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The Equinox Golf Resort & Spa
Ranked #5 of 16 Hotels in Manchester
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boston
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
“Nice but Pricey”
Reviewed December 3, 2007

I took my pregnant wife here as I had been told that the spa was a great place for her to get pampered including a massage specifically for mothers to be. The Spa was excellent! Massage was good, not great, but the setting and friendliness of the staff was excellent. The treatments were unfortunately very pricey.

We stayed in the townhouses which were excellent. Bed was very large and comfortable. More importantly it was very clean. The only downside was that a family was taying on the floor above us and it sounded like a soccer match was regularly being played.

Breakfast was interesting. We had a sit down breakfast one day and a buffet the next. I would reccomend the sit down as the wait for the egg station was long especially during the busy period. Also at $22 the buffet was a little over priced. The sit down breakfast was well worth the money and I would try the Vermonter.

Overall the experience was very good, the staff was helpful and we would stay here again only as a treat due to the very high prices.

  • Liked — Spa
  • Disliked — Price of stay
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled as a couple
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bridgewater, new jersey
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed November 25, 2007

The Equinox is an old New England Hotel, so even thought it is pricey, our superior room was $499. per night and it contained a king bed, 1 chair, 1 rocking chair and an a small TV, and desk) it was roomy and very clean. The carpet and painting looked recently improved althought the furniture was dated.
We did spend Thanksgiving at the buffet and it was very well done and very tasty. There was a huge variety of food and it was appropriately hot or cold.
Except for a poor service at the Marsh Tavern Bar all service was excellent.
If you go, take advantage of the large indoor pool and spa services. They were perfect and really topped off the trip.
I would return.
Audrey M.

Stayed November 2007
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Scituate, Massachusetts
Level 2 Contributor
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed November 25, 2007

We have always wanted to stay here, and finally did! We got a really good deal (through Rock Resorts, before they sold) and we think it was a good price. That being said, we did agree that it would not have been worth the going average rate.

The pool and spa were beautiful. The spa was sold out on a Monday night, so call ahead. Loved the gym, but - they charge extra ($15) for pilates and yoga. (on top of a $25 resort fee? interesting strategy)

The overall experience was just fabulous. The people were so nice and helpful. Front desk, concierge, and all staff, so pleasant!

Was surprised at no in-room safe, but, a good hair dryer!

Take advantage of their "Dinner Shuttle" loved it! We went to Ye Old Tavern. Good food, dinner in front of a fireplace, excellent server.

Up for Breakfast in town was good!

Lunch at Mulligan's was okay, great Rubin sandwich, horrible Nachos, not good service, looks great from outside, but i wouldn't bother!

  • Stayed November 2007, traveled as a couple
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The Kingdom of Fife
Level 5 Contributor
62 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed November 25, 2007

We stayed here as part of a New England tour that was self-planned via the internet. The resort is fabulous, with a stunning setting and we had fabulous weather which helped too. The spa was lovely, and we sat in the hot-tub one night to watch the sunset on a clear, cold evening which was very memorable. Overall, though the room was a little tired although spacious and comfortable enough, and it was honestly just too pricey. At $369 per night it was a bit too steep, then the levying of a dubious $25 per day 'resort fee' was just taking a rise out of customers. I would say $300 per night would be closer to the true value, and ditch the fee and win more customers hearts!

  • Liked — Spa, location
  • Disliked — Price, 'resort fee' rip-off
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled as a couple
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new jersey
Level 6 Contributor
162 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
Reviewed November 23, 2007

I have stayed at the Equinox twice in the last two years. Its a lovely
old hotel. The rooms are very clean at least the two that I have had. The bathroom is large, but lacks alot of counter area. Furnished blowdryer a nice touch.

The staff is very friendly. Every time I walked past a cleaning person
they said good morning.

The spa is great. The prices have gone up a bit with the recent sale of the hotel, but the quality is worth it. The pool is very nice as is the hot tub. The gym is above average.

I have eaten at the tavern a few times and the dining area once. Both were fine, if not extraordinary.

Beds are comfortable and so are the pillows!

The one week spot of the hotel is that free coffee is only available in the early morning. The area is not well monitored so it runs low of coffee quite often, and guests must flag staff down to refill. The
coffee is located in the library in front of a nice fireplace handy on cold nights.

There is not much to do in town other than shop which is a shame. A few places to eat in town, Sirloin Saloon is okay, the Bean not so much, Up for Breakast is good. Friendlys is both senior and kid friendly. Service is iffy at Friendlys depends on who you get.

  • Liked — Clean rooms and nice spa.
  • Disliked — 8:30 am maid service knock on first morning. Easily fixed with PRIVACY PLEASE sign next day
  • Stayed November 2007, traveled with family
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1 Thank quietmanNY
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Medford, Massachusetts
Level 4 Contributor
24 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed November 14, 2007

My friend and I booked a girls' weekend at the Equinox last winter and we were looking forward to it for months. We had a half-price package for $158 per night for a two night stay, with plans for spa appointments and outlet shopping. We stayed on the 2nd floor in the south wing; it's an old building, so there was some noise, with guests walking overhead and doors slamming but nothing unbearable. However, the room was a bit of a disappointment and didn't live up to our expectations, especially as compared to the grounds and common areas. The decor was uninspired, with carpeting that needed a good cleaning. The bathroom was shabby, tiny and in need of a re-do. Lights flickered and the toilet ran. On our final morning, there was a water "emergency", according to the front desk person who insincerely apologized for the inconvenience, so no hot water for showers at the time we needed them. When we checked out, we received a small adjustment on our bill. On the plus side, the spa was very nice (treatments are expensive), the majority of staff were friendly and the hotel offers a complimentary shuttle service, which is very handy for local dining. All in all, it was a nice weekend but if we had paid full price for our stay, we would have been upset. Until the rooms are re-modeled to bring the decor and facilities up to date, we would not return.

  • Liked — Location and spa
  • Disliked — Rooms need updating
  • Stayed November 2007, traveled with friends
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NJ
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed November 12, 2007

We needed to get away from the tristate area and thought Vermont would be fun. Manchester is a shopping mecca and a little too busy for us.
The hotel was nice, in a old country kind of way, but our room was a huge dissapointment. Stay away from the townhouses. I tried to move more than once, but there was a wedding and the hotel was sold out. We paid nearly $500.00 a night and I have been in a Comfort Inn that was in better shape.
The spa was nice, but I have been to better. I did get the most expensive pedicure in my life.

  • Liked — Vermont is pretty
  • Disliked — The room
  • Stayed November 2007, traveled as a couple
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Property: The Equinox Golf Resort & Spa
Address: 3567 Main St, Rte 7A, Manchester, VT 05254
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Location: United States > Vermont > Green Mountains > Manchester
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in Manchester
#5 Family Hotel in Manchester
#7 Romantic Hotel in Manchester
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — The Equinox Golf Resort & Spa 4.5*
Number of rooms: 183
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Resting under the shadow of Vermont's Green Mountains on 1,300 acres in the quaint village of Manchester, The Equinox, A Luxury Collection Golf Resort & Spa awaits your discovery. ... more   less 
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