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Trapp Family Lodge
Ranked #6 of 24 Hotels in Stowe
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed June 29, 2008

Great Location roughly 1300 feet up with great food at the Tea House and Lodge. The Guest Houses were ok nothing to write home about other than the location facing the mountain. The activities with the heating swimming pools were great along the the hot tub and sauna. They have recently upgraded the fitness center with up to date ammenities. The indoor pool is expected to be closed in the coming weeks for repair though. A great place to relax and take in the beautiful gardens, listen to the birds of nature and chill!

  • Stayed: June 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 20, 2008

My daughter and I stayed at the Trapp Family Lodge in honor of her lifelong (25 yrs old) love of The Sound of Music story. We were only able to stay one night but the stay far exceeded our expectations. The gardens were incredible. Tulips were at their peak.
The bakery is not to be missed. We didn't realize it was so far down the road but the walk helped us work off the croissants.
We hiked a couple of times and the paths were challenging enough so we felt like we had accomplished something when we got back to the Lodge.
Of course, we watched the short film about the real Maria who is featured all over the hotel in photos.
There was some confusion about the price of the dinner we had. When I booked with the hotel, I was told I needed to make a reservation for dinner. I did that at a later date and was told about a prix fixe 3-course dinner. The waiter told us about it too but when I got the bill, it was priced a la carte. At check-out, they explained that I hadn't pre-booked the meal plan as I had thought. OK, whatever, but the price difference was significant. The meal, however, was delicious.
I had wanted this to be a special mother-daughter trip in honor of her graduation from Penn and it was that.

  • Stayed: March 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 1, 2008

We stayed for a week in chalet 27B, Village 3, at the end of April/beginning May as part of an exchange within Interval International. Anyone who is concerned about the condition of the units need not be worried, they have been completely renovated to a high standard. Just remember that you'll be staying in Tyrolean style chalets. We were greeted at the reception desk by very friendly and helpful staff - patiently answering all my disjointed questions (we had driven for 9 hours and I was a little fried!) Our unit was spotlessly clean, couldn't have asked for anything better. There is a large master bedroom with full bathroom, a second bedroom with twin beds, a second full bathroom, a small kitchen (well-stocked, the only thing I couldn't find was measuring cups/spoons not a big deal to most people but we love to cook and ate in almost every night so measuring utensils would have been handy), a dining room with a sturdy table able to seat up to 10 people, a spacious living room with fireplace (ample firewood provided), and a balcony able to seat four maybe six people at a pinch. We had breathtaking views over the valley and mountains. Stunning. Village 3 has only four chalets - more secluded and peaceful. Furnishings are relatively new and no longer, as previous reviewers found, cheesy or 70's style. For TV addicts....the television is only 22", lucky we brought our binoculars! Note for those staying during the summer - no a/c. Big bonus is the free wireless internet, very fast connection, we never had a problem using our laptop.
There is an outdoor pool and tennis courts. Also play areas for children. We were impressed with the Main Lodge and also the (new?) Fitness Center with it's beautiful indoor pool (felt like lukewarm water although I was assured it's 85!) and outdoor jacuzzi with great views of the mountains. Unlike me, remember to get your towels from the front desk before going to the changing rooms, and take a lock for the lockers - there is, surprisingly, no way to lock the locker so I ended up having to carry my pocketbook with me. Weight room is fine, also has treadmills and step machines. There is a climbing wall for kids but seems over-priced at $15. We had massages, very reasonably priced, Patti is fantastic. Didn't eat at the Lodge or the Tea Room but we did have strudel and eclairs from the Bakery, heavenly, and while we were there the bakery chef gave us a couple of chocolate cookies straight from the oven....divine.
We weren't in the area for ski-ing but heard that the cross-country ski trails are awesome here. We went hiking several times and really enjoyed the peace and tranquility of the area. There are trail maps available at the Main Lodge front desk, one day we hiked up to the Cabin and back, a loop trail of approx six miles, we thoroughly enjoyed it.
We were looking for a relaxing week but for those who want activities there are various classes and events posted in the Main Lodge lobby everyday. I think they hand out a newsletter each morning with everything listed.
We were very happy with our time at TFL. We were struck by the sense of family and community at TFL that you don't find in other resorts. Reading through the guestbooks left in our unit we realized that some families have been staying in 27B for 20 or so years, we actually met a couple from California who have been visiting TFL every year for 19 years. That many people can't be wrong!!
Feel free to contact me if you have questions; glad to help :-)

