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The Essex

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At a Glance

    Pros

  • daily cooking classes
  • free airport shuttle
  • pretty rooms

    Cons

  • location in suburb of Burlington
  • somewhat sterile
  • no local scene

Fodorite Reviews

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The Essex 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.

    Hotel Details

  • 60 rooms, 60 suites.
  • Rate includes no meals.
  • Credit cards accepted.
Updated: 12-23-2013

Fodorite Reviews

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    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.

    by jbean1016, 2/5/09
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    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.

    by JamesAnthony, 10/21/08

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