We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

The Essex, Vermont's Culinary Resort & Spa

#1 of 2 Hotels in Essex
Certificate of Excellence
Hotel website
Hotel packages
70 Essex Way, Essex, VT 05452
Best prices for your stay
Enter dates for best prices
Check In Check Out
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 7 more sites!
The Essex, Vermont's Culinary Resort & Spa
Professional photos View all
Browse nearby
The Essex, Vermont's Culinary Resort & Spa
Add Photo Write a Review

1,034 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Your overall rating of this property
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Traveler rating
    466
    311
    126
    87
    44
See reviews for
178
575
23
69
Rating summary
  • 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
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (204)
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Any
English first
  • All months
    (1034)
  • Mar-May only
    (223)
  • Jun-Aug only
    (318)
  • Sep-Nov only
    (275)
  • Dec-Feb only
    (218)
All months
Maine
Level Contributor
3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This has quickly become our getaway go to place each summer. There are so many good things to say about the Essex.....great food, great staff, very roomy and comfortable accommodations. Not to mention a terrific spa, indoor lap pool, outdoor pool... and on and on. This past June was our third stay there and it just gets better every time.... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Pittsfield, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We chose the resort for our 10 year anniversary! It's absolutely gorgeous and tucked away. The staff was friendly and eager to make our stay pleasant. The room was cozy with a king sized bed and fire place. The spa offers several options and we took advantage of the couples massage. I felt so relaxed! The indoor pool was nice... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Pepperell
Level Contributor
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Excellent food, clean rooms. Close to lake champlain and downtown Burlington. There is a outlet mall and cinema within walking distance. The grounds are beautiful and well maintained. We had the gourmet dinner in the junction restaurant. Chef Alex made a very special vegetarian meal.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Level Contributor
11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

very nice spa the prices are a bit high but I guess you get what you pay for. this is really a very lovely place. nice massage and very quiet and relaxing.woudl love to go back again. they are very trendy and modernized

Was this review helpful? Yes
Fort Wayne, Indiana
Level Contributor
15 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a tough review to write. Overall, the Essex is great. Our package included breakfast, which was wonderful, but our service was really slow. Our room was cozy, but I'd like to see another shelf in the bathroom that only had a pedestal sink. The grounds were lovely, the spa was nice. After we booked the phenomenal rate, we... More 

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

I'm so glad you had a great time, Jill! I just wanted to thank you for all your helpful feedback and I'll be sure to keep these things in mind. It's important to us that our guests have the getaway they deserve. If you're ever planning on making another trip to Vermont, we'd love to have you stay with us... More 

Bronxville, New York
Level Contributor
3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I traveled to Vermont and spent the weekend at Essex (dropping my son off at Middlebury's summer language school and attending the Vermont Quilt Festival). The setting was idyllic. I walked the grounds before dinner. I ate breakfast outside -- near the garden where they grow the a lot of the veggies that they serve, listening to a rooster, watching... More 

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

This is exactly the kind of weekend we want for all our guests, Anne! It sounds like you had a great time, and we can't thank you enough for sharing your experience. It would be wonderful to welcome you back the next time you're looking for a Vermont vacation! Take care, Nic, General Manager More 

Boston, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
89 reviews
78 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I recently stayed at this hotel for a work conference. The hotel was lovely. The staff was excellent and the best part was the food - really the best conference food I can recall. I brought my Mom along and she utilized the spa (which she loved,love her treatment) and grounds, pool, etc. My only suggestion is that they could... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Nic B, Manager at The Essex, Vermont's Culinary Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to leave us some feedback about your stay! We want to make sure everything is perfect for our guests, so this review is much appreciated. We'd love to have you visit us again the next time you're in the area! Take care, Nic, General Manager More 

1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Rooms were worn and outdated with scratched furniture, stained rugs and poor lighting. Dining service was terrible. Desk people were indifferent although one bell person tried to help and the manager kindly refunded one of my two nights costs. They should close, refurbish and reopen.

Was this review helpful? Yes 4
Nic B, Manager at The Essex, Vermont's Culinary Resort & Spa, responded to this review

I'm so sorry you didn't enjoy your stay with us, Randall, and I appreciate you bringing your experience to our attention. We want all of our guests to feel at home. Thank you for all of your thoughtful feedback, and I'll be sure to share your review with my team. If you'd be willing to give us another chance to... More 

Bedford, New Hampshire
Level Contributor
158 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent 4 days at the Inn on a little weekend getaway, and it was very nice. I had an old "coupon" that they graciously honored. The grounds are really pretty, and we enjoyed walking the chef's garden. I spent time at the pool with a friend while my sweetie golfed at the nearby country club ( which was awesome!).... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Nic B, Manager at The Essex, Vermont's Culinary Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Everyone deserves a vacation every now and then! It sounds like you had a great weekend and I can't thank you enough for sharing your experience. This is wonderful feedback to hear. Hopefully next time we can get you a room with better air circulation, so I appreciate you letting us know. We'd love to welcome you back again in... More 

Dallas, TX
Level Contributor
273 reviews
50 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Check my reviews. I don't give out a perfect score very often but this place sure deserves it. I absolutely loved everything about this establishment and cannot wait to go back. At check in they said we would have a kitchenette and we didn't but that was OK because all we wanted was a refrigerator. Within 10 minutes the issue... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Nic B, Manager at The Essex, Vermont's Culinary Resort & Spa, responded to this review

I'm so happy you enjoyed your stay! Sorry about the mistake at the beginning but I'm glad we were able to fix it right away. We can't thank you enough for the wonderful review! It would be our pleasure to have you join us again the next time you're looking for a getaway. Take care, Nic, General Manager More 

Questions? Get answers from hotel staff and past guests. Ask a question

573 photos of this hotel

Traveler photos: See what travelers like you saw

Viewed
All traveler photos (165)
Viewed
Hotel & grounds (37)
Viewed
Dining (23)
Viewed
Pool/beach area (11)
Viewed
Room/suite (34)
Viewed
Bathroom (9)
Viewed
Family/play areas (1)
Viewed
View from room (4)
Viewed
3:34
Videos (1)
Viewed
Other (45)

Expert photos: Taken by TripAdvisor travel experts

Viewed
All expert photos (363)
Viewed
Amenities (90)
Viewed
Indoor Pool (12)
Viewed
Mini Suite Main (37)
Viewed
Outdoor Hot Tub (4)
Viewed
Restaurants and Bars (31)
Viewed
Studio Manor (31)
Viewed
Suite Manor (40)
Viewed
The Hotel (55)
Viewed
Tradtional Fireplace Main (30)
Viewed
Tradtional Mansion (33)

Management photos: Courtesy of the property manager

Viewed
All management photos (45)
Viewed
Hotel & grounds (4)
Viewed
Room/suite (14)
Viewed
Dining (1)
Viewed
Pool/beach area (1)
Viewed
Other (25)
Check In Check Out
Show Prices
Hotels you might also like...
Questions? Get answers from hotel staff and past guests. Ask a question

Amenities

Enter dates for best prices
Check In Check In Check Out Check Out
Price Your Stay