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What We Love

  • The 19 galleries of mind-blowing creativity at Mass MoCA, right across the street
  • Rocking chairs and porch swings everywhere, part of the “granny-chic” look
  • The local handmade chocolate at turndown
  • The inn’s artists-in-residence program, vintage plates and paint-by-numbers artwork
  • A year-round heated pool out back (hey, everyone needs a muse)

What To Know

  • There’s a lobby bar that closes at 11 p.m., and unless Mass MoCA is hosting a concert, there’s not too much else for reputable nightlife around North Adams
  • Pets are permitted at the Porches (in the Sage building only) for $40 per day
  • There’s a free, self-guided iPod tour of the inn, which focuses on its history and renovation, and it’s well worth it; ask at the front desk
  • Front rooms can be noisy, and some look out on a car wash
  • Mass MoCA is closed on Tuesdays — be aware if you head here midweek

Amenities

  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pet-friendly
  •  Pool
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Overview

The Review

As stupendous as artist Sanford Biggers’s The Cartographer’s Condundrum was — crashed instruments channeling Afro-futurism, plexiglass church pews rising toward the ceiling — I couldn’t help but gaze out the windows of Mass MoCA’s Building 5 at the much tidier scene across River Street in North Adams. There stood the multicolored Victorians of the Porches Inn, where I’d checked in quickly before racing to the museum before closing time.

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And Porches is no ordinary inn. Sure, the story of dilapidated apartments becoming light-filled suites with painted beadboard walls and slate-floor bathrooms is charming. But it’s the uncompromising attention to detail that matters: tin tissue holders fitting just so in alcoves; multiple wall pegs for every swimsuit, towel and robe; thick slices of fresh watermelon and perspiring dispensers of lemonade near the front desk.

Don’t expect the soaring spaces of Mass MoCA here. Everything is divided among eight buildings, with Yellow containing reception, the living room, breakfast room and the “board room,” where an Archie Bunker card game resides alongside Jenga. Out back is the pool with a heated blue-stone deck and hot tub; even more hidden is a hilltop firepit for bonfires and s’mores.

Despite such comforts, working-class North Adams is far less fancy than its Berkshire neighbors. You’ll see locals as you’re peeling a hard-boiled egg, spearing a strawberry or sipping from a mug of coffee at an Italian-made aluminum table out front. But so what? Consider Porches your escape from the typical trappings of far more humdrum hotels.

How to Get There

The Porches Inn
231 River Street
North Adams, MA 01247 United States

Reviews

A work of architectural art
MTKPC91

Stayed here with my daughter and husband for my birthday weekend trip to MassMOCA. Yes, the location is spectacular as is the drive to get there from Boston. But what made it really worth it versus other inns in the area was the inventiveness of the architecture and styling of the buildings. We expected an Inn vibe, and it did not disappoint. It was just so much fun to be in the rooms and walk around the houses that had been converted into to one larger, porched building.

We had a king suite, with a large comfy main bed and sofa bed. There was a desk set in the front angled window area. The furnishings were antiques and eclectic, often arts and crafts style and leather. It was like a really nice get away cabin design. If you are in North Adams for art appreciation, staying here is part of the package.

Pluses
-Bath salts for the whirlpool tub
- Room service breakfast - instead of having to come to the community dining room
in wall safe- behind a paint by the numbers classical painting
- Gluten free and non-dairy options at breakfast
-Family room with games
- Local art on the walls
- Chairs on the porches - a perfect place for morning tea.
- Real keys.
- Turndown service included setting up the pullout bed

Minuses
- A bit nickel and dimey My daughter came to stay from college for one of our three nights. I informed the desk of this when we made the reservation so that we could have linens for the pullout bed and extra towels (which were there when we checked in). The room says it sleeps 4, but we were charged extra for my daughter to cover breakfast for the one day. Also, we need to keep some medication cold so we requested a fridge for our room. It was there when we arrived, which was great. But they charged extra a day for that as well.
-Difficulty getting Tea/coffee service. This is one area where usually inns excel where they fell short - Tea and cookies in the lobby. They did have a hot beverage set up in the reception area in the afternoons but not much variety. One day it was hot cider, another it was coffee. To get tea or cocoa, they had to get you the water. They were very nice about it, but these days, its rare to not have a coffee service in the room. They had a very nice set up for breakfast- it seems to me they could just leave that available all day and evening.
-No slippers. With hard wood floors and wonderful robes go slippers. There were none. A nitpick but noticeable.
-Old house stuff - you could hear people in the room above walking around. Our floor was not level, by any means. The room tended to run hot. I expect this from an older inn and was to be expected. But I can see that some people might find it less than pleasing.
-Only big thing - the room smelled musty everytime we came back and the heat had run. We ended up running the air conditioning or opening a window for a while to freshen it up. My husband has a severe mold allergy so this was a bit of a concern. However, he was fine and there was no visible mold.

Love The Porches!!!
S1294QCrick

Excellent, beautiful, clean and friendly – perfect location. As an artist, with my collie, there for business and pleasure, we couldn't have found a better place to stay in North Adams and the Berkshires. We'll be back soon!

The Porches, a special place to stay
OnAir615587

If you go to North Adams to visit Mass Moca and then the Clark in Williams Mass the Porches makes the visit even more special. The Inn introduces you to the history of the area. It's a perfect romantic place to stay for couples.