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“Downton Abbey in Vermont”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Middlebury Inn

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Middlebury Inn
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Middlebury
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“Downton Abbey in Vermont”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2013

No, it's not Downton Abbey in Middlebury. It's better. You'll have all the charm, comfort, and location of a piece of American history and won't have to hire the staff or keep the damp away from the brick.
I've previously reviewed this Inn as feeling like a British private club. It's even friendlier and more comfortable than before. Helpful, gracious, and attentive staff throughout. Plated breakfasts are superb, as is the complimentary afternoon tea. Walk to Middlebury College, the Vermont Coop and shops, and numerous good restaurants. Relax and enjoy!

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
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Geoff C, General Manager at Middlebury Inn, responded to this review, February 18, 2013
We're happy you came back for a 2nd visit (and in January, no less) and found us even more friendly. The nice part about the Inn business is the wonderful people that cross our threshold and I must point out that nice people bring out the best in all of us. Now if I could only get Maggie Smith to stay here!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2013

The Inn is located right in town and walking distance to everything. Right on the town square, it is really picturesque New ENgland as you drive up to it. We were suprised that our room was actually around back in a mosre typical motel style addition, but just the same it was clean and a really nice room. Lots of parking available, and the staff was really helpful and nice. Definitely has the feeling of northern New England, which we love. And the main building was really beautiful, with a wonderful looking dining room. We ate at a local restaurant, which they were happy to recommend.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Geoff C, General Manager at Middlebury Inn, responded to this review, February 18, 2013
Middlebury is a very walkable town and heading back to the Inn at the end of a shopping or College excursion, you'll find a welcoming staff, comfortable lobby and our Complimentary Afternoon Tea. Although you did stay in our newer annex section, you correctly pointed out that the Main Inn is only steps away for Breakfast or just relaxing in our lobby or lounge. And yes, we're happy to recommend one of the many fine restaurants in town. Thanks for your kind observations.

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Saratoga Springs, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2012 via mobile

Reviews on this site and sister SniqueAway (where I had booked a prepaid overnight as part of a special) led me to expect more.

Yes, the inn is old, and has its quaint quirks, which I can excuse. But shabby, dated furnishings and color schemes, coarse bath towels, and cheap dollar-store bath paper products made this such a disappointment. A fake Christmas tree in the lobby...in VERMONT? For shame :(

Gals at Front Desk and in dining room at breakfast a bit snippy.

We stayed in the Porter Mansion, a stately building adjacent to the main hotel. Sofa cushion torn, shower in a converted closet apart from rest of bathroom awkward. Newer toilet in bathroom, so unsure why the sink could not have also been upgraded; separate hot and cold faucets "charming"...yet not in the best of shape!

Breakfast buffet was ample and a good value, and afternoon tea a nice touch. Location is excellent for accessing Middlebury and its environs, but this is a busy crossroads sort of location, and also near the local firehouse, so not a quiet sort of retreat.

If an idealist looking for the quintessential Vermont getaway, opt for a true B&B or smaller inn, I guess. This was too much--and at the same time, not quite enough--"hotel" to be charming.

  • Stayed December 2012
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Geoff C, General Manager at Middlebury Inn, responded to this review, January 21, 2013
First let me thank you for using SniqueAway – this was our first go around and we enjoyed offering a great deal. Of course I’m not at all pleased that your stay wasn’t all that it should have been. I understand your comment about the bathroom though I’d like to point out some history. What you refer to as a converted closet was the location of the entire bathroom until recently. To add more bathroom space for that guestroom, we created a new door into a 2nd bathroom that had been taken out of commission and we put in a new toilet but decided to keep the older sink. Overall, a good improvement and we will look at other improvements such as replacing the sink, which works nicely but has separate faucets as you point out. I also should give you some feedback on a couple of your other comments. As a “Vermont Green Hotel” we do our best to adhere to many of the requirements of the group that monitors this program and 100% recycled paper products are one of the them. Not the softest, I agree, but they sure are ‘green’ and certainly not what the dollar store sells.

Also, there aren’t too many old hotels that would risk the hazard of a live tree in the lobby, even if the local Fire Marshal approved, which he wouldn’t.

Sounds like you enjoyed the area, so maybe you’ll venture back and give us another opportunity.

