What We Love
- A cutting-edge circulation system that brings fresh mountain air into each room
- Outdoor spaces for all guest rooms, including semi-private patios or private decks with outdoor showers
- A boardwalk that leads to the Hoosic River
- An 1813 farmhouse is site of the hotel’s cocktail lounge and live music venue
What To Know
- Until the forthcoming restaurant opens, the hotel will serve breakfast and all-day picnic fare
- Some guest rooms have bunk beds for families
- The hotel’s investors include John Stirratt, bassist for the band Wilco
- The property sits on the site of a former mid-century motor lodge
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
This Berkshires eco-lodge brings modernity and a James Beard Award-winning chef to the mountains
Boston-based lead designer Ben Svenson (whose portfolio includes a long list of fixer-uppers) is to thank for the transformation of this former one-star roadside motel into a sleek adult summer camp. If the 48 rooms seem unabashedly austere—save for a few vintage postcards and woven rugs, the cabins are lined with untreated local white oak and largely uncluttered—it’s totally intentional. One peek through the expansive picture windows (bonus points for the built-in window seats) will assure you that the real visual feast lies outside. Here, it’s all about the charming communal spaces, including a yoga pavilion and a 1960s-era ranch house clad with a patio and a fireplace, that strike a sublime indoor-outdoor balance—inspired, no doubt, by the Berkshires’ long legacy as a popular summer destination. (The nearby Mohawk Trail, which opened to cars in 1914, is considered New England’s first official scenic tourist route.)
In the Area
North Adams, a former mill town, is a scenic 3.5-hour drive from New York City. Guests are fifteen minutes from the MASS MoCA, a 19th-century factory building turned contemporary art mecca containing 250,000 square feet of gallery space. Long-term exhibits include a display of over 200 avant-garde musical instruments handmade by Vermont-based Gunnar Schonbeck and wall-size drawings by the late minimalism guru Sol LeWitt. In the summer months, crowds descend on nearby Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra where a lively music festival stretches into Labor Day weekend.
How to Get There
If you are a person who wants every standard hotel amenity like coffee in the room (need to walk a few feet for coffee here), box of tissues, etc etc please go book some other hotel.
If on the other hand you are sick of every hotel being nearly identical in how its run, you will love this place. There are too many unique things going on here to list, see the other reviews for some of them. Our personal favorite was how the bunk beds were on the "side" of our room, the walls on them let kids hide out and so both kids and adults could feel like they had their own "space" in a room no bigger than a standard hotel room. Simply brilliant. I have back problems and the bed was one of the best I have ever slept in, I wish I knew what it was as I should probably get one. The room in general was much more warm and welcoming than the standard hotel room, it was the perfect place to hole up after a long day, and the view of the woods out back was very refreshing. The food in the lodge was wonderful, nearly all of the employees were extremely welcoming friendly and helpful, the fireplace was awesome, etc.
There are still a few kinks to be worked out, our door did not shut so well for example, but I strongly expect they will continue to improve it.
I had a great time at Tourist in North Adams and their employees are accommodating! They also have the Airport Room next door which was incredibly interesting. I highly suggest checking them out! I’m looking forward to a stay in the future!
A modern place targeting the wealthy and the hipster crowd. Enjoyed the stay but would not return except for a very special occasion.
. Beautiful room
. Cozy lodge with wood stove. Night I was there, was filled with hipster couples hanging out and starting to get affectionate. On second night, a Monday, it was a very chill crowd and quite homey.
. Friendly and hip staff.
. *Really* expensive for what you get, and I've stayed at a lot of places for business and leisure
. No coffee in-the-room, fitness center/guest pass or mini fridge in the room, which I feel are standard at this high price point
. Not mentioned on the web site that pets are allowed in all rooms (I'm allergic to dogs and cats). Found pet fur on the sheets.
. Next to train tracks. At night and very early, you will hear the blaring horns of a cargo train and its many compartments rumbling by
. No decaf tea or coffee available when I went to the lodge in the morning
Had a last minute stay here and what a treat it was! Well appointed, comfortable rooms with great views. Had the best sleep I've had in years on that mattress! Bar and lodge were both comfortable and welcoming. Food was really very good and service was warm. Couldn't ask for anything more. Can't wait to come back in the warmer months to check out their outdoor amenities!
I'd been wanting to stay here since I read about the hotel's opening in the NYTimes almost a year ago not just because it looked and sounded fantastic, if a little beyond me hipster, but more b/c I grew up in Pittsfield 30 min to the south. I love to see investment in Berkshire County, especially Northern Berkshire County. So when I had to go to the area recently I was happy to book a room, which I think was a Gallery room.
I arrived after dark and found check in. The two women working were enthusiastic and friendly, providing information, a Sunday NYTimes and happily answering questions. One walked me to the room, pointed out the highlights, remotes and lights and told me how to call the desk with any questions. The gathering space off the lobby was inviting and proved a great spot for morning coffee, a yummy gf tea cake and a bit of work.
The room itself was a treasure, a respite from the everyday and allowed for a relaxing solo evening. The bed was comfortable beyond measure and I slept clear through the night. The day bed was squishy comfy firm with huge pillows to support newspaper reading. There is not a fridge in the room which I only noticed when I went looking to cool the mini bar wine a bit. This led me to put it outside the courtyard door and noticing there is an outdoor shower there - one of several reasons I'll need to come back in the summer! The floor in the entry way is heated cement and really comfy, especially when you get out of the shower. The shower room has Ursa Major products in it and is very large! The bathroom is equally large and well equipped - the chunks of soap are nicely fragrant, there were plenty of fluffy towels and lots of outlets. I don't really understand the 2nd sink, it seemed extra, but both are nice looking.
I was a little skeptical of the plywood finishes, but they work well. Will be curious to see how they hold up over time. There was not a closet or hooks in the room, so no obvious place to hang a coat. Not a big deal.
In the desk area, there is a field guide to the area which was really well done. It included local area maps, trails, things to do etc. I had no idea how close it was to the Appalachian Trail and went for a run on the trail in the morning - what a treat. Four deer kept me company!
Front desk staff was very pleasant in the morning, checkout was a breeze. There was some kind of coffee training going on which was a great window into the place. The trainer was really knowledgeable and a fun teacher. The staff was engaged, asking questions and happy to learn. Most importantly, management clearly values their staff enough to be sure they have the skills needed to provide great customer service.
Stay here. Explore the woods. Enjoy Northern Berkshire County.