November 7, 2017 for 3 nights for 2 adults.
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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
Nice place but apparently website malfunctioned and severely overbooked. Tried to kick me out second night, but I protested since I had booked 3months in advance. Was notifed by a Tom Smith who I attempted to contact through email and phone. He never responded so I didn't know till I arrived whether I had a room for two nights or not.
gpalm9010 - Lexington, Kentucky
Stayed here overnight and found the resort to be pleasant and peaceful. Had no issues with my king room, although they only have an ice dispenser on the first floor of the main building. I could have used a property map of the hotel and looked in the directory/guide. Also an interior connection to the indoor pool and spa would be good to have to avoid bad weather. The front desk has a pastry counter that looks wonderful. So the Essex promotes itself as a culinary resort. I did see students in a classroom, but apparently these are folks who pay and come for cooking classes on a short-term basis and are not involved in the hotel dining facilities. By calling itself a culinary resort implies that dining at the hotel's restaurants will be exceptional. Eating at The Tavern onsite was terrible. For particulars, see my review under Essex restaurants on TripAdvisor entitled "What a Joke." The meal and service was amateurish and disappointing, to say the least. I would probably have rated the property at least a four, but my dining experience was unforgettable in a bad way, and for that the Resort's rating suffering. And apparently reading other reviews, my experience was not isolated. I would suggest changing management to someone who knows how to run an upscale restaurant and either replacing or retraining staff. Otherwise if your main criteria for a stay here is the hotel itself, you should be fine. If you want an exceptional food and dining experience, look elsewhere.
Lee S - North Carolina
Excellent property! On the train from Trenton to Essex Jct on 9/30 and the front desk manager tells me that the room I was supposed to be in, the person (unexpectedly) decided to stay in that same room. They initially put me in a hotel 10 minutes away, but my friend's two brothers let me stay in their suite at the Essex Resort & Spa so I didn't have to spend anymore time traveling. I never got my own room until after noon on Oct 1st (for my friend's wedding) and had to leave on 10/2. Made it up to me by dropping off a bread & cheese tray with a chilled bottle of champagne. All's well that ends well. I would definitely go back.
The hotel was nice and modern. The room decor of culinary utinsels was fun. Wi-Fi was very weak in our, but was good in the lobby. The front desk look more like a pastry shop and clerk new nothing about the pastry in the display case. We bought chocolate Carmel sea salt bar. It tasted like a regular candy bar. For a culinary institute, dinner was average at best. The service was slow.
We have stayed here several times in the past twenty five years but hadn't been back since 2004 so we thought we would use the hotel again whilst passing through Vermont. It has undergone some transformations since it was a Culinary and Hotel Management training hotel and now just has a culinary school for visitors and a spa etc. Everything was fine with our stay, a lovely recently renovated room with all the amenities we could ask for and a lovely meal in the fine dining restaurant called the Junction (reservations needed). However, it all went a bit awry on day two of our stay as we decided to eat in the more relaxed tavern where you cannot book a table in advance. We went down for dinner to discover a coach party in the Tavern pretty much taking up all the tables. We eventually got a high table with two stools after about ten minutes waiting but then had to wait another ten minutes to get a menu and then another ten minutes to attract a waitress over who said she would be with us momentarily but then never came back so another ten minutes to get another waitress to take our drinks and food order. She was actually very apologetic about the wait and gave us free drinks and when the food arrived it was delicious but forty minutes waiting before we could order was not good. Another strange foible of the hotel is that our room was serviced and the towels changed etc but the bed had not been made - I rang housekeeping and they sent someone up to make the bed and explained that because we had left our sleeping attire on the bed, they could not make up the bed because they were not allowed to touch any personal belongings of guests - really? Anyway, aside from these slight problems we had a lovely stay but if you are thinking of eating in the tavern it might be an idea to check if there is a coach party in! (They also do weddings so the staff are likely to be rushed off their feet on these occasions and service to hotel guests may be slower - an unfortunate situation we are finding in more and more hotels).
gardenhistorian - Winchester