The Essex, Vermont's Culinary Resort & Spa in Essex, Vermont
The Essex, Vermont's Culinary Resort & Spa, located in the stunning Champlain Valley, offers a palatable escape and is a true departure from the ordinary. Beneath the peaked roof and gabled colonial exterior of this award-winning retreat are exquisite guest rooms and suites with varying appointments that include fireplaces, kitchenettes for extended stays, and one- or two-bedrooms suites. Recognizing that convenience is an important element to any getaway, the hotel offers high-speed internet access throughout the resort and shuttle service to and from the airport.
It is the unexpected pleasures that are the most impressive at this inn. Join fellow guests for a rousing bonfire or enroll in a hands-on cooking class with a chef instructor. A reservation at the hotel's signature restaurant Junction may be to your liking as well. This formal retreat serves classic dishes with subtle, nouveau twists, utilizing fresh, local ingradients in a funky yet elegant setting. A less formal dining experience can be had at The Tavern, which features traditional American fare made from scratch. Also available is a beautiful full-service spa, plus a refreshing swimming pool retreat. A short drive will lead you to downtown Burlington, a handful of championship golf courses, or five world-class ski resorts. Discover a unique alternative to typical Vermont hotels at The Essex, Vermont's Culinary Resort & Spa.
Location of The Essex, Vermont's Culinary Resort & Spa
Nearest Airport: BTV
Amenities for The Essex, Vermont's Culinary Resort & Spa
- General Information
- 120 Guest Rooms
- 2 Restaurants
- On-Site Amenities
- Beauty Salon
- On-Site Car Rental
- Business Center/Services
- Summer Getaways
Reviews for The Essex, Vermont's Culinary Resort & Spa
We rented a board room for a meeting and it was not set for our meeting at the time we needed. We had to hunt down someone to put water in the room. Although the value was good, the service was not. Additionally, I ate at the hotel twice, both times my experience was less than expected. I ordered soup and the steak frites both items arrived lukewarm and somewhat tasteless. I selected your hotel based on the cleanliness of the room and the culinary experience. I had one of my most prestigious clients in for a meeting and was embarrassed. Please pass this along to your staff, as a business owner - we only grow when we know.
I booked a night at the Essex months ago, got a great rate---roughly $200 for the night. Thought it was because I booked early. No. Turns out I got the great rate because they put us in a rundown, stained, poorly decorated one bedroom with an uncomfortable bed. We were traveling with our teenaged boys. There's no way I would've booked a one bedroom hotel room and put them on a small sofa sleeper. Oh---there was a twin mattress standing upright planted in the middle of the "living room" tuning any ambiance and blocking TV. There was a kitchenette. I didn't ask for one and I certainly didn't expect to see one in my "resort" room. When I called the front desk and expressed my disappointment, they told me I had no other options. We were in the Manor House, to the right of the main building. It is old, battered, and tacky. A roach walked across the bathroom floor as I got up this morning. So glad my open luggage was right there too. My sister has stayed at the Essex before and raved about it, so I booked our first night of vacation there. Mistake! Never again! The staff at The Tavern was nice. That's the only good thing I can say about the place. If you book here, find out which building they're putting you in. I've stayed at nicer (and cleaner) Holiday Inn Expresses, Marriott Courtyards, Hilton Garden Inns, etc., This place is not luxurious or particularly clean. See pictures.
griffincooper - missouri
We were put in a room adjacent to the HVAC equipment and were subjected to the hissing, whirring and pinging that went on all night. We were told that a service person would look at it, but this produced no results. My family and I were unable to find sleep and left the next morning exhausted and feeling cheated. We drove the extra distance from Burlington and spent the extra money to find quiet and peace and instead found the opposite. When we tried to use the pool, it was overrun by Asian tourists who were jumping, splashing and screaming, despite signs stating the contrary. This was especially difficult in that we were trying to enjoy the pool with small children who were terrified. There was no monitor to have any rules respected. Despite all the fancy marketing, this "resort" should be your last resort.
So, this is a place with great style, nice staff - and fun cooking classes. Big comfy room, and even pet friendly! We had a great time in the cooking class, great instructor - lots of fun. Cooking classroom was a bit dusty, and could have used a good stub down, but the class was the best. Great room, expect the dust on the molding and headboard, old fork in the chair, and a bit of broken glass on the floor. Ok, so housekeeping need work, but loved the decor, and ground with herb garden and goats - even a few wild rabbits! Nice pools, too! Wish they would enclose the dumpster, though - does not add to the decor.
pepelevoo - Concord, New Hampshire
The grounds are pretty and we enjoyed relaxing in the hammocks while live music played at The Tavern Restaurant. Our room was the traditional size, the bathroom had only a tiny shelf for toiletries, no counter space. The one window had a laundry room dryer vent outside which blew in the scent of dryer sheets and lint right through the screen when we opened the window to get the Vermont fresh air. The food was good at the Tavern, but not exceptional. The Tavern staff was friendly. The spa massages are over priced for the time allotted, but expected at a Spa Resort. The pool area and the outside hot tub were not special for a resort. I've seen better at chain hotels! It looks like a very pretty place to hold a small to medium sized wedding. I doubt I would return to this resort.