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The Red Lion Inn


    The Red Lion Inn
 in Stockbridge
    The Red Lion Inn
 in Stockbridge

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  • Elegant Meals and Experience

    by Jan B on 2018-06-23 05:46 am

    A coworker from home, who is from the Berkshires, highly recommended that we go to the Red Lion Inn to eat. Are we glad we took her advice! We not only had lunch one day but then returned later in the week for dinner. Very different experiences but very fun and a flashback in time when eating was slowly enjoyed by the surroundings, well thought out details, excellent service and food! Using real silver and China are things of the past, but not here. What a lovely time we had and a must return again placeholder!

  • The staff is great! The other stuff, well, in some areas,the owners are quite apparently are milking the old cash cow!!

    by Zachary R on 2018-06-20 05:48 pm

    So, let me first start by saying two things: One, the staff to a person were great. Extremely pleasant, and helpful, and everyone had a smile. So super solid kudos there! And two, funky as heck spot, can't beat the setting and charm!

    With that being said, three things of which to be aware, which are completely outside of the great staff and old-school ambiance:

    1. Food, YIKES! So, $14 for a locally sourced salad, and $28 for the special dinner (which I assume was local farm to table, but not sure), one might have some higher than normal expectations! I guess when there is an effective monopoly on food in the town, you can serve the best Sysco has to offer!

    So, the salad (Arugula and Beet with blue cheese) sounded great, and came as described...except it did not have any dressing, and the crunchy sand bits on the salad could have used some rinsing. I had thought to send it back for at least some dressing, and less dirt, but at that point, I was two drinks in, and wanted to test the water to see how the rest would be...growing up on a ranch as a kid, don't really mind a bit of grit in my dinner!

    So, the second course, a local happy-raised chicken breast with pork belly (and I do like me a pork belly!), and (I think) Fava beans in a light tomato broth was supremely entertaining! Basically, it was a very-overcooked breast of chicken, skin-on (or I should say, skin very under-cooked, upside down on plate to hide said rubber sheet of skin) breast of chicken, wrapped in one side charred bacon/one side under cooked bacon, on the plate. The beans were cold (but at least cooked properly!), and for $28, probably could have been something one get's at a Golden Corral Buffet on a Sunday afternoon.

    I mean, really? For that price, at least they could have quickly brined the chicken and then pan fried it breast side down, and cut up some braised side pork instead of wrapping it raw in Oscar Meyer bacon, and apparently shoving it under the salamander for 10 min. At least it was served skin side down to hide the under cooked skin! I ate it anyway, because I spent the entire time thinking about how to describe it on a review post....and I have eaten much worse in Korea and China, so there you go....

    So, enough there, on to part two. Be careful if you get a room offsite...not that it is bad, but if you want to be at the main hotel, be sure you get that...staying in an offsite house that could use much less peeling wall paper, and more caulk around the bathroom tub, might not be what you expect!

    Lastly, if you have AT&T, there is ZERO cell service at site (not a hotel problem of course, but if you have texts to send, and calls to make, you better be sure to have Skype!). The wifi at the hotel works well so again, kudos there, but just be aware as there could be an issue (I travel with two LTE phones and tested both, full dead zone)...can't comment on Verizon coverage, so perhaps someone else can advise! Might recommend the the hotel mount an LTE/3G repeater antenna on the top of the hotel, with a DAS distribution netrwork around the hotel to get better coverage...easy to do, and not that costly.

    So, that is it for now, again super great staff, funky cool vibe, but obviously don't order the chicken, or plan to make phone calls!!

  • A Big Disappointment

    by Brad14 on 2018-06-18 06:16 pm

    Unfortunately, The Red Lion Inn has seen better days. We stayed there five years ago and had fond memories. So we stayed there again today. The staff is uniformly polite, considerate and helpful. But the place has been allowed to run down. The carpets in the hallways are worn through to the woof. The chairs creak and groan. The bathtub is one of those small ones with claw feet from our grandmother's days.

