Standing alone, the Woodstock Inn deserves four stars. It is much better regarding both accommodations and service compared to large-chain business-class hotels such as Marriotts and Radisons. However, it is at the middle compared to other luxury resorts.
One looking to live like a robber baron in this former Rock Resort will feel more as if they are at a very good hotel for upper-tier middle managers.
The front-desk and guest-services staff earn top marks for friendliness and efficiency. The rooms are well-designed and comfortable.
Using refillable bottles for amenities and charging guests for converting those soaps and lotions into souvenirs in these tough economic times is understandable.
The inn additionally benefits from a great location on the edge of an upscale bucolic Vermont town that has nice restaurants that offer everything from tasty diner fare to haute cuisine.
The shops are equally appealing and diverse. The old-timey general store is a real treat, the work of local artists make strolling the galleries fun, and even the touristy Vermont wear and wares are tasteful.
The details are the elements that seem to devil this establishment. It seems that the food and beverage folks did not restock the afternoon tea or morning breakfast, or do any form of interim clean up, after initially setting up these events.
Making these events more holiday-themed would have enhanced them. Christmas cookies, and perhaps mulled cider or non-alcoholic egg nog, would have been a nice touch to the tea. Quietly piped-in traditional Christmas music at both times would have been especially nice.
Additionally, the inn had nice traditional Christmas decorations but could have gone a little further. Garland draped on the front desk and bowls of candy canes on the registration counters (or left on guestroom pillows in lieu of the delectable chocolates) are examples of simple touches that would have added to the holiday spirit.
Additionally, considering both the limited scope of Woodstock evening activities and the inn being a resort, a few evening activities would have been nice. It seems that either using the inn's professional-grade A/V equipment to show a film or two on DVD in an empty conference room would have been feasible.
The inn also could likely could have recruited a local historian or a Dartmouth professor to come speak on Vermont history or another subject.
The gist of all this is that the Woodstock Inn provides a nice and relaxing place to rest your head during a nice weekend getaway. It is not as good of a choice if you want a true resort experience.
- Also Known As:
- Woodstock Hotel Woodstock
- Woodstock Resort
- Woodstock Inn Vermont
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Large and luxurious traditional Vermont inn. ... more less
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