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Windham Hill Inn
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Elmhurst, Illinois
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482 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 261 helpful votes
“Beautiful place, wonderful food, great mountain views...”
Reviewed 15 August 2007

We stayed 2 nights at the Nathan Lawrence Room. It had a great soaking tub and very nice French toiletries including soaking salts. The views of the mountains were breathtaking.

The cuisine was excellent. Breakfasts were delicious, beautiffully served and very filling. The homemade biscotti were divine. I am sorry I only tried them on our last day. Dinners were superb. We dined both nights and were very happy that we did. The ''prix fix" menus were a good choice (4 courses $50. and on Tuesdays, 3 courses for $35). If you like chocolate don't miss the "chocolate dome" for dessert. There were delicious treats every day between 1:30- 5:00 including coffee and tea. Also a cheese and crackers tray in the evening.

The swimming pool was a nice retreat after a long day of driving in the countryside.

The inkeepers were amable and visible. The labradors so loving....

The only complaint was that the air conditioning in our room was not cooling well. We let them know inmediately but the problem persisted both nights. Too bad because everything else was great.

Overall a great stay. Recommended!!!!!!

  • Liked — Cuisine & views.
  • Disliked — air conditioning in bedroom
  • Stayed August 2007, travelled as a couple
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New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 May 2007

My husband and I visited vermont for a weekend of relaxation & absolutely LOVED the Windham Hill Inn. We stayed in the Matilda Lawrence room, which was great. Unfortunately, the weather was rainy & cloudy that weekend, but the views from the room would have been beautiful had it been sunny or even snowy. We hiked on their trail, walked around the premises, even played Scrabble (they have boardgames in their lounge area). Their breakfast & dinner were outstanding! Everything was very clean as well. Overall, a great place for a peaceful getaway.

  • Stayed January 2007
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1 Thank heysarahbeth
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London, UK
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6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 October 2006

Stayed in the Marion Goodfellow room for one night over a weekend in May - the wildflowers were just starting to bloom and enjoyed the scenic drive up from Boston.
The room we stayed in was gorgeous - the cupola with its 360 degree views was pretty special, and after reading the guest book, seemed like everyone else thought so, too. The large whirlpool tub in the bathroom was also fantastic.

We started the hike around the grounds in sandals and it was far too trecherous for us - I've heard the waterfall is pretty special, but not for the faint at heart.

Our dinner was excellent - fresh, local ingredients, and a fabulous wine list. They had an impressive selection of Washington Reds - try the Woodward Canyon Old Vines cab if they still have it - purple inky color and long, tannic finish (almost 15% alcohol) that goes on and on. I've taken my girlfriend to tons of fantastic restaurants in London and she still maintains this meal was one of the best she's ever had.

I would come back for the wine list / food alone, and the excellent setting makes this a place to return to again and again.

  • Liked — Food, wine, and Cupola
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Tips/Secrets — They have some great packages off peak including meals and accomodation
  • Stayed May 2006, travelled as a couple
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7 Thank dbesser
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Englewood, New Jersey
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8 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 August 2006

We recently spent a weekend at WHI. It was a great experience from the minute we arrived until we departed. The owners/innkeepers, Joe and Marina, are active in running the inn. They are friendly, capable, and solicitious without being overbearing. We stayed in the white barn annex in a room which was clean, comfortable, and nicely decorated. The same can be said of both buildings which comprise WHI. There are lots of flowers which add color to the grounds, in addition to foot paths to take you around the property. The staff is pleasant and does a good job. The real jewel here is the dining room. The dinner menu has varied entrees which are fresh, tasty, and presented in an attractive manner. The service is efficient and friendly, with Joe on hand to assist. The wine menu has something for everyone, and equal to what you find in a fine reataurant. Joe made two wine selections for dinner, both of which well complimented our meals. (He has a future in his next life as excellent sommelier.) A healthy/hearty breakfast was included in the cost of our room. All in all, our stay at WHI left nothing to be desired. We look forward to a return visit.

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  • Stayed August 2006, travelled as a couple
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5 Thank wjh
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New York
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5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 December 2005

My husband and I stayed here in March of 2005 for a ski weekend and loved every aspect of the Inn. Secluded location, but a manageable drive to Stratton and Mount Snow. The converted barn is absolutely adorable -- quaint and cozy -- as is the main inn. The West Room, where we stayed, is perhaps one of the smaller rooms, but beautifully decorated, clean and charming, with a fireplace and skylights. The restaurant was excellent and the staff friendly and helpful. Overall service was great. An excellent choice for a romantic place to get away from it all. I can't wait to return!

  • Stayed March 2005
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7 Thank Wanderer30
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Newton MA
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11 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 August 2005

My husband and I just returned from two days of heaven in Vermont. The Inn is situated in a beautiful spot, the rooms are beautiful and spotless and the staff are warm and friendly. We stayed in the North Loft room featuring a very large jacuzzi, a lovely fireplace and tasteful furnishings. The breakfast each morning was delicious as were the dinners. I would definately return again when I am in need of an escape from the city.

  • Stayed August 2005
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5 Thank Amy Bradley
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Wentworth, NH
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 June 2005

We stayed here for a long weekend, in the barn. Matilda's room was wonderful, with a spectacular view, a large firm bed with a featherbed, a fireplace with two comfortable chairs for reading, a deck, and a great bathroom with a large, three-sided-glass shower (two showerheads) and a large jacuzzi tub. The inn has been thoughtfully designed and equipped for guests' comfort, right down to the PC in the barn's downstairs conference room where guests can check email.

The food was fresh, creative, and thoughtfully prepared, and there is a very good wine list. The inn is located in a beautiful, untrampled corner of Vermont, close to many activities, and the innkeepers provide lots of great information in your room about how to enjoy the inn and the surrounding area. The weather was not great when we were there, so we missed hiking on the trails, but there are many things to do onsite (pool, tennis, cross-country skiing, etc.) depending on the season.

I can't say enough about the inn itself -- probably the nicest of the dozens we have been to.

Unfortunately, as with so many places today, the service didn't live up to the facility. I give high marks to the wonderful housekeeping staff --
everything is immaculate -- and to proprietor Marina, who is warm and gracious. But the rest of the staff seemed like they were just going through the motions. And one waiter's bizarre demeanor and another person's condescending attitude were enough for us to pretty much avoid the dining room toward the end of our visit. (I long for the days when there were professional waiters who took pride in and had enthusiasm about service, instead of being resentful and superior when waiting on people.)

To their credit, the owners/innkeepers encourage guests to speak up and not "suffer in silence" if anything is not to their liking. Which I admittedly didn't do. But we haven't been back since based on the service. The staff may have changed since we were there, granted.

  • Stayed November 2003
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7 Thank JL_Brown_10
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Property: Windham Hill Inn
Address: 311 Lawrence Dr, West Townshend, VT 05359-9715
Region: United States > Vermont > West Townshend
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in West Townshend
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — Windham Hill Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Twenty-one guest rooms individually designed and decorated, furnished with antiques and locally crafted furniture. All rooms have luxury baths, some with jetted spa tubs. Most rooms are fitted with queen or king size bed, amenities including luxurious bath towels and thick terry robes, hair dryers and fine bath toiletries. Several rooms with private porch or window seats and 15 of the rooms feature fireplaces. Unique style lifts each room above the extraordinary, with stunning views across the gardens. Rates include full three-course gourmet breakfast and afternoon sweets with complimentary beverages. ... more   less 
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