We arrived at the inn about 5:00 pm August 12th 2013 without a reservation. I explained to the desk clerk that this was our first driving trip since my stroke and that I was still having balance and walking issues. And that I would appreciate any consideration they might be able to provide us. The clerk told me she would take care of us, that we would have a wonderful room for the second night of our stay but as they were pretty much sold out on for this our first night we would be sleeping in the "last room" available. As she explained it the room was on the 2nd and a half floor. Getting to our room went as follows; up one floor via elevator then a march to the other end of the building on nearly level flooring, then up and down an interesting ramp, ending in a "half flight" of stairs. The room was odd, it appeared to be one and a half rooms combined for some reason. The proportions everywhere in the suite seemed to be off. Sitting on the couch we noticed that he wall border at the ceiling must have changed about four inches from one side of the room to the other. I know houses settle, but that was remarkable. Now, because I still suffer from vertigo the extreme lack of anything straight or plumb in the room required that I hold my wife's shoulder in order to move within the room. Now for night two, in order to get our seconds night room we were told we'd need to check out and recheck in. We packed up, made our way to the desk and after eating the worst breakfast of our ten day trip, $10 in advance the night before, were given the key to our new room. This room was on the second floor and also at the end of a long hall, a bit of a tough walk for me. This "better rooms" only advantage was that it had a view of part of the town square. This room, although better in the plumb and square department was much smaller than our first night's room, I was told at check in that it would be better, with two bathrooms. Although I was told it was a wonderful suite it had no sitting room and was definitely smaller than our first nights room. Just after walking into the room my wife remarked to me that they must be having a great laugh at us at the front desk if they thought we really believed this was a step up from our other room. We decided to continue on with our day, depositing our bags in the room, having a wonderful day touring surrounding Middlebury. We returned to the room and prepared for bed. The bathroom fan sounded like a 747 preparing to take off, but if you did not use the fan the bathroom was oppressively hot, you either baked or got the noise. The real laughable part started in the middle of the night when we both awoke to the smell of sewerage in our room. It was obvious upon walking into the bathroom that the smell originated from there but we could find no place it seemed to be originating from. We closed the bathroom door and returned to bed, but a few minutes later started the "747" up because the smell was still intense and we were afraid methane gas might cause an explosion if the odor was allowed to gather in the bathroom. The Middlebury the last place we stayed, of four, on a 10 day unplanned trip through Massachusetts, New York, and Vermont. We made no advance overnight reservations and were blown away with the wonderful condition of the inn's and hotels we stayed at. Two examples being the Clarkson Hotel and 1896 Inn. The Middlebury Inn was a total disappointment and what I consider a rip-off at $400 for two night stay. We've paid much more for accommodations but never gotten stuck like this. I seriously suggest sleeping in your car before spending a night at the Middlebury.
- Also Known As:
- Middlebury Hotel Middlebury
- Middlebury Hotel
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Historic Vermont Lodging - Enjoy warm Vermont hospitality in the heart of Middlebury, a vibrant college town with classic New England character. Welcoming travelers since 1827, the Middlebury Inn offers the perfect blend of modern comfort and classic historic charm. Centrally located between Burlington and Rutland, and convenient to so many of Vermont's attractions, our historic Middlebury, Vermont hotel is perfect for that pampered fresh-air getaway, a family reunion, a base for leaf peeping, bike touring, hiking or cross country skiing, and also to host your organization's professionally managed retreat. Our town is surrounded by thousands of acres of the Green Mountain National Forest as well as numerous trails and back country roads which are ideal for biking, running, hiking, and cross-country skiing. Friendly Lake Dunmore and spectacular Lake Champlain are easy drives from the Inn. For downhill skiing, the family-friendly Middlebury College Snow Bowl is nearby and Sugarbush, Mad River, Killington, and Stowe are all within 40 miles of the Inn. ... more less
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