The Equinox, a Luxury Collection Golf Resort & Spa, Vermont
What We Love
- The prime location in the heart of Manchester Village, the area’s lively shopping and dining district
- Its illustrious past: the hotel has hosted four American Presidents
- The Falcon Bar, where the menu includes high-end chocolate and local cheeses
- Over 60 beer varieties (many from Vermont breweries) at the onsite tavern
What To Know
- Despite their 18th-century bones, rooms contain 42-inch flat-screen televisions
- The hotel offers complimentary valet parking
- A room at the Charles Orvis Inn, with its own hot tub and porch, is the one to book
- Treatments like the Maple Scrub and the Mountain Man Facial at the spa were inspired by the natural surroundings
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
The 195 accommodations at this 200-year-old complex (spread out among a main building, a clutch of townhouses, and a restored inn distinguished by its iconic Doric pillar façade) underwent a $20 million overhaul in 2008. While rooms swapped their outdated pine furniture for contemporary pieces by New York-based designer Geoffrey Bradfield, the property retains its quaint soul thanks to uniformed bellhops and homey details like rocking chairs that line its front porch. One of the original taverns, rumored to be a watering hole and strategizing spot for revolutionaries during the Civil War, also remains. The neighboring 1,000-acre wilderness preserve is a pretty natural playground where city slickers can participate in a long list of rugged pursuits, like a crash course (no pun intended) on off-roading aboard one of the property’s Land Rovers or Hummers or trout fishing on the Battenkill River, while colder months offer snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. The nights here, which might involve a board game session besides a crackling stone fireplace, are delightfully low-key.
In the Area
The resort, a leisurely four-hour drive from New York City, is ideal for a New England road trip. Manchester’s burgeoning artisanal scene—think plenty of farm-to-table fare in quirky settings, like a former dairy barn—and local craft emporiums are attempting to hold their own against the high-end factory outlets sprouting up on Main Street. get a true taste of the region’s timeless pastoral charms in the nearby Green Mountains, ideal for avid hikers and bikers and equally gorgeous whether it’s covered in a blanket of snow or maple leaves.
How to Get There
With a rich history and grandeur if earlier times, The Equinox offers a glimpse into the past with the modern conveniences expected by savvy travelers today. This was our third trip abd I’m not in a hurry to rebook. Our room was shabby at fest with windows that would not raise and a very loud air system that keep us up at night. The restaurants were not good especially the overpriced brunch. The spa classes are well worth the drop in fee but the sauna and steam rooms were cold and the pool crowded with screaming children. Overall an average hotel experience. I do need to give high marks to the staff who are uniformly helpful and professional. The folks at The Equinox surely make up for any complaints in the facility.
From the moment we stepped in the door we were greeted with a friendly smile and fabulous service from Krista and Rollins, both of whom were eager to go the extra mile to ensure our family vacation would be wonderful.
The room was spacious and clean, with luxury amenities and superb blankets and sheets. Very comfortable! We had a great night’s sleep.
Our kids (aged 4 and 8) absolutely loved the pool.
The hotel is walking distance to the town center, with outlet stores, coffee shops and several restaurants. The beautiful small-town culture and nature are hard to beat!
Arrived for a 1 day stay and was met with a front desk in chaos. It would seem that there had been a golf junket booked on my weekend and it took precedent over all.
We arrived a bit after check-in time and was told our room was not ready. So decided to chill for 4 hours:( Finally I had enough and stood at the check-in desk until I got my room.
The front desk was not overly friendly nor in anyway helpful.
Will I be back "NOOOOOOO". I would also suggest that if you don't drive a Bentley you might not want to not stay here. The staff really doesn't want your business, nor know how to deal with you.
I had a 90 minute massage at the Equinox Spa yesterday and it was truly the best massage I have ever had, and I have had a lot! The amenities were spotless and quiet and refined and elegant and gracious. The treatment room was lovely and the choice of music was soothing. But in the end the quality of the body work was outstanding. I completely let go and was transported. I would do it again in a heartbeat.
Wow... I had been wanting to stay at the Equinox for months, and when the chance finally came, I jumped on it. I wish there were more than 5 stars to give this hotel! Absolutely gorgeous in terms of location, interior, and exterior. Our room was clean, modern, and spacious. I was constantly blown away by the contemporary and traditional decor. We spent the afternoon reading in the library next to the real fireplace while looking at Mount Equinox. What a perfect way to spend an afternoon. I couldn't think of a better getaway. Every amenity we needed and more was met by the friendly and accommodating staff. I wish we had time to check out the pool, spa, and hiking trails: make sure your visit is at least 3 days. Obviously a bit pricey, but you get what you pay for.