Rated 5 out of 5 Beautiful business escape
Although the purpose of my trip was business, I felt like I was a world away when not in meetings. A beautiful piece of property in a tranquil location. It didn't hurt that there wasn't a cloud in the sky for entire visit.
June 22, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by dzinertimz Relaxing with things to do
The hotel is wonderfully situated near hiking, shopping and with a terrific spa to keep you occupied. The rooms are ok, even after the refurbishing. There isn't enough light in the bathroom sink area to see anything. And there was a wardrobe oddly situated in the hall as you enter the room -- the strangest placement of furniture which had me redesigning the room in my head every time i was in the room. They could use a safe in the room as well. The food was great in the bar, Marsh Tavern and the chop house. Breakfast was wonderful. Would definitely return and maybe try another room that has better lighting and furniture placement.
the outdoor area has great seating. They could use more umbrellas to shade the seating.
July 5, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5 by Adam123 From Adam Stavisky
This stay was pleasant until check out. I had to cut my stay 3 night stay short by a night and informed the hotel that last morning. The hotel was unwilling to credit the star points I used to book the hotel, even though the hotel was sold out. Moreover, they blamed it as a Starwood policy decision. I called SPG and they then spoke to the manager on-site who stated it was the local decision. a petty call
May 26, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by Whatwentwrong Housekeeping has become an issue
I've been visiting the Equinox for the past 10 or 12 years, and always had a great experience. Not sure what happened this time. I attended a wedding at the hotel and spent 4 days as a guest. My room had one small circle of soap and no shampoo or other bathroom items. The bath robes provided were ready for the rag pile. I informed the front desk several times, and finally on the day before leaving, they brought up some soap and shampoo. I actually purchased my own supplies in town. On several occasions, the phone at the front desk rang over 20 times before being answered. The back deck fire pit area was littered with empty beer bottles and glasses on a couple of mornings from the night before. Very disappointed this time.
October 1, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by FranceV Great historical place.
Beside being a beautiful place full of histories, great shopping, the service is impeccable and the staff is very helpful.
We would highly recommend as a place to visit.
June 19, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Golf57 Recent Visit to the Equinox Resort
My room this time sat right above the fire pit. Very nice room, but I had a golf tournament to play so I was trying to get sleep on Friday and Saturday night. It was loud down below until late in the evening. I did not say anything because it was a room upgrade, and I will know next time to make sure I'm in a different part of the resort. Bob the bartender at the Marsh Tavern, and Raymond a waiter/server at the Chop House will make your stay memorable. Also, Josh and Cortland at the Land Rover Experience will have me returning to the Resort again this summer.
May 7, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by AshokanEagle Just plain wonderful
My wife and I took our son, daughter-in-law and two grandchildred to the Equinox for a skiing weekend. The staff was well above expectation. We had stayed there by ourselves previously. This stay was even better. From wonderfully huge rooms to special kid breakfasts to go (that were completely devoured over the trip to Bromley) and your car waiting, could you possibly ask for more?
In the words of my 3 1/2 year old grandaughter, The breakfast room was a Princess Breakfast room and the circular stairs were Princess Stairs! It doesn't get any better than that.
January 14, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by FrancineA Disappointment
Our initial room's blower was so loud that our TV could not be heard when blower was on. Frame on bottom of mirror was SO dusty that I could write my name in dust. We were changed to new room next morning which was fine. Massage was given in room so cold that therapist ran hands under warm water to warm up. We kept waiting for room to warm up which didn't happen. Told gentlemen after and fee was reduced 20%. ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!!!! Food, manager and concierge were great! We have stayed here before and after renovations. Never had an experience like this!!!!
October 24, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by LeeIII Bathroom needs cleaning
Tile grout has mold in the shower. Bathrooms could be cleaner. Room is well appointed, but could be cleaner.
September 30, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by John326 Consistent Excellence
Been coming here for business conference for years now and can't say enough about the quality of our stay from the moment we pull in, until the sadness of leaving.
June 9, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Lilac33 Simply Excellent!
From the moment you enter the property your every need is taken care of (before you even have to think about it) - Simply Excellent Service and Experience!
