatives about this little place, only positives, and if you are looking for a room in the Berkshires, and one that is reasonably priced (for the area), you will be happy with the Briarcliff.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Pittsburgh
1 review
Reviewed September 21, 2011

Clare and Richard are doing a great job! We were participating in the triathlon.

They went out of their way to help us, even before we arrived. They helped us make arrangements for a canoe. We wouldn't have been able to compete without their help. They went the "extra mile."

A very nice stay. Wish it could have been longer. John

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed September 21, 2011

Was looking for a place in the Berkshires without the oppressive "chintzness" of the other establishments and found the Briarcliff. Rooms were pleasant and functional and the setting was beautiful. But more than anything loved Clare and Richard who own the place. They go out of their way to make you feel at home and who have wonderful recommendations about what to do, see and eat.

And they serve a mean breakfast!

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
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Somerville, Massachusetts
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Reviewed September 20, 2011

If you are searching for a minimalist/modernish boutiquy berkshire b&b without floral patterns all over the room Briarcliff is the place for you. Not only will Clare and Richard make you feel welcome; they will go out of their way to make your stay pleasant. We were there for a triathlon the following morning, so Clare took it upon herself to start serving breakfast (with delicious home made granola) extra early.

You won't be dissapointed.

Andrew

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
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Brooklyn, New York
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Reviewed September 20, 2011

Unfortunately, we could only stay one night, two would have been better so we could have enjoyed the great room longer, and talking longer with the wonderful hosts Richard & Clare. A fresh modern take on a B & B style, without being in someone's house (or dealing with country antiques).
They really did a great job on renovating this motel to be a cool, modern sleek feel. And the homemade granola Richard makes, really is wonderful.
As far as suggestions, Richard was spot on when he recommended the perfect farm to table restaurant for us to dine at in Great Barrington - Allium.
Can't wait to visit again.

Room Tip: The renovated rooms are great.
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Italy
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Reviewed September 19, 2011

My husband and I stayed at the Briarcliffe motel for one night in August. We had a newly renovated quiet corner room, done in a beautiful and simple modern decor (a relief after so many flower wallpapers). The bathroom had a very comfortable shower and we slept greatly in the two big beds. Everything was exceptionally clean. Breakfast in the lobby was good. The new owners are doing a great job and are very hospitable and friendly. They happily arranged concert tickets for us at the Guthrie Center. Just be aware that there are no dining options at walking distance and that you will need the car. We chose Allium Restaurant in Great Barrington, which unfortunately was a huge disappointment both in terms of food and service.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Briarcliff Motel
Address: 506 Stockbridge Rd, Great Barrington, MA 01230-1296
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Location: United States > Massachusetts > Berkshires > Great Barrington
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Great Barrington
#2 Business Hotel in Great Barrington
#3 Family Hotel in Great Barrington
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Briarcliff Motel 2*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
New English owners Clare & Richard Proctor have turned this classic 1960 motor lodge, with its spectacular view of Monument Mountain, into a cool 21st century b&b. We offer great value, clean comfortable rooms with a stylish edge, free wifi, a home-made breakfast of scones, muffins and granola with locally-roasted coffee, and a warm welcome. Chill out on the deck in summer, or by the stove in our guest lounge in winter. We are five minutes from Great Barrington and Stockbridge, and under 15 from Tanglewood. ... more   less 
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