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“Paradise, but aged guests”
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Trapp Family Lodge
Ranked #4 of 24 Hotels in Stowe
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Montevideo, Uruguay
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49 reviews
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“Paradise, but aged guests”
Reviewed September 16, 2012

Excellent by any criteria. My only flaws, the very aged guest population and I had trouble getting around the hotel. In my opinion there aren't sufficient indications of how to get around. Otherwise, paradise! One of the best breakfasts I've had. Met one of the Von Trapp children who gave us a history of the Lodge.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
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Guest-Communications, Executive Assistant at Trapp Family Lodge, responded to this review, September 27, 2012
Thank you for reviewing your recent visit to our resort. We are glad you found it to be "paradise" with the exception being the age of the clientele at the time of your stay. Our guests range in age from infant to elderly with different times of year being more popular for specific age groups. The fall season is very popular with older generations and you are more apt to notice this whereas the summer and winter seasons have a greater appeal to the fit and young to middle aged visitors. Our Executive Chef will be delighted to know how much your enjoyed your breakfast. We hope to have the pleasure of having you as our guest again. Rebecca
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Quechee, Vermont
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Reviewed September 16, 2012

My wife and I just had and overnight at the Trapp Family Lodge to celebrate our anniversary. We had visited the resort several times in the past but this was our first stay. We had an excellent experience. We went prior to Fall Foliage so the place was a bit quieter. We had full use of the tennis courts, pool and hot tub all to ourselves.

The hotel amenities are excellent including full use of the fitness center and grounds (2400 acres worth). The rate included breakfast which was a full buffet with waited service that was outstanding. You could not find a more picturesque location with a near panoramic view of the mountains and valleys. That being said, the hotel interior was quite dated. We especially enjoyed the piano player, John Cassell, he was truly amazing and the staff were very friendly and helpful. If you love the Sound of Music, you will love all of the old photos and history of the Von Trapp Family.

The room was lovely with a small deck and it was well equipped. The queen-sized beds were very comfortable. However, the room was in tough shape with stained carpet and shoddy maintenance. The interiors were very dated and not up to the standards of a fine hotel.

Overall, it was a great experience for a romantic getaway and I cannot wait to go back.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Waterloo, Canada
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Reviewed September 15, 2012

We just returned from spending three nights at Trapp Family Lodge. This is not the type of place we would typically select to stay, however we had our two year old daughter with us and wanted a place that would provide her with plenty of opportunity to run around. We were very happy with our decision to stay here.

The rooms are fairly pricey for the level of luxury, however you are paying for incredible views. I doubt there one room with a bad view. The property surrounding the lodge is fabulous. We were able to hike, swim, use the playground, have a beer while looking out at the mountian-side.

The rooms and inside the lodge is dated and covered with Von Trapp photos. But we got exactly what we expected. The room was spacious and the bathrooms were updated. They provided the fridge as requested prior to our arrival. However the bed was very soft (I didn't mind) and bothered my husband's back quite a bit.

The downside was the lack of friendliness among staff. Every time we entered or exited the building the front desk staff made it a point to avert their eyes so not to speak with us. There was no "good evening", smile, or even a nod of the head. The woman in the small gift shop did not even acknowledge our existence. The only exception were the guys that stood at the front door - they were fairly friendly.

Also note that there are plenty of activities available for an extra charge. Many of which I understand, but $10/pp for a history tour of the grounds?! But kids 12 and under are a bargain at $5 ea. Some of the extra fees seemed a little excessive.

The other surprise was that the bakery was not open at 7:30 a.m. We wanted to stop there for breakfast as we were heading home but it was closed.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Guest-Communications, Executive Assistant at Trapp Family Lodge, responded to this review, September 27, 2012
Thank you for reviewing your recent stay at Trapp Family Lodge. We are glad your and your family enjoyed swimming, hiking and overall relaxation at our resort. We sincerely apologize for the less than friendly demeanor you experienced from some of our employees. This is not typical and certainly not the way in which they are trained to interact with guests. This issue was brought to the attention of the Director of Lodging and Guest Services for follow up with them. We appreciate you letting us know our bellmen were outgoing and friendly as is expected of them. We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back to our resort again. Rebecca
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 14, 2012

Ok, we stayed here because of sentimental childhood memories of us all watching the Sound of Music as children and singing along. We love the movie and the story behind it.

Well, we were not disappointed. We stayed for the quirk factor and got some extra on top: great big rooms with a lovely mountain view, big swimming pool, great staff, nice food and the most amazing setting in beautiful grounds. The bed was super comfortable.

