What We Love
- Enormous spa and fitness center has 30 treatment rooms, indoor and outdoor pools, a hot tub with waterfall and more – for just 68 guestrooms
- Extremely dog-friendly (Deluxe Rooms only), with pastry chef–baked biscuits for Fido, along with dog beds and bowls
- Hip après-ski bar and eatery with small plates, craft cocktails, bar shuffleboard — and $3 Narragansett tallboys at all times
What To Know
- Free WiFi
- The hotel has a lineup of guided hikes, climbing, bouldering lessons, kayaking, trail running and more
- A resort fee of $25 (plus tax) per night will be collected upon purchase on Jetsetter
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Mountain contemporary. The stone, glass and exposed wood trappings of a traditional ski lodge were given some serious 21st-century polish during the renovation, so walls of stacked stone slats replace big boulders, logs are out in favor of thin boards, and floor-to-ceiling windows flood public spaces with light. Inside, flat-screen TVs are everywhere, from over the concierge desk to the open lobby bar to the guestrooms. The main restaurant has a modern open kitchen, while the great room with grand piano has been replaced by a more intimate common area with Apple computers.
Bed and Bath
Guestrooms were stripped of their dated wallpaper and textured ceilings during the revamp and reconfigured with simple off-white walls and dark wood furnishings. The statement accents are in the smaller details, including leather luggage handles, louvered shutters, modern stainless steel lamps, fabric-covered wooden headboards and the requisite Vermont cow pictures. All rooms benefit from nightly turn-down service, free WiFi, Keurig coffeemakers, plush robes and convenient electrical outlets, both bedside and at the workspace. Bathrooms are small, with standard tub/shower combos, curved curtain rods and a small marble sink area, plus June Jacobs amenities.
The standout extras at Topnotch have long been tennis and the spa. There are six outdoor courts (four hard, two Har-Tru) and four indoor hard courts for year-round play, plus renowned instruction, with more than 30 scheduled programs for all ages and abilities. The spa has a staggering 30 treatment rooms for 68 hotel rooms, as well as a raft of fitness classes, personal training and fitness equipment. More recently, Topnotch has embraced its mountainous surroundings with a lineup of guided hikes, climbing, bouldering lessons, kayaking, trail running and more. Both restaurants dish up local and regional farm-to-table fare, and Roost has a lively bar scene loved by locals, too. Topnotch also has its own equestrian center and nordic ski center.
In the Area
Topnotch has enough sporting facilities to support a self-contained resort almost anywhere, but this is Stowe, arguably the best ski mountain in the East, and Topnotch is just down the road from the base area, which also offers golf and scenic gondola rides in summertime. The town is also home to four nordic ski areas, including the nation’s first, the Trapp Family Lodge (of Sound of Music fame). But Stowe is one of the few ski towns that is actually busier in summer, thanks to a nonstop slate of festivals almost every weekend. Topnotch guests have access to the excellent and otherwise private Country Club of Vermont golf course, and the region offers every imaginable outdoor pursuit, from hiking to biking to standup paddleboarding. Topnotch also has direct access to the fantastic five-and-a-half-mile paved Stowe Recreation Path, which is used for everything from dog walking to jogging to inline skating in summer, and cross-country skiing in winter.
How to Get There
Stayed during Columbus Day weekend/foliage season and the cost was three times the going rate. I expected a fabulous room and was disappointed to find a average two double room. Service was good, food at Flannel was delicious and property is pretty.
The hotel is conveniently located near Stowe and restaurants on the way. It's also close to Smuggler's Notch. Kind of centrally located between the two. The first night we got there about dinner time and were going to grab dinner at Flannel, but it hadn't opened yet. The people waiting to enter were dressed up. It definitely appears to be a dress up restaurant, not come as you are. Not a big deal. After driving we didn't want to go to the effort to get dressed up. Rooster appeared to be more bar food. It's true what people said about being able to hear people talking in other rooms, but muffled. Not a big deal for us because we weren't around during the day. At night though, the people in the room above us were up walking around at 1 or 2am and the floor creaks quite a bit/woke us up. This happened on two nights. Otherwise the room was spacious with very comfortable beds and scenic views.
We just came back from a night at the Top Notch. Before we drove the four hour ride, we looked up reviews. Someone commented that this hotel was "trying to be something they are just not", and i totally understand what they mean now. They are WAY overpriced! When you charge almost $400.00/ night OFF SEASON, you have a certain standard to meet.
The room was mediocre, nothing special. The creamers in the room were outdated, the bath tub was falling apart, and there was black mold on the bathroom ceiling that had been covered up with paint.
The pools from the pictures listed on the website, where do i begin. The big pool is not open in any other season but the summer and the smaller outdoor pool that they claim to be heated to 84 degrees, as we were told, was NOT.
Maybe i sound a little picky, but as i explained before, when you charge almost $400.00/ night, you have an expectation.
Carol at the concierge was so nice! The front check in, was nice.
The Roost restaurant located in the hotel, YUCK! They charged us $10.00 for a small piece of apple pie that was thrown in the microwave for 30 seconds and came out like melted RUBBER! We couldn't even eat it! When we arrived back at the hotel for some dessert, we were holding left overs from dinner in our hand, when we were approached by a male waiter, that told us we could not bring outside food into the restaurant and that we could sit OUTSIDE in the lobby and eat it and then enter. WHAT?? We were staying at the hotel! We actually had to go OUTSIDE by the fire pit, have a bite of food, and then enter for a RUBBER piece of overpriced pie! WOW!
Pretty upset, we drove so far for what we saw through pictures, was going to be an amazing resort, but we were disappointed. Just be aware, pictures don't mean anything.