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Hotel Review- Courtyard Lenox Berkshires

Discussion created by mustanggt on Apr 8, 2018

This hotel, located in western Massachusetts in the heart of the Berkshires, is conveniently located to several area attractions.  This property is brand new (opened in June 2017) and is clean, bright and airy.  The rooms are attractively decorated and furnished.  We were upgraded to a larger room which included a comfortable seating area that had a crescent shaped couch (this pulls out to a bed).  I have seen this same couch in two other recently remodeled Courtyards, so it must be part of the new standard furnishings.  The bathroom was good size with a walk-in shower.

 

The personnel I came in contact with at the hotel during our stay couldn't have been nicer or more accommodating.  We were there on Easter Sunday and they had an indoor Easter egg hunt for the kids.  Each child also got a goodie bag and adults could help themselves to one as well.  As you might expect, the bag contained various candy treats.  (There was also a small Snickers bar in the bag which I guess is ok since this is not a "wellness" Westin.)  The lobby lounge area was comfortable and included several booths for a little more privacy.

 

What make this Courtyard a good choice is not only because of the quality of the property itself, but also because of its proximity to several area attractions.  In the neighboring town of Stockbridge is the Norman Rockwell Museum, Tanglewood, and the Red Lion Inn.  Let me spend a moment describing each.

 

Norman Rockwell was perhaps the most recognized and prolific artist in the 20th century.  His illustrations appeared on the covers of the Saturday Evening Post for several decades, Look magazine, Boy Scouts of America calendars, and promotional materials for more than 200 different companies.  His illustrations were humorous, serious and most of the time they were both.  He dealt with everyday challenges faced during ones life, and social issues such as freedom of speech, freedom from fear, freedom from want, war and peace.  He served in the Navy during WWI, and lived through WWII.  The museum contains some fine examples of his work.

 

Just down the street from the Rockwell Museum is Tanglewood.  Tanglewood is the summertime home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.  Also performing at this facility are popular artists and the Boston Pops.  Performances run from mid-June through to about Labor Day.  Check online for a schedule of events.

 

In the downtown area of Stockbridge is the historic Red Lion Inn.  This Inn was first built in 1773, burned down in 1876 and was rebuilt the following year.  This Inn was on the original east/west stagecoach route.  The town of Stockbridge itself is tiny with only a small number of stores.  However, when you go through Stockbridge you must visit this Inn.  There is a dining room on the main level as well as a bar and lounge.  Also, there is a lounge downstairs as well that features nightly entertainment.  If you enjoy history you will enjoy visiting this Inn.

 

If you want to spend time in another typical New England town, stop in the Town of Lee which borders Stockbridge.  Lee has a very nice downtown area with plenty of shops to explore.

 

In summary, if you are looking for a relaxing and entertaining couple of days, consider staying at the Lenox Courtyard and explore the surrounding area.  Stockbridge and Lenox is about an hour from Albany, NY and two hours from Boston, MA, just off the Massachusetts Turnpike.

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