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Topnotch Resort
Ranked #5 of 24 Hotels in Stowe
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Cleveland, Ohio
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“Dog friendly ski resort”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2012

Stayed at end of September for one night. I am not a skier, but this is a really great place. The room is very spacious in every aspect. Plenty of room for luggage, dog crate, king bed. Very clean and quiet rooms. Only saw the pools from Norma's, but they looked awesome. Even in the rain people were outside in the pool. Heard people raving about the pool and spa everywhere in the hotel. Resort is located up a ways on Mountain Road, but only about 5 minutes to the bottom. There is grass on the outskirts of the parking lot, and walking trails for the dog. Only complaint was that we had to walk aways to get outside, and then across the parking lot to get to the grass. When it's cold and rainy, it's seems even farther. Very nice overall

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Cape May, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2012

I had a wonderful time at this resort. Its very inviting. The staff is courteous and personable. The food is fresh, and well prepared. I was quite pleased with the lunch and dinner. I did not eat breakfast. Mary at the bar at Norma's is a gem. She is very personable, makes a great drink and made great recommendations from the menu, The grounds are well kept. The resort is very clean. The bed is the most comfortable I have ever slept. There were high qualitiy linens and towels. The spa and spa services were also very good. I loved the waterall jacuzzi in the main spa area. The spa areas were very clean which I think is extremely important. The spa areas have coffee, organic teas and chilled water. The fitness center is awesome and rivals a well equipped gym. There are yoga and other fitness classes but I did not have the opportunity to take advantage of classes.. I would not hesitate to stay at this resort again and, infact, plan to return in the future.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2012

We were there in May 2012 for a long weekend. The scenery was excellent. The pool area was gorgeous though not big. I can't imagine when it is summer when more people are around, but for Memorial Day weekend it didn't feel crowded at all. The room was very spacious and nice. The decor was nothing special but no complaints either. However, the bed was very soft and caused back pain. (that was perhaps the only blemish during our whole stay) Service was quite good - low key but attentive. The spa offered a wide variety of services which were very good. I had a relaxing weekend and probably will go back when I travel to Stowe again.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Boston
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2012

I have been to this hotel twice now and highly recommend it. My first visit was for a girls weekend during the Summer and we really enjoyed the spa, pool and area restaurants (highly recommend Hen of the Wood), the second time I came with my husband and 2 young children and enjoyed our visit just as much. We loved riding on the bike trail to downtown Stowe and enjoyed areally nice kid-friendly dinner at Norma's, complete with S'Mores at the fire after. The pool area is beautiful, and the spa services were phenomenal.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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Princeton, New Jersey
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2012

Breathtaking scenery and a wide variety of outdoor recreation made for a terrific trip to Stowe for a sales meeting. Topnotch was good, but not truly top-knotch. The staff members were only moderately friendly and the operation was not precise. Simple things like the hours of operation and reliability detracted from a strong foundation. For example, we had more than 20 people at dinner in the restaurant at 10:00 PM and they made it clear we needed to leave by 10:30. The bar/TV area on the main floor was never open. The exercise facility (which was quite extensive) "usually" opens at 6:30 AM. Well...not when we were there. At 6:35 it was not open and with a meeting starting at 8:00 this type of sloppiness matters. We encountered more of this type of imprecission, however, overall, we enjoyed a good meeting in Stowe and were comfortable at Topnotch. For activities outside of Topnotch try the zip-lines (big hit with all involved) and golf at Country Club of Vermont (excellent, challenging course).

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
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Mansfield, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2012

I had such a wonderful and relaxing visit in July that I needed to return before the winter.Went with a different friend each time and both had a fabulous time and can't wait to return. Spectacular views.
Loved that there was a choice of outdoor pools...one for families and one for 16 years and older.
Can't say enough about the food at their restaurant Norma's....OUTSTANDING!!!! The preparation, presentation, and blend of flavors on each dish from salads to appetizers to entrees were a "foodies" dream come true. Everyone was so friendly and knowledgeable.The bartender Mary was especially knowledgeable and entertaining, making excellent suggestions. Our server, Abbey, paced our meal perfectly and we did not feel rushed. Along with Tyler's direction the entire team worked together to make it an unforgettable experience.There are so many comfortable sitting areas throught the resort each one more comfortable than the next.

Room Tip: First visit I stayed on the first floor near the pool, spa, and restaurant...very convenient. On my...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Bel Air, Maryland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2012 via mobile

We did a point exchange with our Disney vacation club during a none ski season. The spa was rated one of the best around, but a little to pricey for me since they we offering such long spa sessions. I would have preferred to have a 1/2 session at 1/2 the price the hang around in the sauna and steam room, however they only offered 50 to 80 minuet sessions. I was also looking at the rekei, but there was no mention of a master performing the session, so I decided against it.

In the room when my husband took off the lid to the ice carrier there was a hair inside, which was a little disturbing.

Other than those things, the location is great for access to hiking and bike riding.

  • Stayed September 2012
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Property: Topnotch Resort
Address: 4000 Mountain Rd, Stowe, VT 05672-4967
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Location: United States > Vermont > Stowe
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Spa Hotel in Stowe
#2 Green Hotel in Stowe
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Stowe
#3 Business Hotel in Stowe
#4 Romantic Hotel in Stowe
#7 Family Hotel in Stowe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Topnotch Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 68
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Created in the grand tradition of New England hotels, where hospitality plays front and center,Topnotch Resort is a newly-rennovated hotel whose relaxed elegance and timeless character define what alpine luxury should be. Here, in a pristine wooded estate, guests find distinctive resort accommodations, imaginative dining, thoughtful touches, and welcoming smiles – as well as one of nature’s most spectacular displays. All just moments from the legendary terrain of Stowe Mountain and the picture-perfect village of Stowe. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Topnotch Hotel Stowe
Top Notch At Stowe
Top Notch Spa
Top Notch Resort
Topnotch Resort Stowe, Vermont

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