The spa was decadent although I wish it had an outdoor pool but then again not many places in Vermont have outdoor pools. The staff was very hard working in helping us get great local dinner reservations. The in-house restaurant had excellent, if not pricy compared to all of the restaurants in town. The bellboys and concierge were at the top of the game and all of the people in the spa were friendly and talented.
We stayed in the Charles Orvis Inn (a converted 19th century house with a modern wing attached to the back). We stayed in room 622, a very large suite with a full kitchen that was located in the older part of the building, towards the front of the building. I was concerned because it was right off the street but that wasn't a problem noise wise.
It was quiet all night for the most part. What wasn't quiet was the front door, which didn't have a pneumatic piston on the top of the door to close it slowly and quietly. The downside was sometimes we would come home late at night and the front door was open because a guest didn't close the door hard enough--being a stand alone structure, this didn't make for a good sense of security. Even worse, if someone slammed the front door (which was easy to do since the front door wasn't that heavy and it was just on hinges), it would make a very loud "bang" sound and wake me up every time that happened during the night. A complaint to the front disk didn't seem to illicit any urgency in performing what would be a 1/2 hour repair job to fix this security and sleep-interrupting problem.
The kitchen was nice, the living room was inviting and the bathroom was on the small size due to the age of the building.
On the down side, there were two problems with our room. First, there was a severe shortage of draws (just 2) for storing clothes so my wife and I were staying out of our suitcase in a luxury resort. Even adding a shelf in the bedroom closet would have helped. Lastly, the window blinds were set inside the window box which allowed the sun to peak in around the blinds, filling up the room before 6:00 AM every morning in late July. The windows need shades on a curtain rod so the windows are completely blocked. Again, the front desk didn't seem to understand the urgency in this issue. It is very hard to sleep late in this resort's more exclusive rooms.
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- Also Known As:
- The Equinox Resort And Spa
- The Equinox Hotel Manchester
- Equinox a Luxury Collection Hotel
- Equinox a Luxury Collection Resort