4.5
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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

4.5 Very Good 272 Reviews
Beautiful place with a view.
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Kemble Inn is known for the beautiful view. It is surrounded by Berkshire Mountains and the back lawn is known for its spectacular sunsets. Very pleasant and relaxing stay in a historic mansion. Nicely appointed room. You feel “special” and cared for.

Excellent place to stay in style
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband, Robert Versteeg, and had the pleasure of spending two nights at the wonderful Kemble Inn this week.

The extensive renovation is brilliant. The choices of colors, fabrics, furniture and barroom details are extraordinary. The staff is well-trained and professional. It’s an awesome place to stay.

We come to the Berkshires every year because I lecture at Ventfort Hall and will never stay anywhere else than “with” you.

Perfect for a Romantic Getaway
Reviewed 4 months ago

My partner and I first discovered this charming, Guilded Age Mansion-turned hotel in June of 2018 while visiting Lenox during the bustling season of tourism and activity. This property offers an intimate, yet still close to town, retreat for an afternoon refreshment at The Green Room bar located at The Kemble Inn. We eagerly carried our beverages and nibbles outside to the rear of the building to enjoy the lovely green hills in the shaded patio area. The decor and furnishings were bursting with personality and sophistication. We knew then we must return for a longer stay during our next visit.
We made it back to The Kemble Inn for a cozy visit in January of 2019, amongst the peaceful blanket of winter in Western Massachusetts. After a day of skiing, James greeted us at the door and we felt right at home after checking in and receiving great assistance in setting up our fire place in our guest room (amazing!). We quickly realized the underrated pleasure of visiting The Kemble Inn during "off-season" months in Lenox! A quick walk into town and we found ourselves in the heart of Lenox for dining, shopping and such. We enjoyed a bottle of bubbly after dinner in our romantic guest room. This place is perfect for a weekend getaway for couples to enjoy themselves and relax. Every moment felt peaceful and calm on that snowy evening.
We would definitely recommend staying or visiting this property, and are looking forward to another visit in lovely Lenox and The Berkshires!
-C

Another one for the books :)
Reviewed 5 months ago

I’ve have had the pleasure of staying at Kemble Inn a half a dozen time over the past three years – and always have a wonderful time. My partner and I enjoy smaller, upscale, boutique properties and Kemble always delivers. If you’re a fan of deliberate interior design and care about your surroundings this place is for you. The new bar doesn’t hurt either – except the next morning after one too many cocktails…!!
Thanks again Kemble Inn peeps!

This property is significantly overhyped
Reviewed 5 months ago

The property is worn out, centrally located, but not beautifully situated. The service is passable, the amenities not impressive. Either pay a little more and stay in one of the real luxury properties or pick a local bed and breakfast that will likely execute better than here at a far lower rate.