6 Best Hotels in Sturbridge and The Pioneer Valley, Massachusetts

Allen House Inn

$ | 599 Main St., Amherst, MA, 01002, USA

Meticulous attention to detail distinguishes this late-19th-century inn, which has been gloriously restored to reflect Victorian aesthetics—colorful wall coverings, plentiful antiques, lace curtains, and hand-stenciled details—though the guest-room beds topped with goose-down comforters are the finest that modernity has to offer. Breakfast is served down the street at the Amherst Inn, run by the same owners.

Pros

  • Charm and elegance
  • Great linens
  • Free parking

Cons

  • Dark and cluttered with ornate furnishings
  • Tiny baths
  • Easy to drive past
599 Main St., Amherst, MA, 01002, USA
413-253–5000
hotel Details
14 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Hotel Northampton

$$ | 36 King St., Northampton, MA, 01060, USA

Commanding a huge presence in downtown Northampton with its formidable glass-paned front, this 1927 hotel is a magnet for visiting professors and parents, although location—shops and restaurants are right outside the door—is the main thing the historic property has going for it. Some rooms are small, most are decorated in subtle neutrals and pastels and furnished with reproductions of period antiques.

Pros

  • On-site tavern and restaurant are favorite hangouts of visitors and locals
  • Top location in town
  • Flat-screen TVs

Cons

  • Small rooms
  • Drain pipes are loud
  • Surge pricing
36 King St., Northampton, MA, 01060, USA
413-584–3100
hotel Details
106 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Inn on Boltwood

$$ | 30 Boltwood Ave., Amherst, MA, 01002, USA

On the town common of downtown Amherst, this rambling 1926 inn owned by Amherst College is a favorite among visiting parents and professors for its variety of rooms, from smallish doubles to larger suites. Following extensive renovations, the inn reopened in 2012, its antique furniture replaced with more modern furnishings, and pleasantly large common spaces both indoors and out.

Pros

  • Great location on the town common
  • Various weekend packages including a farmers' market special
  • Spacious lobby and rooms

Cons

  • Some baths are closet-size
  • Many wedding, school, and graduation celebrations are held here
30 Boltwood Ave., Amherst, MA, 01002, USA
413-256-8200
hotel Details
49 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Naomi's Inn

$$ | 20 Springfield St., Springfield, MA, 01107, USA Fodor's Choice

This elegantly restored house in a residential neighborhood is long on charm, due in no small part to the comfortable and character-filled suites, which are individually decorated—the Louis XIV suite has 19th-century armoires and a down-filled sofa, while the Global Fusion suite has a four-poster bed and a loveseat. The bright and airy kitchen is a pleasant place to gather, and a group of area restaurants will deliver food, which the friendly innkeeper is happy to serve on china plates, if she's not making your breakfast herself.

Pros

  • Bluetooth, bidets, and big-screen TVs with Netflix in rooms
  • Luxe linens and other fabrics
  • Warm and knowledgeable hosts

Cons

  • Near a hospital, so you may hear sirens
  • Smallish kitchen
  • No pool
20 Springfield St., Springfield, MA, 01107, USA
413-433–6019
hotel Details
8 suites
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Sturbridge Host

$ | 366 Main St., Sturbridge, MA, 01566, USA

Across the street from Old Sturbridge Village and beside a pleasant lake that some room balconies overlook, this hotel has luxuriously appointed bedrooms in Colonial style, reproduction furnishings, and updated baths with granite tops. Many rooms have balconies or patios overlooking the lakefront or gardens, or that open onto the indoor village-mall-feeling courtyard. The lobby, with a large fieldstone fireplace, is a pleasant gathering spot if you don't mind its proximity to the pool.

Pros

  • Lakefront property with picnic tables and paddleboat rentals
  • Quiet setting
  • Indoor courtyard with pool and restaurants

Cons

  • Often hosts conferences
  • Smell of the pool's chlorine through whole building
  • Inner courtyard can be noisy
366 Main St., Sturbridge, MA, 01566, USA
508-347–7393
hotel Details
232 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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The Publick House

$ | 277 Main St., Sturbridge, MA, 01566, USA

Step back in time at this rambling 1771 inn, whose 60-acre property sits on the town green encompassing five buildings including the neighboring Chamberlain House and the Country Motor Lodge. The inn's guest rooms have wide-plank floors and a few period antiques and reproductions, and the public areas and dining rooms have original woodwork and fireplaces; the additional rooms are spacious but no-frills, motel-style rooms.

Pros

  • Colonial ambience and architecture
  • Historical significance
  • Flat-screen TVs

Cons

  • Slanted hallway floor
  • Thin walls, loud pipes
  • Rooms outside main inn less appealing
277 Main St., Sturbridge, MA, 01566, USA
508-347–3313
hotel Details
100 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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