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The Essex, Vermont's Culinary Resort & Spa
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Essex
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 15 August 2014

The good: nice staff. Easy to get to. Nice afternoon wine and cheese deal.
The not so: Feels slightly neglected. Grounds to linens, carpets to paint, all a little beaten up. Needs some buffing up to charge the rates they're asking.

Stayed: August 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 reviewResponded 31 August 2014

Dear MattDenver,

Thank you for your praise and recognition of our friendly associates. We do have great, genuine hospitality professionals that work to ensure every guest has a great visit. Each Friday at 3pm we invite on of our wine merchants in to host an afternoon wine tasting and discussion with our guests. This happens right in our lobby with some cheese and fruit from our kitchen. Last week Chef Calley was inspired to make crepes with some fresh blueberries he had on hand.
Please accept my apology for not meeting your expectations in terms of the property itself. We have teams dedicated to landscaping, painting and general care and maintenance. Clearly it is a job that is never complete and one that we must keep a keen focus on. Your comments are taken seriously and we are always working to improve.

Naz Jenulevich
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Reviewed 11 August 2014

This inn is really well located just a few minutes from Burlington, close to outlet shopping and a fun little golf course. The grounds are very nice with excellent spa and pool facilities in a great garden setting. They pride themselves as a culinary inn. while we did not participate in any of the culinary courses, we did eat both nights on site. The tavern is very relaxed with a good menu, excellent service and superb food (very reasonably priced). The Junction is their signature dining experience. The food is exceptional, equaled by the service. Reservations in advance for the Junction are required. Suggest booking at the time of booking the accommodation. The room we had was very large and generally comfortable, but the bed, while ok, was a bit uncomfortable.

We would definitely go back to The Essex.

  • Stayed: August 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 reviewResponded 13 August 2014

Dear david b,

Thank you for enjoying your time with us. Our newest offering is Junction and reservations are recommended early. When booking your room, our experienced reservations team can book a table so you are sure to enjoy this amazing experience.

Naz Jenulevich
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Reviewed 10 August 2014

Location is really good as it is away from the hustle of Burlington. Many amenities, biking and hiking at property and the grounds are very nice indeed. Do be vigilant about what is going on at the Resort when you plan to visit as the rooms vary and there are some that are much more pleasing than others and if there is a large event it may impact your options a bit. The first room we were sent to was very dark and luckily we were able to get moved into another building and the room was a large suite looked like an apartment- it was the bomb. We loved the location as it is easy access to Montpelier and Stow which we definitely wanted to see also. Yes, there is the NORMAL TOUREST JUNK everywhere so just plan your trip and try not to get distracted and you will be rewarded. The dining options are good at the Resort. The bar food is bar food but served energetically by an engaged staff. The upgrade restaurant was very good. The dining room is light and well appointed. The food is well above most resort restaurants. You do not need to go elsewhere to get pampered and have terrific and healthy food. Our friends stayed elsewhere and I believe they would have rather stayed at the Essex. It is quite pricy but what isn't at this time of year.

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  • Stayed: August 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 reviewResponded 13 August 2014

Dear Richard D,

Your appreciation of the many options offered at the Essex Resort & Spa are much appreciated. You can come and stay with us, never leave the property and have a great time. Or, you can choose to visit Burlington or the many surrounding towns, have a great time and retreat to the quiet and serene grounds of the resort.

Naz Jenulevich
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Reviewed 9 August 2014

this is a great getaway in the mountains. it has an outdoor pool as well as indoor and a hot tub just outside of the spa. the food in their new restaurant Junction is amazing. we have been coming here for the last ten years and this was the best meal we ever had. it had flavor and a very European feel and all made with local ingredients.highly recommend it if you need to relax.

Room Tip: the rooms are all very well appointed. the rooms are bigger in the main building.
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  • Stayed: August 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 reviewResponded 13 August 2014

Dear chefantoine,

What an incredible compliment. Thank you for your continued support of the Essex Resort & Spa over the last ten years.

Naz Jenulevich
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Reviewed 9 August 2014

We spent 3 nights here in August. Not sure why you would be in this particular neighborhood however if you are then the Essex is a worthy destination. On site amenities are very good with helpful and attentive staff. The room could have done with a bit of updating but overall we were pleasantly surprised. The kids enjoyed the swimming and tennis as well as the adjacent high ropes course. The missus was smitten with 75 percent off at the nearby Coach outlet......

  • Stayed: August 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 reviewResponded 13 August 2014

Dear TarzansBIL,

Great to hear you and your family had a great time visiting the Essex Resort & Spa and all it has to offer.

Naz Jenulevich
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Reviewed 9 August 2014

My husband and I stayed here for 3 days. The location was great for getting to know the area -- close to Burlington and bike trails along the lake, and really wonderful casual dining around Essex. Our favorite was the Istanbul Kabob House -- amazing Turkish cuisine. Our room at The Essex was lovely and airy, and the staff was welcoming and accommodating. We did not participate in the culinary options at the Essex, but were pleased with the indoor lap-pool, tennis courts, available bikes at the Essex, and the outdoor pool. For us, it was a terrific home-base for exploring the area. We plan to return with extended family members since there was so much to do in the area -- biking, hiking, tennis, swimming, shopping and the Shelburne Museum and Farm.

  • Stayed: August 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 reviewResponded 13 August 2014

Dear DC390,

Thank you for having such a great time at the resort as well as the many activities, restaurants and attractions in the area.

See you all again soon!

Naz Jenulevich
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Reviewed 9 August 2014

We attended a wedding at the resort, and were visiting from out of town. It was an amazing experience, the staff was great and informative and helpful. The food on site was out of this world! We ate several meals there over the weekend, and the bar staff even opened for us early on Sunday for a late lunch before we left! Bartender was one of the best we have ever met, would recommend to anyone who wants to visit vermont!

  • Stayed: May 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 reviewResponded 13 August 2014

Dear Jen M,

Thank you for having a great time at the wedding. These are important and special events to us as well as the friends and family of the bride and groom.

Naz Jenulevich
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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: £94 - £223 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Essex, Vermont's Culinary Resort & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 120
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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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