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“Great alternative to Killington!” 4 of 5 stars
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The Mountain Top Inn & Resort
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   195 Mountain Top Road, Chittenden, VT 05737   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Chittenden
Boston, Massachusetts
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45 reviews 45 reviews
30 hotel reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
“Great alternative to Killington!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012

My fiancee and I were considering getting married at Mountain Top Inn & Resort, so this past weekend we came up to look at the property. While we've decided not to get for logistical reasons (we're from Boston), we've found a new resort for large groups! Mountain Top has a hotel with about 60 rooms, plus houses and condos spread out (we had to drive to the house we were staying in). Very reasonable prices for the houses. They have a lake area with kayaks and canoes, tennis courts & a new swimming pool & hot tub. If you're into horse back riding, this is a great place to visit! In the winter, they have numerous cross country skiing trails, dog sledding & horse drawn carriage rides. Not to mention, they offer a free shuttle to Killington!

The breakfast buffett was ok, nothing to write home about. We didn't get a chance to eat lunch or dinner there. Very friendly staff. BEAUTIFUL VIEWS! Like I said, we won't be having our wedding here but we are already planning our return trip with our friends this winter!

Room Tip: Mountain Aire Lodge is a great house for groups - sleeps 18 people!
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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mtntopinn195, General Manager at The Mountain Top Inn & Resort, responded to this review, September 22, 2012
Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! We are sorry to hear you have decided not to get married at The Mountain Top Inn & Resort; however we are delighted that you will be back again with a group of friends. We look forward to seeing you this winter!

Best regards,
Khele Sparks
General Manager

NOTE: Currently we have no plans to offer dog sledding at the Resort this winter; however that may change.
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 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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English first
Ottawa, Canada
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2012

We booked the vacation through the Living Social website. Overall we had a great time on the resort as the staff were very friendly, the breakfast was very good and plentiful and the afternoon snacks of lemonade and cookies were a nice treat. The view in the back of the resort was breathtaking with the mountains and reservoir. My Son enjoyed running up and down the hills. It would be nice however if they had a play structure for kids to play on as there is so much open space in the back which also includes a swimming pool, although when we were there it was not heated but rather cold. There is also a tennis court and a beach where you can use canoes, kayaks and peddle boats provided by the resort.

Our room was nice but we did not have the back view which is so much nicer as compared to the front. Also the room was not sound proof as we could hear the TV from another room late at night which was inconvenient especially when trying to sleep. The rooms are not up to date with card keys but instead regular keys which are not safe especially if previous guests do not return their keys. That should and needs to be updated as a security measure. WiFi is not available in the rooms and only in the lobby which is inconvenient. However, the lobby area is very cozy with comfortable furniture and plenty of board games to keep busy after enjoying the outdoors.

I do not suggest traveling to the hotel at night as the road up the mountain is not lighted and there is some dirt roads during the journey up the mountain. It is best to travel to and from the hotel during the day. There was no sign on the highway leading to the hotel. Luckily our GPS was able to guide us but it still would be reassuring with proper signage on the roads.

Room Tip: Choose a room looking over the back with the mountains and reservoir instead of the front.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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mtntopinn195, General Manager at The Mountain Top Inn & Resort, responded to this review, September 22, 2012
Thank you for your very thorough critique of your stay with us. Overall it sounds like we offered a positive experience. The suggestions you made for improvement are helpful and some are already in the planning stages. We are designing a system to extend WIFI throughout the Lodge and we have adjusted the heat in the brand new pool. We hope you will find a reason to return to see us soon.

Best regards,
Khele Sparks
General Manager
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Ottawa, Canada
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76 reviews 76 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2012

We booked this hotel through Hidden Trails as a horse riding vacation and drove there. Vermont is lovely and the hotel is very secluded (although only about 10-15 min drive from Rutland, Vermont's 2nd largest town). We also purchased the meal plan which included breakfast lunch and dinner.

On arrival we were upgraded to a suite in the main building and it was superb. The view of the manicured lawn to the forest, lakes and mountains was a great sight to wake up to each day.

Although the resort features many activities we had only enough time for riding, and a bit of local sightseeing. Most of the other guest we spoke to were using the resort as a getaway holiday and we could see how good the place was for that sort of break from city life.

The food at the resort was first class. Service was mainly good, but not always.

All of the staff were extremely helpful and professional. There was a small problem with our bill, and it was taken care with no fuss.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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mtntopinn195, General Manager at The Mountain Top Inn & Resort, responded to this review, September 22, 2012
Thank you for sharing the great time you had at The Mountain Top Inn & Resort, on tripadvisor. Our horseback riding program attracts many travelers like you and it is important for us to hear feedback from our Hidden Trails guests. Hopefully you shared your service concerns with our staff while you were here, in order for us to correct any lapses that may have occurred. We hope to see you again soon for more riding or for a “getaway holiday/city break”.

