On a whim my hubby and I took a weekend trip to VT and stayed at the Hotel Coolidge. He had stayed there once and wanted me to get its old Vermont vibe.
As stated in previous reviews, the hotel is old and thus creaky and not too updated. Rooms were simple and in my opinion, not particularly clean. We started out in a room that was right at the top of the main staircase, with some noisy people in the room adjacent to ours. After about an hour, we requested to be moved to a quieter, more private area. The woman at the front desk was very pleasant and accommodating. The new room turned out to be much better, but it was freezing!! There was barely any heat coming out of the radiator. They did provide us with a space heater, which was a blessing. The bed was average. We could hear people down below on the street; I would recommend requesting a room toward the back of the hotel. Parking was tricky, as the spots in front of the hotel could not be occupied overnight, so we had to move to a small lot in the rear. Not a big deal, just a slight hassle.
On the positive side, the restaurant attached to the lobby was very good. We were hesitant to try it because it was buffet-style and there was hardly anyone in there, but we were pleasantly surprised at how good the food was. I enjoyed it so much I went back down for breakfast the next morning. It was delicious!
We also wandered around the hotel to admire the old furnishings, etc. My hubby suggested we check out a banquet room in the back of the hotel because it had a rustic, interesting mural painted on the walls. It was definitely worth a look. We both enjoyed the fireplace in the lobby and enjoyed some reading time there. We strolled the streets and while there was not a whole lot to do, we appreciated the surrounding sights such as a church nearby, the train depot, and a theater.
Overall, I liked my experience in White River Junction, not nuts about the hotel but it was a relaxing little overnight trip. If you have high standards for accommodations, you may not want to stay here. If you can appreciate the historical New England aspect of the hotel and overlook the run-down appearance of the rooms, give it a try.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Coolidge is perfectly situated in the heart of Central Vermont and the Upper Valley Region of Vermont and New Hampshire at the junction of the White River and Connecticut River. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Coolidge Hotel White River Junction