December 13, 2017 for 3 nights for 2 adults.
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The Inns at Equinox in Manchester Village, Vermont
Situated on 1,300 acres, between the Green and Taconic Mountains in Vermont, find the world class and historic Inns at Equinox in Manchester Village. At home in the peaceful fresh mountain air, towering trees, and crystal-clear water of the nearby Equinox springs, this pristine property brings together an appreciation for the beauty of mother nature with an expertise in modern luxury and accommodations. Whether you choose to experience some of the best luxury outlet shopping in the country, luxuriate in a massage, facial or body treatment, or take advantage of the 75 foot heated swimming pool, fitness center and relaxation rooms, or head to the surrounding wilderness full of outdoor activities, your time in this picturesque place will leave you relaxed, energized and well looked after.
The Charles Orvis Inn at The Equinox offers business and leisure travelers an upscale country retreat with private, personalized service. The elegantly restored, 19th-century residence of Orvis Company Founder, Charles Orvis, has nine luxurious one-and two-bedroom suites with marble baths, full cherry-paneled kitchens, and gracious living and dining areas.
Enjoy dinner at the historic Marsh Tavern which has been a favorite meeting place for visitors since 1769. It is renowned for its hearty New England breakfast, delicious lunch, and the finest regional cuisine for dinner. The spa at the Equinox, places an emphasis on the restorative and life giving powers of water and nature in its selection of massages and body treatments. Release the tension and stress that modern life causes with a deep tissue massage, or add hot basalt river rocks to align into your inner balance. While many of the activities at The Equinox change with the seasons, the chance to enjoy the great outdoors in a traditional, elegant setting is a constant pleasure. Outdoor activities offered include cross-country skiing, championship golf at Gleneagles Golf Course, falconry, and fly fishing with instruction from the renowned Orvis Shooting and Fly Fishing school.
Location of The Inns at Equinox
Nearest Airport: RUT
Amenities for The Inns at Equinox
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- 183 Guest Rooms
- 3 Restaurants
- On-Site Amenities
- Spa on Property
- In-Room Amenities
- Air Conditioning
- Active & Adventure
- Spa & Wellness
- Spring Getaways
- Summer Getaways
- Winter Getaways
Reviews for The Inns at Equinox
I'll start with this statement. If it wasn't for Dwight Sanford, director of operations, my wife and I would never come to Manchester again, or if we did, drawn back because of the wonderful time we had at Robert Todd Lincoln's summer home or other aspects of the charming town, certainly, we would not have stayed at Equinox again. The story starts with our previous stay at Mills Farm, New Hampshire, on the shores of delightful Lake Winnipausukee. We had researched this vacation, as we did all others we have taken, for about a year. Our eldest daughter was turning 40 and we took her and her boyfriend on a 10 day Regent cruise (highly recommended) from New York to Montreal. Then, we sent them home, rented a car in Montreal after a 2 day stay at the Ritz there (separate review to follow) and started the second 15 days of our vacation driving through New England. We stopped at Stowe, Vermont, Lake Washington Resort, and then came to Mills Farms in Meredith, New Hampshire. We had researched Equinox in Fodors and it had been praised as THE place to stay not just in Manchester but in the entire state of Vermont. It was supposedly posh, luxurious and worth the high price of a night's stay. The only reason I related our travels was to emphasize that we were staying at opulent places where price was no object and luxury the rule, not the exception. On that basis, we left Mills Farms, and its charm, and journeyed to Manchester. We arrived after dark. As I started to unload my luggage, the bell boy, knowledgeable beyond his years as it turns out, said, don't bother because we might not be staying at the main building. So, I checked in. A desk clerk whose name I didn't write down was kind and told us what the bellboy knew, that we weren't staying at the main inn. He said that we had been upgraded to a suite. I became slightly suspicious and I didn't know why; perhaps it was just years of travel experience whispering to me. I asked him if I would like the upgrade and he said, knowingly, well the townhouses have all been renovated. I then became worried. We were tired and we paid a lot of money for this night's sleep. This was one of the places that we were just spending one night. Next stop, to Newport, Rhode Island and the Castle Hill Inn. We got room 561. Never stay in room 561. We opened the door to the townhouse. You had to open another door to the room. There was a 13 step stairway up to the "suite" which was just a large living room, smallish kitchen, small, rectangular bedroom and ugly, little bathroom with a noisy fan right out of the camping I Love Lucy episode. I would not rent the room at 1/2 the price. We complained to the desk clerk Hayden. He told us he would look into a room change while we ate. We went and had dinner at the Inn. To be fair, dinner was delightful. Paul was our server and he was great. The food was delicious. The dining experience was so good that my wife was lulled into thinking that Hayden would find us an acceptable room. Upon our return to the front desk, no such luck. It's hard to adequately describe the room. There was a ground floor closet that had a hole in it and was filthy. Upon reaching the upstairs, you were faced with a tasteless but otherwise inoffensive, large living room with nothing to recommend it. A left turn brought you to the bedroom which was roughly 8' x 8' and was dingy and dull. Considering the bed, there was hardly any other room to get in and out of. It was cramped to say the least. But, the piece de resistance was the bathroom. The shower was so small that turning it on meant an instant flood on the bathroom floor. When you turned on the fan, the motor clanked loudly to the point of being humorous. We barely slept, being concerned of vermin through the hole in the ground floor closet. We got up and went to breakfast. Again, the food was quite good. Our server, Steve, was excellent, as well. We had