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
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Pet Friendly
- 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
We stayed at Tourists for our "mini moon." We had a great time and enjoyed the area.
We really enjoyed:
- the rooms in general
- the private outdoor deck on our room
- yoga was fantastic (thanks Tracy!)
- the pool & trails behind the property were great
- the complimentary coffee & delicious (not complimentary) pastries
- being able to text front desk staff was very convenient
- I really liked the printed guide from our room - it had lots of great tips about the area
Things that could be better:
- hospitality was pretty good and some staff members were super helpful, but then at other times staff members seemed annoyed by my questions / requests (I'm not used to that)
- housekeeping was OK (plates / coffee cups weren't always picked up)
- we had to switch rooms after a couple of nights in the sanford suite, and missed having a mini fridge after that
I ABSOLUTELY love coming to Tourists! I live locally and they were able to give a small discount which is helpful considering these rooms are expensive—but worth it. The room was gorgeous, clean, light, bright, and spacious. I can guarantee you they have inspired be to design my bedroom at home in a similar fashion. Their lobby air is beautiful, warm, and cozy. My coworkers enjoy using the lobby to get some work down after hours. The patio area is wonderful during the warmer months when you can sit outside and enjoy the scenery. Overall, I have never had a bad experience since staying here and just visiting the public spaces.
If you couldn’t tell, I’m kinda obsessed with this place!
I had been following Tourists on Instagram for a year and just loved the images and the vibe... we finally had the opportunity to go! With an invitation to stay at friends in Stockbridge for the weekend, we beat the Friday afternoon traffic from Boston to the Berkshires by driving to North Adams on Thursday night thereby squeezing in a one night stay at Tourists... it wasn’t enough! We loved it from the moment we arrived! Even though we arrived at 11pm we were greeted so warmly, and were invited by the manager to hang out in the common outdoor spaces after we checked out the next day. She knew that we wanted to go to the Airport Rooms, which had closed just moments before we arrived, and she suggested that we just hang out the next day until it opened again at 5 PM :-). We had a gallery room (room 1) which was just perfect. If gallery rooms are considered the smallest, I cannot imagine how large the other rooms are. This room was really spacious and beautiful. I just loved everything about it: the spare design, the brightness of the room, the giant headboard, the cozy window bed, the beautiful light fixtures, the ingenious window shades which come up from the bottom allowing light and a view of the trees while still affording privacy, the gorgeous bathroom with three kinds of handmade soap, the built in drawers, the fabric tv cover-slip to make it disappear, the water jug and cups, the colorful stripy pool towels and the kimono like robes. And the bed was so comfortable! The outdoor shower!!! Every room has one, and it is amazing. Use it! The campus is gorgeous... I walked on every trail. (Make sure to check out the beautifully designed and thoughtfully worded guide to the property in your room) Crossing the suspension bridge over the Hoosic River is amazing. After crossing I loved the (less trod) trail to the left... The overall vibe at Tourists is super friendly, relaxed and happy. We loved relaxing at and in the lovely heated saltwater pool, and in the various outdoor spaces and the gorgeous, cozy and hip lodge. And yes, we did hang out long enough (with a mid day sojourn to The Clark) to experience the Airport Rooms, which were awesome and funky in their own right, and have some delicious drinks. Mine had mezcal, passion fruit and ginger beer... yum! We cannot wait to return to this wonderful spot.