    And the dining room is a major letdown. Head chef Brian Alberg better get his act together. I ordered prime rib, medium rare. It was semi-tough and more well done than medium rare. The accompanying popover had clearly been cooked hours before; awful. My wife ordered mussels and had to send them back. The salad that she ordered as a replacement was just so-so. The tip off was that our food arrived about five minutes after placing the order with the waiter. Neither mussels nor popovers can be cooked in five minutes, so they were obviously leftovers. Sad.

  • Red lion charm

    by papagene4jack_12 on 2018-06-18 03:15 pm

    We have been going to the red lion inn for over 35 years. We especially love going in the late fall and around xmas time. Having dinner in the the main dinning room is always a nice time. During the summer we like lunch in the courtyard around all the beautiful flowers. I guess we are not alone because the place is always busy.

  • Enjoyed my stay in this historic landmark!

    by Lisa W on 2018-06-09 01:02 pm

    I decided to do a weekend "escape" to the Berkshires and was happy to find one of their Quarter Rooms available. These rooms are adorable, and the cost is much less than the other types of rooms.

    My room had twin beds, and my friend was supposed to join me but got called into work. So, I went solo. This category of rooms uses a shared bathroom/shower in the same hall, similar to an old fashioned college dorm or some European guest houses. You are provided with wonderful, roomy bathrobes for use in the shower or pool facilities.

    I thought my room was quite large for the price. There was a closet, plenty of drawer space, a cute desk, TV, sink and sitting chair. The beds were comfortable, wifi and AC worked well. There was a modern elevator, ice/soda machine on my floor. I loved the vintage furniture and bookshelf in the halls.

    The live music in the basement ("Lion's Den") was excellent as was the service there. I loved the heated, outdoor pool and jacuzzi. The staff was very cheerful and helpful.

    To know before you go:

    This Inn is huge and like a maze. It is possible to get lost, but the halls and decor are so interesting that you might be amused, or, like me, be treated to some piano playing by a talented guest.

    About the decor, I agree with a previous post that some of the decor looks old/tired or weird. There was a painting in my room that was strange, and did not match the rest of the decor, but, it did not ruin my experience.

    The shared bathrooms are not air conditioned so do what I did and finish your shower with a cool rinse. Cell Phones do not work well in rooms but you can get 1 or 2 "bars" on the patio and 3 in the parking lot.

    If you take food "to go" back to your room, ask for it on plates with silverware and explain that you are taking it to your room. I was not clear on this and they gave me one of those flimsy, "to go" containers that are good for the environment, but terrible for taking up to your room unless you are taking something simple, like a sandwich.

    They also do a "turn down" service, so, if you do not want maids entering your room, be sure to put the Do Not Disturb sign out from check in until check out. Some people love that type of service; I can do without it.

    I would definitely go back and stay here again.

    Owner Response
    Thank you for your review! The Quarter Rooms at The Red Lion Inn are some of my favorites. I love that you still get to enjoy all the amenities here on property and perhaps even get a better feel for what it could have been like in the 1700's since there would not have been private bathrooms during that time period. The Inn had humble beginnings as just a stagecoach stop between cities, and as the route grew, so did this grand ole' building; additions were made as the need arose, leading to our meandering hallways and the many nooks to discover during your stay with us. Our Lion's Den is a local hot spot as we have complementary entertainment every evening and a menu full of comfort food as well as local brews and spirits. Don't forget we also offer room service, so if you're planning on enjoying a meal in your room, why not have our amazing staff deliver it right to your door? Our outdoor areas are becoming more popular as the weather improves in The Berkshires. Take a dip in our pool, day or evening, then warm up and dry off by our fire pit before heading back inside to get ready for a good night's rest. Find a rocking chair on our front porch early the next morning to relax and socialize while sipping on a summer time tea.

    Michele K, Director of Rooms at The Red Lion Inn, responded to this review


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