First thing to know about Bascom Lodge is what it was designed to be: a hiking lodge. In other words, a place where hikers can gather at the end of the day to relax and refresh. That does not mean that non-hikers won't enjoy the place, but that they should not expect Bascom Lodge to be something it isn't.
If this lodging were located almost anywhere, I would have to consider it a flop-house that is WAY over-priced. The rooms are small with almost no furniture or amenities in them. There are no phones or TV, and not many outlets, but there is free wi-fi. Bathrooms and sinks are shared. The shared showers (there are no baths) have no controls -- you push a button and get water flow for about two minutes, with no ability for you to change the temperature or the flow level. Each person gets one soap bar, one washcloth, one hand towel, and one large towel per visit -- ours were never replaced during our two night stay. The beds were not changed either. The lodge is entirely smoke-free. It was never clear if people who stay must pay the $2 parking fee at the top of this state park.
Those who stay get free coffee and muffins (fresh!) in the morning, or you can pay for the breakfast items they make. Lunch and snack items are available later in the day, and there is a "happy hour" time. Dinner is by reservation only, and you have two choices -- vegetarian or non-vegetarian -- both a prix fixe, three course meal.
The lodge has a den area for relaxing, as well as a covered table area for viewing at sunset time. The staff was professional and welcoming to its guests, always willing to help out as best they could.
Again, if this was the end of this review, I would probably rate this as one of the most over-priced places I've ever stayed at. However, I can NOT ignore the joy of sipping coffee to a view that goes about 80 km in all directions, or watching a sunset from this mountain. We wanted a place for relaxing and hiking the Appalachian Trail, and we got the perfect place to do both. If you know what you'll be getting, and want this location, you'll love it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bascom Lodge is a rustic stone and wood Lodge perched atop Mount Greylock in western Massachusetts. Built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930's to provide accommodations for hikers, vacationers, and nature enthusiasts. Private and group rooms are available for overnight stay.The large dining room with its high ceiling and hand-cut oak beams provides an ideal atmosphere for a meal and the enclosed porch with wraparound windows overlooks the finest views in the Berkshires. Stone fireplaces create a relaxing setting after a day of hiking. ... more less