  • Stayed: April 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 22, 2008

We went to TFL during the week between Christmas and New Year's for a holiday getaway. We booked an all inclusive rate that, while it got us a free cross country ski lesson that was really great (fabulous, patient instructor), did not include things like soda for our kids at dinner. You just never knew for sure what was included. The rooms were comfortable but do need updating, especially the bathrooms and TVs. The lodge is cozy and welcoming (lots fo Christmas trees for the holidays) and beautiful in the snow, and the trails are spectacular. The new (2005) fitness center/spa is a great addition and sitting in the outdoor hot tub during an evening snow storm was the highlight of the trip.

Dinner is an all evening affair, and while they are nice to the kids two hours is a long time to sit and the food is not really worth the wait. The dinners were the best - the breakfast buffet was uninspiring and the made to order breaksfast food just so so. Nothing terrible; nothing wonderful either. We have a child with special dietary needs and they did do their very best to accomodate that.

So it was very expensive for what you got but still a unique and enjoyable experience. If they updated the decor and spiffed up the menu it would be really lovely. We would probably not go again (if we were devoted cross country skiers we might, but we're not) but are glad we tried it.

  • Stayed: December 2007, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 16, 2008

The Trapp Family Lodge is in need of a makeover. It has a worn look throughout the common areas. Our room was in need of a complete renovation. The furniture was worn as was the carpet. The television was a relic of the 1980's as was the bathroom. The lighting was dim. Someone apparently forgot to clean the room before our stay as there were dead flies in the light fixtures and live files buzzing around the insides or our windows. Worst of all there were dead flies in the sheets of the fold out bed. Do they change the sheets after a guest departs? The desk personnel were nice enough to send up new sheets with the night security guard and we remade the bed ourselves.
The room rates are too high for what is offered and they charge an amenity fee besides.
A letter to the managment after our stay elicited no response. I guess they are immune to dissatisfied guests.
Look elsewhere if you are going to Stowe.

  • Stayed: November 2007, traveled with family
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4  Thank stoweskiing
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TrappManager, General Manager at Trapp Family Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded April 22, 2008

Trapp Family Lodge management has contacted the reviewer. A detailed response will be posted as soon as we have been successful in establishing contact.

It is our strict policy to respond to every guest request or concern brought to our attention. We are unsure about what happened in this case, and will make every effort to find a resolution.

Hans van Wees
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Trapp Family Lodge

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Reviewed April 11, 2008

Found the room to be overpriced @ $245. Cobwebs and dirt filled the ceiling and the floor. Wrote to the manager upon returning home and told him about it but never got a reply. Very identical to other reviews here.

  • Stayed: May 2007
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2  Thank bawyaohan
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TrappManager, General Manager at Trapp Family Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded April 24, 2008

We have contacted this guest in order to further discuss the concerns mentioned. As soon as we have been succesful in establishing contact we will update this listing.

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Reviewed February 13, 2008

We made last-minute reservations at the TPL over the holiday. We were booked in the Salzburg Suite at a rate of over $445, not including dinner, and were promised skiing from our room. The website advertises this suite as "luxury accommodations...perfect for romantic getaways."

The patio that we were supposed to ski in/out from was completely covered in snow. It was impossible to get out the door. We chose to eat in the lounge, as opposed to the formal dinner, and found it was closed for the holiday (nowhere did we see this advertised - even the pianist in the lounge was caught off guard by this news). So, we had to find an alternative at 8pm on an icy winter evening. The next morning, there was no hot water for showers. We asked if the $20 pp breakfast could be comped in consideration for this inconvenience, but were impolitely told that the hot water was now fixed (after we were all dressed and ready to go out for the day). To top it all off, the hotel staff tried to charge us for an extra night when we chose to check out due to the poor quality of service and accommodations.

We sent a letter to the TPL following our stay and never received the courtesy of a response.

We travel extensively and have paid far less per night and received much higher levels of service than provided at this lodge. Terrible experience if you're looking for a romantic weekend away!

  • Stayed: December 2007, traveled as a couple
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TrappManager, General Manager at Trapp Family Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded April 24, 2008

Trapp Family Lodge management is currently in contact with this guest to discuss the concerns mentioned.

Hans van Wees
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Trapp Family Lodge

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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: $186 - $523 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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