Bottom Line – We loved it and will be staying here again for the foreseeable future. On to the details…..
So, after many trips to Rutland and hating the tasteless strip-mall scenery of downtown, complimented by the reliable unsurprising blandness of the normal chains available there…we ventured out to this place; boy are we glad we did!
We paid $89 a night for our 3-night stay in a Country Bedroom with Queen + Daybed, including included breakfast, which was easily worth $20 per day. Reservation process was easy, with a personal confirmation received quickly. When you see the exterior, you may have a moment of doubt because it doesn’t look like much, but this is all redeemed once you walk in. Also, just so everyone has their expectations reasonably set – this place is perfectly fine and clean but it is NOT a luxury property.
-Top notch staff. Dare I say, the best team we have ever encountered in a hotel stay. Every single person – Oakie, Owen, the breakfast crew….they had such great stories to tell and made you feel authentically at home. They are always there to help but laid back and not in the way.
-Great location up in Killington, right across from PICO, a few minutes from Killington Ski area.
-Perfectly rustic and adorable inside, almost what I imagined going to a Vermont lodge must have been like back in White Christmas and the old days. Lovely wood interior with fireplace, games, hot tub, etc.
-Incredibly delicious made-to-order breakfast. Really, we went to bed every night looking forward to it.
-No TV or phones in the rooms….so it was REAL QUIET in evenings.
-Everything was clean.
-Hot showers every morning (to me, one of the most important things).
-Authentic Irish Pub in your hotel – yup, nothing like getting an authentic (not ice-cold!) poured Guinness in the evening, and they have a delicious Irish Pub menu. The weekend entertainment was more “modern” Irish Pub music than we expected, but everyone seemed to enjoy it.
-Free WIFI (although signal not very good in bedrooms)
Be Aware Of
-Thinner towels & sheets, no down comforter.
-Pump shampoo/ shower gel , toilet paper, Kleenex, are only bathroom amenities. No hair dryer, no q-tips, no-hand lotion, etc….again not luxury, but absolutely fine with a little preparation.
-No bathtub, if that matters to you.
-I thought it was positive as it kept others quiet and forced me to relax, but No TV or Phone in your room (shared TV available in the bar or game room).
-No individual room climate control (unless you count the window). There were moments of chilliness, followed by moments of heat when the steam kicked in (every few hours).
-No bathroom vent (so it can get foggy, and the room a little musty if you don’t ventilate).
-Mandatory 5% gratuity charge. Staff was great, and I tipped appropriately at the bar, at breakfast, in my room….so I am not sure what the 5% was for, as they don’t explain it, and the service was so good I didn’t want to risk shorting someone. My only guess is this is because some backpackers don’t tip well? Not sure.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoy the charm and hospitality of Killington's most historic inn and ski lodge, serving skiers, hikers, golfers and people who love the mountains since 1938! Offering country bedrooms, whirlpool rooms and Fireplace suites. Our McGrath's Irish Pub offers Guinness and Long Trail Ale on tap and pub fare daily, with live Irish Music weekends. Serving candle lit dining, fall and winter in our main dining room. Hot Tub. Wireless. Children welcome. A unique experience. 1/3 mile from Killington's Pico entrance. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Inn At Long Trail Hotel Killington