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“Lots of negatives -- but the location!!”
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Bascom Lodge
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Adams
Reviewed 19 August 2013

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.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 July 2013

You just have to warm to a place when you check in at 5pm to be told by a guy with dreadlocks to his waist that the towels are still in the laundry. But this lodge is nothing if not laid back, and if you arrive with the cares of the world they will soon be melted away with a glass of wine on the veranda, observing the spectacular view. This is partly a place of contradictions: we were most proudly shown to our room, and the new wallpaper pointed out, but it was pretty basic for the price and the shared bathroom old fashioned. The muffins at breakfast were nothing short of superb, but the cooked eggs expensive and greasy. You weren't allowed just one egg btw - it was all or nothing. However the 3 course set dinner was fantastic, and what a wonderful setting! It feels like this place doesn't quite know what it wants to be: rustic charm or posh hotel. I'd go for the former and liked the guys running it, hippy appearance and all, and admire their hard work and pride in what they have made of this place. A real labour of love, and I'd return to support it any time.

Room Tip: Note that if you have the suite of three rooms on the ground floor, which is great for a family or f...
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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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1  Thank celloconcert
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Reviewed 21 July 2013

This historic wood and stone lodge built by the Civilian Conservation Corp is perfectly situated among fields of wildflowers and stands of fir trees at the summit of Mount Greylock, the highest mountain in Massachusetts. The Appalachian Trail runs beside the lodge at mile 1583 from Springer Mt. GA and mile 602 from Katahdin ME. Even though we've hiked 2/3 of the Trail, nothing could compare with the setting, the peace and simplicity of this place. The views are spectacular, the weather ranging from cool fog in the morning to clear and sunny in the afternoon with a constant cooling breeze easily appreciated through a large covered porch and the Lodge's open windows. We stayed with friends in a clean and neat bunk room that had access to clean and neat bathrooms and showers. Happy Hour on the porch with local beer and good wine selections was fun but the prix fixe 3 course dinner in a spacious, yet cozy dining room was superb! We had salad of bibb lettuce, avocado, walnuts, pickled beets, entree of beef tenderloin with creamy risotto, spinach, kale, and caramelized onion gratin, and dessert of homemade lemon ginger ice cream and sugar cookie. Breakfast started the next morning with self serve coffee and the absolute best blueberry muffin I've ever eaten - right out of the oven. Breakfast and lunch entrees were substantial and excellently prepared. The owners are hiker and cycler friendly and very helpful in storing belongings to enable day hikes and rides. Our entire group wants to return and to bring family and other friends although we made friends with many hikers and even towns people while we were there. I would never tire of this place and its beauty, serenity, and special spirit. I love Bascom Lodge!

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with friends
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2  Thank Deblizbrady
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Reviewed 13 July 2013

The remodeled rooms are beautifully furnished.We had the "suite" which included Robert Morris wallpaper, rich woods, and a remodeled bathroom too. This place is a mix of great things and falling-apart bits. The managers have taken on the task of undoing generations of neglect and should be given some slack and encouragement where they have more to do - as it is clear that they have made personal financial commitments to renew this property. Amazingly excellent food and wine. Wi-Fi worked great even on the mountain top. Views are fantastic, though we did get fogged in for part of each day. The lighthouse tower is impressive by day and surreal by night. Note that you do need to give at least 3 hours notice for dinner. The staff do not always answer the phone and we were unable to make a dinner reservation for our second night, and were of course disappointed. All of the staff are friendly and knowledgeable about local history as well as current events. However, Peter needs to improve his appearance and hygiene. The dark common room/den was fun and the dining and picnic areas made for a nice contrast. I intend to come back.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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2  Thank traveltode
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Reviewed 13 July 2013

Bascom lodge was built in the 30s atop the highest peak in Massachusetts - Mount Greylock. We stayed overnight in a family lodge. There are pros to staying here - it is a historic building built in the Arts and Crafts Style, it has a lot of history and it is on top of the peak so you can easily take in beautiful views, sunrises and sunsets. The staff was actually quite nice and accommodating (and that is the only reason this is two stars and not one star). Plus, the lodge was very clean.

