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Trapp Family Lodge
Ranked #6 of 24 Hotels in Stowe
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Forest Grove, Oregon
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Reviewed April 9, 2006

We have been Trapp Family Guest house owners for 18 years, and have always enjoyed the years we were able to go there. The prices at the lodge itself are a bit high for what you get, granted, particularly in summer. Winter ski enthusiasts, especially cross country as opposed to down hill skiers get miles of ski trails well taken care of. In summer, the same trails offer peaceful woodland hikes. I really don't understand the comments here about unfriendly staff - I've never found the staff at Trapps to be anything but helpful and courteous. My suggestion: if you really have a problem with an individual, get his or her name, and drop a note to Johannes Trapp. He really does strive to provide excellent service. The dining room is expensive, and we rarely eat there except one dinner and one breakfast per visit. The food is always excellent, in our opinion, and I've never experienced a service problem. For example, one on of our first visits to the Lodge dining room, we had our infant daughter with us. She was about to cry and make our dining experience, and that of others, undesirably noisy, when one of the staff volunteered to roll her about in her stoller for us while we ate, within sight. This saved the day. There are many other good restaurants within easy drive. The Shed is a little expensive, but good food. There's always fast food if you're just into cheap. In the guest houses, we do a lot of our own cooking. There aren't a whole lot of busy things to do at Trapps - you can play tennis (and the teaching pros are very patient), you can hike, you can swim, or you can travel about the area taking in sights. It's really more of an outdoors, relaxing family kind of place. If you crave constant action, look elsewhere. The Trapps are real people, and the "Sound of Music" is fiction. Read Maria's "The Trapp Family Singers" for the real story. Don't go looking for Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer and Charmian(sp?) Carr etc. at the lodge - they don't exist. But do take time to chat with the very enchanting Rose Marie Trapp, or go to one of the receptions that are held about once a week to meet Johannes Von Trapp. As for classes advertised being non-existent, well, like most resorts, availability depends on how many people sign up. If an insufficient number of folks sign up, an activity may be cancelled. But the garden tour and the bakery class go pretty regularly, and Rose Marie usually does a sing along or some other activity at some point in the week. The scenery is beautiful. If you were there during construction, try it some other time. I've been to other resorts that didn't warn of construction, either. Our family of four children, now 20, 17, 10, and 8, enjoys the Trapp resort every year that we can get there, which from the west coast is now about every other year. Before you get too upset about the prices, look at how much Stoweflake and other similar resorts in the area charge, and what you get.

  • Stayed: July 2003
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Boston, MA
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Reviewed March 26, 2006

I have just returned from visiting the Trapp Family Lodge!! It was one of the best vacations I have ever been on. We were able to get away and relax without any hassles. The views from the lodge are the best in Stowe. Each room has its own view of the mountains and none of the rooms are bad. We were able to get some good skiing in. The fitness center staff was very friendly. The outdoor hot tub was very relaxing after skiing and we also enjoyed the sauna. I think this is a great place to visit for families and couples. The best time to eat dinner is a little later that way there are no children in the dinning room. The front desk personnel were extremely friendly and helpful. I have already planned the next trip to Trapp Family Lodge this summer. If you get a chance visit this summer with their many activities.

  • Stayed: March 2006
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Reviewed March 21, 2006

My parents have a time share at the Trapps, and I have been there every summer for the last 15-16 years. It has changed a lot since we first started staying there- in good and bad ways. I have also stayed a few days at the Lodge with my mom one summer when we had traded all of our weeks for different vacations.
If you travel in the summer, hope that it is not too hot. The timeshares and most rooms in the Lodge don't have AC. Thankfully the cool mountain air makes air conditioning irrelevant most of the time.
The Lodge has an awesome breakfast. My mom splurged the year we stayed in the Lodge and got us the meal plan. We were able to have breakfast everyday and had dinner everynight, too, I think!
There are two pools- the adults only behind the Lodge is great, but it is not heated. The lower pool always has a lot of kids around, but we enjoyed it when we were kids, so it's not bad if you are the right audience!
They try to have a lot of activities for their patrons. Hikes to the cabin and nature walks are always nice.
Service has gone down since the next generation of Trapps took over. The Lodge was originally built by Maria and the Baron and their children ran it for awhile, but now their grandchildren are running it, and it is more a means of making money than the peaceful stay that it used to be. I have always enjoyed my time, there, though, and look forward to taking some time to return this summer.
Stowe is an AWESOME location- tons of restaurants and Burlington is only an hour drive- outlet shopping and various activities.
Any questions- def. email me!

  • Stayed: August 2005
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Burlington, Vermont
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Reviewed March 17, 2006

If you want a luxury vacation in a Stowe Vermont then check out the Villas at Trapp Family Lodge. Large, beatifully furnished with ski and hiking trails out your front door. The new recreational center with large indoor pool is fabulous. The groomed Nordic trails are wonderful. Plus you can take advantage of all the activities for your children---climbing wall, nature walks, ski lessions and movies. Enjoy an elegant dinner in the dining room or less formal dinner in the lounge. Make sure you take the historical tour if offered when you are there. Our family had a great visit and so relaxing! We are looking forward to our next trip there in the summer to enjoy the woods, hiking trails and Mozart concert in the meadow!

