Berkshire’s Seven Hills, Massachusetts, reintroduces itself as a boutique hotel
Just in time for summer travellers to the Berkshires, Seven Hills has completed a top-to-bottom renovation that has transformed the storied inn into a stylish, 57-room boutique hotel. Its 1911 Gilded Age legacy intact, Seven Hills enters the summer season as a year-round, full-service hotel with new light dining options, a children’s club and loyalty program. The new offerings will appeal both to returning guests and a new generation of Berkshires visitors drawn to the region’s wealth of year-round attractions.
Miami-based Bigtime Design Studios carried out the vision for the renovation, creating a sophisticated blend of old and new design elements for Seven Hills. There are new furnishings and textiles throughout, new guest bathrooms, fully renovated common areas, and updated exteriors, landscaping and pool area. Enhanced event spaces will continue to draw destination weddings while also accommodating high-level meetings and corporate retreats.
“It has been tremendously exciting to see our new vision for Seven Hills take shape,” said General Manager James Wolfe, who brings 17 years of senior leadership experience in the hospitality industry to his role at Seven Hills. “We believe guests will be delighted both by the enhancements and the original elements we’ve retained to ensure that the mansion’s original spirit lives on. And, we look forward to welcoming them back after the summer season to take advantage of the wealth of offerings the Berkshires holds for year-round travelers, from romantic fall getaways to family ski vacations.”
Located in three separate buildings, Seven Hills’ 57 guest rooms and suites now feature a fresh palette of muted charcoal and blue energised with lively touches of mustard gold. Sleek, upholstered headboards frame beds draped in a down-alternative blanket and topped with a decorative sheet and yellow bolster pillow. New baths feature showers or tub-shower combinations, marble-topped sinks with dark wood bases, and classic hexagon and subway tiles. The new one-bedroom presidential suite features a separate soaker tub and rain shower and is an ideal choice for the many couples who wed at Seven Hills every year.
Seven Hills’ original 1911 mansion now offers an open floor plan and 5,000 square feet of air-conditioned function space perfect for small corporate groups, retreats, reunions and other business and social events. The Hawthorne Music Room accommodates 150 and Wharton Ballroom 170, while the Spencer Parlor and Housatonic Dining Room are ideal for smaller gatherings and breaks. The hotel’s patio invites al fresco gatherings in warm weather, and there are several lovely spots within Seven Hill’s 27 acres of lawns, woods and gardens for outdoor wedding ceremonies and receptions. In addition to the renovated space, the property has also gained a new director of sales and events, Cassandra Redel, who brings vast experience in event planning and design.
Public spaces feature a scheme of grey, slate and deep royal blue with amethyst accents and handsome wood floors. The original finishes Emily Spencer introduced in the 1910s—a staircase imported from England, fireplace from France, columns from Italy, and other antique millwork—blend elegantly with more contemporary furnishing selections and design details to broaden the appeal of the hotel. Groupings of couches and chairs in a mix of velvet and leather upholstery create inviting areas for relaxing and socialising.