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Vankleek Hill, Ontario
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2012

Just back from a 3 night stay at the Inn. Beautiful historic inn, right in the centre of the historical district. Able to walk to just about everything, including the college. I have never seen so much marble. Comfortably furnished, great bed, and the lounge is stunning. Tea served free everyday from 2 - 5:30. Great cookies and scones,they even served a special tea for Christmas with sandwiches and giant cookies. Staff is very friendly and they were very attentive to our every need. Restaurant (Morgans Tavern) was good also. We really enjoyed the breakfast, but the Angus steak we had for dinner was disappointing. Lots of fat and the sides were not very hot. Breakfast was fantastic though. Looking forward to a return trip in the late Spring when it is warmer and we can explore more.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Geoff C, General Manager at Middlebury Inn, responded to this review, February 18, 2013
With such a wonderful review, I only wish had come in to personally cook your steak. It sounds like you had a very nice Christmas getaway and please do come back in the Spring after 'mud season' to enjoy the beautiful weather. After a long cold Vermont winter, we all look forward to the crocus' and apple blossoms. Middlebury is the perfect 'hub' to venture out to all of the Champlain Valley sites and Middlebury Inn is the perfect place to make your temporary home.
Thank you for your nice comments.

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North Potomac, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 23, 2012 via mobile

We loved this historic inn, within walking distance of downtown and a member of Historic Hotels of America. Our room was a combination of 2 small rooms, and was a bit weird (2 bathrooms, etc), but it was just fine. Middlebury is a fantastic town.

Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Geoff C, General Manager at Middlebury Inn, responded to this review, February 18, 2013
Holidays in Vemont, what could be better. Thank you for choosing to stay with us and for your nice comments.

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Annandale, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 18, 2012

I stayed at the Middlebury Inn for one night while I was in Vermont and wished I could have stayed longer. The Inn is absolutely gorgeous with spacious rooms and lovely decor. When I checked in, I even found out they upgraded my room which was a wonderful surprise. Everyone who worked there was very friendly and helpful as well. I ate at the restaurant at the Inn for both dinner and lunch while I was there and the food phenomenal. I highly recommend the onion soup . . . it was delicious and warmed me right up on a cold December night. Thanks to everyone at the Middlebury Inn for making my stay so enjoyable . . . I hope to visit again soon!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
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Geoff C, General Manager at Middlebury Inn, responded to this review, January 19, 2013
We hope you visit again soon and not just because you gave us a rave review. Returning guests are the lifeblood of the hotel industry. This is why I tell my employees to never let a guest leave unhappy. Often there are little annoyances or quirks in an old hotel like ours but we need to make it right and oftentimes that effort will create a return customer. I'm happy you plan to return all on your own. Thanks!

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Somerville, MA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2012

This is a very special hotel. Feels really historic and quaint. We had a room that was enormous with tall ceilings and what was really awesome was there were 2 bathrooms, all for a very reasonable price. I was also very impressed with the food. We had an amazing dinner and breakfast at the restaurant. Staff was great. Would have been nice to have a gym on site but it is a quick easy drive to a local gym which is complementary.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
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Geoff C, General Manager at Middlebury Inn, responded to this review, January 19, 2013
We have a couple rooms with two bathrooms - the result of the owners opening up two smaller rooms and creating a larger luxury room. It's a nice treat, which is what traveling is all about. Thanks for letting us know about your stay.

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Property: Middlebury Inn
Address: 14 Courthouse Square, Middlebury, VT 05753
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Location: United States > Vermont > Middlebury
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Middlebury
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Middlebury Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 71
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Historic Vermont Lodging - Enjoy warm Vermont hospitality in the heart of Middlebury, a vibrant college town with classic New England character. Welcoming travelers since 1827, the Middlebury Inn offers the perfect blend of modern comfort and classic historic charm. Centrally located between Burlington and Rutland, and convenient to so many of Vermont's attractions, our historic Middlebury, Vermont hotel is perfect for that pampered fresh-air getaway, a family reunion, a base for leaf peeping, bike touring, hiking or cross country skiing, and also to host your organization's professionally managed retreat. Our town is surrounded by thousands of acres of the Green Mountain National Forest as well as numerous trails and back country roads which are ideal for biking, running, hiking, and cross-country skiing. Friendly Lake Dunmore and spectacular Lake Champlain are easy drives from the Inn. For downhill skiing, the family-friendly Middlebury College Snow Bowl is nearby and Sugarbush, Mad River, Killington, and Stowe are all within 40 miles of the Inn. ... more   less 
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