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Trapp Family Lodge
Ranked #4 of 24 Hotels in Stowe
Certificate of Excellence
Vermont
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Reviewed 18 December 2012

We were completely disappointed with our stay at the Von Trapp Lodge. Our fascination with The Sound Of Music led us to the Von Trapp Lodge because of its affiliation with the musical. Our room was dirty and beat up. Obviously, at $350 a night, we would expect to have a clean room. The light colored carpet in the room looked like a herd of muddy zebra had walked through the room at some point. We tried to overlook the filth and undesirable atmosphere because we were really excited about all of the different activities and amenities that were supposed to be provided. The free movie about Maria Von Trapp is simply a TV program from the 1980s shown in the basement of the hotel. And of course they have the most uncomfortable folding chairs in the world for seating in the "theater."

Moving on to the food in the restaurant, my advice again is to skip it. The food was mediocre at best and was very expensive.

There were two things that kept me from rating this hotel as horrible. The first were all of the interesting Sound of Music and Von Trapp photos and artifacts in the hallways. The other was the pool down the hill in the fitness center. The pool was very big and was a lot of fun for kids. My suggest is to simply visit the hotel, stroll the halls to see the photos and artifacts and watch the free showing of the "movie" if you really like the whole Von Trapp family story.

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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with family
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Guest-Communications, Executive Assistant at Trapp Family Lodge, responded to this review, 8 January 2013
We are sorry that some aspects of your stay were disappointing. While I can assure you we do not expose our rooms to a "herd of muddy zebras", we do take your comments seriously and have made sure our Executive Housekeeper thoroughly checks rooms before releasing them for occupancy. St. George's Hall is where we show the documentary film about Maria von Trapps last visit to Austria. The film is very poignant as she describes how she and her family left Austria and fled to the US during WWII and continued their famous career as The Trapp Family Singers. The film is extremely popular with guests of all ages. St. George's Hall is not referred to as a "theater" by the resort and is used for multiple purposes such as meetings, holiday special events in addition to the location for showing the documentary. We are sorry our dining options did not meet your expectations. Our Executive Chef has been made aware of your comments. We are glad you enjoyed the Sound of Music memorabilia throughout the hotel but must clarify this is for our resort guests; however, the public is invited to join history tours at scheduled times throughout the week which include the viewing of the documentary and an interesting talk by one of our staff who is knowledgeable about the family's story. The history tour is joined at the end by one of the von Trapp's for a question and answer session. Information about the tours is available at our website and by calling Trapp Family Lodge. Rebecca
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Reviewed 16 December 2012

I love the "Sound of Music" and was so curious about the Trapp Lodge--so quaint and beautiful up a secluded mountain road out of town. The view is amazing and the Lodge itself is very lovely. They have a nice breakfast buffet for $20 per person. It included both hot and cold items and some excellent pastries. The gift shop sells "Sound of Music" items and the Trapp maple syrup--the best I have ever tasted! Our room had a small balcony and the bed was excellent. This would be a great place for a Christmas holiday. They had lovely decorated Christmas trees and gingerbread houses in the lobby. Picture perfect!

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 December 2012 via mobile

We just returned from our stay at the Trapp Family Lodge. We traded our timeshare through Interval International for one of the guest houses, Sunday to Sunday. We were pleasantly surprised at the roominess of our accommodations. Our guesthouse was recently refurbished . Two bedrooms and 2 full baths( one in the master) and another pull out couch. Our adult children came for a few days ,with 6 of us there was plenty of room. We had a nice living room and kitchen table area where we all spent time in front of the wood stove. Plenty of wood for our daily fires as we watched the snow fall .the kitchen had everything we needed. Great views from our room.The staff were wonderful. We had to call laundry on 2 occasions and they promptly responded. We were close to the brewery/deli and were treated well by Tim and Gretechan .Its a great place for a brew,soup and sandwich. The staff in the main lodge also were pleasant. The fitness center was great to have . The pool and hot tub were nice and clean. We ate in the lodge lounge, at Harrison's and Piecasso's. all very good. Overall, a pleasant time in Stowe.

