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 758 Reviews
Great Hotel with Character
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a wonderful hotel with lots of character and a great location to MassMOCA. The staff is friendly and helpful. While not a luxury hotel, if you want a place to stay that is not the ordinary sterile box without character, you will be pleased here. Don't count on the breakfasts, however; the food quality is subpar--think Hampton Inn. Skip breakfast at the hotel and head over to Tunnel City at MassMOCA or to Brewhaha a mile down the road.

overpriced, overcrowded, dark, window only onto hallway and dark alley next to building
Reviewed 4 days ago

needs a larger hot tub and pool - very over crowded and could not use. Room was very dark. Bathroom window opened up to common hallway. NO ventilation. Staff seemed confused and SLOW. Can I say that with emphasis? King bed was ok. NO PORCH. DO NOT ASSUME you will have a window or porch for over $299 a night. Found it depressing. Quite noisy.

Disappointing
Reviewed 6 days ago

GIven the expense of this place (over $300 a night), I was shocked that we were given a room in which the a/c was weak and wouldn't cool the room to the thermostat setting, the Wifi barely worked, and the beds seemed old. Overall, I was hugely disappointed - the quality was about that of a budget hotel, not what I paid for. And the first floor rooms are very loud with footfall noise from above to boot.

College visits, perfect break!
Reviewed 1 week ago

Room was perfect size, clean and comfortable; quiet and private...MassMoCA
across the street and breakfast included...friendly and helpful staff...we had a corner, first floor room, two queen beds, sitting area, and lovely bathroom.

Friendly, casual and stylish
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We really enjoyed our stay at Porches. It's a perfect fit with the renewal of North Adams, both sophisticated and easygoing with a sense of humour that remains appreciative of the old timey details in the decor. The renovation of the row houses has been very thoughtfully done - it's definitely not your standard hotel design. Room was beautifully presented and comfortable, as was the big bathroom. The handmade chocolate mints on the bedside table were really delicious. A very pleasantly memorable stay.