I wish the sheets had been fitted. The sheets on our bed did not cover the mattress and by 2AM, the top of the mattress was exposed and I had to get up and remake the bed! Annoying!
The room was not vacuumed during our stay.
- Free Wifi
- Free Parking
My review will not be a whole lot different than the other reviews, but it will reinforce some good points.
The hotel is well off of the highway, which is a positive. We did not hear any road noise at night, or outside in the pool/garden area. The restaurant building in front of the hotel is now vacant (as of 9/08), and the front of the hotel itself is not very impressive.
Add to this a lobby that looks like it is straight from the 1960s and some dreary hallways, and the initial impression is not good.
But, that's where the negatives end. The room was large, and I thought attractively furnished. We stayed in the North building. There was a small patio, which led directly to the pool and garden area. Both are very attractive. The garden area has a large lawn big enough to let kids run around a bit. There is a nice gazebo and hammock available, as well as a tennis court. All very nicely landscaped and quiet. Very peaceful.
There is no free breakfast; there is a small cafe (The Bean and Leaf Cafe) on the grounds which I thought was perfectly fine if all you want for breakfast is a muffin and a cup of coffee. If you want ham and eggs with breakfast potatoes and pancakes and the whole nine yards, you'll have to go out.
Someone mentioned that it's a bit of a walk to the Bennington Monument. We did walk to the Bennington Monument, and on a nice day it's a pleasant walk indeed. We stopped at the Bennington Museum as well (it's closer to the hotel). Well worth the price if you like museums; I especially liked the permanent Grandma Moses exhibit. So, there are things to walk to if you are a walker.
We also walked the opposite direction, into town, for meals. The downtown is small, but a safe and pleasant walk. I would say the restaurant choices overall were OK plus, but not fantastic.
Overall, our group thought that the Paradise Inn was a very good choice.
Tip: If you can, stay in the North Building, on the first floor, facing the pool. You have direct access to the grounds and the pool from your patio. If you're more of a second floor person, the North Building second floor, facing the pool, has balconies. This is of course more important in the summer, which is the time of year I think you get the most out of this hotel.
The folks running this hotel were nice. The lobby is nice. The garden and the pool are immaculate. You can walk to nearby restaurants and a couple of the local attractions.
Could improve a little on the housekeeping, just in terms of cleaning the shower daily. Otherwise, a pretty good little hotel that's priced right.
I also liked that they provide you with an option or two to help them conserve energy, e.g. Do you want linens changed daily? New towels daily?
Nice, big rooms with a nice patio. My only wish is that they would offer a continental breakfast since the breakfast place elsewhere on the property (which is for sale) is more of a lunch place. And why is there no ironing board & iron in the room? That said, a nice place to stay.
Paradise Inn was a nice place to stay for the prices they charge. Rooms were updated and clean, staff was excellent and familiar with the area needs.
Had a nice little sandwich shop on the premises that was awesome, price compared to are that we live, very friendly staff as well.
Would recommend this to any family traveling with children, or a rest stop/layover for anyone traveling. Rooms are larger than some big chain places. Pool was great. Will stay here again next year when we go to the area.
Not a nightmare, just no compelling reason to stay there again. Rooms have plenty of space, clean enough, but not impressively so. Soap and bath amenities did not get replaced after they had been used up. Free (good) coffee in the lobby area that we often had to wait in line for was an inconvenience compared to having coffee makers in the rooms. Having a balcony room that faced the grounds was a double-edged sword: the patio room below us was occupied by an energetic, early-rising family. As long as their patio door was open they might as well have been in our room whether our balcony door was open or closed. At night we did enjoy the balcony. The grounds are beautiful and well kept. The major reason I give this motel a bad review is that front desk staff, while cheerful, was no help with dining or tourist suggestions to the extent that it put a damper on our trip. Asked what time a big parade would be going by that Sunday --the reason i chose the Paradise Inn in the first place -- the one unnacceptably rude staff member we encountered simply said "it doesn't come by here". True enough, but all they had to say was "you need to walk to 50 steps to the corner"! Could not suggest a single restaurant within walking distance for breakfast at 9:00 am or for dinner. Their own cafe was closed that weekend, but later we saw an upscale-looking coffee shop that did serve breakfast. Front desk didn't suggest that place or any of the 3 or 4 dinner spots that we found on our own, nor were any alternatives that we could have driven too offered. Fortunately, it was a summer Saturday so we had wonderful baked goods and local cheese from the farmers' market in Bennington for breakfast and a good meal at Carmody's (an easy walk) that night. They did mention the famous Blue Benn Diner, only to say it would be too crowded to get in. Drove to the Blue Benn 8:30 Sunday morning, got right in and indulged. Website says the motel is within walking distance of downtown and historic sites. Museum, church and cemetary are basically next door. Bennington Monument is not walking distance unless that's all you plan to do that day. Unfortunately, there's not much in downtown Bennington to rationalize staying in a walking distance-motel for more than one night (based on info from my "hosts" at the Paradise Inn at least). The natural beauty of the area and historic sites make Bennington well worth visiting. Just don't expect the Paradise Inn to enhance your visit. They don't seem to care about Bennington, or their guests.