June 9, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Duane345 Great hotel with wonderful caring and attentative staff.
Our recent stay at the Equinox was very relaxing and hotel staff consistently have gone out of their way to be very accommodating in every way from a "GOOD MORNING " greeting to assisting you with daily resort activities and information on local cultural events. This was our 9th week long stay at the Equinox in the last 10 years and each year, the memories of our vacations at the Equinox Resort & Spa just inspire us to look foward to our next year's visit. Returning to the Equinox never gets old. It's the best value vacation destination in the Northeast.
August 12, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by skier44 great hotel but romper room atmosphere needs reigning in
Great hotel to stay at while skiing at Bromley or Stratton. Nice combo of old and new features. Good drinks in Falconer Bar and good food in Marsh Tavern and Collonade. During school vacation week the place was swarming with kids; many not well supervised - i.e taking up all the seats in the bar during prime apres hours and cacophony in the Marsh Tavern at dinnertime; daycamp atmosphere in the spa and pool area; running up and down the halls loudly at 6 AM. The resort needs to decide whether it is catering to a kiddie crowd or to mature adults. I think it can do both if parents appropriately supervise kids; however staff needs to encourage this more. Bar should at a minimum be a kids-free zone. I will return but not during school vacation time.
February 22, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by BogeySteve Great Experience
Was on the golf package for 5 days, and just had the time of our life. A small hiccup in service on day 1. They were very apologetic and comp'd a breakfast in return. The remainder of the stay was fantastic. Food was outstanding. Service could not have been better. Staff was very friendly. Concierge desk was great. I felt some things were a little pricey, but I also feel I got good value for the dollar. The building is old and you can hear some noises, but the place is clean. Spa Treatment and the Falconry school were absolute winners. 100% satisfied.
July 15, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by CJVILL ROOM GOOD. DINNER TERRIBLE.
DINNER ON OUR LAST NIGHT WAS AWFUL.
THE LOBSTER TRIO DISH IS A JOKE. TAIL WAS UNDER COOKED (RAW) TWICE AND THE LOBSTER SCAMPI WAS TOTALLY DEVOID OF LOBSTER. WE MAY STAY AGAIN BUT DEFFINITELY WOULD NOT DINE IN.
BY THE WAY YOUR RESPONSE TO A RUINED DINNER EVNING WAS TO REMOVE THE ENTREE THAT MY WIFE DID NOT EAT FROM THE BILL. WHEN I ASKED TO SEE THE "MANAGER", SHE REMOVED OUR DESSERTS AS AN ACCOMODATION. BELIEVE ME, IT'S NOT ABOUT THE MONEY, BUT IT WAS HANDLED VERY POORLY. YOU ARE NOT RED LOBSTER, ALTHOUGH THEY HAVE BETTER FOOD AND SERVICE!..C VILLANI
October 1, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Vermonter Classic resort hotel
I had a one night stay here for business in December. This is a classic resort hotel, and for someone seeking an "old school" luxury hotel, this will meet your expectations.
My room was good, but not great: there was some sort of water leak on the rug near the door that I didn't notice until I walked in my bare feet and notice the water oozing up. I told the front desk about it on check out, and they were grateful for my notification to something that had escaped housekeeping's attention.
The building is old, and there are lots of stairs. I was on the 3rd floor, and the elevator was out of service for repairs, so the climb up and down was a bit much.
Breakfast in the main dining room was luxurious, very high quality food, delicious.
January 15, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by BrownSID Everyone Was Extremely Friendly
Everyone at the hotel was extremely friendly and helpful. Two examples: I asked for an ice tea at an Ivy League breakfast on Thursday and received a freshly brewed carafe of iced tea that was spectacular. Everyone was jealous of the ice tea! That's way above and beyond. Also, when I told the server that I had a nut allergy at the Ivy League lunch buffet on Wednesday, she said, "no problem," and had the kitchen put together a sandwich without pesto.
