We arrived in Middlebury about an hour before the official Check-In time began. The Inn was easy to find and the staff was nice and called the housekeeper right away to see if our room was ready, which was not the case. So they told us to be back in an hour and gave us advice on where to grab a bite to eat.
We were back after two hours and they showed us our room, which was the Swift Room. It was quite spacious, with a blue wallpaper of which I thought it would disturb me at first, which was absolutely not the case. The first thing we noticed was the noise from the street. Later we noticed that the windows were not able to be fully closed, so there was always a little noise. The bed was comfortable, but the posters were loose, we tried to fix it but it did not work. The bathroom was spacious too and it had a heating, which was nice, but here comes the big problem: from the bathroom you could go out to a little terrace which overlooked the grounds, and there was a double door to go out which could not be fully locked. There was always a gap between the doors which means it was always kind of chilly in the bathroom. Furthermore there were no curtains or jalousies in front of the windows in the bathroom, okay, there was not much around but I would have preferred a little more privacy.
There was a sitting area in the room too and a fireplace (not working), a TV was there and WIFI was available.
We went for dinner to a Cafe in the town because we found the in house restaurant to be a little expensive.
The next morning when we arrived to breakfast, we saw how many rooms there were, because of so many guests. They had like a buffet with some cereal and fruit salad and also English Muffins and toast. It was all a little bit like in a hotel, which I did not like.
For breakfast a girl came and took our ordered, we decided to have pancakes, but the portion was very small (2 or 3 really small pancakes). The quality of the food and the variety of choices could definitely have been better. What I absolutely didn't like at breakfast was, that the manager came to every table and asked if everything was okay except for ours.
For the price I expected more from this hotel, especially regarding the state of the room and the breakfast.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This historic 20-room former governor's mansion is Middlebury's only classic full service Vermont Country Inn and offers the essence of New England warmth. Surrounded with 4 acres of lawns and gardens, inside, candlelit dinners await you. Large, comfortable rooms offer modern amenities in period decor, some with whirlpool tubs and fireplaces. Enjoy complimentary 24 hour coffee service, cookies, sauna, steam shower, comfortable wine bar and Middlebury's only accommodation where a full breakfast is included. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Swift House Hotel Middlebury