The cons are quite long to list. The rooms are very bare. We had a "family" room with a full size bed plus a bunk bed. The only furniture in the room was one tall dresser. There were no nightstands. There wasn't even a mirror and considering that there was one shared bathroom for 6 rooms including a bunk room, it was annoying to have to walk down the hall to brush my hair. There is no A/C. I'm not sure if there is heat - at least it isn't controlled in the individual rooms. Because the lodge is at the top of a peak, it gets quite windy. Someone left the window open in the ladies' room and the halls were quite cold by midnight. There are shared bathrooms. The men's room has a shower but the woman's room does not. There is a hall shower for woman to use which consists of one stall and no toilet.

My biggest complaint was that the lodge was LOUD. The building carries sound from everywhere in the lodge to your room. Our room (Room 6) was at the top of the stairs. We heard everyone come up the stairs into the lodge. We could hear other people talking in their rooms. We could hear kids running up and down the hall. We also were across from the shared men's room so we had the music of the men's room all night long since all six rooms shared the men's room. Our window overlooked the entrance to the lodge so we heard everyone coming and going until 11pm even though the window was closed. The noise didn't really settle down until close to midnight. Then at 5am, we heard hooting and hollering outside as hikers and runners began to arrive at the peak. If that didn't get us up, we also heard our neighbor's alarm go off at 6 am, 6:15 am and 6:30 am. We got no sleep.

We also didn't take showers. We are hikers so we were looking forward to hot showers. The hotel provides soap but no shampoo or conditioner. Worse, we were urged to take the fastest possible shower and told that the showers only get warm. We heard other guests complaining about cold showers and decided not to bother (yuck).

Based on how noisy and spartan the lodge is, I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. It's pretty basic to expect a good night's sleep in reasonable quiet and a hot shower. Plus, we paid $150 for the room which was utterly not worth it.

Room Tip: We didn't enjoy room 6 but I'm not sure if any other rooms were better.
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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 June 2013

On a clear day, you can see for miles. Our room was small but comfortable and clean. Great hot shower! Cozy fireplace room. Supper menu is limited to two prix fixe choices, but apparently you must give prior notice if you want the vegetarian selection. We were not made aware of this, and so the vegetarian option was not available since no one else knew to reserve it either! The dinner was delicious. There is homemade ice cream available to purchase anytime from a little freezer and it is yummy. The place is a little quirky in its operations, and kind of minimalist, but nicer than a hostel. The single room pricing is kind of steep ($135). We stayed 2 nights and were not given fresh towels and continental breakfast is only coffee/tea and muffins. But we liked the friendly hikers and amazing surroundings and proximity to some great hiking trails.

Room Tip: We stayed in a first floor room and it was quiet. No problem sharing the large bathroom.
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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Lisa B
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Reviewed 3 June 2013

I booked a private room for two nights and was given the key and escorted to room #8 located on the 1st floor which was nicer than I thought. On Saturday when I returned from a very strenuous hike, I was told by Reyna the receptionist that she had moved my belongings to another room #3 on the second floor because they had made a mistake. I was surprised that our property which consisted of iPads and iPods were moved along with our personal belongings without our prior consent or permission. I was surprised since Reyna was the one who checked us in on Friday and never mentioned a room change during our stay. I voiced my concern of the move without my consent. It fell on deaf ears. I am an avid hiker and will not recommend the Bascom lodge at all. The bathrooms and showers on the second floor are in need of upgrading especially when the water temperature cannot be controlled once your in the shower. Best to stay in one of the many accommodations located in the towns below the summit.

Room Tip: Ask if you have the same room for your entire stay.
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  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Denise V
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Additional Information about Bascom Lodge

Address: Summit Road, Adams, MA 01220
Region: United States > Massachusetts > Berkshires > Adams
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Adams
Price Range: £25 - £108 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 9
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 

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