packed up to go. We wanted to visit Robert Todd Lincoln's summer home and also some of the retail outlets that were touted. Hayden, the kind front desk clerk, apologized profusely when we again described our room. He offered to halve the price. I actually had a disagreement with my wife over this offer because I didn't want our dissatisfaction to be related to price. I asked to see the manager and we met Dwight Sanford. Dwight, in our opinion, was the quintessential director of operations. He was direct, kind and knowledgeable. I told him that he should not rent room 561 until it was made habitable. He agreed that renovations had to be completed. I did not pull one punch and told him that I would probably never come back to Manchester Vermont nor certainly stay at the Equinox. We showed him pictures we found on line of rooms and in Fodors and told him that's what we were paying for. We told him of places that we had stayed at and where we were going. Finally, after patiently listening, Dwight said that if we gave the Equinox another try, he was sure that our stay would be better. He was so earnest and kind that we decided, right then and there, to give Equinox another chance and so we shall. I told him that we were going to see Robert Todd Lincoln's Summer home and then on to Newport, Rhode Island where we were staying at the Castle Inn. He told me to send him pictures of our travels. When we got to Newport and opened the door of our cottage, Spindrift, we looked in at the glow of the room and walked through and saw the shower and said THAT was what we were paying all that money for. I snapped pictures, sent them to Dwight, and told him as much. Equinox was NOT as advertised in Fodors, or on its website. The room was not anywhere near worth the money we paid, even when discounted. These rooms outside the main inn should not even be rented at current prices until they are made better. But, with all the adversity, when you have an employee like Dwight Sanford who seriously feels your pain, his word is worth another chance. So, we'll be back, but you can probably feel my anger in this review. We weren't going to return certainly to the Equinox, let alone Manchester, but Dwight, you're the man ... so we'll see you next year. But, to the weary travelers, don't rent room 561.
Michael K - Melbourne, Florida
We booked three rooms for a weekend stay during the Foliage season. We have stayed at Equinox years ago, but this will be our last. We stayed in rooms in back building- no heat or hot water, dirty bathrooms, no amenities like in main Inn. One couple checked out after first night, we stayed. The Inn was busy with weddings, so our complaints fell on deaf ears. We did receive one night discount after complaining at checkout but we recommend checking out other Inns- the Equinox is not living up to its reputation.
Visited here with my wife, both of us looking forward to a great weekend in Vermont. Probably our fault for not checking with our travel agent what he had booked. This is an SPG Resort, so when I checked in I gave my SPG Card. The lady on reception then informed me that as I was booked in a â€śtownhouse â€ś that was not eligible for SPG, in fact was not â€śa part â€ś of the SPG Group. We went to the room and weirdly on the bed was a card that stated if we requested not to have our towels or sheets cleaned on a daily basis â€śGreen Policy not Clean Policyâ€ť then we would be eligible for 500 SPG points!!! What!!! Townhouses are on the Equinox Website as being recently refurbished to the highest standards, having been in one for two days that is blatantly untrue. May even be â€śFalse Advertisingâ€ť and unlawful. The room was old, dated, dirty, bathroom had just stepped out of the 70â€™s. Only thing I can say is do not stay here!!!
Bob H - Cehegin, Spain
We arrived At the hotel on a Friday afternoon after driving up from Boston. Outside of the hotel looked fantastic. Went inside to check in first problem we have them our SPG cards and was told all though we trade under one name there are two two resorts and you are in the one that you don't get points on (check the photo out, in the room it tells you how to earn extra points by going green but you cant). Next problem we have booked an Inn room but we are told it's a townhouse room which is what they call them but you can't see them on the website. What a horrible dirty, small, old fashioned, tatty room. We have travelling all round the USA for the last 4 weeks and this is the worst place we have stayed. You can hear everyone else in the other rooms when they walk or flush the toilet. There were chips on the bathroom surround on the sink plus the seal was split and going brown. Cheap plastic cups to drink out of. You could not hang long trousers or dresses in the wardrobe. We were on the ground floor and could not have the blinds up as we were only 6 feet from the bed to the pavement/sidewalk. Not what I expected at all for the money we paid. See photos of the room. The first photo is what greeted us outside our room. If they offer you a townhouse/Inn room don't book it. The test of the resort looked great and the man at the concierge desk was great but all in all not a great time
Lierbobles - Cehegin, Spain
My wife and I booked a weekend at the Equinox hotel using Hotels.com. We stayed this past weekend (not peak season for foliage) and paid close to $900 for a 2 day suite at "the town houses at the Equinox", part of the Equinox Hotel , a luxury property of theSPG group. I was mistakenly under the impression that we found a good rate at a 4 star resort, only to realize that we made a huge mistake. The "townhouses" are on property, adjacent to the spa. The building is a run down eyesore, with rotting wood and mold ornamenting many fixtures. Our "suite" was railroad apartment with 1970's furniture, Formica kitchenette, and bedroom. The bathroom was so small that the toilet was wedged between the sink and wall; the entire bathroom was probably 6' x6'! I am not afraid of roughing it: I slept in hospital call rooms with sewer rats as large as cats, but I am at a point in my life where I don't need to rough it any more. This location was an enormous disappointment. I was so grossed out by the old couch, rotting wood on the deck, and chocolate brown carpets that we only stayed in the room to sleep. I expressed my dismay to the management, to no avail. New York prices with tenement amenities.
Lisa A - Hartford, Connecticut