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“What Motels Used to Be: Friendly, Clean, and Simple”
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Berkshire Inn
Ranked #5 of 8 Hotels in Pittsfield
Reviewed 12 July 2010

I stay in a lot of precious boutique hotels: luxurious, expensive, and pretentious, and I like them. For this trip, I looked for just such a hotel (or inn, or b&b), but by April, when I made my reservation, everything even close to pretentious and expensive in the Berkshires was booked. (Not too mention, inns in the Berkshires seem to have a prejudice against children under 12.) So, it was with some trepidation that I booked two rooms at the Berkshire Inn for our family (two adults, a 10-year old and a 13-year old).

In hindsight, boy am I embarrassed by my snobbery. I really, really, really liked this place. Sure, the carpet is worn and a the decor and bedspreads a little shabby, but if you can put that aside, you will find something much more charming and valuable than all the marble baths and decorator window treatments you can imagine. This place is real. The physical property is humble, but the owners are doing a marvelous job creating a place that provides a clean, comfortable, welcoming bed and breakfast at an amazingly low cost. Specifically:

- The Inn is spotlessly clean and the grounds are well maintained.
- The pool is lovely.
- The family who owns the Inn are pleasant, helpful and sincere.
- The breakfast is simple, but well thought out. A variety of cereals and sliced English muffins, mini bagels and breads (including, for example, whole grain bread, not just white), doughnuts, good coffee from one of those machines that makes one perfect cup from extract in your choice of brew styles or flavors. Cartons of half-and-half, not just tiny pull tab containers. My only suggestion is to consider providing hard-boiled eggs for the carb-conscious.
- The location is just minutes from the center of Pittsfield, which has some terrific restaurants (we especially loved Brix) and the Pittsfield Colonials Independent League Baseball Team (owned by the City of Pittsfield).

All in all, I was charmed, and now, my all too spoiled children know what a motel is. Or at least, what a motel used to be, back in the day . . .

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 12 July 2010

The place very nice. The rooms very clean. When I stay at hotels, much can be said by the shower and the amount of hot water you get. It was a great shower and the water pressure was up to parr!!!! I have only 2 issues with the place. The wi-fi could use an upgrade. The strength of the signal in my room was VERY weak! I had a lots of connection issues while trying to get on line. I would also get flat screen TV's in the rooms. The TV I had was small and hard to watch while I laid in bed.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled solo
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Reviewed 6 July 2010

We stayed 2 nights at the Berkshire Inn. What a pleasant place! At half the price of the budget chains, Berkshire Inn was VERY clean, with comfortable beds, a TV, microwave, fridge, and WiFi. It is an old fashioned motel, family run, that does not pretend to be anything it is not. The carpet was a bit worn, and the AC a little noisy (it was 90+ degrees), but the room was very clean, the bathroom immaculate, the staff friendly, and everything in the room worked. A pleasant stay!

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 June 2010

great place good staff nice breadfast pleasant rooms with great view room423 looking forward to returning

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 October 2009

I give the Berkshire Inn 4 stars based on its solid achievement of limited aspirations. It is clean, well managed, convenient to the Pittsfield city center and many Berkshire attractions, and it is inexpensive.

It is a true motel, where you park in front of your door and key comes on a diamond-shaped plastic fob. That detail took me back to road trips from three decades ago.

The bedding is adequate -- firm mattresses and warm covers. Temperature controls were easy to understand and worked. Each room had a small fridge and microwave. There is free coffee and cereal in the office in the morning and a pool in the warm weather. This place was much more fun to stay at than a Motel 6 or even most in the Comfort Inn vein. Made me feel like a contented Jack Reacher!

Stayed: October 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 9 October 2009

We stayed at the Birkshire Inn for one night on our way to Norfork Conn. We were pleased with the condition of our room and would stay there again.

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled with family
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Thank escuminac
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Reviewed 8 September 2009

This is an old-style motel that remains true to its roots but makes an effort to keep current, as well. Neat, comfortable room with a fridge, microwave, and wireless internet; sparkling bathroom; attractive pool and patio; simple but nice self-serve breakfast (coffee, juice, toast or bagels, cereals), a welcoming main office with plants, fish tank, local info, vending machine with reasonable prices, and breakfast area; friendly, helpful staff.

Centrally located and easy to find. It's near a main street but is in a residential neighborhood, and it was quiet at night.

We could have wished for better lighting in the room (a bit dim for reading) and more ventilation. Rooms have a/c but that takes up one window and we like fresh air ... only the bathroom window was screened and openable. That did, however, help a lot.

I notice that most of the negative reviews are at least a few years old. If you like traditional motels, you will be pleased with the Berkshire Inn.

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Address: 150 W Housatonic St, Pittsfield, MA 01201-6019
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Region: United States > Massachusetts > Berkshires > Pittsfield
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 8 Hotels in Pittsfield
Price Range: £50 - £106 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Berkshire Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 38
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Berkshire Inn, is centrally located in the Beautiful Berkshires and downtown Pittsfield, We are within walking distance to beautiful historical downtown Pittsfield. We are short drive to many local venues and sight seeing locations. ... more   less 
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