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Stowe Mountain Lodge
Ranked #3 of 24 Hotels in Stowe
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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“Ski in Ski out to Your spacious room”
Reviewed January 25, 2013

Though my room was one of the smallest (a studio) it was plenty spacious, nicely decorated & modern with a big balcony overlooking the ski slopes, a mini kitchen, desk work area and large bathroom. ($400 million and counting pumped into the resort & its experiences.) Valet services took care of the ski gear and were very accommodating. Dinner at the Solstice restaurant featured many local "farm to table" foods. (They are a member of the Vermont Farm Fresh Network.)The cheese assortment was especially impressive with a good variety of all Vermont cheeses: Cabot cloth bound cheddar, Bijou Goat, Oma washed rind, Middleberry Blue and more. There was even a Vermont red wine Marquette from East Shore Vineyards. Lunch up top the mountain at The Cliff House, elevation 3625, was equally delicious. I recommend the onion soup with Alpine cheese, Pete's Greens and the house made jalapeno and horseradish infused bloody Mary. They also have a good selection of Vermont micro-brews. The burger is local grass fed Vermont beef with cheddar and onion beer sauce. Yummy. The Solstice Spa is terrific - be sure to book for a treatment (with talented healer Cynthia if she's available) and also enjoy the hot/cold water/steam/sauna circuit. You can buy the sheets from your room here and you'll want to. They are the smoothest, silkiest in bed experience possible.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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StoweMountainLodge, Manager at Stowe Mountain Lodge, responded to this review, February 4, 2013
What a spectacular and thorough review -- thank you! Starting with the accommodations you mentioned, they were designed to provide the comforts of home including the sheets that are for sale at The Spa and are one of the top sellers. The rooms also showcase local artisans in the artwork and decor which we try to feature throughout the Lodge including in our restaurants. We are proud to be part of the Vermont Fresh Network and showcase local farmers and producers in our dishes. We hope that we can welcome you back to Stowe Mountain Lodge soon to show you all we have enjoy shortly.

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Matthew Quick
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Reviewed January 24, 2013

Our second stay at the Stowe Mountain Lodge (for a family of four). The Lodge is not cheap, but is great value for what you get. Clean rooms of good size. Greta outdoor pool and hot tubs. Staying right at the mountain, your skis taken care of for you until you are ready to put your ski boots on and go out. The staff is super welcoming and efficient. When we pulled up in my car on a busy long holiday weekend, the first thing the valet said to me was "Welcome Back." My wife and I took a quick dip in the hot tub the day we left, and the man adding chemicals to the hot tub made a point of coming over to assure us it was just baking soda to soften the water that he was adding to the hot tub. The friendly staff at the main restaurant Solstice ensured we made it out in time to see the torchlight parade and fireworks. Helpful and knowledgeable alpine concierges.

In terms of suggestions,
1. if you stay there at a busy time, avoid the ski valet counter's line at peak periods by keep your ski boots with you in the room rather than leaving them with the ski valets. You can then just call down 15 minutes before you go out and your skis will be outside waiting,
2. Overcome the urge to park the car and not use it again until you leave in favor of going down into Stowe at least one evening to experience that wonderful town and great selection of restaurants. This trip we enjoyed the Whip restaurant at Green Mountain Inn, and also the many old photographs of Stowe in its halls. We have had excellent meals in the Lodge's restaurants, last year at the Cottage and this year at Solstice, but they are expensive.
3. If staying there during a busy period, make hotel restaurant dinner reservations before you get there with the alpine concierge so you are not shut out.
4. Enjoy the lobby apres ski. A good piano player was performing the days we were staying there.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Erie, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

The staff and accommodations at the SML allowed each one of our family members to "do their own thing" while keeping us close as a family. Skiers, snowboarders, and non-skiers all had fun during the day and we got together for family time each evening. The smores at the firepit were a great way to end the day.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 23, 2013 via mobile

From the valet services to the staff was exceptional. They took all of the things that u hate about sking(lugging equip., getting into cold car, long walks to lifts) and eliminated them. The staff was overly helpful and friendly. The room and resort areas were super clean. The outdoor pool/hot tub was a treat and the lodge bar and lounge areas were awesome. Desert at the bar sitting in front of the fire after a long day was relaxing. The room also came fully equipped with a kitchen, fire place, great bathroom, and many other amenities. Overall I would absolutely stay again. Only thing is that it's very expensive per night. However you do get what you pay for, they truly deliver!

