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The Equinox

At a Glance

    Pros

  • heart-of-town location
  • full-service hotel
  • great golf and spa

    Cons

  • corporate feel
  • spotty service
  • overrun by New Yorkers on weekends

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The Equinox 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.

    Hotel Details

  • 164 rooms, 29 suites
  • Rate includes no meals.
  • Credit cards accepted.
Updated: 12-23-2013

Fodorite Reviews

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    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!!

    by Juliet999, 12/10/06
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    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.

    by figs, 12/24/07

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