I stayed at the Middlebury Inn for one night on a brief business trip in November. I was pleasantly surprised on check-in to learn that I had been upgraded to one of the hotel's suites. While my co-workers commented on the small sizes of their rooms, mine was very large and spacious. Actually, it consisted of two rooms, each with its own bathroom. The smaller room, without the bed was kind of like a narrow sitting room with couch and TV. On my trip I certainly didn't have any use for it and I found myself trying to imagine if I would use it on any type of trip. In any case, it was nice to have so much space. The hotel is obviously old, so you need to accept the fact that the floor creaks and there aren't many square corners, so things may look like they don't fit together so well. Also, minor things might not be where you expect, such as light switches (which I fumbled around for 2 or 3 minutes in the dark to find). But, overall, I thought the decorating was well done. The one thing I did not like about the room was the heating. Both rooms had radiators and window mounted heating/air conditioning units. Both units were cranked up as high as they would go on heating when I arrived, and my room must have been 80 degrees. The noise level of the units was also quite loud and eventually I just had to turn them off.
The location of the hotel seems ideal. While our stay was brief, we found plenty of restaurants to choose from just a short walk from the hotel. Once you're there, you really don't even need your car to enjoy the downtown area. It's nice to check out the downstairs lobby, which is well decorated and has some impressive old pictures of the hotel and local area.
We only had breakfast at the hotel restaurant. There were not many people at the hotel at that time, so they did not set up a buffet. The menu had plenty to pick from and all my co-workers seemed to enjoy what they ordered. The price was quite reasonable at about $10-12 for a full breakfast.
For what limited conversation I had with them, the staff were courteous and friendly. The room preparation and maid service were spotless. I definitely would like to revisit this hotel sometime when I have some more leisure time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Historic Vermont Lodging - Enjoy warm Vermont hospitality in the heart of Middlebury, a vibrant college town with classic New England character. Welcoming travelers since 1827, the Middlebury Inn offers the perfect blend of modern comfort and classic historic charm. Centrally located between Burlington and Rutland, and convenient to so many of Vermont's attractions, our historic Middlebury, Vermont hotel is perfect for that pampered fresh-air getaway, a family reunion, a base for leaf peeping, bike touring, hiking or cross country skiing, and also to host your organization's professionally managed retreat. Our town is surrounded by thousands of acres of the Green Mountain National Forest as well as numerous trails and back country roads which are ideal for biking, running, hiking, and cross-country skiing. Friendly Lake Dunmore and spectacular Lake Champlain are easy drives from the Inn. For downhill skiing, the family-friendly Middlebury College Snow Bowl is nearby and Sugarbush, Mad River, Killington, and Stowe are all within 40 miles of the Inn. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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