The Red Lion Inn
30 Main St, Stockbridge, MA 01262
Historical Hotel in the Berkshires
The Red Lion Inn has been part of Stockbridge for over two centuries. Travellers made it a stop on their way to New York and other points west. The hotel has gone through a few restorations during it's long history but the owners have preserved the charm. Stepping into the lobby you are transported back to the early 1900's.
We had a suite in the main inn which was well worth the money. It consisted of a sitting room, a large bedroom and a large bathroom including a claw foot bath. The inn is rather big and offers rooms in several guest cottages.
We ate breakfast and dinner in the main dining room. Both meals were excellent.
Make sure to wander around and look at the numerous antiques on display in the hallways and other nooks throughout the inn. Also spend some time on the porch with a glass of wine and watch the local sights.
Unique Quality: Antiques, main dining room, large porch.
Directions: Mass Turnpike to exit 2. Left on route 20 and right on route 102. Inn is 5 miles on the left.
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Never made it, not for lack of trying!
A cancellation policy of 2 weeks in February weather is absurd! With a 2 hour+ drive to consider,If we couldn't make it due to weather, was advised that their policy was to keep the one night deposit and apply it against a future date.Our 2 suite res on 2/27-28 was to celebrate a 75th birthday, so there wouldn't BE a FUTURE DATE! As a Meeting Planner,I have booked hundreds of rooms in dozens of hotels world wide, and a credit card guarantee against No-Shows will usually suffice, but cancellation periods are much more reasonable. So the Inn's 'Policy' is still intact! So is mine! MY policy is not to stay in hotels with such inflexible policies! They should also coordinate their room rates. Within a half hour we were quoted $165 by Sandy, and then $175 by Holly for each of 2 suites. No matter, they'll never see us! The Red Lion Inn is definitely a Seller's Market.
our favorite vacation spot
The Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, is our favorite place to stay in the world. Whenever we want a home-away-from-home, that is where we go. My husband and I have been going there at least once a year for over eighteen years. The room is always spotlessly clean and rich with amenities. Each room has its own character with antique furniture, wallpaper, carpeting, and artwork. The dining room is wonderful with good food and great service. The Berkshires also provide many opportunities for cultural enrichment and outdoor activity (from hiking to skiing).
One member of our party had some special needs and the staff was extremely responsive and helpful. When I called to inquire about what lodging was available, the staff worked with me and provided exactly what our party was looking for. We stayed in one of the separate guest houses but enjoyed spending some time by the fire in the main hotel. The Stockbridge area was wonderful and we loved our stay there and at the Red Lion Inn.
Had dinner at the Red Lion in March '06
We had a wonderful dinner at the Inn. Service was excellant. However, maybe because it was not overly crowded. The food was great. Caution to travelers: the Inn is being renovated. When we inquired about a room they said they were full. That maybe true, but it was probably due to the renovation and that fact was not volunteered. It may continue for some time, so beware. We were actually glad we did not stay there. We stayed at the Stockbridge Inn which was actually a better option for us (not downtown, not noisy, larger rooms, and probably better overall. One bad note: we looked forward to visiting the downstairs pub and listen to the rock duo (Savoys). They were dressed like slobs and there music was not happening. We had one drink and quickly departed. Believe us....we are putting it lightly that this man woman duo was not happening. Any way...dinner was a very nice experience and we really enjoyed it. The prime rib was cooked nicely and the rack of lamb was very good...although not cooked med. rare as they said it would be...no matter it was delicious at well ish cooked.
Great Autumn Venture
How very beautiful! Sitting on the huge porch felt like travelling back in time. Relaxing with a capital R. Loved the Rockwell pictures lining the hallways, the unlevel (old) floors. Had a very romantic dinner in the dining room. Stayed 2 nights and wished it could have been 4. Would go back in a heartbeat if we're ever on the East coast again.
Great Place to Stay but Don't Eat There
We held our family reunion at the Red Lion Inn in early June. While the location, inn and staff were all wonderful, the inn food is be avoided. Diner entry prices were just under $30 and instead of getting once in a life time quality, the food was very mediocre, diner quality at best. Breakfast was similar with undrinkable burnt coffee.
Yes, stay at the inn, but find somewhere else to eat!
Always regarded the Red Lion Inn as the "icon" for New England hotel properties, but I was disappointed in my recent stay. We were given a room at the Steven's House at $230/nt. This building is more suitable for a large group, rather than for an individual/couples. There was a large common room (but no TV) with a full kitchen. The room was large and the bed was comfy, but the prefab shower/tub and the sink outside the bathroom did not scream classic New England lodging. One window had screens, the other did not, which was essential to ward off the mob of mosquitoes. The air conditioning unit was odd...it was in the wall, but only seemed to deliver air at a high, nosiy volume. No matter how I adjusted the fan, it did not seem to make a difference. Also, why not turn on the chandeleir in the foyer? It was a dark trek up the stairs each night, very unwelcoming. I might return, but request to see the room beforehand, next visit.
Red Lion Inn - Rockwell's Main Street USA
We have been fairly frequent guests at the Red Lion Inn over the past 10 years or so. This is one of our more favourite places to stay. For those who are accustomed to the standard hotel accommodation that is basically the same from chain to chain - this place isn't for you. But if you would like to experience the uniqueness of an older property with charm and character consider the Red Lion Inn.
Over the last couple of years there have been a number of changes at the inn including a lot of upgrades to rooms and amenities. There are some major renovations that are on-going including to rooms in the main inn, some of the out-buildings and even the swimming pool. Hopefully the period furniture, cracks under the doors and atmosphere will remain.
Room sizes and facilities vary - so best to ask what's available when making your reservation. On a warm summer's night it may be better to have a room not along the busy street side of the building.
Accommodations are also offered in a number of buildings around town. Many of these have a more home-like atmosphere and additional privacy ... though in the winter you'll need to consider the walk back to the inn for dining, etc.
We've never had a bad meal in the formal dining room. The menu is varied and creative and utilizes a lot of fresh local ingredients. During busy periods best to make reservations especially during holidays and Valentine's Day.
The Widow Bingham's Tavern is also available for less formal dining (both in menu and attire) ... and outside seating which is great on that sunny afternoon. Even if you're not a guest of the inn you can enjoy a light meal outside - we suggest calling ahead and ask for a reservation outside. We most recently had a meal outside on July 1st 2006 and it was perfect.
The inn has a small basement pub called the Lion's Den with nightly live entertainment. Depending on who's playing it can be very crowded; they're not able to really accommodate groups of people due to the size of the venue.
Nearby there are a lot of attractions, including the Norman Rockwell Museum and Tanglewood. The front desk can offer assistance and sometimes even Tanglewood tickets.
Alas - maybe one of the best things about the Red Lion Inn is the setting itself: Main Street in Stockbridge as depicted by Norman Rockwell.
How very charming
We stayed 1 night and could have stayed a week. What a charming, quaint place. The room and been renovated and although small, had all the amenities and was very comfortable. Most of the renovation work inside was done and they were still working on the pool area. The Inn restaurants are a little pricey and there aren't many others nearby. We did find Michael's around the corner and had a very good dinner. Ate breakfast in the diner (also around the corner) - what fun to eat at the counter and listen to the locals talk. If you're looking for a nice, relaxing place in the Berkshires, this is it. Can't wait to go back and spend some extra time and go to the symphony.
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Address: 30 Main St, Stockbridge, MA 01262