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February 13, 2005
From journal Berkshires Off-Season
Edison, New Jersey
August 30, 2004
Jiminy Peak (adjoining property) activities are fun and reasonable for families with kids.
Staff great except for an activities woman who had a bit of a snippy attitude.
We stayed in a first floor room-a riot of noise when people walked upstairs! I listened to the people in the next unit snore every night. There are extremely THIN walls between units. I will request a top floor end room to cut some of the noise out if I go again.
Grocery store is 25 minutes away & there is NO cell service for about a 10 minute drive away. Very isolated if you are used to having things convenient.
One pool was full of floating bugs & the other had tons of sand at the bottom every day--obviously not vacuumed regularly.
Norman Rockwell Museum & outlet shopping are good nearby.
From journal Massachusetts
MANALAPAN, New Jersey
August 10, 2004
The living room furniture was in disrepair, but we were told that this was going to be replaced in the fall (2004). The carpet in the 2nd bedroom had a cigarette burn even though we were in a non-smoking room. The steps to both outdoor pools looked like they had algae, but the staff was quick to respond when we complained. Unfortunately, we could not use the outdoor terrace because the air conditioning unit blew hot air and it felt like a sauna. The air conditioning is extremely loud when it turns on. Also, there was no cell phone service at the resort or in the surrounding area. We had to go down the mountain to route 7 to use our phones.
Apart from these negatives, we had a wonderful, relaxing vacation. The area is lovely and we enjoyed all of the cultural activities that the resort has to offer.
From journal The Berkshire's
Aiken, South Carolina
August 9, 2004
The service at this resort is outstanding. Everyone -- the front desk personnel, the housekeeping and maintenance staff, the sales staff, and even top management -- is accessible and very outgoing and helpful. The resort is maintained in excellent condition, and it is well deserving of its Gold Crown rating.
Our two-bedroom unit consisted of a Master Suite with a king bed, whirlpool tub, and a fairly small (3’x3’) walk-in shower. The second bedroom had two double beds. There was a full kitchen, a dining area, a "smallish" (13’x13’) Living Area, and a second full bath with a good-sized walk-in shower. All the furniture and carpets appeared to be brand new. Each unit has a small balcony (only about 4’x8’), and seating more than two people out there would be impossible. Although a "voluntary" no smoking policy is in effect, many rooms have "No Smoking" signs on the doors. The resort is all three and four-story buildings, and all of them have elevators. Most units have beautiful views of the Berkshire Mountains.
Resort activities are reasonably plentiful, especially for kids. Movies, cookouts, crafts for the kids, and a weekly "donuts and coffee" orientation were presented. There are three tennis courts, an outdoor pool, and a rather unique indoor/outdoor pool. The resort is literally at the base of the Jiminy Peak ski area, and in the summer, during our visit, the scenic chair lift and the alpine slide were open. Hiking trails abound.
Only two things that we noticed were in any way a nuisance. The first is that the walls between the units are a bit thin. Our neighbors’ TV was quite noticeable, and conversations and the sound of the units’ washers and dryers could easily be heard through the walls. The second is that there is NO cell phone service available to the resort, since the resort is located in a "bowl" surrounded by mountains, and the signals from the cell towers simply can’t reach it. (A short drive out to one of the main roads solves this problem.)
You will not be disappointed with your stay at Bentley Brook Mountain Club.
From journal Bentley Brook Mountain Club (Summer)
December 19, 2003
From journal Fall Colors
September 30, 2003
From journal Leaf Peeping in the Berkshires
Hickory, North Carolina
June 26, 2003
The front desk of the resort is staffed 24 hours a day and they willingly supplied extra pool towels, dishwashing soap, and anything else we needed.
The only drawback to this resort is the lack of activities on-site. There is a neat alpine slide, mini-golf, and laser skeet shooting, but at the time of year we went, those were only open on the weekend. We were left with weekdays to spend only in the pool or on the tennis courts. It would have been nice to have some indoor activities such as ping-pong for the days it rained. There were some planned activities for children, but there was a $3 charge for each and they weren't very interesting. I'm sure that if we had been there during ski season there would have been plenty to do.
From journal June in the Berkshires
April 19, 2003
This would be even better in winter or summer. In mid-April the ski slopes close and it is still too early for some summer activities.
From journal Week in the Berkshires
by Arnold Cariaso
Bellerose, New York
April 12, 2003
From journal Another getaway from NYC
Middletown, New Jersey
March 25, 2003
From journal Thanksgiving in the Berkshires