The Village Inn in Lenox is a large, rambling, aged frame structure, a labyrinth of rooms corridors, steep stairways with little signage to direct you to your room or any other place. The most important opinion to be conveyed by this review is that the multi-leveled staging on one side of the building, an apparent exit in an emergency is made of wood. A fire escape made of wood? It would appear so. As is the case with most of the visible wood (molding, doorframes, window frames) in the structure, it is old, in need of paint. I was hesitant to step out on it in broad daylight never mind at night or if I had to use it for a quick exit to the ground. I saw no sprinklers in the building and the fire or smoke detectors were not of recent vintage. It would be reassuring to know the town of Lenox finds the building in compliance with current safety regulations.
The Inn appears to have died in the mid-20th century but remains standing. Everything about it is decrepit. My room contained not antiques but old furniture an old scratched dresser, an old scratched bedside table, an old dull TV. The king-size bed consisted of two twin mattresses with a small space in between that might have accommodated a bundling board had I been in need of one. It was not comfortable. A tag on the box spring was dated 1995. The linens on the bed smelled musty as did the pillows. The air conditioner was adequate but blew directly on the bed. The bathroom which was also of the same vintage and did not have an adequate mirror or lighting for shaving or hairdressing. There was plenty of hot water in the shower was adequate
Plaster was hanging from the ceiling. The room was clean. No sound in the corridors or adjacent rooms went unheard.
The two pleasant ladies who guarded the front desk advised guests that they were leaving at 7 PM, the front door would be locked the room key would open it , but the hotel would be unattended. They did not have an answer for what would happen if one lost their room key or any other emergency.
The morning breakfast which did not begin until 8:30 (Sun) was an ample buffet. The person who cleared the tables of dirty dishes with her bare hands, also reset the tables without any concern for hygiene.
In season, it is hard to get a room in the area never mind a booking for one weekend night. This overpriced, accommodation does take bookings for one night. That, the inn’s the central location, free parking and the fact that some people don’t read TripAdvisor are the only reasons for anyone booking this establishment. In my opinion until the town certifies the building safe there is no reason to stay there and even then, I wouldn’t recommend it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located right in the Historic District of downtown Lenox, The Village Inn has been catering to the needs of travelers since 1771.Today, we are a prime choice for those wishing to be within walking distance to some of the finest shops, galleries, restaurants, and nightspots that Lenox has to offer.We also have our OWN restaurant, Rumplestiltzkin's Restaurant, right inside The Village Inn. Rumpy's Tavern, located right below The Village Inn, is open 7 nights a week and hosts a variety of entertainment for our guests and locals alike, from karaoke to bingo to live music.When you stay with us, you'll almost never need your car! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Village Hotel Lenox
- The Village Inn b&b