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
- 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 The main restaurant has a modern open kitchen, while the great room with grand piano has been replaced by a more intimate common area with Apple computers.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
Topnotch is a lovely Vermont Inn with views of Stowe. Sitting by the pool or fire pit is scenic and the rooms are very comfortable. It is very close to the Stowe bike path (literally down the driveway) and although I was there on business, it looked like it was equally family-friendly with loads of activities for kids (of all ages).
TOP NOTCH is a beautiful resort. The atmosphere is quiet and the grounds are absolutely beautiful. I stayed for a business trip and ended up staying an extra two nights just to enjoy the amenities. There is plenty of outdoor space to relax and enjoy the view in Stowe. I especially enjoyed sitting fireside with friends and other guests of the Top Notch. This is going to be my new getaway stop for years to come.
Overall I was super disappointed. I researched places to stay and wanted something special for my husband and I while we traveled on our babymoon. I called twice during the reservation services and said why we were traveling from Denver to Vermont and thought that maybe upon check in something would have been said or given to us as a special welcome. The bed was comfortable but if we didn't run the AC all night we would have heard our neighbors next door. I had read up about the restaurants and was very excited to try them. We decided on the Roost and it was the worst ever dinning experience we have had. There was literally zero service and when I mentioned things to staff nothing was done. For a resort it didn't meet any of my expectations and I was looking to stay here over any of my other hotels. Also it was very family friendly. Lots of children everywhere and dogs, which is fine but not what I would have expected at a resort.
We visited Topnotch Resort for four days June/July. We have three kids ages 6-10. I chose it because I've visited the spa before and hoped to get a treatment! I also liked the location in Stowe and the fact that there are both indoor and outdoor pools, so no matter the weather we would be able to swim. Since there were five of us we got a small suite, which had two queen beds and a twin - and a ton of space. If we were staying during ski season there would have been tons of room to dry out clothing! The hotel was staffed with friendly people and the only service problems were at the lovely outdoor pool, where apparently servers had called out over the weekend (there was no one to staff the indoor pool). I loved the outdoor pool with its stunning mountain views and had no problem with kids being in the pool because there was a second pool exclusively for adults. We did not dine at the hotel nor did we use the extensive tennis setup. I really enjoyed my Japanese body treatment at the spa, and a major shout-out to Marilyn, who was experienced in shiatsu massage and clearly enjoyed delivering this massage, so if you get one, definitely request her. There is a great bike trail down to the center of town that has an entrance across the street from the spa, and I recommend this easy trail for small children, since it is mostly flat and has lovely scenery. A 15 minute bike ride brings you to such yummy restaurants as Piecasso and Idlewild Brew pub.
My wife and I recently spent three nights at he wonderful resort. The service was amazing. The staff could not have been more pleasant and helpful. From the check in to the check out. They were attentive. The resort has everything you can ask for.The facilities were easy to get to. Everything was well-maintained. The indoor pool, outdoor pool, exercise rooms Were all first class. By our third breakfast the waiter remembered that I preferred honey instead of maple syrup with my oatmeal. I was duly impressed. As I was when I left my car lights on one night and the front desk called my cell and sent a note to my room. I can't wait to return.