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The Essex, Vermont's Culinary Resort & Spa
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Essex
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Eden Prairie, Minnesota
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“The Best Way to Start a Vacation”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2013

The Essex was the best way to start my vacation. The buildings and grounds are picture perfect. Every single staff member we talked to provided the highest quality customer service. The warm cider and cookies available in the lobby were a wecome touch. And, the food at Encore and the Tavern was outstanding! The spa was tranquil, our 90 minute Swedish massages were well worth it, and the fresh juice in the common area was an excellent way to refresh. Thank you for the best way to start my vacation!

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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EssexResort-VT, Manager at The Essex, Vermont's Culinary Resort & Spa, responded to this review, November 13, 2013
Dear JAS123456,

Thank you for choosing to stay with us and for giving us the opportunity to be a part of the memories and experiences of your vacation.

See you again soon,

Naz Jenulevich
Director of Resort Operations
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2013 via mobile

This place is amazing! Warm welcoming environment, and obviously a very busy place by looks of the parking lot. Yet you were never aware that so many people are there. Beautiful spa getaway with fantastic culinary cuisine. Definitely will be returning to this treasure

Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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EssexResort-VT, Manager at The Essex, Vermont's Culinary Resort & Spa, responded to this review, November 11, 2013
Dear Afbutts,

I am pleased to hear you had the relaxing stay you were hoping for and deserve. Additionally, I cannot thank you enough for taking the time to post this wonderful review. Not only does it help to support this locally owned Vermont business but it serves to encourage and reinforce the culture of service you experienced.

Naz Jenulevich
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2013

We spent two nights using a TravelZoo coupon. Everything was wonderful including the service, the food, and the free included massage for both of us. What a wonderful bargain.My wife enjoyed the nearby discount malls.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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EssexResort-VT, Manager at The Essex, Vermont's Culinary Resort & Spa, responded to this review, November 11, 2013
Dear Joe D,

Thank you for posting this wonderful review and for sharing your experience with other travelers.

I am happy to hear you were able to take advantage of the great values available on Travelzoo and similar sites. Keep your eyes open for our next great deal. See you again soon.

Naz Jenulevich
Director of Resort Operations
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Dover, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2013

We had a destination wedding here at the Essex for about 120 people. The location was perfect, the staff was wonderful and the four day stay was a delight. The wedding itself was in the Atrium room, the reception was at their location up on a mountain called the Pond.
The Essex, being a Culinary resort, had wonderful food and snacks. Could not have been better. While the location by some would be considered remote we had guests from as far away as CA, TX and MT and the connections to Burlington made it easy.

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
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JGVT, General Manager at The Essex, Vermont's Culinary Resort & Spa, responded to this review, November 6, 2013
Cliff,
Thank you so much for the kind words! It was wonderful having your family with us last weekend and we appreciate you choosing The Essex to host this special occassion. We look forward to seeing you for years to come!
Warm regards,
Jim
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2013 via mobile

My husband and I stayed at the Essex Resort & Spa for two nights. It was amazing! Our room was clean, quiet and the bed was comfortable, the bathroom was spacious! The front desk was very polite and helpful as was housekeeping when we had an added request! We took one of their cooking classes led by a professional chef and were very glad we did; shrimp cocktail, wedge salad, beef tenderloin, baked potato, creamed spinach and topping it off was our dessert of brownies and ice cream! Yummy!!! We had the breakfast but we had other plans and did not use the spa or any of the other facilities offered by the Essex which I understand are many. We did take the Fall Foliage Tour and had a picnic lunch provided by the Essex. An added 'plus' were the outlets a short distance away! We had an excellent couple days and would suggest that you stay with them on your next visit to the Burlington area!

Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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EssexResort-VT, Manager at The Essex, Vermont's Culinary Resort & Spa, responded to this review, November 5, 2013
Carol A,

I am so pleased to hear of the great experience you had and thank you for taking the time to share with other travelers who may be interested in visiting. Your compliments will be celebrated with all of the associates who make these memorable stays possible.
Thank you again and yes, be sure to visit our world class Spa when you return. It is an amazing oasis of luxury and relaxation.

Naz Jenulevich
Director of Resort Operations
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2013

We spent a few days at this hotel and found it to be a lovely hotel. The rooms were beautifully decorated in a country style. We enjoyed a couple of walks in the neighbourhood. It was interesting seeing what the chefs had made and also nice to be able to buy their creations in the foyer.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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EssexResort-VT, Manager at The Essex, Vermont's Culinary Resort & Spa, responded to this review, November 5, 2013
Dear LazylillieCapetown,

The Essex Resort & Spa has 120 unique guestrooms each with its own personality, amenities and features and I am happy we found the one that was perfect for you. The surrounding neighborhood is great for a stroll. Many of our guests find it enjoyable to explore and look at the many different styles of homes along the way. Additionally, while we are secluded, we are walking distance to the Essex Outlet Mall and Cinema. Our lobby demonstration bakery is an extension of our fully equiped on-site bakery that is responsible for all of our tasty desserts and baked goods including bread.
Thank you for staying with us and for sharing your experiences.

