Berkshires, United States

Tourists

Rates per night from$135.00

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD135.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Mountain lodge motel

Setting

Berkshires basecamp

Tourists is a Mohawk Trail-side motel in the Berkshires, with a sprawling forest estate and a saltwater pool on the banks of the Hoosic River. The minimalist, blond-wood rooms are flooded with natural light, and there’s an outdoor shower on each terrace. Exploring the grounds is like going back to summer camp – cross the suspension bridge and you enter an enchanted land of giant wind-chimes and overgrown railway tracks leading to a spooky Civil War-era mill. When you’re ready to play grown-up again, sip cocktails on the deck, head for the hotly anticipated restaurant, visit Mass MoCA, or catch a concert in this art-and-music driven district.

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A welcome drink each on arrival

Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

48, including two suites.

Check–Out

11am; check-in is from 3pm, but it’s flexible, subject to availability.

Rates

Double rooms from $135.00, excluding tax at 11.7 per cent.

More details

Rates don’t include breakfast, but you can order pastries, quiche, charcuterie and fresh fruit at the Lodge.

Also

You know you want one of those snapback caps… and you can get one from the Lodge.

At the hotel

Free Wi-Fi. In rooms: TV, minibar with local snacks and drinks, Ursa Major bath products.

Our favourite rooms

The Canopy and Ramble rooms have decks with views over the river and the woods; book the extra-spacious Samford Suite and you get an oversized terrace too.

Poolside

The family-friendly, heated saltwater pool is between the Lodge Bar and the river; it’s open in the warmer months, usually from May to October.

Packing tips

A guitar (or ukulele if you’re travelling light), in honour of Wilco bassist John Stirratt, who co-owns the hotel.

Also

All common spaces are wheelchair accessible; one Gallery room and one Ramble room are ADA approved.

Pet‐friendly

Absolutely – and the $15 flat fee is donated to the Berkshire Humane Society. (You’ll just need to let the hotel know in advance.) See more pet-friendly hotels in Berkshires.

Children

All ages welcome. Travel cots and highchairs can be provided on request.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Sit on the edge of the deck, overlooking the pool, river and forest.

Dress Code

Flannel shirts and country boots for the lumberjack look, plus a trucker cap from the hotel shop, of course.

Hotel restaurant

Spritely chef Cortney Burns won a James Beard award for her debut cookbook and nationwide plaudits for her San Francisco restaurant Bar Tartine. Now she’s been tempted to Tourists, to open Loom (coming in Spring 2019), which will serve creatively assembled organic local produce in a reimagined church in the woods.

Hotel bar

Good news: Cortney Burns is also the mastermind behind the casual menus at the Deck bar and the Lodge. Have dinner on the terrace – a zesty pomegranate and walnut salad, followed by the seared halibut maybe; the burger is a good move too, all washed down with a local craft beer or house cocktail. The Lodge has a cozy mountain chalet feel, with honey-colored timbers and butter-soft leather sofas by the fireplace. For breakfast, go for freshly baked pastries or chunky rye bread with home-pasted nut butters.

Last orders

The Lodge is open from 7am to 10.30pm; the Deck is open from 5pm to 10pm during the week, and from 11am to 10pm at weekends.

Room service

You can order breakfast to your room between 7.30am and 10.30am daily.

Location

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Address
Tourists
915 State Road
North Adams
01247
United States

Planes

Fly into Albany airport if you’re coming from US cities like Chicago, Atlanta and Denver; it’s just over an hour’s drive from the hotel. Flights from the UK and Europe go to Boston (three hours’ drive) and New York (three-and-a-half hours’ drive); Norwegian airlines land at Newburgh-Stewart airport, too, which is two hours and twenty minutes away by car. Call the Smith24 team for help arranging all your travel.

Trains

Take the Amtrak train to Albany/Rensselaer station, which is two-and-a-half hours from New York’s Penn station. From here, it’s around an hour drive to the hotel.

Automobiles

A car gives you the freedom to explore the arty towns and rolling hills of Berkshires, and pop into Vermont and Upstate New York. Besides, it’s the natural way to arrive at a motel. Hire from the airport, and park up for free.

Other

If you’ve got your own jet, you can land it at Harriman & West airport, a small airfield that’s just across the road from the hotel. How handy.

Worth getting out of bed for

There’s nothing wrong with whiling the days away on your terrace, but in the steamy summers you’ll want a dip in the pool. Then explore the estate. Cross the Hoosic River on the suspension bridge and fork right to an eerie wind-chime sound installation, or left to an abandoned textile mill that once produced uniforms for Union soldiers in the Civil War. The timber cottage by the road has been transformed into an antique-laden speakeasy, which opens for special events. In-room massages can be arranged on request, and in the warmer months guests can limber up with sun salutations on the yoga deck.
You’re at the junction of two major trails – the Appalachian and the Mohawk – so buckle your boots and pick a section to hike, or jump in the car and drive the scenic route. From Massachusetts’ highest point on Mount Greylock (3,485ft) you can see five different states… and a whole lot of forest. See what you catch with Berkshire Rivers Fly Fishing, or stop by Berkshire Outfitters for all the gear you need for kayaking, biking and more. The band Wilco come to town for their very own Solid Sound Festival each June (expect plenty of groupies at Tourists, the bass player’s hotel), and Williamstown Theatre Festival runs all summer long. 
Mass MoCA (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art) is not just the blockbuster attraction of North Adams, it’s an internationally revered institution. At the very least, visit the exhibitions at the sprawling converted factory; better still, catch an avant-garde performing arts show.

Local restaurants

Public Eat+Drink (34 Holden Street) has you covered for American comfort food in an industrial-styled space, while Brewhaha (437 W Main Street) takes itself more seriously than you’d think, especially when it comes to coffee. In nearby Williamstown, Mezze is a cottage dining room serving seasonal produce and small-batch wines.

Local bars

The finest cocktails for miles around are shaken behind the Lodge bar at Tourists, but for a feisty craft ale go to the pride of North Adams, Bright Ideas Brewing (111 Mass MoCA Way).

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this reimagined motel in Massachusetts and unpacked their artworks and antiques, a full account of their New England break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Tourists in the Berkshires…

If you’d driven your motorcar down Route 2 in western Massachusetts 60-odd years ago, you’d have seen the word ‘TOURISTS’ emblazoned on signs all the way along the road. Back then, it was a not-so-subtle way to lure Mad Men-era visitors who’d been driving America’s original scenic byway, the Mohawk Trail (probably in a shiny wideboy Cadillac). Today, that tradition is revived, but with tongue firmly in cheek. Where once you’d find the tired, one-star and potentially Hitchcock-worthy Airport Rooms motel, now stands Tourists. It’s built for a new generation of Berkshires visitors, as a creative hub for festival-playing musicians (hello, Wilco) and art enthusiasts bound for the exhibitions at Mass MoCA. On balmy summer nights, cocktails clink on the deck and kids splash in the pool. In winter, couples cozy up by the fire and intimate gigs go down at the 200-year old farmhouse. All the while, the Hoosic River rushes past, just as it always has

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