Stayed November 2012, travelled with family
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Northborough, MA
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Reviewed 15 November 2012

We spent a long weekend at Trapp with our three kids (7,6, and 3) in a two bedroom in the main lodge. We were extremely disappointed in the room, which, while spacious, was incredibly outdated. For the money we spent, I expected to be in a room with modern amenities and updated furniture, linens, and window treatments. Not even close. Everything in the lodge screams "Trapp Family", which is unique in the beginning but overkill in the end.
The new fitness center, however, is amazing, and well worth the experience. The indoor pool is incredible. The yoga room was perfect (Alisha's class is a must!). The outdoor hot tub leaves a lot to be desired - surrounded by a crappy old fence that doesn't let you experience the beautiful vista of the mountains around you.
There are many places to escape to in the main lodge should you not be satisfied with your room - family room, game room, library, etc. (most with fireplaces). And the grounds are beautiful, so expect to want to spend most of your stay outdoors. We are frequent travelers to Stowe, but this was our first trip to Trapp. We would be tempted to try a guest house next time in order to take advantage of the fitness center/indoor pool and the hiking trails, but only in the winter, as the outdoor pools looked like they were in need of some serious work. In the end, if you are a lover of the Trapp Family history and don't care about modern amenities, stay in the lodge and plan on spending most of your stay at the new fitness center and hiking the amazing grounds!

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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with family
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Portland, Maine
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Reviewed 15 November 2012

My husband and I stayed at the lodge over Veterans weekend. We loved it! The staff was super friendly and helpful. Our room was great and cozy. The main lodge was fun to explore along with the grounds.Complementary coffee in the morning was nice and strong and the afternoon tea and cookies hit the spot after a fun day . I wish that we were there a different time of year to enjoy the snow but we still had a great time. We're already planning our next visit!
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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Montreal, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 November 2012

Great hotel on equally great property. Terrific views, lots of trails to hike, great hospitality and freindly helpful staff. Lots of activities, including wine tasting, pool, hot tub, sauna, fire places in common areas. It is a bit pricey, but worth every penny. Great value for your money.

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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 November 2012

If you are a 'Sound of Music' fan, then this is a place for you to enjoy. Sitting high on a hill outside Stowe Vermont, this is a fantastic hotel. We stayed in Rm 236. Typical luxury hotel room, with a King bed, sitting area, TV, WiFi, and nice bathroom. The bonus of this room was the ability to walk out the outside door onto the lawn from the 2nd floor. Beautiful property with great views of the mountains of Vermont in their fall folage splendor. After checking in and getting settled, we made reservations for dinner and then walked around inside the lodge. We took a tour throughout the hotel on our own There were tours available, but we had missed them for the day. On our travels, we encountered a person playing a Harp in one of the rooms downstairs and numerous conference rooms, libraries, music rooms, a beautiful bar, etc. The type of things you expect in a luxury hotel. The restaurant is a bit more upscale than just a ski lodge, but the meal was enjoyable. Desert, my wifes favoriete part of any meal, was fantastic. a perfect end to a great meal. Room and dinner went through a quick $400+, but if you want the experience of staying at the von Trapp Villa, then this is the place for you. There is a cemetary plot on the grounds for the von Trapp family, so there is history, beauty, and memories for those who are 'leaf peeping' in Vermont.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Trapp Family Lodge
Address: 700 Trapp Hill Rd, Stowe, VT 05672-5074
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Region: United States > Vermont > Stowe
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) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Romantic Hotel in Stowe
#5 Business Hotel in Stowe
#6 Family Hotel in Stowe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Trapp Family Lodge 3.5*
Number of rooms: 96
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Harmony. A simple word that captures the essence of what makes Trapp Family Lodge and resort such a special place. Here in Stowe, Vermont you'll discover so many different experiences, activities and opportunities to enjoy your mountain escape. And yet all this remarkable variety - hiking, swimming, tennis, birding, cross-country skiing, meetings, weddings, an indoor spa, and more - lives in perfect harmony. A vacation here will leave you rested and refreshed. Recharged and reconnected. But most importantly, it will remind you of what's truly important. A magnificent 2,500 acre resort managed by the family that inspired The Sound of Music, this New England treasure is the perfect place for your next vacation. A little of Austria. A lot of Vermont. ... more   less 
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Von Trapp Lodge
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Trapp Family Stowe
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