back on the road again as COVID-19 fades in the rear view mirror, there
may be bigger hotels in Williamstown, a well- heeled Western Massachusetts
community where the College and Summer Theater Festival get a lot of attention
But no hotel in the Northern or Southern
Berkshires, and that would include Pittsfield to Great Barrington with
Lenox and Lee and Stockbridge thrown in for good measure, comes close
to instant comfort of sanctuary and well-being and the simple elegance
surrounding you as you step into an immaculately clean and well equipped,
nicely laid out room at the Maple Terrace Motel.
Everything you hate about hotels you will
instantly love about this place.
Maple Terrace hits all the highs, both expected and unexpected. Of course,
that means comforts that begin at the reception office, where you are
greeted by Ashwan and Rita Malhotra and the entire Malhotra family who
operate the Maple Terrace.
This place and these dedicated people make sure
that your experience is seamless and every need that might arise is met.
There is a straight look into your eye and
a genteel civility about these people and their hotel that is as welcome
as the coffee service and small sweet roll that awaits each visitor in
every one of the 11 rooms at Maple Terrace.
Our room was quite comfortable with a fridge
and microwave, a writing desk, an iron and board and was in a word cheerfully
comfortable, with pleasantly understated bed covers.
You are surrounded by an absolutely whistle
clean space, so clean, in fact you could eat off the floor. When was the
last time you spent the night in a place like that, if ever? But just
in case you might want it, we noticed that discreetly placed in the corner
by one foot of the desk was a bucket with cleaner and some wipe up towels.
The bathroom was scrubbed to perfection
and small details were attended.
As example, towels are double thick as you
might expect at The Ritz. There was a small dispenser in each combo-tub-shower
delivering shampoo, conditioner and soap at a touch.
The shower by the way is instant hot, the
water is good and plenty.
The hotel is quiet, just astride Main Street;
you might expect a 20-wheeler would rattle things, but that is simply
not the case.
Speaking of the great outside, in the center
of the hotel grounds is located a lovely sitting area encased in high
shrubs with tables and Adirondack chairs, so you can feel the beauty of
the everywhere, resting your bit in the Berkshires.
Alongside and behind the hotel are picnic
tables and more very comfortable Adirondack chairs for two dotting the
acreage, with great views, including a farm mountain beyond the split
rail fence where horses are gently grazing in the morning.
Perfect setting to take a swim in the lovely
pool or to just relax and decompress; to enjoy a lunch or sit and watch
the clouds and birds with the grab and go breakfast of yogurt, cereal
and coffee available gratis every morning. Or spread a blanket and go
Speaking of breakfast, if you want more
to eat after all that country air, enjoy maybe the best breakfast you
have ever had located about a quarter mile down the road in the direction
of North Adams to just past the Cumberland Farms where The Moonlight Diner
& Grille is open at 07:00 am every day, closed Sundays. This eatery
is a local spot; the food, especially the omelets and waffles are simply
outstanding: the portions are enormous so that after you dine until your
hands get tired, the price will make you smile.
But it is the simple things you will remember
about the Maple: the call when you are checking out asking you an easy
gracious question, “Wouldn’t you like to stay with us another
night?”, the father up early at 06:00 watering the hanging plants
all over the place; the post holding clean up bags for four legged guests.
You suddenly realize that this place is
operated as you might, if handed the keys to run a hotel. Suspend disbelief,
everything has already been thought about and actioned. Maybe, best of
all, Maple Terrace is a moveable feast because simple, decent human kindness
in a thoughtful caring place that was the hallmark of your overnight,
keeps coming back to mind for several days after your visit.