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Reviewed 16 February 2016

There is nothing authentic about the place and it fails to capture the Vermontiness of Vermont. The building itself is cheaply constructed and out of place. The walls and ceilings are thin and un-insulated and you can hear everything that goes on in the rooms above you and in the hallways. The carpets are cheap and smell like new cheap carpet. The knobs on all the cabinets are loose and the bathroom fixtures are cheap. A lot of corners were cut in the construction of this place and you can tell because the towel warmer things in the bathrooms are hung upside down and the faux granite seams in the bathroom counters don't line up. The basement floor of the hotel is an odd hodgepodge of closets and mystery rooms full of miscellaneous debris. Every single pool cue in the Library room was broken so it was impossible to play a game of pool. Also, one of the pockets on the pool table was broken off and the table itself was extremely uneven so all the balls rolled to one side of the table.

The restaurant is ok, but not the quality that they advertise. The food sits around before it gets to your table and staff is friendly, but not well trained. The bartenders don't know how to make cocktails and the drinks are stingy on the alcohol - lots of mixer, not a lot of booze. Cheap drink at a high-end cocktail price. The grand fireplace is a low heat, low flame gas fireplace that gives off no heat and little ambiance. The decor of the place is pretty awful, with tacky Pottery Barnesque kncknacks all over the place. Nothing is authentic.

The breakfast was nothing special, they just dress it up in nice trays to make it seem that way, but its the same quality as a Garden Inn or Marriott travel hotel.

Oh, yeah, there was a blood stain on our sheets.

Overall, this is an Econo Lodge quality hotel that tries to look nicer than it actually is. The staff is not particularly well trained. Its an ok home base for a weekend ski trip, but not worth the the faux high-end price of admission. A decent place if you have kids because they have an ice pool and game room, but not a great option if you leave the kids at home.

  • Stayed: February 2016, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Dave J
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506OntheRiver, Manager at 506 On The River Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 22 February 2016

Dear David J,
Thank you for staying with us in February.

We welcome your criticism and opinion of the hotel however we were rather taken aback by the tone of your review. As you can see from the vast majority of reviews, your opinion is in direct contrast to the many accolades, awards, and press coverage that we have received. We all have our own interpretation of what is tasteful , “Vermonty”, and genuine. Clearly your interpretation is different than ours.

Our goal from the outset was to build and design a hotel that celebrated Vermont and Woodstock at a reasonable price. With facilities not found at other properties in the area, the majority of our guests tell us how happy they were to have stayed at 506. We have never claimed or advertised to be anything other than a charming small hotel, in a beautiful location with up to date comfort and standards.

We feel it is only fair for us to refute a few of the misleading comments you have written:
-Every "barnesque knack" that you claim is not genuine, actually is. From the antique duck decoys, 1950s and 60s typewriters, and our original Vermont Standard newspaper clippings, we searched and salvaged for every piece at the property. There is not one item from Pottery Barn at the hotel.
-The Pond Ridge floor (the area you called the basement) is a walk-out level to the pond and river. This floor is houses of our toddler room, games room, fitness room, vending machine and ice machine, as well as our heated indoor swimming pool and sauna. Any storage closets you entered are not for guest access.
-Our complimentary breakfast is very different from what you would receive at a chain hotel. We crack fresh local eggs every morning, use a locally roasted coffee. Our dairy comes from local farms, we offer Vermont cheddar cheese, prepare homemade pancakes or French toast and muffins every day, and serve locally produced maple syrup and maple cream.
-The 506 Bistro is meant to offer a simple menu at a good value in a warm and inviting atmosphere. Our cocktails and drinks are prepared with a measured amount of alcohol and we pour standard serving sizes.
-All of our sheets and other linens are washed in a professional facility off-site by an independent company and our housekeepers are diligent about checking them. We do sincerely apologize if indeed your sheets were stained. We just wish you would have brought this to our attention during your stay. We would have remade your bed immediately.