May 9, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by maybe14 Enjoyable stay
We did enjoy our stay ay the Equinox and the staff always friendly. The spa services were ok, my room was chilly and it was difficult to relax. No coffee maker in the rooms except Suits I was told. Well its nice to wake up make coffee and crawl back into bed, chill and relax...that is why I am there. It was May and the place just seemed to be waking up from the winter. We may return in the fall and hopefully things will be more excellent than good.
May 8, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by wildfirekunal This hotel will spoil you!
This place is awesome.
Here are the highlights:
- Excellent gym/ spa facilities
- Complimentary bikes - take advantage and ride around town or in the mountains :)
- The BEST breakfast buffet ever!
- Nice rooms - get one with the view
- very unique services at this hotel. You can learn archery!
- Location is close to outlet malls (if you like shopping)
The not-so-good things:
- Staff was exhausted. We came across several staff members who were totally exhausted. We felt bad because we were getting spoiled in luxury and the staff was just tired and worn out. Management needs to look into this
- Front desk staff was helpful but there is not much recognition for Platinum members - because guess what - most people who come here are super-rich.
June 19, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Sarah2929 Outstanding service, beautiful settting!
We just came back from our weekend at the Equinox and couldn't have been more pleased. The staff was fantastic- especially the concierge who helped me coordinate dinner reservations and a massage. The food was really tasty too. Lunch in Marsh Tavern was perfect (had the sweet potato white bean salad) and brunch was delicious too. I always try to keep breakfast light, but it was tough here. So many goodies! I loved the granola, cheeses, & muffins and I stole a bit of my boyfriends cider doughnut- yum!
Great experience overall- we will be back!
January 12, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by spggoldpreferredmember exceptional staff
This was our third stay at the Equinox. Once again, the staff on the property proved to be truly exceptional - unfailingly pleasant, courteous, professional & knowledgeable. However, we were extremely disappointed with the quality of the Thanksgiving buffet. Two years ago, we thought it was outstanding - but this year it felt like corners had been cut & the offerings had been significantly reduced. Turkey breast sliced at a carving station, rather than roast turkey? Same with the roast beef. The mashed potatoes were too dry & the vegetables were overcooked. No bread pudding, either. We are not culinary experts, but we felt the difference between the quality of the 2010 buffet & this year's was huge. Otherwise, we enjoyed a very pleasant stay.
November 26, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Travelpointers Last minute Christmas availability
I booked hotel because last minute Christmas time availability which is unusual, using points no less. Hotel full, although didn't feel crowded. Very nice country feel with luxury added. Room cleaning could have been better on arrival as comforter and telephone were dirty. Pool in another building not connected so have to go outside to go outside to get to. Management staff was helpful with the little they could do during sold out hotel. Stratton mountain was well worth the stay! I would come back to this hotel just for the snowboarding.
April 9, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by scottymarks Perfect Vermont Wedding
I would like to thank all of the staff at the Equinox for making our special day the most memorable event of our lives. The service from front door to spa was world class with no detail amiss. Our guests loved the decor, amenities and the gracious warm welcome they received around every corner. The food and drink selection is loaded with local Vermont favorites and the hotel truly embraces the localvore spirit instilled in the state's residents.
Again thank you for everything and we can't wait to come back next year!
March 4, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Luvtravel My whole family loves this hotel
This was our fourth trip to the Equinox. First of all, the hotel is quintessentially gorgeous New England. It is a huge white clapboard landmark building with an impressive history. The inside was completely renovated into a chic yet cozy retreat for everybody. There are beautiful fireplaces where u can sit and read or let your kids play games. There is a new spa with a tremendous pool which kepty kids occupied for hours. The service was wonderful and everyone was so kind. It's a very special place where we hope to visit again soon.
January 28, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by sterling Perfect getaway
The ONLY place to stay in Manchester VT. Kenny at front desk was professional, courteous and attentive. Recognized our family as return guests immediately. Upgraded our room to better accommodate my large family. Easily our favorite hotel by far. Amazing pool, spa, service, staff and location. We have stayed at the Equinox at least five times, and plan on returning many more. They kindly referred us to a nearby restaurant " Ye Olde Tavern " which proved to be an amazing "New England" dinner experience. You will NOT be disappointed.
