The good news is that we were using American Express Rewards points --- not our own money --- to pay for our stay at the Equinox. The bad news is that we could have used fewer of those points somewhere else, and had a more luxurious experience.
The village-green setting, the majestic entryway, the public rooms, and the spa were all beautiful. The service was above average. Our room was large and comofrtable, although it did look out over roofs of adjacent buildings. The shuttle van to nearby restaurants was also a nice touch.
When we complained about a broken lamp, someone brought a new one while we were out ... and left it parked on the dresser, without removing the broken one.
We were in an old part of the hotel, and the wooden structure allowed us to hear every single step taken by the leadfoots upstairs. (Fortunately, they went to bed before we did!)
Overall, at a rate of $450+/night, I would not stay there again. I also think a hotel can no longer bill itself as "luxury" when it starts hosting business meetings and allowing guests to wear baseball caps in the dining room.
With its excellent, expensive spa and its outdoor hiking, fishing, driving, and falconing experiences --- even more expensive --- the Equinox is unique in Manchester. But RockResorts should spend some money to bring its hotel-room standards up to those of an airport Radisson.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- The Equinox Resort And Spa
- The Equinox Hotel Manchester
- Equinox a Luxury Collection Hotel
- Equinox a Luxury Collection Resort