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The Essex, Vermont's Culinary Resort & Spa

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70 Essex Way, Essex, VT 05452
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Not only was the resort well maintained, offered lots of amenities for kids and adults, it had spacious clean rooms And the staff was exceptional and accomadating. The computer had some issues when we arrived and the MOD was very pleasant and concerned about our satisfication. He handled it very well and we were MORE than happy with a fabulous... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We booked this place at the last minute and got a great last-minute deal. I was a little apprehensive because so many reviewers found the rooms to be out-dated but we did not find this to be the case. ROOMS / FACILITIES We stayed in the main building. It may be that someone paying full-price expects much more than we... More 

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Storrs, CT
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We stay here every year, and it's one of our favorite places. The pros: beautiful buildings; quiet; clean. There are terrific hammocks, a nice outdoor pool with a little waterfall, a gorgeous olympic indoor pool, and a hot tub. Kids love the pools and the fact that the buildings are connected by underground tunnels with teaching kitchens--it's an adventure for... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We stayed here for a long weekend couldn't have been happier with our stay. Our room in the mansion was super spacious. The food was fantastic - we went to the Junction, the tavern, and took a Spanish cooking course, and very element of our meals had a fantastic punch of flavor. The cooking course was fun (not going to... More 

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Nic B, Manager at The Essex, Vermont's Culinary Resort & Spa, responded to this review

I'm thrilled you had a wonderful stay with us, Courtney! From the cooking classes to the beds, we want to make sure every part of your visit is the best it can be. I'll be sure to share your compliments with Anthony and Marc as well. Hopefully we can welcome you back again soon! Best wishes, Nic, General Manager More 

Montreal
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My wife and I have been repeat guests at the Essex for about 5 years with a total of around 30 nights stayed. At first we enjoyed the resort as it had everything we were looking for; quick access from Montreal, close to outlets, relatively close to Burlington, great food at both the Tavern and the restaurant (Amuse, now called... More 

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Nic B, Manager at The Essex, Vermont's Culinary Resort & Spa, responded to this review

It's completely understandable why you were frustrated with your last visit, Steven. You've provided some thoughtful, detailed feedback regarding areas we can improve, which is much appreciated. We want to make sure our guests are having the best experience possible during their stay. This means everything from the rooms to the restaurants to the pool should be spot on. Thanks,... More 

Columbia, SC
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We recently attended a wedding at the Essex and we're far from impressed. The grounds when we pulled up looked impressive and were very well kept. The front desk staff was professional and very helpful and our room was ready a bit early. The furnishings in the room looked to be from the 80's and the carpeting had tears in... More 

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Nic B, Manager at The Essex, Vermont's Culinary Resort & Spa, responded to this review

While I'm glad you enjoyed yourself at the wedding, I'm sorry we fell short during the rest of your visit. Your feedback about the rooms and the restaurant experience is much appreciated, as we're always looking for ways we can improve. I'll be sure to check in with the cleaning team, as well as passing your feedback along to the... More 

Sarasota, Florida
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Our room was tired and not well maintained. The railings in the building were so dirty that they were sticky. The white front door was very dirty. Our room was on the scone floor and the elevator was not working the day we checked out. The food is the restaurant was fair and the service was terrible. It took the... More 

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Nic B, Manager at The Essex, Vermont's Culinary Resort & Spa, responded to this review

I'm so sorry about your experience here, Marlis. Our team works very hard to keep all our buildings spotless from top to bottom, so I'm not quite sure what happened here. As well as your feedback about the restaurant, I'll be sure to share your comments with the team. We can do much better, and I hope you'd be willing... More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We have been to the Essex about a half dozen times and always enjoyed our stay. The food is excellent (although slow service) and Tennis Courts A-!! We met one of the dining managers Patrick and he made our visit to the restaurant much more enjoyable. A very caring and dedicated employee, a huge asset to the resort. There is... More 

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Nic B, Manager at The Essex, Vermont's Culinary Resort & Spa, responded to this review

It's wonderful to hear from you! I'm glad you've always enjoyed your visits here, and I can't thank you enough for the feedback. Patrick will be thrilled you had a great time as well. Hopefully you can join us for another visit again soon! Take care, Nic, General Manager More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed here for four nights to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Over all it was quite nice, but not without room for improvement. I'll break this review into two parts, the hotel and the restaurants. The hotel itself has three buildings. We had a "luxury suite" in the Manor. Check in was in the main building. They were understaffed when... More 

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Nic B, Manager at The Essex, Vermont's Culinary Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Happy Anniversary! I'm glad you enjoyed your visit, overall, and I appreciate you reaching out with your concerns about the room and restaurants. We want to make sure every element of your stay is exceptional, but we realize there is always room for improvement. Thank you for the feedback about the cleaning service and amenities, and I'll be sure to... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I had high hopes for this restaurant based on the reviews on Trip Advisor and was looking forward to a fantastic dining experience. Unfortunately neither the hotel nor the service lived up to my expectations. The main hotel decor is dated and smells of mildew in the common spaces and in the room. We had dinner at the Tavern -... More 

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Nic B, Manager at The Essex, Vermont's Culinary Resort & Spa, responded to this review

I'm very sorry you weren't impressed with your stay, and I completely understand why you were frustrated. It's important to us that our resort is in top form -- from the buildings to the service. Your feedback about the decor and Tavern experience is much appreciated, and I'll be sure to check in with the team right away. We'd love... More 

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