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The Essex, Vermont's Culinary Resort & Spa
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Essex
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“Just a divine experience!”
Reviewed 13 July 2014

What a clean and comfortable place! We came up using a Groupon and there were no issues. The bed was super comfy! The room had a cozy fire place and a great view! The spa was terrific and the couples massage we had (used the groupon massage toward a couples massage) was just heavenly!! We ate on site and the food was really good! Highly recommended - i hope to make it back to the Essex!

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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EssexResort-VT, Director of Resort Operations at The Essex, Vermont's Culinary Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 19 July 2014
Dear Jen D,

Thank you for staying with us and for writing this terrific review of your experiences.

See you again soon,

Naz Jenulevich
Director of Resort Operations
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Reviewed 7 July 2014

Had a fabulous time here for a girls getaway. Perhaps if people understood this place to be more of an inn than a resort in the traditional sense they would not be disappointed. There is such charm, uniqueness, and detail here that is not found at a larger more informal place. We took advantage of every aspect here: Culinary class was fun and informative; spa services were indulgent; did the tennis camp which was a bit disappointing in that there were not enough people participating and no video analysis but Sandy the instructor was wonderful; the Tavern food was yummy (Waldorf Salad and yogurt/granola had my vote) and waitstaff was friendly and helpful; tried the newest restaurant there, Junction, and was wowed by the eclecticness of the menu and decor (chocolate pot de creme was DELISH!); room was large and quaint; outdoor pool was a bit small but nice to relax by and dip in; indoor pool was great for laps; grounds were well maintained and loved the gardens and hammocks. There definitely needs some improvement in the communication department as that was where some things fell short but did not negatively impact our experience. I highly recommend The Essex for a low-key relaxing atmosphere. Staff were very friendly and helpful and went out of their way to make sure we had a good time.

Room Tip: We stayed in the Mansion, room 238. Nice view, quiet. Yes, A/C was a bit noisy going on and off bu...
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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EssexResort-VT, Director of Resort Operations at The Essex, Vermont's Culinary Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 11 July 2014
Dear erica e,

Thank you for taking full advantage of all the many things the Essex Resort & Spa has to offer!

Naz Jenulevich
Director of Resort Operations
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Wilmington, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 7 July 2014

My husband and I spent two nights at the Essex. This was our first time here. We were very impressed by the beautiful grounds and very friendly and accommodating staff. We were close enough to explore the Burlington area and the Lake. Food was fantastic in the Tavern.

Room Tip: Junior suites are very spacious.
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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EssexResort-VT, Director of Resort Operations at The Essex, Vermont's Culinary Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 11 July 2014
Dear Mary S,

Thank you for your appreciation of the work our landscaper has done. John Stafford's family owned business has been taking care of the property for many years. He and his wife are often here along with his crew ensuring all is tip top. We recently toured the entire property with John and he made some great suggestions for improving the look, feel and layout. Great things are coming!

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Reviewed 5 July 2014 via mobile

The staff and food were wonderful
We especially enjoyed the cooking class and the 5 course tasting dinner. We got to try new foods and went home loving it. It was different and fun. Can't wit to return. It is now one of our favorite places to come to.

  • Stayed July 2014
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EssexResort-VT, Director of Resort Operations at The Essex, Vermont's Culinary Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 11 July 2014
Dear Linda B,

It is so great to hear of your fantastic experience. Our Cook Academy classes are the most popular guest activity. In fact, we are adding more Chef Instructors to increase availability.

Hope to see you again soon,

Naz Jenulevich
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Monroe
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Reviewed 4 July 2014

We recently stayed in their Manor Building, in a one bedroom Suite for a night! I can see why other guest say this place needs updating, but I found it lovely. The room had a great kitchen, Dinette and Living Area. The Lobby looked old and had old board games which I haven't seen for years, but I looked at it as vintage... I didn't need much help, buy the staff I encountered were very nice and attentive. The grounds and views are absolutely beautiful!

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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EssexResort-VT, Director of Resort Operations at The Essex, Vermont's Culinary Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 5 July 2014
Dear RYF18,

Thank you for staying with us and for having a great time.

Naz Jenulevich
Director of Resort Operations
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Springfield, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 27 June 2014

My wife and I recently spent one night at the Essex and were impressed by the uniformly helpful and friendly staff. We had stayed there previously, but several years ago, and noticed that much of the resort has been tastefully updated. This is a place to go if you value the overall beauty and serenity of a true resort, compared to the standard hotel surrounded by asphalt and urban noise. This is clearly a place for people who enjoy a more sophisticated and tranquil environment who are looking to get away from hustle and bustle and appreciate a motivated and helpful staff.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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EssexResort-VT, Director of Resort Operations at The Essex, Vermont's Culinary Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 2 July 2014
Dear John S,

Thank you for these words of praise. The Essex Resort & Spa is a locally owned Vermont business with dedicated, associates who are committed to providing each and every guest with a great experience.

