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Southern Vermont Hotels

The Equinox

  • 3567 Main St. Map It
  • $$$$
  • Casual Chic

Pros

  • Heart-of-town location
  • Full-service hotel
  • Great golf and spa

Cons

  • Corporate feel
  • Spotty service
  • Overrun by New Yorkers on weekends

Updated 12/23/2013

Fodor's Review

The Equinox defines the geographic center and historic heart of Manchester Village, and has been the fancy hotel in town—and in the state—since the 18th century. As you arrive between two-story-tall Doric columns, bellhops uniformed in jodhpurs and knee-high argyle socks take your luggage. Rooms have two-tone cream wallpaper, huge leather chairs, pillow-top beds topped by luxe linens, and, in a nod to modernity, flat-screen TVs. If you crave Colonial, the brown

1811 House across the street is part of the resort. If you've got big bucks, ask for a room in the Charles Orvis Inn next door, which has hot tubs and private porches. The spa is the best in southern Vermont. The resort's golf course is across the street, and there's a wine bar in addition to three good dining choices.

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Hotel Information

Address:

3567 Main St., Manchester, Vermont, 05254, USA

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Phone:

802-362–4700; 888-367–7625

Hotel Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • 164 rooms, 29 suites
  • No meals

Updated 12/23/2013

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By figs

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Dec 24, 2007

Great with internet deals

We just spent 3 nights at the Equinox, and we had a great experience there. We were there with a special rate they offered on their web site, so the price was reasonable, and we'd been warned that the room would be very modestly decorated (very true, with some rather worn pine furniture). But, our bathroom was lovely, the bedroom was very large and had pretty views, and everything was very clean. We had amazing service and we LOVED the pool. I am

thrilled we didn't stay in the town houses, as we were in the main hotel and it was beautiful (and where we were located was very quiet). The Marsh Tavern's food was good, too. So, we'd definitely go back! With such nice people working there and such a pretty set of buildings, it was just a wonderful place to visit.

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Dec 10, 2006

Beware

My husband and I were so looking forward to getting away for the weekend to what we thought was a luxurious and elegant hotel. Boy were we in for it! We were told we would have a two room suite- a sitting room and bedroom for the price of $349.00 per night. When we arrived late on a Friday night we were given a room that consisted mostly of hallway which was located in a building several hundred feet away from the beautiful main hotel. We had

one old chair for the two of us and a tiny television from the 1980s. We ordered room service and were forced to eat it standing up because there was no table in the room (and very little room to put a table, had there been one). The server delivering our room service asked us upon his arrival to our tiny room where he should put the food and we had no idea. We requested a table of some sort. The requested table never showed up. When we asked the front desk if there had been some mistake about the room as we were expecting a sitting area and a sleeping area the attendant insisted that we were given the correct room. We had come a long way and we stayed the second night and did have a delicious meal in the restaurant The Marsh Tavern. When checking out we were again treated rudely when we questioned paying $402.00 per night for a small, badly furnished motor lodge-quality room. At that point I was finally told that the room I was put in was an independently owned town house room that the Equinox had little control over-I guess they only control the price of the room. I was stunned. Great food, however!! My recommendation is to eat at the Marsh Tavern but stay the night elsewhere!!

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By Jane

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Aug 8, 2005

A High Priced Disappointment

We had been to Manchester numerous times and enjoyed several excellent meals at the Marsh Tavern at the Equinox. So we decided we would stay at the resort the next time we were in town. We booked a king/queen room and when we checked in, they told us they had assigned us a double bed room. My husband is over 6' tall and insisted that we would have to go elsewhere if they couldn't make a change. They made the change, but must have given us the worst

queen room they had. The whole room was poorly laid out with the bed against the wall which also faces the hallway. We could hear every sound through the thin walls (talking, creaking floors as doorman and visitors walked/ran past, door slamming). The bed was old, uncomfortably hard, and clearly worn in from previous guests imprints. The a/c was loud and blew only in one direction. The initial downgrade to a double room was especially disturbing because the room was expensive and we had clearly booked a category of room that didn't include doubles. It seemed underhanded for them to make that switch and hope that we'd go with it. We've been fortunate to stay at many of the best hotels around the world. The best ones will often surprise (and delight) guests by being better than expected. At the Equinox, we were disappointed because they chose to do less than promised.

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By Maggie

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Dec 16, 2004

Equinox Charles Orvis Inn is "Suite"

Enjoyed our recent pre-holiday stress relief for an extended weekend and were very impressed, given the location and off-season of this massive resort. We opted for one of the Charles Orvis Inn's Suites which are located in a separate building on the property of the Equinox resort overlooking southern Main Street in the heart of Manchester Village. Our 1 BR suite was decorated, furnished and equipped for home living including a full kitchen w/DW,

stove, microwave, refrigerator, etc. along with granite countertops and cherry cabinetry. A full dining room and living area with couch and lounge/bar area for entertaining finish the main living areas. Of course, a gas stove was a little disappointing since we were looking forward to burning our own fires, but the bedroom and bath make up for that. All furnishings are well maintained and deserve high marks for their Italian signature Frette linens and robes. MBR Bath was equally equipped as all 5 star Hotels, which helped add to the overall level of comfort at the Inn. Service and greetings by Concierge Astri was professional, courteous, friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. Value for these rooms begins at $550/night excluding a 17% VT tax and service charge, but considering the amount of privacy compared to rooms at the main Equinox Inn, this was a bargain, if privacy and peace are what you are looking for. My only complaint, since we opted for a non-smoking room, was the location on the main floor where at night we could hear the visitors above walking with their shoes on hardwood floors - not too kind to these sleep deprived city folk. Otherwise, and excellent place to stay and visit any time of year - bring your family to celebrate a home away from home.

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By Marla

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May 8, 2002

Charles Orvis is the way to go

We spent a long weekend at the Equinox's Charles Orvis Inn. It is a separate building, formerly a private home, a stone's throw from the main hotel. It is pricey but worth it. You have your own concierge, access to a private game room in the basement with a large selection of free drinks, and suites that are like spacious apartments with full, furnished kitchens. Go at a non-peak time such as spring, and you'll likely have the run of the house to

yourself--or almost so. Take advantage of activities: we especially liked the Range Rover driving school and the British School of Falconry.

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