After several visits to the Topnotch over the last few years, I felt that this time I needed to make sure that I told everyone about the reasons that I choose this resort. We went this time for a weekday ski/spa getaway (me ski, her spa), but mostly my wife just wanted some of that very unique "casual pampering". I don't know how else to call it...I want luxury (I certainly pay for it there), but I don't want to feel like I'm being worked through a hotel assembly line. In so many places we travel, we are treated very well but at this point every single bellboy looks the same. Every front desk looks the same and they all smile at me with the same look. Every once in a while, I crave a few nights in Stowe where I have seen the same bartender and desk clerk for years and even the staff that I don't recognize seem to at least pretend that we are long lost friends. It is the sort of place where you might stumble upon a quite nook and be beckoned to take a minute to really kick back on a sofa and read the newspaper or a book.
Last fall we came to Stowe and because I was lured by the idea of a slopeside hotel, we stayed at the new resort on the mountain to check it out before ski season. My wife was equally wooed by the thought of new large rooms. There must have been a convention at the hotel because I couldn't believe how busy it was. We clearly took second priority to these people and after three days I came to see this hotel as what it really is: a convention hotel...Another assembly line but with all of the prices and features of a luxury resort.
We took our ski vacation at the Topnotch, and we were so gladly welcomed with loving arms. For this experience I am willing to overlook the fact that I find their rooms a little too small and the prices are on the high end.
- 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 Spa
- Top Notch Resort
- Top Notch At Stowe
- Topnotch Resort Stowe, Vermont