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“Unexpected surprise”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of River Bend Lodge

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River Bend Lodge
Newington, Connecticut
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3 reviews
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“Unexpected surprise”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2013

My first stay with River Bend Lodge was a couple of years ago. At that time the place was serviceable, but nothing to "write home about." The new management is a breath of fresh air. They are warm and welcoming. The rooms are clean and warm and the new beds are very comfortable. The bathrooms are clean with great water pressure. I was pleasantly surprised that they now offer a full breakfast on weekends. While we were there, Neal made scrambled eggs, home fries, sausage, french toast and a selection of baked goods. Everything was very tasty! Will definitely stay here in the future.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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Hartford, Connecticut, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2012

The River Bend Lodge is a warm, welcoming place for family and friends to gather. The accommodations are spacious and the bathrooms are immaculate. I especially like that the grounds are large enough to be able to take long walks. Neil and Melissa go above and beyond their "job" of being hosts, making you feel like family.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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Framingham, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2012

We stayed at the River Bend for a wedding - in fact, every room in the place was booked for the out of town wedding guests. Neil and Melissa were extremely accommodating and pleasant hosts. There was a mistake in our reservation and we weren't booked for the second night - they insisted on making up one of the apartments right next to the lodge. As it turned out, we were able to stay in our room for the second night, but they insisted on comping us one night for the inconvenience anyway.

Bootsy's restaurant is right next door. Since every one of the lodge guests were there after the wedding reception, Neil and Melissa were there too. Neil sang/played/DJ'd for us - until midnight. They really made the party.

The room was clean, neat, everything in working order. The bed was comfortable. There's a full breakfast in the common room every morning. Coffee, juice, eggs, sausage, homefries, french toast, fruit, cereal, danish... awesome!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Hollis, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2012

We had a fantastic experience here. My Great Aunt was getting married and the entire place was full of our family and his. The rooms were nice (and extremely reasonable!), the breakfast was fantastic (eggs, bagels, french toast, yogurt, muffins, etc..), the view was phenominal and the managers were delightful. The bar and grill next door (Bootsie's Bar and Grille) made wonderful pizza and we had fun until the wee hours! Can't wait for the one year anniversary! We will be staying at the same place.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Springfield, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2012

Was recommend by family members to stay here. My husband and I visited Memorial Day weekend and found the rooms to be clean and comfortable. The continental breakfast was great, plenty to choose from and I found it to be a quiet, friendly atmosphere in a beautiful area of Vermont. The new managers are super friendly and very accommodating. They are obviously working very hard to upgrade everything and make there guests comfortable. I think they are doing a great job. I will definitely be returning again soon.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2012

My husband and I and our two Newfoundland dogs had just a wonderful stay this past week at the lodge. Melissa and Neal are the sweetest people. They treated us, and our friends like family. Our room was clean,cozy,and, very comfortable. The air conditioner, and mini fridge,and flat screen TV worked great. Melissa and Neal cooked a lovely hot breakfast every morning. Each day the selection was different and delicious. Melissa even fed(at no charge) our friends who came in early to see us, and we're not staying at the lodge. We were there for a camp reunion, and needed to purchase certain items, and both Melissa and Neal directed us to the stores with the best buys and convenient locations. The Riverbend is in GOOD hands now,as I found out that Melissa and Neal are new managers for the lodge. We were treated better here , than in a fairly expensive hotel room in center Chicago, REALLY!!!

  • Stayed July 2012
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Neal A, General Manager at River Bend Lodge, responded to this review, July 25, 2012
Thank you so much for your kind words........We look forward to having you and your family
back soon! Travel Safe.

Sincerely,
Neal Allen
General Manager
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2012

Have stayed in the past and stayed again last weekend. Rooms were updated (slightly) in the last couple of years. Bathroom was much newer and pretty clean. Bed very uncomfortable. Flat screen TV was nice. Decent rooms with mini-fridge and A/C but both were unplugged so room was pretty hot upon arrival. Supposedly there is wi-fi but we never were able to get a signal (cell phones had no service). Breakfast was blah....just k-cups for coffee, bagels, cream cheese, and twinkies. Watched the manager pull bagels out of a bag with his bare hands and put in a basket on the table! No where to sit and eat other than a small couch. Cheap price overall and decent location.

Room Tip: Don't expect a 4 star hotel but this is a decent stay for the price.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about River Bend Lodge

Property: River Bend Lodge
Address: 1086 Vt Route 30, Newfane, VT 05345-9644
Location: United States > Vermont > Newfane
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 Specialty Lodging in Newfane
Number of rooms: 18

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