My wife and I stayed here for two nights in July 2013, as part of a road trip from Boston to Washington, DC.
We arrived on a Wednesday afternoon and were met by Kate, the charming Duty Manager, who was tending to vegetables in the extensive gardens to the rear. She checked us in using the latest mobile technology, e-mailed our receipt and showed us to room 10. Easy!
Our room had just been recently refurbished and looked brand new. Everything was spick and span and the décor was modern but still very practical. We had a fridge, flat screen TV, seating area and sufficient storage for our short stay. The bed linen was classy and the bed was extremely comfortable – we has just come from the Langham in Boston that is world renowned for its ‘Langham Blissful Beds’, and I can assure you we slept better in the Briarcliff’s beds! The bathroom was well laid out and was spotlessly clean, just like the whole motel was.
The main reception area is the heart of the Briarcliff Motel and this is also where breakfast is served each day. This was a beautiful spread and included warm, fresh scones, croissants, granola, yogurt, fruit, tea, coffee and fresh juice. In the evening we were able to help ourselves to tea and coffee and could have easily chilled out for a while with a beer or a glass of wine if we had wanted to. Ambient background music was on and the lighting was dimmed for relaxing and winding down in. The notice board promoted local events and places of interest and is well worth checking out.
You will very likely get the chance to meet Richard & Claire, the owners. They are a lovely couple who were keen to talk and you will definitely get a tip or two to enhance your stay in the Berkshires. They are clearly passionate about their property and are still investing – when we were there the front garden area was being remodelled with the addition of seating and fire pits which must be superb any time of year but perhaps particularly in the colder months. We also loved that they were passionate about Great Barrington and the surrounding area. They use local people, local produce and recommend local attractions, restaurants and bars. When we were in town and we said where we were staying locals knew Richard and Claire (and Kate) and were extremely complimentary. It’s that sort of praise that’s hard to describe on TripAdvisor, but you’ll understand what I mean when you stay.
The location is ideal for those with a car – a few minutes from Great Barrington and central to everything else. We came from the south via the beautiful Litchfield Hills in Connecticut, toured north through the Berkshires and then spent a very enjoyable afternoon in South Vermont in Bennington, Hogback Mountain NP and Brattleboro. I expect that Boston is only two hours if you take the Mass Pike and we had reached the outskirts of New York City within just over two hours when it was unfortunately time for us to leave.
Great Barrington was just lovely and from all the Berkshire towns we saw I’m very glad we stayed here. The Main Street and adjacent Railroad Street are packed with restaurants, bars and shops and we had two very enjoyable nights out, firstly in Baba Louie’s and secondly in 20 Railroad. We also really enjoyed Rubiner’s cheese shop for little treats and stocked up on a few premium beers from the world class selection in Domaney’s Liquors just at the State Road Bridge.
We loved the Briarcliff Motel and Great Barrington so much that we bought our friends a weekend break as a wedding gift and it we’re back in the area we’ll definitely return.
In summary: HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
- 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