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What We Love

  • Intimacy: The inn has only 13 guestrooms
  • It’s an easy five-minute walk to downtown Lenox
  • Lovely art and decor throughout the building, including an original Esther Williams
  • Stellar in-house restaurant with two dining rooms and terrace
  • Spacious bathrooms with Jacuzzi tubs in some and rainfall showerheads

What To Know

  • A great Boston getaway: The inn is about two-and-a-half hours away by car
  • Only children 12 years and over are permitted
  • No elevator in the building
  • Pets are not permitted
  • The inn’s front side faces a main road
  • There is no room service available, and reservations are recommended for dinner at the restaurant

Amenities

  •  Free WiFi
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Restaurant
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Overview

The Review

Drive up to the stately Kemble Inn with its grand Palladian windows, and all stereotypes of Berkshires B&B preciousness quickly melt away. Built in 1881 by then–Secretary of State Frederick T. Frelinghuysen as a “summer cottage,” the structure maintains the spirit of its elegant age but impresses with eclectic, updated interiors.

Expect a mix of modern and imperial art (from local favorite Esther William’s stunner in the den to a wall of Queen Elizabeth portraits), dome-backed French Regency–inspired chairs in the lobby and a glossy grand piano adorned by a bust in its same shiny hue.{“type”:”img-inline”,”src”:”/static/images/product/properties/3089/prop-80203-1344450283-full.jpg”,”width”:”275″,”caption”:”The inn was built in 1881 but has a thoroughly modern look.”}

Rooms have warm natural hues and clean lines, crisp white couches, HD flat-screens and plush Ralph Lauren linens. Spacious marble and beadboard bathrooms feature his-and-hers sinks, rainfall showers stocked with Aveda products and (if you’re lucky) a Jacuzzi tub built for two.

Except for the enchanting bell toll from the church across the street, it is surprisingly quiet throughout the evening despite the property’s road-front location. Nights are best spent at the restaurant, beginning with a signature Kembleton cocktail (Tanqueray, Campari, grapefruit juice) and then feasting on the prix-fixe menu, with selections like lump crab cakes and roasted lamb.

With its expansive terrace providing mountains views and convenient downtown-Lenox locale, the inn strikes a perfect balance between living-in-nature relaxation and cultural accessibility. It’s a fitting representation of the Berkshires region itself: an alluring paradox of mountainous wilderness and world-class arts and dining.

How to Get There

Kemble Inn
2 Kemble Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States

Reviews

Disappointing
Denah6227

This is a beautiful property. The decor and furnishings have been lovingly and care dully selected. The location is great - walking distance to all the restaurants in Lenox.
However, it is as if the owner lost interest. For the price, many amenities are missing
in the rooms. For example, beautiful robes, no slippers. No hook to hang towels in the bathroom if you want to save your towels. Bathroom door could not close. But the worst part of the stay was the overpriced and underwhelming breakfast. You can order eggs but if you want toast it is $2 extra, for one piece. And every dish is sparsely presented with very little choice and variety. The breakfast is $25 extra per
person per room. At a hotel that considers itself upscale, as reflected in the prices,
this was annoying and disappointing. Would love to return, but not until someone
decides to pay attention to the details. Also, apart from Mary, who is a jewel, there is
no feeling of welcome on the part of the staff who are for the most part well-meaning
but not well trained. Too bad.

A beautiful place, but a bit of a surprise!
Colleen W

Beautiful property but I was surprised at how I was treated when I called to inquire about hosting a Bridal Shower. First the person I was speaking with was not really listening to me because he continued to refer to what I was inquiring about as a baby shower, I stated several times that the party would be a bridal shower.
The cost was 75 dollars a plate, which is what I was fully expecting for such a great venue. I asked what would be included in the menu for that price and if I could come and sit down and speak with someone about the event etc..... The person stated...."I do not think you are a good fit for our property." I was stunned by this and asked to speak to the manager of the property. The response from this staff person was...."I am the owner' and he stated again that I and my guests would not be a good fit for this property. I am fully aware of the beauty of this property that is why I was interested in hosting a bridal shower there. I am still stunned that an assumption can be made over the phone that I am not good enough to be a guest at the Kemble Street Inn in Lenox.

Near miss
Bos2traveler

We stayed here years ago just after it reopened. They were offering a special mid week rate that attracted us. The building and furniture of the commmon rooms were well maintained and presented. Our room was very large (last time we stayed on the third floor in a much smaller room.). The fittings and layout of the room and bath were worth the full price. The bed ws comfortable, the shower was good. All and all the facility rated 5 stars.

However, there were misses. Our room rate included breakfast credit of $25 from their restaurant table six. The first morning we had a very nice omelet served alone on a plate with one piece of bread. The second morning we went for eggs and potatoes and bacon and ordered a side of bread for $3, Again, the meal was served without garnishments and with one, very thin slice of bread. No fruit, no berries, none of what one would expect from such a nice looking extablishment.

We were also wakened early (about 6:15) by the recycle pick up which was placed directly under our window. I understand deliveries and pick ups need to be made but typically, they are scheduled for 7 or later if they impinge upon the customer.