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“heritage trendy chic” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Porches Inn at MASS MoCA

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The Porches Inn at MASS MoCA
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in North Adams
Certificate of Excellence
Victoria, Canada
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9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“heritage trendy chic”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2012

I stayed at Porches for 2 nights in February, while visiting Mass MoCA. This establishment is to be applauded for its brilliant re-design of former industrial row houses, across the river from the old electrical factory that is now Mass MoCA. The design is fun and designed for comfort. Everything seems very spare and clean. There are nostalgic design features everywhere, vintage signs, artwork, vintage colours. The shower and bed are very clean and comfortable. The breakfast was really good...homemade granola, hard boiled eggs, healthy bread, good coffee..all included. There is even an outdoor heated pool. In the summer, I imagine it would be really cool to sit in one of the rockers on the porch. The only downside is that it feels a bit too much...in that seems to be trying so hard to market its brand..like, almost too cool for school. I didn't find the receptionist at all down home...more cold and corporate brand-like in her attitude. There is a casual bar in the lounge, but there was no attempt to be friendly. On a cold night the fire wasn't lit, as if they couldn't be bothered. Also, my room was near the building entryway and I could hear the door open and close all night long.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled solo
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Sandra M
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2012

Love Porches! We spent two days at Mass MOCA and in the Porches outdoor pool in February wiith our three young kids and grandparents . Everyone enjoyed it! Excellent breakfast -- where do they get such delicious chocolate croissants? This hotel makes northwestern MA a destination for us.

  • Stayed February 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2012

Wonderful laid back, friendly, helpful atmosphere. Many amenities like outdoor pool heated during winter, large exercise room and comfy, public spaces. Continental breakfast is included. Clean, eclectic, modern and large bathrooms. Not your cookie cutter chain.

The reason for our travel to The Porches was a few towns away but this is the best (dare I say only decent) hotel within a long distance.

Mass MOCA is a nice afternoon visit right across the street.

My only complaint is that the rooms are not very quiet. You can hear the guests in the rooms adjacent/above to you and when they run their tub with jets, the artwork on your walls dances. When this started at 9.30 at night, the front desk offered to change us to another room.

Room Tip: If street noise bothers you, choose a room in the rear of the hotel and away from the parking lot.
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank travelinfamily6
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Boston
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2012

This is such an inspired and lovely hotel. There are not many places to stay in North Adams, and this place really brought their A game.
They took a row of old mill worker's housing and turned it into a chic hotel. The decor is a mix of period and arty contemporary. By this I mean luxurious beds, and gorgeous but spare baths, with flour sacks for curtains.
It is a bock from the Massachusetts Museum of Contemprary art, and makes the overnight a lovely experience.
In the morning you can recieve a metal lunch pail with a thermos of coffee and a roll and juice. Nice.
They even allow dogs.
Outdoor swimming ool, even in winter.
This is the old mill town we all want-the one David Lynch would like.
It is fairly cheap, and will impreswsw the hell out of your date. Plus, best contemproay art museum in the country, I swear!

Room Tip: some of the upper floor rooms have balconies.
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  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Jersey City, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2012

Great hotel. Comfy beds. It is fun to sit by the fire and play games and have a cocktail. Tasty breakfast is included. The place to stay if visiting North Adams.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled with family
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Additional Information about The Porches Inn at MASS MoCA

Property: The Porches Inn at MASS MoCA
Address: 231 River St, North Adams, MA 01247-3201
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Region: United States > Massachusetts > Berkshires > North Adams
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in North Adams
Price range (per night): ₹ 8,305 - ₹ 20,626
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Porches Inn at MASS MoCA 3.5*
Number of rooms: 47
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Porches Inn consists of seven renovated Victorian-era buildings that originally provided housing for the area’s mill workers. Located across the street from MASS MoCA, Porches’ guest rooms and public spaces employ a clever synthesis of retro and contemporary designs. The inn’s 47 rooms and suites are fully wired, offering free WiFi, BluRay/DVD players and complimentary DVDs. Porches' healthful continental breakfast is included in the room rate and may be eaten in the Breakfast Room, on the porch (weather permitting) or delivered to your room in the inn's signature metal lunchbox. The inn features a year-round heated outdoor pool, hot tub, sauna, bonfire pit, fitness room and meeting rooms for retreats and special events. ... more   less 
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