Best regards,
Khele Sparks
General Manager
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Providence, Rhode Island
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2012

We stayed here for a wedding and were thoroughly impressed with this resort. The room was small cabin with a clean bathroom. The room was rustic, and lacked some of the finer amenities of a hotel, but was adequate and clean. The hotel grounds included a small private beach on a lake with free access to canoes, kayaks, etc that were fun to use. Would highly recommend for a romantic getaway if you like hiking, kayaking/water sports, or tennis as they are all on the hotel grounds.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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mtntopinn195, General Manager at The Mountain Top Inn & Resort, responded to this review, September 22, 2012
We appreciate your review of the Resort; as you mentioned our cabins are more rustic than the remaining accommodations. Hopefully you will return to see us and stay in one of our Lodge rooms, so you can experience the difference.

Best regards,
Khele Sparks
General Manager
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McLean, Virginia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

They are building a fitness center, and didn't get room service, so no rating there. VERY NICE ROOM! Great amenities, fabulous view of the Chittenden Reservoir, easy walk to the stables, sumptuous breakfast. Outdoor hottub a plus, in-room jacuzzi a double plus. Incredibly nice, helpful staff.

We had not ridden in years, had two excellent trail rides (English tack, as requested) just the two of use with very competent and patient guides, then the best lesson that we have ever had with Luise. She has the ability to communicate precisely what she wants so that you can actually achieve it while in the saddle. The horses were well behaved.

The only negative may be a positive--lousy cell service. Wifi in the lobby, though!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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mtntopinn195, General Manager at The Mountain Top Inn & Resort, responded to this review, September 22, 2012
We appreciate the many positive comments you shared with prospective travelers about The Mountain Top Inn & Resort. Your specifics about Louise, your riding instructor, have been shared with her as well. Our fitness center opens in early 2013; hopefully you will return to see us when it is completed. Thank you for taking the time to post on tripadvisor.

Best regards,
Khele Sparks
General Manager
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Rochester, New York, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012

Just returned from a memorable first stay at Mountain Top Inn with our two young children and their grandparents. Typically a hard person to please, I have nothing but positives to share about this resort and the folks running it. The service, accomodations and amenities far exceeded our expectations and any other family trips.

Ammennities included a gorgeous new pool and hot tub, remarkable daily breakfast, and an assortment of outdoor activities. Every detail at the resort has been thought through from feminine products in the bathrooms to board games throughout the lodge. It seemed we had more at our disposal than we would have thought about ourselves. Housekeeping was readily visible and the accomodations and shared spaces were reflective. The people at the inn were amazingly flexible and accommodating to our family. They were knowledgeable about the area and helpful in our many endeavors. We were particularly fond of Mike at the front desk, though every person on staff seemed to be smiling and willing to assist. The views at the resort are spectacular. The setting is remarkable. Truly the only negative was having to leave.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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mtntopinn195, General Manager at The Mountain Top Inn & Resort, responded to this review, September 22, 2012
It’s rewarding to hear that we were able to please discerning travelers such as you and your family. Thank you very much for your “five star” review and for specifically mentioning, Mike, a member of our front desk staff. When a guest says the only negative is “having to leave” then we know we have done our job well. We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

Best regards,
Khele Sparks
General Manager
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Saratoga Springs
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2012

We just recently returned from this beautiful resort which as my son commented "It doesn't even look real" The staff were extremely friendly and accomodating. The activities were great shooting/horseback riding/kayaking,swimming-pool or beach,shooting pool/tennis/volleyball!!
Love the cookies & Beverages around 3 in the afternoon in lobby. It is the type of place where you feel you can leave your hotel door unlocked and your children can roam freely. The rooms were an adirondack theme, next time will ask for room with view, and there will be a next time~
Hopefully going back in the winter to try some of the winter activities..per request of the kids...go figure! Thank you for a wonderful few days!!!!! One down side would be the breakfast which is okay when the food is actually replenished. The other meals were excellent!

Room Tip: Choose a room located on the beach side
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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mtntopinn195, General Manager at The Mountain Top Inn & Resort, responded to this review, September 22, 2012
Thank you very much for the terrific review and the many positive comments. As a family friendly resort we are pleased to hear that we exceeded your expectations, and those of your family as well. Your account of the breakfast service has been shared with the appropriate staff; that is the way for us to get better in areas that need improvement. We are glad to hear “there will be a next” and we look forward to seeing you then.

Best regards,
Khele Sparks
General Manager
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Address: 195 Mountain Top Road, Chittenden, VT 05737
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Location: United States > Vermont > Chittenden
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Chittenden
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — The Mountain Top Inn & Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 36
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Vermont's classic mountain resort, located in central Vermont, just 11 miles from Killington. Majestically set on 350 acres with sweeping views of the sparkling lake (with private beach) and majestic mountains, The Mountain Top Inn & Resort offers an endless array of activities, ideal for couples, families, equestrian enthusiasts, xc skiers & snowshoers, and any outdoor adventure lover - winter and summer. Accommodation types include Lodge Rooms,Luxury Cabins, Luxury Cottages and Vacation Home Rentals (minimum vacation home rental of 2 & 3 nights on some seasonal weekends). Other amenities include pool, hot tub, yoga, fitness center, tennis court, hiking and mountain biking trails, canoeing, pontoon boat rides, snow tubing, iceskating, events, conferences and more. Friendly service, casual dining and outdoor terrace seating complete the experience for guests of the Resort. ... more   less 
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