4.5
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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

4.5 Very Good 873 Reviews
Great location and decor
Susan S

This was a great location down the street from Mass MoCA. Beds are comfortable and there was a soaking tub. Nice decor too. Flat screen television, Tivoli radio, and a refrigerator in the room. We had a small balcony.

Meh
Ferlinghetti

For one thing, don't listen to your GPS. It says you've arrived when the hotel is only barely in sight. I did two turns around before I figured it out. Once there, it's a typical (but not great) upscale hotel experience. I really enjoyed myself with my family many years ago when we stayed. This time, it was the usual mix of little things that interfere with a truly enjoyable experience. When you park, you have to get a permission slip from the desk and put it in the windshield, not really that bad, but when the room is in the other direction and it's a bit of hike back to the parking lot and there are only 6 cars in it, is that really necessary? No, it's effort-shifting onto the clients, not something you want from upscale hotels. And so on and so forth. Take a bath--clearly nobody ever does--and it takes forever to fill, and when you get out, there's nothing to hold onto when you step down onto the wet floor. Breakfast was much improved by very plentiful fresh blueberries; otherwise, just cold cereal and the kind of croissants and bagels you'd expect in Western Mass.

not a good value
SisPrac

Interesting property, but not a good value. For the price the linens and the breakfast were definitly inferior. No top sheet, have to go outside to get coffee in the morning, nothing hot on the breakfast.