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Northern Vermont Hotels

The Essex

  • 70 Essex Way Map It
  • Casual Chic

Pros

  • Daily cooking classes
  • Free airport shuttle
  • Pretty rooms

Cons

  • Location in suburb of Burlington
  • Somewhat sterile
  • No local scene

Updated 12/23/2013

Fodor's Review

"Vermont's Culinary Resort" remains focused on all things sweet and savory. The hotel, about 10 miles from downtown Burlington, features the work of Arnt Sievers, one of about 70 certified "master chefs" in the country. Learn more than a few tricks of the trade in the professional test kitchens on-site. Comfortable Susan Sargent–designed rooms are adorned with her vibrant colors; 30 rooms have fireplaces. If that's not relaxing enough, head to the 25,000-square-foot

spa for the Muscle Melt massage.

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Hotel Information

Address:

70 Essex Way, off Rte. 289, Essex Junction, Vermont, 05452, United States

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Phone:

802-878–1100; 800-727–4295

Hotel Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • 60 rooms, 60 suites
  • No meals

Updated 12/23/2013

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Feb 5, 2009

A wonderful weekend in Vermont

Got a great Travelzoo package at this hotel and was very pleased. For $159 a night - got 2 1 hour massages (great), movie and treats in the room, and complimentary breakfast or money off the menu. (We chose the menu items and paid very little extra - great homemade sausages). Everyone was so friendly and attentive - took the cooking class and enjoyed it immensely. Inn is near outlet shopping and movie theater and nearby Burlington. Lots of winter

activities if that your desire. Ate dinner in Butler restaurant catered by the 2nd year Culinary students - excellent value. Overall a very nice weekend.

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Oct 21, 2008

Poor value

We were very disappointed with the Inn on the Essex. It was simply far overpriced ($258/night) for what we received: an adequate but thoroughly undistinguished room, with a view from a small window overlooking the parking lot (where we could watch employees go on smoke breaks). The common areas of the Hotel were also unremarkable and lacked charm, and the service at the front desk was uneven. Finally, I accidentally left my jacket behind, and although

I didn't hear from the hotel, I realized a few days I had left it behind. I phoned and they were able to find it. However, the hotel then stuck me with a $35 bill for sending the jacket back to me despite the several hundred dollars we had spent over the course of the weekend at the hotel.

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Jul 26, 2006

Interesting Institute

We had a very spacious room, nicely decorated. There are signs of the hotel looking a little bit run down. The staff are attentive. We ate at both restaurants and enjoyed the experience. Wait staff vary in degrees of service to the diner. The cooking class we signed up to take was fun, but offered at mid-afternoon and I wasn't quite ready to eat a three course meal at 4pm and be finished by 5:30pm. Perhaps the most distasteful aspect was a

card that listed the "amenities" guests receive for an additional $9/day....it seems whether you use them or not. Like airport transportation, tennis courts, a bucket of golf balls, coffee and tea packets, newspaper at the front desk, coffee and cookies in the lobby in the afternoon, to name a few. I would just rather know the bottom line price for a room and not find an additional charge when I check into the place.

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By Jim

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Jan 26, 2005

Great Vermont location!

Just returned from a ski vacation and the Inn was the perfect home. We went to 4 different mountains (all within 30-40 minutes of the hotel) and went out in downtown Burlington two of the three nights there (10 minutes away). The rooms are very spacious and the service was excellent. Dinner in their fine dining restaurant was very good (but service was a bit slow). We will certainly be back!

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