Cons: it looks a bit frayed here and there and could use a spruce up, very big hotel, has a resort feel, lots of families, food and beverage not cheap.

Pros: great views,nice hikes, pool,tennis etc .

If you want a super de luxe hotel, skip this but if you want to stay at a nice hotel reasonable priced with the quirk factor, come here.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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West Haven, Connecticut
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Reviewed September 13, 2012

I have always wanted to come here. On an annual friend camping trip to Vermont my friend & I decided to go one day early and treat ourselves. The location is spectacular. The grounds are beautiful and well maintained. The lodge is quite picturesque and breathtaking to look at. Our room was spacious with a balcony. However, the room does not look like it was upgraded since it was originally built. The carpet was a bit worn and stained, the lampshades were all torn and the bathroom plastic molded type counter and sink were scratched, cracked and stained. The mirror and bathroom fixtures were quite dated and and the worse for the wear. The tile grout needed replacing. In addition, the reading lamps near the beds must of had 200 watt lightbulbs in them. You could not even use them as they blinded you. It was a treat to have a balcony but somebodies toe nail clippings were all over the place. Ewww... The elevator is also quite dated and the carpet is filthy and stained. We only stayed one night but we took a walk when it got dark and the stars were so breathtaking at this location that it brought tears to my eyes. They were so brilliant, crisp clear and I have never seen the milky way to this extent. There were also many activities throughout the day. We did not participate but it looked like a lot to do, all for an additional charge of course..lol. We visited the Trapp Family cemetery on the grounds and it was lovely. The flowers were coffee table book worthy and the fragrance was divine. The food is very expensive here and we paid $4.44 for one small cup of regular coffee. The brewery was was very nice and the beer was quite tasty. I am a vegan and they were able to accommodate with making me a veggie sandwich...but the lettuce was all rotten. The rooms reminded me of a motel as far as quality and comfort. For the very high price I expected luxury. All in all, I was glad I made the visit. It was worth the experience. However, unless they are running a special for half the price or I hear they had an overhaul of the rooms, I would not come again. I do have to say...the hills ARE alive around here. Lovely location.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Guest-Communications, Executive Assistant at Trapp Family Lodge, responded to this review, September 27, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to review your stay at our resort. We are delighted you experienced so much enjoyment from our grounds and the late summer night star gazing. We are in the process of refurbishing many of our Main Lodge rooms and your review has been brought to the attention of our Director of Lodging and Guest Services for his records and follow-up plan. There is no excuse for the litter of toe nail clippings you found on your balcony and this was immediately brought to the attention of our Housekeeping Department for review with staff to underline the importance of cleaning not just the room but the outside balconies and patios as well. Thank you for bringing this to our attention. Rebecca
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New York City, NY
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Reviewed September 5, 2012

If I have my math correct this was my fifth stay at the Trapp Lodge, and each year we find the experience just outstanding. Rather than trying to convince you that this is a good place to vacation, I will just rattle off a few things that keep us coming back:

- The view of the valley from our room each morning
- John Cassell’s piano in the bar each evening
- The proximity to Stowe… close enough to shop & eat & play, far enough to feel you’re on your own mountain
- Sitting on the outdoor dining patio with a glass of wine, watching our kids run around with other kids they’ve met
- The genuine warmth of both the staff and the guests
- The room to roam, play, hike, relax

We did notice in-room dining has disappeared this year, and we think it should come back. Aside from that, we had yet another great visit over 4 days. We will return!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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New York
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Reviewed August 18, 2012

This was a great place to stretch our legs and explore on our road trip. We missed the tour but still enjoyed walking the grounds, taking in the vista and appreciating the architecture. We stopped by the bakery/deli for a cappucino and to buy a loaf of amazing bread.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: Trapp Family Lodge
Address: 700 Trapp Hill Rd, Stowe, VT 05672-5074
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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 Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Romantic Hotel in Stowe
#5 Business Hotel in Stowe
#6 Family Hotel in Stowe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Trapp Family Lodge 3.5*
Number of rooms: 96
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Harmony. A simple word that captures the essence of what makes Trapp Family Lodge and resort such a special place. Here in Stowe, Vermont you'll discover so many different experiences, activities and opportunities to enjoy your mountain escape. And yet all this remarkable variety - hiking, swimming, tennis, birding, cross-country skiing, meetings, weddings, an indoor spa, and more - lives in perfect harmony. A vacation here will leave you rested and refreshed. Recharged and reconnected. But most importantly, it will remind you of what's truly important. A magnificent 2,500 acre resort managed by the family that inspired The Sound of Music, this New England treasure is the perfect place for your next vacation. A little of Austria. A lot of Vermont. ... more   less 
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