  • Stayed: February 2006
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Reviewed February 21, 2006

President's Day Week
Our first experience with the Trapp Lodge lasted 20 minutes before checking out:
No mention of resort fees
Incompetent staff
Rooms not clean, a few flies, and a musty smell
No reservtions available in dining room and lounge looked like the day after a fraternity party.
Host said "you've got a least an hour wait", and I thought to sit down in that dump?
Had 1 (helpful) bellman on one of the busiest weeks of year.
Sold us a room for 2 adults/2 kids but never told us the 2 kids were sleeping on an old musty pullout sofa.


All this for $400+ (hidden fees)a night. Save your money and don't fall for the marketing.




We drove 3.5 hrs from Boston to get here

  • Stayed: February 2006
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Winchester, MA
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Reviewed February 12, 2006

My husband and I just returned from a short vacation at the Trapp Family Lodge (Feb. 8-11). We had wanted a quiet and relaxing vacation with some winter fun (xcountry skiing and snowshoeing), and for the most part we got exactly what we wanted.

The Trapp Family Lodge is a very charming resort with a lot of common areas, history and activities to keep you interested and occupied during your stay. They have a lot of photographs and information about the Trapp family history on display around the lodge, which we both found very interesting even though we are not huge "Sound of Music" fans. The dining room served good, hearty breakfasts to get you ready for the trails, although service could be very slow at times. Two of the three mornings we ate there for breakfast we had to wait 10-15 minutes before our server even acknowledged we were there. I am not sure if this is because of the automatic 15% gratuity added to the bill or because the servers on those particular occassions were just bad. We did have good experiences with the service during the other breakfast and the one time we ate dinner there.

The ski center located at the Trapp Family Lodge was very enjoyable. They didn't have as much snow as they usually would have at this time of year, but the trail conditions still seemed pretty good since they groom them every night. There is also a nice cabin that you can make as your destination for lunch -- we stopped there both days we used the ski center trails and the soup was really good. If you are going snowshoeing, make sure to hike up to the summit of Round Top because the view of Mt. Mansfield is really nice and it didn't look like many people went up there. After a day of skiing or snowshoeing, the hot tub and sauna were very nice.

There are a couple of drawbacks to the Trapp Family Lodge. The first is that everything is expensive (rooms, meals) and they add on a daily resort fee ($12) which can really add up if you are staying for an extended period. The other drawback is that the lodge seems to get overrun by families with out of control children on the weekends. This isn't the fault of the lodge, but nevertheless it still affects your overall enjoyment when on vacation. We were glad that we arrived on Wednesday because by Friday there were many children screaming and running around the dining room and common areas while their parents looked on (and did nothing). If we were to go back (and we probably won't), we would plan to arrive on Tuesday and leave by Friday.

One last thing -- Mr. Pickwicks at Ye Olde England Inn and the Swisspot Restaurant both had excellent food for dinner.

  • Stayed: February 2006
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Reviewed January 18, 2006

We had done quite a bit of research before settling on this hotel. Being from overseas we were looking for a pleasant, homely 'Christmas' experience, be close to a ski resort but away from a main road. We thought that the description on the Trapp web site looked inviting and given the history of the place , Christmas would be regarded as one of the paramount holiday times.

We achieved 2 out of 3 but we were really looking for ALL the components especially the 'Christmas' one which as a family we always look forward to and enjoy all the trappings ( pardon the pun) immensely.

The setting is beautiful - quiet,peaceful and the deep snow cover added to the atmosphere. The building is impressive but there is a long walk from the front desk to some of the rooms. At night with all the twinlking lights however the place looked gorgeous. Our room with 2 queen beds for 2 adults and 2 teenage girls was spacious, comfortable with plenty of room for our luggage etc. Our room had balcony and a pretty view. The bathroom was a little old fashioned but was acceptable. The food was generally of a good standard although too much. The breakfast coffee was undrinkable. We had to wait quite a while to get to our table for dinner (although we had pre-booked the time weeks ahead) and some of the options were unavailable when we came to order

The really unfortunate thing was that some of the waiting and maitre d' staff were very unfriendly and/or downright rude (especially he one who took us to our table on Christmas morning). The Dining Room's attitude to the Christmas menu was rather parsimonious. This may sound petty now but given the the stiff price we had paid in advance and the 'sell'on the web site it was disappointing. It may be that Thanksgiving eclipses Christmas somewhat as it is only a few weeks before. We could live without Christmas crackers for at least the children at Christmas dinner, but the rudeness was inexcusable and very off putting.

The weird attitude to hospitality by some of the dining staff ( the others, housekeeping, front desk, bell boy etc were fine) could be explained by the fact that as all the gratuities are included in the set price, some of staff don't need to try to be even civil. Also the place is really trading on its name and the price does not really reflect the standard of accommodation and service.

We travelled extensively in the US on our trip last December and we did not encounter this bizarre behaviour anywhere else in the country.

The bottom line is :

-It is over priced at holiday times
-They don't seem to handle peak times very well in terms of the load on the staff and the kitchen.

Otherwise it maybe worth a try if you don't have too high expectations and you can get a better deal on the off peak times.

  • Stayed: December 2005
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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 Business Hotel in Stowe
#5 Romantic Hotel in Stowe
#6 Family Hotel in Stowe
Price Range: $206 - $467 (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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