April 11, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 Nice place, but a little too much nickel and dime
While enroute to the resort, my wife made me a massage appointment ($160 massage?). Pretty pricey either way. We were traveling with our four children, so we decided to go to Bromley adventure park instead. I called 6 hours ahead of time to cancel. I was informed that I would be held to a $80 cancellation fee! They were able to sell the spot to someone else, but 1. they never told my wife of the cancellataion fee ( I would have never booked it in the first place), and 2. the girl really seemed like she could care less. On top of that, I really appreciate the automatic 20% tip calculated into every restaurant charge. The Equinox seems like a nice place, but given the number of other resorts in the region, I will probably try something different next time.
August 17, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by TTVV Not worth to stay here
- Called the hotel to make the reservation, no rooms where available according hotel. Afterwards called to Plat Concierge and plently of rooms where still available...
- Limited Platinum recognition upon arrival
- While waiting for car to be picked from valet, noted that staff member spinned several times with the wheels while driving, upon confrontation he denied it
- Spa was full of kids and not making room for us to join
- Sauna was splitted per gender, not able to enjoy the sauna/steambath together with the wife
- Marsh Tavern is overpriced and makes the worst cocktails ever, 'mojito' without mint, lemon and cane sugar is not a mojito
- Serious issues with heating, don't sit near a window during breakfast as you will feel the wind, same in the room...
January 6, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by Karen133 Awful Birthday! Staff unfriendly and hotel is NO Luxury Collection
I came up to the Equinox hoping to have a relaxing birthday weekend outside of the hustle of NYC. I am a Platinum Starwood Preferred Guest Member, so hence the choice of the Equinox. I was also celebrating a fairly important birthday, and was hoping the Starwood affiliation would mean fantastic service and treatment, as it does in most Starwood properties. This was not the case at the Equinox. The staff was rude, the food in the tavern was well below par, the room(mind you, we were in what was called a Superior Suite) needs major updating(the entire hotel needs to be updated) and the experience was just all around unpleasant at this resort. The trash in our room had not even been emptied. The only redeeming factors are the beautiful grounds and landscape of the resort and mountain, as well as the spa. We did have a nice cheese plate by the fire pit one evening which we were able to enjoy. The spa treatments were very nice though well over priced and again the spa needs some decor and facility updating, as well. They did not even have anything more than apples to munch on while in the spa, no traditional nuts and fruit spread to enjoy or any place to fully lay down(which is recommended before and after most massage treatments and body alignment). The entire resort really had nothing "complimentary" with the high prices which surprised me. This was absolutely a birthday to remember, but unfortunately not in a pleasant since. I am quite disappointed and upset. Unless you are planning your 70th birthday, this is no place to come for a celebration. Wedding parties, also beware. The walls in the resort are paper thin and the resort itself shuts down after about 9/10pm which then seemed to be "quiet time".
August 5, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Verdr Great location, beautiful grounds, but...
My room carpet was dirty with remnant of previous guest's crumbs and plastic garbage in it. The drape was hanging loose at the edge and needed fixing. For a room that costs almost five hundred dollars a night, bathroom toiletry should be given more generously( than just one bottle of shampoo,conditioner,gel ) so we should not have to keep asking for it every day. Also room air-condition is extremely loud. Although staff is polite, room service food and Tavern food would benefit from revision: I had amongst other insipid meals, a haphazardly executed roasted turkey sandwich, watery coffee, salads in such strong vinegar dressings one can not taste the greens nor anything else, and numerous deserts too sweet even for a sweet tooth. And my espresso cup was dirty.
September 9, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5 by pacoto A Beautiful Property that doesn't live up to its potential
The Equinox is a lovely, historical hotel with much to offer. The setting is lovely, and the history of the buiding adds to its charm. The staff were also friendly and helpful. Unfortunately, one best appreciates it with lowered expectations - the room lacked charm and contained inexpensive furniture, the bathroom needs updating and the common spaces were not inviting - too cold and an unpleasant smell in the lobby. The walk to the pool was cold and trencherous and there was no place to hang a towel or robe by the hot tub.
January 7, 2013