Like many reviewers for the West Dover Inn, my wife and I came on a LivingSocial package - two nights in a regular room, two breakfasts, a picnic lunch, discounted excursion rental. For the money, this was well worth it.
The regular rooms aren't the height of elegance, but they are tastefully decorated and generally comfortable. The TV was a tiny little old, low-quality tube unit stuck awkwardly in a cupboard. That was a little discouraging to see given that the room next door had a nice wall-mounted flat screen. But, the TV was hardly a focal point of our visit, and I'd find it most regrettable were anyone to make TV a high priority when traveling to such a beautiful place.
They're still dealing with the damage caused by Irene, so there was no heat, but that'll be fixed soon as repairmen where there all day working on it. Our second night did dip into the 50's so we did have to cover up well. I won't lie - there was something a bit off about the bed. I'm not sure what, but I didn't sleep as deeply as I had hoped - some tossing and turning. Maybe it was the unevenness of the old floors resulting in a uneven bed surface - a trade-off staying in such an old place, I guess.
After a 4+ hour drive up from NYC, we weren't terribly adventurous on our day of arrival. But pulling out a chess set from their assortment of board games and enjoying a quiet game in the sitting room made for a pleasant way to pass the time ahead of dinner.
I've reviewed the attached restaurant in a separate review, but I can say that the breakfasts included in the package were FANTASTIC - classic, filling, fresh. If we ever visit the area again without staying in the West Dover Inn, we still might come by for breakfast - it's that good. The dinner food, though not included in our package, was really quite good, too.
The service was really great. Phil loves his business and knows the area very well. On our second day we were committed to taking advantage of the kayak rental from Equipe. Phil gave us wonderful directions and a nice little picnic lunch. Somerset Reservoir is a FANTASTIC place to go kayaking, and with the coupon from the LivingSocial package, it only cost us $27 to rent a two-person kayak. On our departure day, he helped us pick a good hike at Jamaica State Park that we could fit in before having to drive back to New York - considering getting back to the Interstate and all those practical considerations.
It's safe to say that we definitely got our money's worth with the LivingSocial deal. I'm not 100% sold on coming back at full price, when and if we can afford it. We'd probably aim for a higher-quality room instead of one of the basic rooms. But the quality of service does go a long way.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The West Dover Inn continues an important tradition begun in 1846. Originally built as a stage coach stop and tavern, the inn has been lovingly restored and now provides quiet luxury, comfortable accommodations and memorable dining in a central, yet serene location in southern Vermont. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- West Dover Hotel Dover