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“Tidy Inn on the way into Shelburne” 3 of 5 stars
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T-Bird Motor Inn
4405 Shelburne Road, Shelburne, VT 05482   |  
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Ottawa, Canada
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8 hotel reviews
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“Tidy Inn on the way into Shelburne”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

This is a clean, tidy motel on the highway 7 between Shelburne and Burlington VT. There is a pool, they charge a reasonable rate and have many discounts and coupons at hand for attractions in the area. Friendly staff.

One thing with this motel is there was a strong smell of cleaner in the room - an orange-y kind of smell. If you are very sensitive to scents this may be an issue, otherwise I got accustomed to it quickly and had a perfect sleep.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Westfield, Massachusetts
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

We re-visited the T-Bird and were pleased to find it just as nice, friendly and clean as when we had stayed there 14 years ago. The pool was lovely and refreshing. The continental breakfast situation was a bit unusual- you have to go off-site to the Dutch Mill restaurant. But the coffee there was great and worth the walk. Desk staff were very friendly and helpful. I wouldn't hesitate to return again.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Pollock Pines, California
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39 reviews 39 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

My husband and I stayed at the T-Bird for just one night. The rooms are very clean and comfortable. The bathroom was excellent. The gentleman at the desk was very friendly and helpful, seems everybody in Vermont is friendly and helpful. They don't have morning coffee in the room, or the lobby. The recommendation is to go nearby, to The Dutch Mill for coffee, but they don't open until 7:30. I was very pleased to find Village Wine and Coffee less than a mile away, right along the highway (thanks tripadvisor). Their coffee was excellent. We had breakfast at The Dutch Mill and used the coupons for continental breakfast in exchange for an orange juice. so they are pretty useless.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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37 reviews 37 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

True, there was a cute little pool but the expectation that this would be "resort like" was wrong, wrong, wrong. The road it's on is very busy and the pricetag was a little high for a run-of-the-mill commercial strip motel. There was some sort of odd campground next door and the "continental breakfast" restaurant was a fair hike, but we gave it a try the first morning and I refused to return the next two mornings because it was very greasy and the woman was clearly upset that we had actually used the coupons the T-bird had supplied.

The HVAC was a problem. The wall unit AC was either freezing or the room was stuffy because the windows were on the floor and there was no way to open them and maintain privacy. Cleanliness was perfect, though.

All in all not a bad experience but disappointing for the price.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Wilbraham, Massachusetts
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

We stayed here by chance one evening after driving by and being attracted to the shiny clean windows and inviting lighting. Used to Marriots and Hilton's when traveling we were a bit skeptical. The front desk clerk was very engaging, we asked to look at a room, he gave us keys to 2 rooms, one in the front and another around back, which we chose, it was a little newer and beds more comfortable. Of the many places we have stayed all over the world, this was without a doubt, one of the cleanest ever, comfi beds even though not the "dream beds" other hotels market, a true slice of Americana, well worth the stop.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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michigan
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17 hotel reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

Spent 2 nights at the TBird, and expected more. No coffee in the room or in the lobby. You have to walk next door to the restaurant to get a cup of coffee (which is also where the 'Continental Breakfast' is located, consisting of toast. Hardly any amenities in the bathroom, a tiny bottle of shampoo not big enough for 2 people to use, and tiny bars of soap. When the toilet flushed in the room next door (in the middle of the night), a loud screeching noise would follow. Highway noise very loud, since the rooms are only a few feet from the road. Wireless internet was only working sporadically. I wouldn't expect much more from a typical Motor Inn, and it did have some 1950s charm to it, but for the high price they charge, they should offer much more comfort to their guests...at least some coffee in the morning!

Room Tip: Ask for a room in the back building, it seemed newer and further from the road.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Jay, Maine
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39 reviews 39 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013

I stayed here on a recent visit to Shelbure. I was visiting the museum and other area attractions. The hotel is located in a very convenient location and staff was nice when we arrived. I was disappointed because I was supposed to get two rooms with two queen size beds. Instead I got one room with two twin beds and one with two queen beds. Luckily we were able to make due with the beds we had. I was also disappointed because I was expecting a free continental breakfast. However this "free" breakfast was a coupon for a free bagel and drink at a restaurant down the street. If you wanted more than just a bagel you had to pay. Other than that the rooms were very clean and we had a nice stay.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about T-Bird Motor Inn

Address: 4405 Shelburne Road, Shelburne, VT 05482
Location: United States > Vermont > Shelburne
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Specialty lodging in Shelburne
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Meticulously Clean and Well Maintained. Closest to the Historical Shelburne Museum, and Vermont Teddy Bear Factory. Just minutes to Shelburne Farms, UVM, University Mall, and Downtown Burlington's unique waterfront. Access to Lake Champlain is less then 1 mile. Sitting on six beautiful acres with a large outdoor pool. All room are non-smoking. Amenities include hairdryer, CCTV, and some refrigerators. All one level, park at you door. AAA and Mobile Guide Rated ... more   less 
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t Bird Hotel Shelburne

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