Best Lodging in Massachusetts | 2016 Editors’ Choice Awards
Wondering where to stay in Massachusetts? We’ve got you covered! Check out our picks for the best lodging in Massachusetts for 2016. Best Small-City Boutique Hotel: Hotel on North, Pittsfield This suave new hotel near the Barrington Stage Company brings contemporary comfort to a pair of handsome 1880s buildings. The 45 bedrooms, all a bit different, […]
Best Small-City Boutique Hotel | Hotel on North, Pittsfield
Photo Credit : Martin Albert / Hotel on North
Wondering where to stay in Massachusetts? We’ve got you covered! Check out our picks for the best lodging in Massachusetts for 2016.
Best Small-City Boutique Hotel:
Hotel on North, Pittsfield
This suave new hotel near the Barrington Stage Company brings contemporary comfort to a pair of handsome 1880s buildings. The 45 bedrooms, all a bit different, are decorated in low-key, soothing tones and furnished with pieces crafted by local artisans. Two rooms have working fireplaces and some have kitchenettes. Rates: from $149.
297 North St. 413–358–4741; hotelonnorth.com
Best Inn for Paddlers:
Black Swan Inn, Lee
Lee is well located amid the arts scene in the southern Berkshires, and this recently renovated but modest hotel also has a tiny beach and small dock on pocket-size Laurel Lake. Guests can rent paddleboats or single or double kayaks to explore the waters. Rates: from $110.
435 Laurel St. 413–243–2700; blackswaninnberkshires.com
Best B&B Getaway:
Poetry Ridge Bed & Breakfast, Greenfield
Located on the climb to Poet’s Seat in Greenfield you’ll find a 100-year-old home with six guest rooms sitting on 11 wooded acres just off the Mohawk Trail. Generous full breakfasts can fortify you for a hike in the woods or a day of poking around the Pioneer Valley. Rates: from $140, including breakfast.
55 Stone Ridge Lane. 413–773–5143; rkotours.com
Best Tent Camping:
Barton’s Cove Camping & Paddlesports, Gill
Just west of the French King Bridge on the Mohawk Trail, this rustic campground in woodsy conservation land specializes in tent camping, letting vehicles into the campground only to unload and pack up. The associated paddlesports operation rents canoes and kayaks for exploring the spacious cove. Rates: $22.
82 French King Highway. 413–863–9300; gdfsuezna.com/camping
Best Walk-to-Everything Hotel:
Hotel Northampton, Northampton
Coffee shops, bookstores, and restaurants of all kinds are just a few steps from this grand 106-room downtown retreat. The hotel’s Coolidge Park Café offers light bistro options, while more traditional fare can be found at the Wiggins Tavern. For the newest digs, ask for the Gothic Garden building. Rates: from $185.
36 King St. 413-584-3100; hotelnorthampton.com
Best Family Lodging:
Great Wolf Lodge, Fitchburg
It’s easy to see that the comfortable modern suites here were designed with families in mind. The outstanding indoor water park is open only to lodge guests; the water slides are the big draw, but there’s also mini-golf, a carousel, and a candlepin-bowling alley. Rates: from $230.
150 Great Wolf Drive. 978–343–9653; greatwolf.com/new-england
Best Waterfront Views:
Rocky Neck Accommodations, Gloucester
These clean and bright efficiency rooms and suites aren’t just on the shore—they’re on pilings literally above the water. The furnishings here are simple and plain, but each room has a small deck right on Smith Cove in the Rocky Neck art colony—can’t beat that for a unique location. Rates: from $110.
43 Rocky Neck Ave. 978–381–9848; rockyneckaccommodations.com
Best Beach Amenities:
Beach Breeze Inn, Falmouth
The main building of this beach-house complex is a handsome late-19th-century private retreat with lovingly restored details and spacious, modern bedrooms. Most rooms have ocean views, queen beds, and fireplaces. The actual beach is 100 yards away, and the inn provides beach chairs, beach towels, beach umbrellas, and even sunscreen. Rates: from $89; from $249 in summer.
321 Shore St. 508–548–1765; beachbreezeinn.com
Best Pet-Friendly Lodging:
Outer Beach Resort, North Truro
Set on a knoll at the Truro/Provincetown line, the large rooms of this older motel resort overlook the famous parabolic dunes and the North Truro shore. Fido is very welcome here—the motel even provides a list of dog-friendly restaurants—and there’s a dog park of sorts. Rooms with decks and a water view command a premium. Rates: from $79.
535 Route 6. 508–487–9090; outerreachresort.com
Best Beach Access:
Isabelle’s Beach House, Oak Bluffs
An easy walk from the ferry terminal, this airy Martha’s Vineyard guesthouse sits across the street from Joseph Sylvia State Beach. It’s a toss up whether you’ll wake to the sound of light surf or the tantalizing aroma of breakfast muffins baking in the kitchen. Each bright room has a small refrigerator. Rates: from $175.
83 Seaview Ave. 508–693–3955; isabellesbeachhouse.com
Best Island Bargain:
The Barnacle Inn, Nantucket
Here’s an old-fashioned B&B tucked into a garden landscape in the historic district, about two blocks from the commercial hubbub. The 15 rooms, all named for whaling vessels, vary in size but share a folksy décor, with handmade quilts on the beds. A few rooms have hall baths. Rates: from $80.
11 Fair St. 508–228–0332; thebarnacleinn.com
Gateways Inn, Lenox
The Shakespeare fan in you will delight in the fact that the 12 guest rooms in this 1912 mansion get their names from the Bard’s characters. The vacationer in you will adore the way this gracious lodging makes an elegant base for enjoying the summer arts scene. Don’t miss the Piano Bar—it’s a good place for a quick pre-curtain dinner and a relaxing post-curtain dessert. Rates: from $180.
51 Walker St. 413-637-2532; gatewaysinn.com