We stayed at the Kemble Inn for two nights. On the plus side, it is a really beautiful old mansion in a very nice location. It is walking distance to downtown Lenox and Shakespeare and Co. It was really fun to stay in one of the grand old mansions in the Berkshires. The stay was pleasant, but it is a new inn, and they have a few more things to do to make it really a top place. To me, it is the details that really separate a great inn from a good one. You can see all the many improvements the owner has made and I am sure more are in store for this beautiful old home.
The room we selected was 201. It was very large and had hardwood floors and beautiful original fireplace. The curtains were gorgeous plum silk with lovely hardware. The linens were very nice. The furniture was an unusual choice of slick chrome and old fashioned mohogany reproductions. There was no closet, but an armoire. It was very quiet.
The bathroom was just redone and just lovely, sort of a retro 20's feel with shiny subway tiles, hexagon floor tiles and grey and white marble, perfect choice for this grand old mansion. But missing any counter space or make up mirror. The Aveda products very nice.
Wireless did not work in our room, but did downstairs.
The common areas are beautiful rooms, but with the same sort of odd mix of furniture as our room. The fabulous staircase was grand but in need of some sanding and new paint, as was the outside of the home and other areas (like the window in the bathroom). On the first night of our stay there was a vase with brown water and a dead plant in it, yet on the entry table there were homemade cookies.
The porch outside was lovely and so pleasant to have breakfast and dinner on. The outdoor furniture new and very smart looking. The view is of a beautiful grass backyard that was calling for some flower borders and landscaping. Both breakfast and dinner were good, but not as innovative or yummy as the food we had in town at Alta. The wine was very good, small but perfect and a great value.
The manager was super friendly and helpful and she really made our stay enjoyable. The piano player one night was a terrific touch.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in a Gilded Age mansion with a modern heart and stunning mountain views, Kemble Inn offers a 12-room retreat with a one-of-a-kind experience. Guests find sanctuary in contemporary styled rooms, savor expertly prepared seasonal cuisine at our on-site restaurant, Table Six, and with our central location, make the most of the cultural offerings and activities in the Berkshires. Our Classic American restaurant, Table Six, is helmed by former White House Chef, Ron Reda and serves expertly prepared seasonal cuisine. Come enjoy White House dining style in the heart of the Berkshires. Your Kemble Inn experience includes the following: New York Times rated “Best Breakfast in the Berkshires” Individually Controlled Thermostat En-suite Bathrooms with heated floors, two with Jacuzzi Tubs Free Wi-Fi HD Flat-Screen TVs w/ Free On-demand movies iPod Docks Complimentary Newspaper Complimentary Self-Parking Housekeeping Service Luxury Linens Luxury Bath Products ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Kemble Hotel Lenox