First, this is a very large facility. There are a lot of different trainings going on so there can be a lot of people especially at lunchtime. I stayed in the new annex in one of the double rooms. Getting to the room the first couple times was a little unnerving because you either walk outside and around to get to the building or you go to the basement which feels like you shouldn't be down there. The way they connected the annex to the existing building is a little strange. The room itself was VERY small for two people. The room was very modern and chic, but you have to be comfortable being in such a small space with another person that you don't know. The cafeteria had a wide variety of food and they have the most amazing apple cider! I have no complaints about the food. The coffee is not free and is only sold in the little cafe on the main level. There would be a line of people in the morning for coffee and they never quite had enough brewing in the morning, so they would always run out so if you weren't the first few people in line, you would have to wait for the second batch of coffee. Annoying, and it was Starbucks prices only if you kept your cup, you got a discount on the coffee, but that means you have to carry your empty cup around all day. Enjoyed my training and they have so many different classes it was worth the trip, but the facility is not a spa, there are a lot of people so it's not quiet and quaint. I would return, but pay extra for a single room and prepare myself for the coffee situation. The view is amazing especially in the morning. We took several walks around the facility and it was gorgeous. They have outdoor picnic benches that we used for lunch and dinner just to get out of the noisy cafeteria. I didn't use any of the spa facilities, but a friend did and she said it was worth the money and very enjoyable.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kripalu is the largest yoga-based retreat center in North America. Located in the beautiful Berkshires of western Massachusetts, Kripalu offers weekend R&R retreats and more than eight hundred 3-5-day programs each year featuring world-class teachers, thinkers, authors and presenters in yoga, meditation, holistic wellness and self-discovery. Kripalu's sprawling campus features multiple hiking trails, beach and kayak access to the Stockbridge Bowl, wildflower and butterfly gardens, a labyrinth, and scenic country roads for walking and running. Voted Best Fall Yoga Retreat by Conde Nast Traveller ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Kripalu Center For Yoga & Health Hotel Stockbridge
- Kripalu Center For Yoga And Health
- Kripalu Yoga Center