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 260 Reviews
Amazing Stay!!
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I stayed at the Kemble Inn for just under a week and I couldnt believe the great experience I had from checking in to the turndown service and everything in between. The staff went out of there way to ensure that my stay was perfect. They were fantastic at making my dinner reservations at Table 6 and other restaurants in tbe area. The bar area that they have is absolutely stilunning!!! I found my room to be extraordinary; from the decor to the comfortable bed and bedding. I’m trying to find another excuse to make a repeat visit. I may need to make this my new retreat from the hussle and bustle of the city. I highly recommmend a visit!!

Enough missteps that we can't recommend it
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed in Suite 202 and while the room was comfortable there were enough missteps during our stay that we can't in good faith recommend the Inn at the moment. While the check in process was smooth (staff met us at the door and helped with bags) there was no information provided about how to contact someone after hours. We didn't think to ask because in a hotel there is always someone on property. Well, we arrived back at the Inn after a late dinner to discover that the music on the 1st floor had been left on and was pounding up through the floor of our room. Literally no contact info to reach anyone after hours could be found! An hour later we are still trying to figure out how to contact someone and having poked in every drawer on the first floor we couldn't find that or any remote to shut off the music system which was behind a locked door. By dumb luck a waiter came in around midnight to prep some food for the next day (he wasn't supposed to be there) and was able to find a remote which operated the system. Unfortunately he didn't know how to use the system, but thankfully my husband did and finally got it shut off. We were both really put off by the fact that there was literally not a single person on staff to call. What if we had lost our room key or there was an emergency? Very poor form to leave your guests stranded like that. Second misstep: I discovered the bathrobes in the wardrobe were both dirty from the prior guests. I put them on the floor in the bathroom (international symbol for "please change these dirty things") and then found them hung back up in the wardrobe when we returned later that day. I had to hunt down a cleaning person to get her to switch them out and she actually argued that they hadn't been put back that way. Disappointing. The rooms are lovely and breakfast was delicious, so I do wish that the whole experience would have been better given the cost of the room and the "luxury" rating they are trying to achieve. They really should have figured out a way to make up for these missteps given we were there for more than just a night and these things were brought to the attention of the staff.

We LOVE the Kemble Inn!
Reviewed 1 month ago

Thank you Mark, Artem and Penny! We loved our stay with you last weekend! It was the perfect getaway for us. You all made Daniel's birthday so special. We had perfect June weather and got to enjoy this fabulous place pre-season. We enjoyed our quiet and yummy breakfasts in the dining room and our sunset hours on the back lawn overlooking the Berkshire mountains. Dinner at Table six is delish and there are a few good restaurant options within walking distance as well. Kemble Inn is simple and tastefully planned out making it the perfect respite for a relaxing long weekend. Can't wait to go back!

Anazing
Reviewed 2 months ago

Went to Kemble inn check out today what amazing place we had dinner there met the owner Scott what a smart guy he even spoke nicely about rest in town close by saying that Lenox is wonderful town to explore, our dinner was amazing room breakfast 5 stars nice friendly staff and now a bar coming the green room, that place have everything to enjoy a nice night stay, congratulation Scott well done, can’t wait to stop by with my sister again. Good job you will see you again soon for the light fare in lawn during day time, if you come toLenix this summer it’s definitely a place to be seen.

Beautiful Inn
Reviewed 2 months ago

The Inn is very handsome and the staff was delightful upon arrival. I stayed in room 204 which was spectacular...large bathroom, soaking tub, old world elegance and a comfortable bed. I could not have been more impressed with the room itself. I stayed during the off season and I'm fairly certain that I was one of only a handful of guests staying at the Inn. Despite that, I had a lot of difficulty sleeping as my room was directly above the restaurant Table 6. There was background music playing until 2:00am. By the time I realized that this music was not going to shut off on it's own, it was too late to call anyone or venture downstairs on my own. I mentioned it to the staff the following day and was told that they keep the music on to drown out the voices of people talking in the restaurant/lounge however there is no way that during the off season in this sleepy town that there are people up until 2:00am (considering Table 6 closes at 9:30). Not the end of the world, just have never encountered this at any other Inn I have stayed at.

I opted to have a spa treatment which was done in my room. The massage therapist was very kind but it did not seem like the Inn and the therapist had great communication. I had to use my used bath towels on the massage table and while she was very nice and the massage/scrub itself was pretty decent, it all seemed a little hap hazard and definitely not a polished, luxurious feel. If I knew this prior to booking I would have spent the same amount of money to have a spa service at an another location.
While my stay was wonderful and the staff was exceptionally nice I have to say that everything was just a bit overpriced for what you get. The room was the highlight but for what the place cost, I would expect snacks, access to water bottles, wine at arrival, a better breakfast or something along those lines.
All in all a great place but I think for the price point they need to provide a little bit more.

Other tip...skip Table 6. I may have just been there on an off night but I ordered a seafood entree which was $40 and I got a mediocre small plate of overcooked fish. I rarely critique restaurants but this was a huge disappointment. Maybe it was just a off season chef that night. Again, not the worst dinner just seemed that it could be better considering that my meal was close to $100 just for me. The waitstaff were exceptional and the cocktail was great but the food was not. Breakfast didn't impress either. Oh well.

I would give this place a stellar review if it were $200 per night but at $400+ it just needs a little more.