Hampton Terrace Inn
What We Love
- A historic Gilded Age retreat in the beautiful Berkshires, with breakfast includedThe history of this 1897 mansion, once owned by several of America’s wealthiest families
- The impressive ranking among Lenox hotels on TripAdvisor
- The individually appointed accommodations of this gracious bed-and-breakfast
What To Know
- This Berkshires retreat was once the summer resort of the Gilded Age’s most famous figures, including Carnegie, Astor, Vanderbilt and Morgan
- Guestrooms are individually decorated (but most have canopy beds and floral prints)
- Top sites — like Edith Wharton’s estate — are just 10 minutes away
Head back to nature and back in time in Lenox, Massachusetts. The retreat in the Berkshires was once the summer resort of the Gilded Age’s most famous figures – Carnegie, Astor, Vanderbilt and Morgan are four – and boasts a bucolic atmosphere, with plenty of rolling hills and tree-lined streets. You’ll experience both sides of this charming New England destination at Hampton Terrace Inn, an elegant, period-inspired mansion, whose history dates back to 1897 and which provides a lovely outdoor area with Adirondack chairs and a seasonal heated pool.
The property also serves a delectable, Southern-inspired daily breakfast in its sumptuously appointed dining room, perhaps featuring chocolate French toast or blueberry pancakes, and offers complimentary cognac and liqueurs. If you like, you may also play a few octaves on the grand piano, a 1929 Steinway. But it’s the specific location within Lenox that really makes this inn worthy of its TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence and top ranking on that site, as you’re right in the heart of the region’s best. Continue learning about the past at Edith Wharton’s The Mount, or go for a nature walk at the Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary; both are within a 10-minute drive.
Rooms are individually decorated in period styles, with details such as lovely artworks, floral curtains and canopy beds. They’re distributed between the Main Inn, the Carriage House or the King suite, with varying amenities based on location, but all are complete with air conditioning, private baths, HDTVs and complimentary Wi-Fi. Within the category you choose, your specific room will be assigned by the hotel.The Spencer, Maud S., Pocahontas, Sunol, Peerless and Rarus rooms have a fireplace and queen bed; the Bel Air room features a king bed and the Walker mini-suite features two doubles, with neither of these holding a fireplace.If you would like to guarantee both a king bed and a fireplace, select the Bonner, Struthers or Dexter room.
We highly recommend a trip to the Mount, Edith Wharton’s stunning estate, which is within a five-minute drive. Also consider heading to the local wildlife refuge or into the other Berkshires towns, to experience the marvelous natural scenery; summer hiking and kayaking and winter skiing and snowshoeing are popular pastimes. You’re in a major arts destination, too; catching a show at dance capital Jacob’s Pillow (open seasonally) or nearby chamber-music venue Tanglewood, plus visiting the Norman Rockwell Museum, are fabulous ways to pass a few lazier hours.
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Girlfriend Getaway in the Berkshires was made complete with a stay at the Hampton Terrace. Comfortable accommodations and the most delicious breakfast we could imagine. Our hosts were helpful with suggestions to make our brief stay a memorable one. And it was!
Lovely bed and breakfast, helpful and friendly staff, all amenities exceeded expectations and wonderful breakfast! Would definitely stay again. Great location to the main town and walking distance to restaurants and galleries. Private rooms and updated bathrooms felt clean and hotel-like.
Will do my best to keep this brief and objective. To qualify our review we have been
B&B'ing for over 40 years and have visited well over 200 venues. We were struck by the reviews of many guests that left negative reviews; many of their observations matched ours exactly. First off, beware of photos, they do not match the reality of the venue. Driving up to the house we were disappointed in its appearance. The yard appeared unkempt and neglected. Not like what a Victorian family of means would have. There was a large green area (moss?) on the rear of the house from rain gutter down a couple of floors. Once inside, the door is never locked, we rang the bell on the desk and Stan the owner appeared. He was cordial and walked us through the extensive check in. It was a bit robotic. We had reserved a King Suite Cottage attached to the old carriage house to the rear of the house. The room was a big disappointment. It in no way reflected any connection with 1899. As I sit in my Hampton Inn Suites room typing this I see a room better in every aspect. The Cottage Suit was more like a tired room of an inexpensive motel. Very inexpensive drapes, roller shades in the front and rear (which looks out to play yard immediately to the rear) for a day care school. We arrived on Friday and left Sunday so there were no noise issues from the school. Between the back wall and the fence to the day care yard is a jumble of dead wood and branches and a good sized downed trunk of a tree laying atop the damaged fence. The area looks to have been like this for some time. A table lamp reacted like a snake when touched as it seemed all of its fittings were very loose. The pedestal sink in the bathroom was loose and the main carpeting appeared dirty. The room had a musty odor. For the positive the fireplace easily heated the room and the bed was comfortable. In short the room was not in the least inviting nor as mentioned before did not come off like the photos. Moving into the main house several of the common rooms looked nice and were appealing. Some furnishings did not fit the authenticity of the era such as the large glass topped table in the breakfast/dining room. Aperitifs were offered in the front parlor but we did not see anyone partake. The breakfast buffet layout was a bit crowded in the corner (tight with the glass topped table). The breakfast we thought was a bit below average for a B&B and especially of this price range. The grits however were excellent. There certainly was enough. Stan introduced us to their sweet dog and did spend a good 20 minutes with us in the afternoon detailing the history of the house of which he is very knowledgeable. But just like other guests have mentioned, there was just something lacking in the interaction, a disconnect. Difficult to describe, just a sense. Nothing against him. I know Stan responds to negative reviews with, "Why didn't you tell us at the time?" Well all these issues should have been discovered by the inn staff not guests and we didn't want to cast a negative cloud during our visit if the discussion went back and forth. Many of our complaints have been voiced by other guests in the past and things remained the same. Some upgrades would greatly enhance this B&B. So our policy has always been when we formulated an opinion of a B&B, the criteria was, "would we return." Sadly, not to this B&B. We also now have changed our routine and will not stay at a B&B with so many rooms. 4 to 6 is enough. The inn keeper dealing with 28 people waters down the experience and makes it labor intensive for him/her. Do not rely 100% on Tripadvisor. It
is a good tool though.
Hampton Terrace Inn is one of the B&B gems and really well located to explore the area. I stayed in the main house which shows off the traditional decor beautifully without compromising modern conveniences. Comfortable beds, lovely rooms, a huge ensuite and beautiful reception rooms for all guests to enjoy. Stan is a very hospitable and welcoming host.
The Inn is very charming and the hosts are very accommodating. We enjoyed interesting discussions (and delicious food) at the breakfast dining table, which we shared with several guests. Perfect Inn for a weekend in bucolic Lenox!