I was off to a bad start with this hotel and I think this hotel has room for improvement with some changes made. I was so flustered when I got there, and didn't want to stay there. I was told that I could back out of the stay if he was able to put the place back on the internet and get a booking. If not, I would still have to pay for the room. First of all, it is a very difficult place to find. When I called, I got the answering service who sends out an email to the hotel. Because the hotel is located in the middle of the Green Mountains, there is NO reception. Of course I didn't have an iphone or lpad or laptop, so I couldn't check email and there was no reception anyway. I received a call back as I was traveling the dirt road and ended up in another town, but the call cut off because of bad reception. I called the hotel a second time, and the answering service would not contact them a second time. I had to demand that this was an emergency, I had a reservation, and didn't know how to get there. By that time, I had 2 people in local area help me, and I finally found the place. The sign is small and dark, so you can also miss the hotel even if you are in the right area. When I drove in, I had to punch in a code to get into the reception check in. You have to maneuver stairs and turns. The manager Sean explained to me that the answering service is only required to relay a second message only in an emergency. As in the booking, I explained that I must be able to do my laundry as this was a stop before attending a workshop. He explained to me that they do not have coin laundry but that they do have laundry services for $3.00 a pound. So for the future, please be aware of "laundry facilities" and understanding what that means. He did not orient me to any of the amenities of the place so I wouldn't be able to tell you anything except for what I saw and experienced. He did direct me on how to get to "The Corner House" and where to park. Apparently, this hotel is divided up into different sections. I say that this place is not for everyone because there are turns and stairs that you do have to maneuver. I had it easy because after I climbed the front stairs, and punched in another code, my room was right there. The people above me had to maneuver a spiral staircase, and the lady missed the last step and fell! This place is not for the physically handicapped or elderly. There are 2 more rooms downstairs and a spa which I did not use. There is a common area for TV and eating, and outdoor patio. It definitely has an eco focus place. It's run on a septic tank, a compost bin in the kitchen, sorting of trash in the kitchen, and unlimited amount of movie channels once you know how to operate the remote. The breakfast has a healthy focus....bran muffins, yogurt, fresh fruit in a cup, and fruit juices. On Sunday morning, I was able to enjoy a homemade cranberry coffee cake that just came out of the oven. The gardens were extremely well taken care and you can see that a lot work is put into the place. If you want to go hiking, an excellent place to do it. The gardens were just beautiful with paths carved out. For the price I paid, it was an excellent deal. My room had a shower, toilet, sink, and bed. The bed was so high, that I had to use a chair to get onto the bed. My laundry was turned in Saturday evening, and Sean had it laundered, neatly folded, and ready to go Sunday morning. I do appreciate the effort that goes into keeping the place up, especially when he is running the place on his own. I only wish that the owners can put a larger sign out in front, give better directions on the site map, and have better communication when clients are having a difficult time getting to the place. So as you can see, there is good and bad in my review. I don't think I would stay here again, and it really is a place for young people who are agile and physically able like skiers. Don't forget to stop at a market before you get there so you can partake in the communal kitchen and share that refrigerator.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Designed by an award-winning architect, A Stone Wall Inn is not your average bed and breakfast. You won't find doilies, antiques, and Victorian era furniture; What you will find is modern architecture, with buildings designed to interact with the environment, artistic symbolism in every nook, meandering staircases that lead you to unique rooms, and custom designed furniture pieces. As Vermont's Greenest Inn, we use no fossil fuels in the heating of our buildings, and use materials which are sensitive to the needs of the environment. The buildings are akin to an adult treehouse, with creative spaces to be found inside and out. Get away from the fast lane, and come explore the pristine nature of Vermont. ... more less
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