The Autumn Inn is an older motel built in a colonial-revival style. From the front it looks like a house, a house that someone in the middle of the 20th century imagined looked like something from the colonial period. Inside that structure is colonial-revival furniture and an enormous, colonial-style fireplace in the dining area. I really like that the owners have kept true to the motel's original style.
The staff was very pleasant and helpful. You can't beat the location. The Autumn Inn is less expensive than the over-priced Northampton Inn, and its location near Smith College makes for an easy walk into the heart of downtown Northampton. The surrounding neighborhood is full of lovely homes, so the walk from the Autumn Inn into downtown was really quite nice.
We enjoyed our stay. Our room was clean and serviceable, although comfortable. Other reviews comment on the smell of cigarette smoke, but I didn't detect anything like that. We didn't use the pool, but it looked very nice. Parking was easy and included with the room. We also appreciated the continental breakfast: cereals, toast and bagels, juices, coffee, doughnuts, and self-serve waffles. Basically, the Autumn Inn provided everything we needed for a pleasant stay. Pleasant is definitely how I would sum up the Autumn Inn.
My only big complaint is that housekeeping seemed to have overlooked the cobwebs in the corners at the ceiling. Seeing as the housekeeper was a woman of short stature, I can see how that might have happened. Second to that, the shades did not fully block the sunlight. The curtains did not cover the windows, and I wish the room had come with light-blocking curtains. I slept fine until the sun came up.
If you're looking for a fancy place to stay, go elsewhere. If your needs are basic, you will do well to choose the Autumn Inn. For the price and the location, I will certainly stay there again and recommend it to others.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A unique property located at the edge of Smith College campus and within walking distance to downtown Northampton. With its colonial style, charm, and furnishings, the Autumn Inn is the perfect location for rest, relaxation and renewal. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Autumn Hotel Northampton