Although it's near Route 2 and surrounded by parking lots, the hotel offers a sense of quiet with a courtyard filled with fruit trees and a pond stocked with koi. Inner guest rooms, which look onto the courtyard, are best for summer stays; some outer rooms, though they lack the distinguished views of others, have fireplaces for added appeal in winter. English antiques furnish most of the spacious accommodations.
Like many of the other properties in the area, no two rooms are identical. The beds are comfortable and rooms are spacious and clean. The decor is a bit on the generic side, though a few details are peppered in, like antique wooden side tables and tufted leather headboards.
The nightly turndown service is a guest favorite--come back to your room at night to find freshly baked cookies.
Bathrooms are large and comfortable, with marble accents and luxury bath products. However, the decor could use a refresh.
The comfortable lobby features overstuffed chairs and sofas, and an impressive fireplace that provides a warming glow in winter months.
A small, kidney-shaped pool is open seasonally.
In-room massages are available with prior booking.
There's a small workout room in the hotel.
The on-site restaurant, Gala, serves steakhouse classics, modern New England fare and lighter salads.
After 4 p.m., the lounge area opens for beer, wine, cocktails and small snacks.
A car will take you everywhere you need to go around the Berkshires, as there's no option of public transport.
Mezze (10-minute drive) serves up small plates, perfect for sharing, while the inventive craft cocktails feature local spirits. Guest flock to Gramercy Bistro (20-minute drive) at Mass MoCA for updated American and French classics, creative drinks, and Sunday brunch. For updated Mediterranean and Turkish flavors, head to Pera (15-minute drive) for lunch or dinner.
Purple Pub (10-minute drive) offers plenty of pints and late night bar eats in a laid-back setting. The '6 House Pub (10-minute drive) is set in a rehabbed barn and has a long menu of pub favorites alongside an ample beer, wine, and mixed drink menu. The patio is hopping in summer.
WHY WE LIKE IT
In a town filled with quirky hotels, the Orchards is not the most unique but provides reliable, comfortable, and spacious rooms. If you're traveling with someone who doesn't appreciate antiques and creaky, original wood floors, this is a great option.