My husband and I just returned from a Monday - Friday stay at this resort. I really wanted to like it here; from the website the place looked lovely and the description of dining menus sounded delicious and upscale. Unfortunately, the resort did not meet most of my expectations. However, I will say that the location and grounds are beautiful. My husband was a bit concerned because on the map, it's situated very near the highway (91) - but thankfully once you're on the grounds of the resort, you would never know.
First the Good - again, the location and grounds are beautiful and there's plenty of activity going on. In that way it's like an old fashioned hotel - with activities available and planned all day and very helpful manager & staff - they set up a desk in the a.m. to answer questions and help plan your day, make reservations, etc. There's evening entertainment (including two movies in a small on-site movie theater) and the people who came with kids and extended family seemed to be having a ball; they gather in the hotel lobby and play board games, etc. I will say that it seems to be a great place to come with young kids because of it's informality and the blandness of the food I'm sure appeals to very young and old alike.. The staff are very nice and pleasant (with the exception of the bartender who became a little grumpy when, after 3 days of drinking for both my husband and myself, I asked for a couple of wine glasses to take back to our room. There are a number of rooms that have full kitchens so I'm not sure why he reacted that way...well, I know why, but it was a bit uncalled IMO.)
The bad - the place feels rundown and musty. The lakefront grounds feel cramped and there is not really a good spot to have a quiet time to read or nap outside. The dining room is in a literal basement with pilings and exposed pipes (albeit with big picture windows and a beautiful view of the lake) and the food is almost *terrible* ; visually unappealing and extremely bland. The main protein at dinner was usually edible but I had sides that weren't. Some things fortunately looked worse than they tasted. I ordered the quail for an appetizer one night; I have no problem with eating meat, fish, etc. on the bone but all I could think of when they brought my plate was "Oh you poor thing!" The desserts were almost painful. I'm the least picky person on the planet when it comes to sweets. The cheesecake was salty and inedible. The food issue is huge because if you're not in one of the kitchen suites, you have no close by choice for meals. You would have to drive into town every night and for us, driving makes it so not a vacation. Breakfast was a hot buffet, nothing too awful - with the exception of the nearly frozen pastries & muffins and lack of interest by the waitstaff in providing coffee & refills. Interestingly, the lunch menu (which is only available as a separate paid meal) looked much more appetizing from what I could see and I ordered a sandwich one day - and it and the acompanying salad were surprisingly tasty. Then there was our room which smelled of cigarette smoke even though it was a nonsmoking room. It took me a couple of days to figure out that the smoke was wafting in from the patio below all day. I told management, they showed me a couple of other rooms but ultimately I decided to let them use an oxygenator machine and I kept the windows closed - which was disappointing again because I came to Vermont for fresh air. .
Finally - the ugly - one night at dinner, I ordered a cup of coffee and when I poured the cream, it poured out like yogurt and completely curdled in my cup. I quickly brought it to a station a bit away from my table (because I so grossed out) and asked the waitress for another cup and I never was served. The next morning I did speak with the manager and he was willing to provide a half hour water skiing lesson as consolation. The weather was poor so we did not avail ourselves to this offer but just chalked it up. I was also annoyed at the midweek "Stay 4 nights, pay for 3" special - it was a deal that wasn't a deal because there is an $83.00 per night charge for tax and gratuities anyways. Overall, we paid $300 a night for the room and food for both of us - which if we had paid MORE, I would've actually felt ripped off - given the level of accommodations and once again, the quality of the dining experience.
I will say that there seemed to be a good number of people who were obviously returning guests and weren't the least bit fazed by the food or accomodations. The golfers also were clearly enjoying themselves. I think if you come with a ton of family and kids, things like the smell of the room and food are secondary to the kid/family friendly aspect; my husband and I said it would've been a great place to come when our daughter was young.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Lake Morey Resort is located in the picturesque Connecticut River Valley directly off I-91 (exit 15) in Fairlee, VT. The resort sits right on the shores of Lake Morey offering breathtaking views. The resort, originally built in 1905 offers 133 guest rooms with many different room types to choose from. In addition to clean, comfortable guest rooms the resort boasts an 18-Hole Championship Golf Course, boating, biking, hiking, and tennis for the warmer months. When winter arrives guests can enjoy the Lake Morey Skating Trail, the longest maintained skating trail in the U.S. In addition to the 4.5 mile skating trail the resort also has a full line of Nordic skate rentals along with figure and hockey skates. Snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, sledding, access to the VAST snowmobile trail system round out the winter fun. The Lakeside Dining Room with spectacular views of Lake Morey and the surrounding mountains serves breakfast and dinner daily during season and most weekends and school vacation weeks in the winter months. We work closely with local vendors to provide our guests with the freshest ingredients possible. The Steamboat Lounge is open daily during the season and most weekends and school vacation weeks in the winter months. Many nights you will find live entertainment from some of the area's most talented musicians. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lake Morey Hotel Fairlee