Orchards Hotel

Massachusetts, New England

The hotel

You’ll feel right at home at Orchards Hotel – in fact, it feels just like you’re staying in someone’s home (albeit a pretty fancy one). That’s down to little details like freshly baked cookies with your turndown service. And to the bespoke guestrooms, each individually designed. And to the homely breakfasts, with pantry options like oatmeal and everything from eggs benedict to full fried breakfasts. And to the intimate spaces for relaxation – from the cosy fireside lounge with its Steinway piano, to the ‘secret gardens’ embracing the pond and swimming pool with mature planting, quiet terraces, and an intimate feel. But this Berkshire Mountains hideaway, a stroll from downtown Williamstown, also comes with contemporary luxuries, including a fitness centre, complimentary parking and WiFi, and the upscale twists on comfort food classics of its elegant restaurant, like Lobster Mac & Cheese.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Swimming Pool
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Internet Access
  • Close to City Centre
  • Restaurant

Where is it

In the heart of Williamstown, this hotel is just a stroll from the Williams College campus and the downtown zone’s shopping and dining opportunities. It’s also less than a mile from Williams College Museum of Art, 2 miles from The Clark Art Institute, less than 5 miles from MASS MoCA, and within a short drive of golf courses. Drive a little further and you’ll find attractions like Berkshire Museum, Bennington Museum, and Hancock Shaker Village. Transfer time from Boston Logan International Airport: 3 hours.

Hotel information

All rooms with bespoke décor, activity table and chairs (for games or afternoon tea), LCD HDTV, CD MP3 line alarm clock radio, safe, hairdryer, iron and board and bathrobes. Standard Rooms are 280 sq ft and have a bay window with views of the Berkshire Mountains with 1 king-size or 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Gala Restaurant & Bar (International menu mixing fine dining and comfort food classics, open for breakfast, dinner and Sunday brunch). Outdoor swimming pool. 24-hour fitness centre. Garden courtyard. Living Room (with piano and fireplace). Concierge. Complimentary WiFi. Parking available* (complimentary Tesla charging stations also available).

*Denotes local charge

Rating summary

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Traveller rating

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Sep 17, 2019 Ldichaf

We used The Orchards Hotel as the primary hotel for our son’s wedding in the Berkshires. Janet was our contact person and she addressed our every need with professionalism and courtesy. The entire staff did the same. The rooms seemed to all be a little different, some even with fireplaces, but they all were designed to cater to your every need.… Read more
We used The Orchards Hotel as the primary hotel for our son’s wedding in the Berkshires. Janet was our contact person and she addressed our every need with professionalism and courtesy. The entire staff did the same. The rooms seemed to all be a little different, some even with fireplaces, but they all were designed to cater to your every need. We hosted a Friday evening welcome meet and greet in the cozy living room and a Sunday morning brunch in the courtyard. The ambience, food and service were all wonderful. We were thoroughly pleased with our experience at this warm, comfortable, and friendly hotel. Read less
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Sep 16, 2019 enelli410 London, United Kingdom

Just arrived this evening and am very dissapointed with the catering arrangements. No facilities in room to make a hot drink, guests have to traipse downstairs to reception to make themselves a drink.I couldn't sleep and had to go down in the middle of the night, not at all good. Also no restaurant.A notice says that it is closed since July while… Read more
Just arrived this evening and am very dissapointed with the catering arrangements. No facilities in room to make a hot drink, guests have to traipse downstairs to reception to make themselves a drink.I couldn't sleep and had to go down in the middle of the night, not at all good. Also no restaurant.A notice says that it is closed since July while owners are considering it's future. So we arrived late and no option for food in hotel, neither in restaurant nor via room service. Only continental breakfast available tomorrow am. I don't think these catering arrangements qualify this establishment to be described as an hotel. The TripAdvisor website states the hotel has AAA Four Diamonds award for dining, that must have been in a past life and certaily doesn't reflect the present reality, in fact it is downright misleading. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great weekend getaway

Sep 3, 2019 raymondeae Cornwall,CT

The Orchards Hotel is just a 15 minute walk from downtown Williamstown. Close to restaurants and shops and of course Williams College. Also easy access to Clark Art Institute! A perfect venue for a weekend getaway!
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Over promises; under delivers

Aug 24, 2019 Maggie_Oakshot Northampton, Massachusetts

This sad sack hotel has large rooms, but chipped furniture. Furniture Botox touchups would Help. Overall it definitely could do with a facelift. Woman on front desk said they were understaffed when we called for non allergic/feather pillows. We would have to wait for “turn down staff”. Said on web site it had tea and goodies from 4-5 pm but the… Read more
This sad sack hotel has large rooms, but chipped furniture. Furniture Botox touchups would Help. Overall it definitely could do with a facelift. Woman on front desk said they were understaffed when we called for non allergic/feather pillows. We would have to wait for “turn down staff”. Said on web site it had tea and goodies from 4-5 pm but the empty cookie plate by a hot water kettle, was never refilled. Over promising; not delivering. Calling about nonfunctional reading light, we were told they’re no longer made. Have to be replaced. But with a bit of jiggling, it came back on. We will not be back. As airlines—where there are fewer choices—say; there are lots of choices in hotels in Berkshires. Read less
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Aug 16, 2019 Rdi2Go Albany, New York

Large, spacious room with two sink areas making it ideal for two or more people to clean up simultaneously. Fridge in the room. Nice view of the pool and coffee/tea available 24 hours near checkin. Sadly, the restaurant is now closed. The continental breakfast on offer was nice (yogurt, blueberries, cheese, ham, breads to toast, juices, coffee and… Read more
Large, spacious room with two sink areas making it ideal for two or more people to clean up simultaneously. Fridge in the room. Nice view of the pool and coffee/tea available 24 hours near checkin. Sadly, the restaurant is now closed. The continental breakfast on offer was nice (yogurt, blueberries, cheese, ham, breads to toast, juices, coffee and tea). Yes the property is worn in places. It has the feel of a place trying to make do without quite enough staff. Tesla charging station on site. Read less