When making my reservation, I had asked for a quiet room, and was very pleased that my end unit against the office was indeed quiet. I felt safe, and slept well.
The owners are clearly trying to update this 50's motel, for instance, with fresh exterior unit doors, wall-mounted flat-screen TV, new bedspread, and new desk lamps, but my room still felt very dated: dark, musty, with bizarre dark wall colors and ancient drapes.
A small desk has 3 drawers, one with broken hardware; there is no dresser. In contrast, the front closet is huge, albeit so blessed dark it was a challenge to find what I had brought. A nice bright overhead fixture between the door and closet would be a tremendous help in this room.
The cables from the TV were swinging freely from the wall to the floor on the path to the bathroom: surely a 6' stretch of conduit from a big box home store would not have cost very much, and would be safer.
A tiny fridge is squished in beside the bed, but was not plugged in when I arrived. I plugged it in, placed some items in it, and found a few hours later that the beverages had frozen and burst. Perhaps the owners could set the temperature appropriately, and then duct-tape the thermostat or something.
Bathroom was spacious, and hot water plentiful. Towels were intermediate in wear. One sheet had a small hole.
The reception area is dark, with uneven floor, worn carpeting, and smells of cooked spicy food.
The breakfast area has uneven floors, damaged cabinets, ancient dirty toaster, and at least one stale, cracked donut. However, the coffee, juice, cereal, and fruit were perfectly fine for my needs for a basic breakfast.
There is supposed to be free WiFi, but I joined several others in the breakfast area at various times of the day because we could not get reception in our rooms.
The parking lot is in need of being graded and repaved.
There are not many motels to choose from when visiting Williamstown, and this is only one of two (which happen to be side-by-side) from which you can walk to the Williams College campus, so in some respects, the owners have a "captive audience." I say this in introduction to the fact that the rates are fully double what this motel would be able to get away with charging in the similarly-rural college area where I currently live. If your stay in Williamstown does not require you to walk back and forth to the campus, or if you can afford one of the (also pricey) bed-and-breakfasts, there may be better choices than the Northside.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Northside located in the heart of williams college campus walking distance to all activities. Offer very nice accommodation to their patrons our highly trained staff make sure fulfill our gurst needs with great services make their stay very comfortable..Offer fresh coffee with complimentary brake fast serve daily in our coffe bar...please do call us to reserve your next stay to save more.. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Northside Hotel Williamstown
- Northside Motel Williamstown