What We Love
- New style stay for design lovers: The Field Guide hotel opened in October 2015
- Just 30 guestrooms in 10 distinctive styles, from apartment-like suites and standalone cottages to spacious King and cozy Queen rooms
- Plush lounge areas with vintage board games and fireplaces invite post-slope relaxation
- There’s a seasonal heated outdoor pool, as well as a hot tub and firepit
What To Know
- Free WiFi and parking (one vehicle per room)
- All of the 30 guestrooms have a splashy, designer-woodsy look, from the bird motif wallpaper and papier-mâché taxidermy to the antler accents and trail map murals
- A restaurant is slated to open in 2016; until then the staff can recommend good local dining options
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
New for Stowe’s 2015-16 winter season, the 30-room Field Guide hotel is located on Mountain Road in downtown Stowe, just a 15-minute drive from the gondola at the world famous Stowe Mountain Resort, the gateway to more than 116 trails and 13 lifts on Mount Mansfield and Spruce Peak. All of the 30 guestrooms have a splashy, designer-woodsy look, from the bird motif wallpaper and papier-mâché taxidermy to the antler accents and trail map murals. There’s nothing rustic about the in-room amenities, however, which include plush linens, separate seating areas, LED TVs with Apple TV, iPod docking stations, free WiFi and, in the petite bathrooms, waffle kimono robes and products by Lather. Downstairs, the spacious lounge areas invite post-slope lounging, with cushy sofas, faux fur throws, vintage board games and gas fireplaces, while outside there’s a hot tub, a firepit and a seasonal heated outdoor pool. A restaurant is slated to open in 2016, but until then the knowledgeable staff can steer you through the plentiful local dining options.
In the Area
Check out the hotel website for a robust list of year-round Stowe events and attractions. Not-to-be-missed highlights include the 5.3-mile Stowe Recreation Path, which wends its way over bridges, past watering holes and alongside farms, as well as the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center and all the high-altitude adventures at Stowe Mountain Resort. Beyond the slopes, hit Ben & Jerry’s visitors center on a weekday for a glimpse at ice cream production, and explore local foodie spots like Rock Art Brewery, Cabot Cheese and Boyden Valley Winery.
How to Get There
Firstly I would like to say that the staff are very friendly. On arrival, the hotel appeared to be really well kept, very stylish and new. The lobby and lounge areas were very nice. There were freshly baked cookies at the reception, which is a nice touch.
We joined the lark membership club beforehand, which promises a room upgrade and treats of your choice, you are asked if you like wine, and whether you have a preference to candy or cookies, we were offered the upgrade, but there were no treats in the room.
On our walk to the room, which is in a separate building, we were not impressed. I was extremely disappointed to see the pool was not open and quite frankly an eyesore. It states the pool is seasonal on the website, but we were there in mid May on a very warm day. This is so disappointing and needs to be made clear on the website.I specifically chose this hotel as it had a pool. What is seasonal if it is not open by May?
Walking through the hall area, the carpets were absolutely filthy. This really lets the hotel down. This is caused by the coffee station in the hallway for people to use, and coffee has literally been poured all over the place. Get rid of the coffee station and put this in the main reception area, and replace the carpet in the hallways.
The room was very nice, the bathroom especially. Really nice design, and good quality fittings. There are a few maintenance issues, the door handle to our room was very loose, and one of the windows did not work so my boyfriend had to climb over the balcony area to push it shut from the outside. The balcony furniture was filthy, so we could not use it. Japanese Knotweed growing outside our window, and cobwebs through out the room. One massive issue was the duvet, it was static hell, every time we moved you would get sparked. Get some new duvets or duvet covers! It is such a shame, as some attention to detail and it could be really lovely.
The hotel was in a good spot for the town of Stowe, which was a plus, and the breakfast was okay, it was fresh croissants and fruit and a few other bits.
Finally, after we had been out for dinner, we went back to the hotel for a drink at the bar, only to find that the bar was not open, and on closer inspection, looks as though it hasn't been open for some time, so make sure you get a drink whilst you are out.
I feel there were a lot of things missing from our stay, that the hotel website advertised, but also some elements to the hotel that were not up to scratch and therefore was not worth what we paid. :( It really could be a lovely hotel, but some things need rectifying first.
If you want to use the hotel pool, check with them first as to whether it is open. This is not transparent on the website and I felt somewhat cheated, to be quite frank, as this is not what I felt I paid for.
My wife and I spent 2 nights here and it was perfect. We were pleasantly surprised to find out we were upgraded to a suite because we are Lark Hotel members. The decor is unique and we enjoyed all the cozy spaces to sit. The daily breakfast was delicious and healthy. Our suite was fabulous- comfortable bed, gas fireplace, balcony and spacious bathroom. The staff was friendly and welcoming. We highly recommend Field Guide.
We only stayed for one night but it was great. The staff is very friendly and helpful, the facility and the room were clean, comfortable and beautiful. It was our first trip to Stowe, we loved it and plan to return yearly and everytime we plan to stay at Firld Guide!
The hotel is close to downtown Stowe. The staff is friendly and nice. The lodge itself and the rooms are nice. There are plenty of places to sit and relax in the lodge. We did not use the hot tub, but people seemed to be enjoying it when we walked by. The pool wasn't open yet as we went just before pool season, but there is a pool. The breakfast was tasty. It wasn't huge, but I still thought there was plenty of food and a decent variety. They have cookies and cider out in the afternoon and the cookies are delicious. I would stay here again.
If you're on the fence about visiting Stowe in the springtime, jump now and book a stay at this Lark hotel. While a stay here would be sublime any day of the year, the vibe at this hotel (and Stowe in general) in the spring season is decidedly mellow, in a good way. The staff is super welcoming, making you feel at home with delicious sea salt sprinkled chocolate chip cookies on arrival. The decor has a sort of Wes Anderson-ish, modern 70's Danish feel which made me book in the first place.
We had the best time having no real agenda and falling into a much more relaxed pace. We played shuffleboard and sat by the fire in the morning and ate breakfast for a lot longer than we normally would. We went on a couple of what I would loosely call "hikes". Up to beautiful view at Sunset Rock, and down to view the breathtaking Sterling Falls Gorge. And probably my favorite part of our stay was enjoying the serene soaking tub in our suite. I miss it. Haha.
Stay here. You will love it.