We just stayed at the Swiss Farm Inn B&B while in Pittsfield for a friend's wedding. I have stayed in bed & breakfast accommodations before, and this one would be considered to be a value B&B. The room rate is why we chose the Swiss Farm, it being the least expensive option out of others in the area. The wedding was at Riverbend, and was only a short drive down the road. If you are staying in the area for a wedding at Riverbend, the convenience factor is high.
The staff was friendly and helpful in all of our interactions. The rooms were very clean; while I love traveling, staying in a strange bed and bathroom tend to freak me out, so when I say they were clean and I was comfortable, that should stand for something! We saw other rooms in the Inn, every room was a little different. Ours had only a very small stand up shower, others had a full tub (I think that may have depended on how many beds were in the room). Amenities and conveniences are sparse. Luckily the weekend was cool, because it looks like there's no AC and based on other reviews it appears as though its not an option. No fan in the room either although another room we saw had a ceiling fan. Our room had windows facing the road, and we could hear traffic although it was not frequent. Also, there were only sheerish half curtains on the windows so we got sun in the room once it was high enough, which made sleeping past 7am difficult. We had a small closet that badly needed new shelf paper, it was all peeling off. Also, the closet rod was too low, so our clothes touched the ground. We had no other hooks to hang anything on. Very frustrating when you have a formal event to attend and need your garments looking fresh. Looks like other rooms had luggage racks and proper hanging rods, so maybe this room was a miss? Bed was comfortable. No TV, no radio, and the wifi connection was not excellent, so it made being in touch with other wedding guests a little frustrating as we had almost no cell service all weekend.
Bathroom was a tight squeeze with a slanted ceiling, fixtures are old and could really use some updating. The hot water was not consistent.... randomly went from scalding to freezing at least 3-4 times during the 1 shower I took. As another reviewer commented, you had few to no options to put things down in the bathroom, which again was very frustrating as we were preparing for a formal event. Also there was no full length mirror.... would be good to have on the door.
The weirdest thing about our stay was that our room had a door that led to an adjoining room. The door was unlocked and when we opened the door, it led right into the bedroom of the inn owner's teenage son. We had no means of locking the door ourselves. It made us uncomfortable and I really don't see why it should not just be closed up. Also, there was an outlet shaped hole in our room, (mostly) covered by a metal plate but at one point during the day we heard a strange hissing coming from the part that wasn't covered by the metal plate. What was that????
Breakfast was very good and portions were plentiful. We were there for a Sunday morning and luckily ate before the rush because it got PACKED in there. We had to do an old school checkout and turn in the key and hand over a credit card to pay. I can't remember the last time I had to do that! Not complaining, just thought it was amusing.
Overall, it suited our needs and the price was right, but only in comparison to other options in the area. I don't ever see us returning to Pittsfield unless its for another wedding, but with that said I'm not so sure we'd stay there again. Our friends paid $30-$40/night more at Trailside Inn but got the conveniences/amenities we were missing. I didn't realize how much I valued them until they weren't provided. The delicious breakfast included made up for some inconveniences. I understand that this is family owned and operated, they live on site, employ a limited staff and I'm sure have limited resources. You have to respect that they essentially work 24/7, and the staff was great. However, I think they need to take some time/money and invest in a few upgrades/updates/maintenance that make traveling a little less weary for us high maintenance gals ;-). Oh, and get that adjoining door situation addressed!
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