We stayed there recently when we attended a show at Tanglewood. I found Briarcliff online somehow, can't remember exactly where and had been really wanting to stay there. Very fun idea, all the joy of my childhood vacations staying in motels, wrapped up in a modern bed & breakfast experience. Fantastic! I love being able to park in front of our room. We were in a king-sized bed and found the mattress extremely comfortable, firm and I was not disturbed at all when my partner would shift positions in his sleep. The bathroom was nice, clean, but the half wall in the shower stall was not sufficient and we ended up with some water on the floor no matter how we positioned the shower head. And it would be nice to have a shelf of some kind in the shower so we could have a place for shampoo bottles, face wash etc. Anyone staying longer than a few nights might find the lack of storage space a bit daunting, you would have to live out of your suitcase, but we were there just one night, so it was fine for us.
Now the great parts! First are Clare and Richard. Both very welcoming and engaging and helpful. Second was the nicely sized fridge in the room. We were pleasantly surprised at this and very happy to find it included a small freezer just the right size to re-freeze our ice packs for the next day. Excellent. And the third cannot be repeated enough, the breakfast was SUPERB. Hard boiled eggs, homemade muffins, scones and granola all were delicious. The local yogurt was perfect with the granola and Clare very kindly made us a truly good french press of decaf coffee when we asked. Normally the coffee, especially for us non-caffeine drinkers, is dreadful. This was better than a lot of coffee I get at local shops.
We loved the location and feel of the place, it was a nice ride to Tanglewood for us, but be forewarned, the Briarcliff is NOT located right in a downtown. It is on a well-traveled road, but there aren't restaurants right next door and being that it is in the Berkshires, which are known for being rural and quaint, there is not a lot of street lighting. We loved this part, but if you are expecting a slightly more "urban" downtown feel, you will be disappointed. Definitely returning there soon and will stay more than one night this time. Thank you, Richard and Clare!! You have a wonderful spot.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Briarcliff Hotel Great Barrington