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

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Berkshire Getaway!

Nov 11, 2019 840jeanp Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Beautiful location to escape for the weekend. The fireplace in the lobby greets you with immediate warmth as you begin your stay. The rooms were large and clean. The 4 post king bed was exceptional. So comfortable! Pillows were plentiful. . Highly recommend!
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Lots of character

Nov 10, 2019 Wade S Collierville, Tennessee

Spent one night here before we launched to go north to peep at leaves. Friendly staff. All the rooms have engraved brass plates on the doors with names of people named Williams. We stayed in the Billy Dee Williams room. The Esther Williams room was down the hall. Saw several Williams I had never heard of.
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Nov 5, 2019 Bairnsman Bath, United Kingdom

We stayed here for one night as part of a coach tour. The hotel is well situated but is well below the standards of similar hotels I have stayed in. The dinner was buffet style with very little choice and breakfast was even poorer - member of staff cooking omelettes on a one ring portable stove. The property is very tired but given the location… Read more
We stayed here for one night as part of a coach tour. The hotel is well situated but is well below the standards of similar hotels I have stayed in. The dinner was buffet style with very little choice and breakfast was even poorer - member of staff cooking omelettes on a one ring portable stove. The property is very tired but given the location and size of rooms I believe that it could be transformed into a much better place. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating We want to like the Orchards....but....

Nov 5, 2019 Pumpke Boston

We've been visiting the Berkshires for decades and have stayed at many of the area's hotels several times. We've been to the Orchards often. When it first opened, it was a charming and restful place to stay that was convenient and gracious. Of course, that was decades ago. The past months have taken us to Williamstown a few times, and we've… Read more
We've been visiting the Berkshires for decades and have stayed at many of the area's hotels several times. We've been to the Orchards often. When it first opened, it was a charming and restful place to stay that was convenient and gracious. Of course, that was decades ago. The past months have taken us to Williamstown a few times, and we've stayed at the Orchards. We've finally decided that we've made our last trip there. When we checked in we learned the restaurant was closed; it was only available for private parties. We would have appreciated learning that there was no restaurant at the time of booking, not upon arrival. The hotel's decor is dated, probably the original from the 1990's, and the property needs repair (crumbling walls, overgrown landscaping, etc.) The furniture in our room was scuffed and scratched. The room did not have many of the basics one expects (coffee maker). Electrical outlets for charging phones were on the wall, tucked away behind furniture (and in use for lamps). The wifi was slow. Our room was near the elevator lobby. So, all night we were roused to the sounds of laughter and banter from drunk guests who had been to a private party in a restaurant closed to the rest of us. We like the idea of the Orchards, but, with the new Williams Inn and a discount Marriott nearby, we're going to have to go elsewhere. We're sorry, but we won't return. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Excellent spot for Williams College visits

Nov 1, 2019 W4845MJjohn

We have stayed at The Orchards a number of times while visiting our grandsons who are students at Williams College. The Orchards is a very comfortable establishment with wonderful and pleasant staff. We always enjoy ourselves and sleep well.