Naz Jenulevich
Director of Resort Operations
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2013

My boyfriend and I spent a weekend with my dog at the Essex to participate in their "Top Dog" weekend. First the positives: the grounds are beautiful (though very close to the highway and a set of outlets) and the staff was very welcoming. We very much appreciated the hospitality and the attention to detail they put in to the "dog" elements of the weekend from the freshly baked treats to the guided walk at a local park. Jim and his staff were very polite and seemed genuinely enthusiastic to have us for the weekend. Now, the negatives: the room we booked was supposed to have a king-sized bed and a fireplace (which we paid a premium for, especially in this area of Vermont in "off" season) and upon arrival we were told that this room type was not available so we were "upgraded" to a larger suite that had neither a king bed nor a fireplace. While we appreciated the "upgrade," the suite was dated (wall-paper peeling from the walls), the bedroom was noisey and EXTREMELY small --- the door nearly did not close because of the bed (which we were told was a queen but believe was actually a double) and there was a small, gas stove instead of a real fireplace that did not work. I cannot speak for other rooms, but for a place that advertised "fireplace" rooms with a picture of a real fireplace, a tiny, non-working gas stove is not a subsititute. As far as food, we ordered room service the first night due to cold and rainy weather and were generally unimpressed for a "culinary" resort. Nothing terrible but nothing notably good either.

Overally, we enjoyed the people we met at the Essex but for the price, the amentities and rooms were disappointing. We have stayed at a number of other New England resorts of similar types with our dog for better prices and much better accommodations.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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JGVT, General Manager at The Essex, Vermont's Culinary Resort & Spa, responded to this review, November 5, 2013
Dear NYCTraveler323,

Thank you for joining us for another successful Top Dog Weekend at the Essex Resort & Spa and for sharing the many positive aspects of the event and property. I very much enjoyed meeting you and Max, and am sorry to now learn that you didn’t enjoy every aspect of your stay.

With regard to our location and others that may be reading this, I would like to add some clarity. We are just under a mile away from a 2-lane “highway” and the Essex Outlets & Cinema. While these are nice attractions and conveniences for our resort guests, neither can be seen nor heard from our 18 acre campus.

Your compliments of the event and staff will be shared with all of the associates as this is a great way to thank them for the amazing efforts they put forth each day. In following up on the room situation, I’ve now learned that our Director of Reservations, Kyle Palmer, spoke to you directly regarding you room. He does acknowledge that your request for a king bed with a fireplace was present. However, one that met this criteria and that was pet friendly was not available during your stay with us. Therefore, Kyle upgraded you to a much larger suite at no additional expense and provided you with breakfast vouchers as a gesture of goodwill. The handcrafted Vermont Castings gas stove in your room is a favorite of many of our guests. It was found to be operational and your comment around its functionality has prompted us to explore better operating signage in the room. Further, our Director of Facilities is having the wallpaper you mentioned repaired today.

Our culinary team loves when guests enjoy the food they prepare but also appreciate critiques as a way to constantly improve. Would you please provide me with more details as to what did not meet your expectations regarding the room service meal?

Again, it was great having you with us and I’m sorry that we ultimately did not meet your expectations, but I very much appreciate your feedback. I hope that we might have the chance to have you and Max back with us in the future.

Sincerely,
Jim Glanville
General Manager
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Property: The Essex, Vermont's Culinary Resort & Spa
Address: 70 Essex Way, Essex, VT 05452-3383
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Location: United States > Vermont > Essex
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Essex
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Essex, Vermont's Culinary Resort & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 120
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled on 18 acres between the vistas of the Green Mountains and the splendor of Lake Champlain, The Essex is Vermont's Culinary Resort & Spa. The Essex is a true destination, offering a full-service Spa and Fitness Center, cooking classes in the J.K. Adams and Chef's Kitchens of Cook Academy, and our two award-winning restaurants-- all of which perfectly complement our classic accommodations.The Essex is the premier choice for your next group event and is the perfect Vermont wedding destination for dozens of happy couples tying the knot each year. From our own Vermont Tennis Vacations to our wine list, ranked among the best in the world, The Essex offers you an experience unlike any other resort in New England. ...a true Recipe for Relaxation. ... more   less 
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