  • Stayed January 2013
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StoweMountainLodge, Manager at Stowe Mountain Lodge, responded to this review, February 4, 2013
Our ski valet service has always been a popular amentity and we are so glad you appreciated it! Thank you for sharing your experience and choosing Stowe Mountain Lodge as your winter vacation destination. We understand how many options you have to choose from in Stowe, Vermont and appreciate that you stayed with us. The guest rooms were designed to provide everything you would need to make you feel like you are in your home away from home and we hope you felt so. We look forward to welcoming you back soon.

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Matthew Quick
Director of Rooms
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Reviewed January 23, 2013 via mobile

We stayed at the resort during a long weekend in January with our 2 young children.
The resort is beautiful, but in a modern and relaxed way where comfort takes over etiquette. The services are outstanding: ski valet, car valet, great restaurants, a large heated pool, ski school and an amazing day care a few steps away. I did not try the spa or the gym, but I especially appreciated the efforts that the resort and their wonderful staff placed in making every guest enjoy their experience. Après ski they open several small bars and have live music in the main sitting area, but they also organize laser tag for the kids! Can't wait to be back.

  • Stayed January 2013
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Middlebury, CT
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

My wife and younger daughter spent a long weekend at the lodge in the middle of August just prior to our daughter's return to college. The hotel was just what we all needed to wind down the summer. An absolutely perfect location at the base of the mountain, the outdoor pool provided a perfect respite from the warm weather with the two hot tubs. We ate one night in the bar area and had a great meal. As an early riser, I was able to relax in the spacious lobby with my I-pad allowing me to review my e-mails and read my e-books with the complementary coffee while waiting for my girls to wake up. We have always enjoyed Stowe both inthewinter andtahe summer with its great variety of activities and restaurants. The lodge provides another destination for us to look forward to.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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StoweMountainLodge, Manager at Stowe Mountain Lodge, responded to this review, February 4, 2013
Thank you for sharing your experience as a return guest! We love hearing our guests return to enjoy our amenities and services, particularly over different seasons. Stowe, Vermont is a four-season destination with so much to offer regardless of the time of year. Regardless of the season, we're glad to hear that you are able to relax in the lobby, using the public spaces as an extention of your guest room. We hope to welcome the whole family back soon.

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Matthew Quick
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Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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Reviewed January 22, 2013

SML is one of the only slope-side accommodations at Stowe, and the only one at the main base area and reliably close to reliably in-service lifts. The location is fantastic for skiers and the open and airy restaurants and lobby areas (as well as the spa and pool) provide great common areas for skier and non-skiers to enjoy. With various non-skiing, family-friendly activities ongoing throughout the day and evening, the resort clearly makes an effort to be family-friendly and usually succeeds.

During each of our three stays at SML, we enjoyed clean and well-appointed rooms and service that in the vast majority of cases really makes an effort, if not always hitting the mark. Will we be back? Yes, but SML could be better.

Here are a few caveats that would-be travelers should keep in mind:

1) The restaurants are simply not equipped to deal with holiday-weekend crowds. Even after being seated, we had an insane wait for an overwhelmed and rude server and then another crazy wait for simple food items (with two starving and tired kids) so long that restaurant management felt so bad for us that they made every attempt to remedy the slow-motion train wreck that was our meal, eventually taking good care of us, but not until things were REALLY over the edge. --> Nice restaurant managers; poor staffing levels and/or kitchen capacity for busy times. Note that the wait was nearly repeated at a subsequent meal, though the one rude server we encountered during our stay thankfully did not show up.

2) Soundproofing in the rooms is really bad. While the room interiors are quite nice, you will hear neighboring rooms' conversations, hallway noise, and depending on where your room is situated, snowplows driving around early in the morning. This is an incredibly difficult problem to fix after construction, so it's likely just one of those things that one will have to deal with.

3) The Ski Valet service is a wonderful luxury, but on each of our three trips, they have managed to misplace (and subsequently find) a piece of gear. The system needs a little polishing. Also, on holiday weekends, and even just generally busy times, the ski valet is a bottleneck. Be prepared.

The bottom line is that SML is one of the only slopeside resorts in the East that comes close to matching western lodges like the Cliff Lodge at Snowbird, and prices reflect this. With a little polishing in the service front and some soundproofing in the rooms, SML could be a 5/5 resort, but for now there is still some work to be done.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Stowe Mountain Lodge
Address: 7412 Mountain Road, Stowe, VT 05672-5179
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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 ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Ski-In / Ski-Out Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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#1 Spa Hotel in Stowe
#1 Business Hotel in Stowe
#1 Green Hotel in Stowe
#2 Romantic Hotel in Stowe
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Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Stowe Mountain Lodge 4.5*
Number of rooms: 300
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