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“Monumental at Monument Mountain”
Review of Briarcliff Motel

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Briarcliff Motel
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Chappaqua, New York
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15 reviews
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“Monumental at Monument Mountain”
Reviewed 1 August 2011

What a lovely surprise. A classic '60s motel had been bought by a wonderful English couple who are transforming it into a super New England B & B. They were so accommodating with our dog, with our bikes, with local directions and info. Can't wait to go back.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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Falls Church Virgini
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Reviewed 29 July 2011

I really enjoyed staying here. My room was recently renovated and still smelled brand new. The owners are a delightful couple from the UK and I really enjoyed the "pet' wild turkeys that roamed freely behind the building.

A very good value.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled solo
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 27 July 2011

We were delighted to stay at the "new" Briarcliff Motel in Great Barrington. Under the new ownership, the motel is now more like a "bed and breakfast" experience BUT with privacy! Clare and Richard could not have been more accomodating and the room was just what anyone would need - comfortable bedding, clean and quiet....and the TV was nice too! We will definitely be back!

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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Pittsburgh, PA
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Reviewed 26 July 2011

What a find! On a quick weekend trip we attempted to save some money by staying at a motel over the NY board...bad move. Couldn't get away from that place fast enough the next morning, but had no reservation for our second night. Combed the area and surrounding villages to no avail, but kept driving by the Briarcliff with the "new owner" sign in front. Since we were aiming to hike Monument Mountain that day anyway, we decided to explore the Briarcliff on a whim and no further did we need go! The new owners, Clare and Richard Proctor, welcomed us with the warmth of age-old friends reuniting after years apart; made apologies for the dark and heavy decor of the soon-to-be renovated rooms; inspired us with a pictorial of what the rooms would eventually look like; shared their longer term conceptual vision and dream for this up and coming gem of modern yet rustic B & B that will hopefully play host to a vast and diverse community of repeat visitors for years to come; gave us a HUGE discount since they were in transition at that time; made reservations for us at a wonderful eatery for dinner; pointed the way to another amazing meal for our departing brunch the next day; and truly inspired us to put Greater Barrington on our list of "let's go there again" places! They are moving thru the renovation process with the speed and focus of a Tour de France cyclist, and based on the recent photos we've seen, we are knocked out by the changes they've made in the less than 2 short months since our stay there. We love, love, LOVE this place and cannot wait to visit with Clare and Richard again, again, and again! So don't think twice. You've found a place to call your home away from home in Great Barrington. And be sure to ask these warm and generous proprietors about their plans for the magical land that this unique Euro/American/Modern/Rustic B & B Motel rests upon...a setting for myriad new stories to emerge and be shared over time. Enjoy. We most certainly did!

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  • Stayed May 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 26 July 2011

New owners are attentive and accommodating and room was clean and newly renovated. Great coffee in the morning too!

  • Stayed July 2011
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Springfield, Massachusetts
2 reviews
Reviewed 25 July 2011

Just enjoyed a stay at the Briarcliff. I always thought it looked like a neat place to stay. When I arrived I realized it was head and shoulders above amy motel I've ever stayed at. The renovated rooms were clean and attractive and the bedding was spot on. The shower had great pressure to boot. Clare and Richard were great hosts and were very helpful with any questions I had. I have stayed at expensive b&b's where the owners hadnt put this much effort into their place. You will enjoy your stay here.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 18 July 2011

“Just back from a great weekend at the Briarcliff Inn in Great Barrington. I was initially nonplussed by the somewhat plain 1960’s motel drive-in style architecture of the structure, but after checking in with the warm and friendly innkeepers, Richard and Clare, I was really impressed with my room. Newly done, the interior is a clean, chic, minimalist aesthetic: funky rattan chair with cowhide ottoman, soothing pale blue-hued paint color, simple modern folk art, pale, crisp bedding. The bathroom was also new, with white, glassy shower stall. Breakfast offerings were perfect: coffee, tea, juices, granola, yogurt, fruit, freshly baked muffins.

The location is great as well. Set back from Route 7, it is a short drive to the villages of Great Barrington and Stockbridge, the simple and beautiful Norman Rockwell museum, and best of all, a walk across the street (literally) to a beautiful trail up Monument Mountain.

Perhaps the best part for me was that the hotel accepts pets. My dog had as restful and fulfilling a trip as I did. The owners are true dog lovers and are quite happy to ensure the happiness of ALL guests, including the canine ones.

I am not one to write hotel reviews, but I had to after this weekend. The Briarcliff Inn is a refreshingly chic, comfortable spot in an beautiful and serene part of the world.”

Stayed July 2011, travelled with friends
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Property: Briarcliff Motel
Address: 506 Stockbridge Rd, Great Barrington, MA 01230-1296
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Region: United States > Massachusetts > Berkshires > Great Barrington
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Great Barrington
#2 Business Hotel in Great Barrington
#3 Family Hotel in Great Barrington
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Briarcliff Motel 2*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
New English owners Clare & Richard Proctor have turned this classic 1960 motor lodge, with its spectacular view of Monument Mountain, into a cool 21st century b&b. We offer great value, clean comfortable rooms with a stylish edge, free wifi, a home-made breakfast of scones, muffins and granola with locally-roasted coffee, and a warm welcome. Chill out on the deck in summer, or by the stove in our guest lounge in winter. We are five minutes from Great Barrington and Stockbridge, and under 15 from Tanglewood. ... more   less 
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