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Cortina Inn and Resort
Ranked #3 of 3 Mendon B&B and Inns
Reviewed 2 September 2011

During the height of the recent hurricane we found ourselves in Mendon, VT. All surrounding roads were blocked and no one was able to predict when an escape would be available.

We went to the Cortina Inn and booked a room until such time as we could drive out. The power was out when we arrived but the front desk staff worked quickly to get us checked in despite not having their computer available. We were immediately given a supply candles and matches and were told that the kitchen staff would provide a meal for us in the evening - I believe that some other stranded travelers may have gone hungry that first night. In the late afternoon the chef and his staff made warm soup and crackers available to us, gratis. The staff even lit a fire in the lobby fireplace which made us all feel a little more secure and comfortable.

We were there for three days and two nights and never felt the least bit disadvantaged in spite of the fact that we were stranded in an area that has been declared a federal disaster zone. Everyone on the staff was friendly and more importantly, they bent over backwards to be helpful. They even hiked over 20 miles round trip to Rutland to bring back food and other necessities for their guests.

The management and staff of this Inn epitomize the term "Gracious Hosts" - my wife and I are indebted to them - they made what was a serious situation feel more like a small inconvenience.

Our room was well appointed, clean, and comfortable. Under the circumstances it would be unfair to try to rate the rest of the Inn. However, if we are ever in the vicinity of Mendon, VT, we will certainly return to the Cortina Inn and we highly recommend it.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 14 August 2011

We stayed here based on recent reviews. I think some of them were shills. This hotel just opened and it was AWFUL in so many ways. I list three here:
1. Supposedly renovated rooms. Half truth. New linens, that is true. But old rooms, only half rehabed. Ours was somewhat dirty and dated.
2. Very limited hotel staff. No 24 hour front desk. Toilet clogged, and no plunger in the room. A call to the hotel took a good 30 minutes to get a plunger because no one was at the front desk.
3. Free breakfast sucked. When we got down, there were no coffee mugs, no eggs left, no bacon left, and no potatoes left. What seemed like a VERY inattentive or overwhelmed staff. So, the breakfast was all but a total loss. i took a picture of the food area (and no it was not at the very end of breakfast time). The photo tells a thousand words.
In conclusion, we stayed here because of the positive reviews, the supposedly free breakfast and the supposedly reasonable price. As with all life lessons, there is a reason for cheap prices, and here, it is because this hotel is far, far, far from ready for prime time. Staying down the road at virtually any other joint in this town, at a nominal cost of ten or twenty dollars more would have been more than worth it. We have options as consumers, and should get what we are told to expect. As a frequent traveler, this place was awful, and other than supplying a clean bed, offered little else. Sleep elsewhere or proceed at your own risk.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 7 August 2011

The Cortina Inn & Resort is recently reopened under new owners after being closed due to Legionnaire's Disease. The hotel is undergoing extensive renovations, and when they are done, it might not be too bad. Unfortunately it is not ready yet. The rooms are recently redecorated clean and the beds are very comfortable. Upon entering the room we discovered a large black hairy spider on the ceiling. When I called the desk, I got a busy signal. So I walked back and front desk clerk was very nice about it, and came to kill the beast, unfortunately leaving the desk vacant. The room lacks all normal amenities like coffee maker, ice bucket, hair dryer, even the hotel directory book and bible were missing. There was no directions on emergency evacuation on the back of the door. A full breakfast was included and was better then many I have had. Unfortunately the buffet lacked staffing and attention and many things ran out. There were no napkins, they were using paper towels. When you needed something, you had to go to the front desk to alert them that something was empty. The hot tub had about 3 working jets. What little staff they had were very nice and tried to help, but were obviously overwhelmed. To top off the entire adventure, the fire alarm went off causing the building to be evacuated.

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  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled on business
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CortinaInn, Manager at Cortina Inn and Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 11 August 2011

Dear TriviaFanatics,

Thank you for taking the time to write your review and saying a few nice things about your stay with us. I just wanted to clarify some of the points you had mentioned and hopefully give you some answers to your concerns.

We apologize for the spider however; we are in the Vermont countryside and even with considerable effort cannot keep all of nature’s creatures from wanting to come inside. All of our rooms are equipped with a hairdryer, ice bucket and bible. The hairdryer is usually placed in the closet and it may have been overlooked. As for the ice bucket and bible we are in the process of replacing some that have been taken. We do not have coffee makers in the room but do have coffee/tea available to our guest in the lobby/restaurant 24hours a day. In our Fall and Winter seasons we also have hot apple cider!

You are correct on stating that we were understaffed this past weekend but we were pleasantly surprised by the number of walk-ins and last minute reservations that we received and did what we could to make everyone as comfortable as possible.

Despite your mixed review we do hope that you will stay with us again.

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Reviewed 2 August 2011

We spent two nights at the Cortina Inn and Resort as we traveled through Vermont to meet friends. Extremely comfortable and clean rooms (recently redone). Owners and staff are so welcoming and friendly. Thanks for the tips on things to do and directions. Thanks for the friendly smiles. Thanks for all the work you've put in to making this a great place to stay. By the way, if you're there on Fridays, don't consider eating anywhere else but the all you can eat Italian feast. We recently traveled to Italy and can say that chef Patrick is on par with with chefs we enjoyed there. The extra touch of coming out into the dining area to greet us, find out if we had any special needs, and check on our meals was so wonderful.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 July 2011

We have been going to this inn on and off since 1973. It just reopened under new mangement, verry accomidating. The rooms have all ben renovated and are spectacular! Breakfast was excellent and the price was right! We gave this place another visit after being closed for a few years and we had such a nice time that we will be back. Give it a shot, it's worth the trip!!!

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 1 July 2011

We were there for overnight and thought it was an execellent inn everyone was very nice and accomodating a nice place to spend some time and relax and be taken care very nicely!!

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 26 June 2011

We just stayed at the Cortina Inn just outside of Rutland, VT. It was absolutely beautiful!
It's newly refurbished; a beautiful lobby, a center area for fires and great conversation in the evening, indoor pool, etc., and an art gallery.
The owners and staff are on the premesis for friendly, fast, professional service. All-in-all, this was a lovely visit, and we will definitely be back. :)

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Cortina Inn and Resort

Address: 5709 Route 4, Mendon, VT 05751-4435
Region: United States > Vermont > Mendon
Amenities:
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Mendon
Price Range: £72 - £154 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Cortina Inn and Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 54
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Cortina Inn, located in Rutland/Killington is one of Vermont’s loveliest hotel and four-season destination resort, is centrally located in the Green Mountain State only minutes from the Killington and Pico ski areas and just a few miles from downtown Rutland. Here, experience the true meaning of “relaxation” amidst the awe-inspiring beauty of the extraordinary natural environment. Virtually everything you could want is within a few steps of your door, and you’re always welcomed by a friendly staff dedicated to your every comfort.Internationally renowned for offering guests the charming hospitality of a country inn with the splendid amenities of a full service resort hotel. Cortina Inn features 57 beautifully appointed rooms and suites, all air-conditioned and many with their own fireplaces. Tastefully and uniquely furnished in luxurious contemporary décor or charming country style, every room and suite provides enviable levels of comfort and convenience. ... more   less 
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Cortina Hotel Mendon
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