It appears that you were expecting a different product, despite the fact that most of the comments you made about the décor are prominently featured in photography on our website. The "faux high-end price" that you mentioned was an average rate of $249 per night for two people during one of the busiest holiday weekends of the year. Included in the rate was a comfortable room, a full breakfast, and use of all facilities on site. Many people feel this is a good value considering similar hotels in the area charged more than $325 per night for the same time period.

Sincerely,
Management of 506 On The River Inn

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Reviewed 16 February 2016

I was very impressed with this hotel and its unique charm. The hotel is like new and the rooms are a good size and clean. My one and only complaint is that the pool has what appears to be a large hot tub although it is nothing more than another area of the pool with regular temp water. I suppose this is a first world problem though. Great hotel and cannot wait to return for a summer getaway.

  • Stayed: February 2016, travelled as a couple
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Thank James M
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506OntheRiver, General Manager at 506 On The River Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 25 February 2016

Dear James M,
Thank you for staying with us and sharing your review. We are thrilled to read that you were impressed with the hotel's comfort, cleanliness, and charm.
I'm happy to report that the hot tub section of the pool is being converted to a jetted Jacuzzi as I write this response! We hope to have everything up and running by next week.
We look forward to welcoming you back this summer.
Sincerely,
Management of 506 On The River Inn

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Reviewed 12 February 2016

My first trip to the 506. It's AWESOME! My room is great...spacious, well appointed, comfy. I dined in the restaurant. The food was delicious. The staff was outstanding. I loved all the details of the decor...sophisticatedly rustic. From the front desk and beyond, this is a hotel that obviously prides itself in showcasing a decor that's unlike most other hotels. I ate dinner at the bar....much better than most restaurant bar atmospheres. And then, I decided to cozy up in one of the great leather chairs in the bar area to enjoy another cocktail. I was here by myself, but seems like quite the romantic getaway. I will definitely come back again...and again...and again!

Room Tip: I think I had a river view room, but it was dark when I checked in...and it was winter.
  • Stayed: February 2016, travelled solo
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1  Thank Gary B
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Reviewed 9 February 2016

We had the pleasure of spending 2 nights at the 506 On the River Inn this past weekend. From the moment we checked in until the time we left we treated to superior hospitality from everyone on the staff. We had a fabulous buffet breakfast with homemade breads and muffins, homemade oatmeal with apples or peaches and french toast with maple butter !!! the rooms were spacious and the bed comfortable. We had a suite with 2 queen beds and a pull out couch, and 2 bathrooms. We swam, used the sauna and the kids loved the playrooms.. we had a wonderful visit !

Room Tip: We stayed on the bottom floor which was perfect for us as the kids play room was there as well as the pool which was amazing.
  • Stayed: February 2016, travelled with family
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2  Thank Oddmark3268
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Reviewed 8 February 2016

We loved every minute of our stay at the 506 on the river inn. Although it is a new hotel, it has beautifully mixed in some lovely old antique style accessories throughout. I especially loved the details on the cushions "Keep calm and move to Vermont"!!

I visited with my husband and our 2 young children. The staff were fantastic and we were made to feel very welcome in the restaurant in the evening and at breakfast. Taking the kids for truck rides on the miniature John Deer carts around the hotel during meals by our waitress was a real success!!

The amenities for families were outstanding. The pool was exceptional and a really nice bonus for there to be swimming aides for the kids by the side of the pool. Having a play room equipped with lots of toys was another gem which our kids loved. When staying in a hotel, keeping the kids busy can be a challenge, but 506 On the River has provided a few really nice touches that make it stand out.

Finally the staff go out of their way to help. We were unfortunate to get a flat tyre on our rental car and the hotel called a local garage who came out straight away to help. Much more helpful than the rental company!

I have lots of amazing memories of 506 On the River Inn and Woodstock - i'd thoroughly recommend both.

  • Stayed: November 2015, travelled with family
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1  Thank Danielle V
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