Naz Jenulevich
Director of Resort Operations
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Reviewed 27 June 2014

I REALLY wanted to like this place more. It's sad that The Essex has so much potential but it's not living up to it. The property was nice but it looked like some work was going on to prepare for the summer. It also has a 25 minute proximity to Waterbury and Burlington. When we arrived, we were greeted with a tepid reception by the people at the front desk. I expected a certain amount of warmth arriving at an inn in Vermont. I noticed the pastry case as we walked in and thought it was such a cute idea since we were at this "culinary" resort. We stayed in the main building and our room felt old when we got in. One of the blinds was broken and was hanging crooked. I had requested a fridge for my insulin. It came promptly but it smelled pretty bad. I don't know why but it smelled like cigarettes! They should consider propping the doors open wherever they keep them when they're not in use. We decided to have dinner at The Tavern our first night. Like another reviewer, I didn't find out Amuse was closed until a couple of days before our stay. Annoying but didn't wreck the trip since I was going into Waterbury for dinner for the other night of our stay. Our server, Jazz, was very helpful. We enjoyed the majority of the dinner. Cheese curds were good but not a must. The chicken wings were really good. We got a split order so we could try both. They did not disappoint. I got the bbq chicken (meh), roasted parsnips (not great) and the mac and cheese (delish!). My husband got the swordfish. Enjoyed everything but his potatoes were warm on the outside and a bit cold on the inside. We skipped dessert because we were pretty full but she reminded us about the case by reception. As we exited, the hostesses offered us some maple hard candies they had just put out. It was a nice touch and they were tasty. I went to take a look at the case and it looked exactly the same as it did when we arrived; a few half empty trays on different shelves. We had tried to book facials the day we arrived but were told the estheticians were fully booked the next day so we never got to try the spa. We slept well even though the bed wasn't great (pillows were actually better than the bed!) and went to the gym the next morning (adequate but only one channel on the elliptical machine TVs worked). After, we had bfast at The Tavern and sat outside. I was looking forward to it because I had read good things about the breakfast. Other than the awesome lemon poppy muffin and the homemade English muffin, our eggs were mediocre and my hash browns were suffering from the same problem as the potatoes the night before. As we left after breakfast to go sightseeing, I took a peek at the case out of curiosity. One fresh tray was added but the ones that were there from the previous afternoon were still there and in the same spot. Thanks to a nice young lady at the front desk we had spoken to the night before, we did some nice things in Burlington and visited Lake Champlain. When we checked out the following day, there were multiple charges on our bill that made no sense. Initially Wyatt asked us to call later when the billing people were in but when he saw we weren't comfortable with that, he took the time to figure it out and he fixed it. As we exited, the case was still the same as the night before. What I thought was a cute idea initially, just irritated me now. They need to make it look like someone is paying attention to it! They should condense the items as they sell them; not leave so much space in there. It just doesn't say much about the culinary part. Also, if you are a "culinary" resort, a nice touch would be to give the people checking out a baked good or some candy just as a thank you. I did forget to mention that there was a plate of cheese and bread waiting for us in our room. It was lovely of them but the bread was buttered, the plate was wrapped in plastic, therefore the bread was soggy and the brie was runny (?!). I appreciate small details when I stay at an inn. I feel that the Essex misses a lot of opportunities to make you want to come back.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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EssexResort-VT, Director of Resort Operations at The Essex, Vermont's Culinary Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 28 June 2014
Dear boriqua72,

Thank you for your insights, perspective and suggestions. It is unfortunate that we did miss these various opportunities to exceed your expectations. I assure you this information will be put to good use as a valuable learning and training opportunity.
Hopefully you may consider a return visit with us sometime in the future as I am certain we can provide you with the level of service, quality and attention to detail you would expect from us.

Naz Jenulevich
Director of Resort Operations
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Property: The Essex, Vermont's Culinary Resort & Spa
Address: 70 Essex Way, Essex, VT 05452-3383
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Region: United States > Vermont > Essex
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Essex
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — The Essex, Vermont's Culinary Resort & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 120
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Nestled on 18 acres between the vistas of the Green Mountains and the splendor of Lake Champlain, The Essex is Vermont's Culinary Resort & Spa. The Essex is a true destination, offering a full-service Spa and Fitness Center, cooking classes in the J.K. Adams and Chef's Kitchens of Cook Academy, and our two award-winning restaurants-- all of which perfectly complement our classic accommodations.The Essex is the premier choice for your next group event and is the perfect Vermont wedding destination for dozens of happy couples tying the knot each year. From our own Vermont Tennis Vacations to our wine list, ranked among the best in the world, The Essex offers you an experience unlike any other resort in New England. ...a true Recipe for Relaxation. ... more   less 
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