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 The main restaurant has a modern open kitchen, while the great room with grand piano has been replaced by a more intimate common area with Apple computers.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
My husband and I traveled from Florida to stay at this resort for my birthday weekend and I have to say, we both left very disappointed. We booked the Moss Glenn suite for two nights and were told we couldn’t have it for the 3rd night and we’d be upgraded to a corner king room. Upon arrival, we discovered our fireplace didn’t work. The front desk said they knew that none of the fireplaces worked, which was one of the main reasons we booked a suite. Secondly we discovered the coffee maker didn’t work either. The beds are hard and the pillows are like concrete. The lighting is pretty bad in the King bathroom. When we had to move on the third night, we were placed right by the elevator and were up all night listening to screaming people get off the elevator. The bar was beautiful but the bartender was terrible. He ignored us and forgot our order, which took us an hour and a half to finally get. Flannel was expensive and really not very good. All in all, we were sadly disappointed in our stay. This resort has a lot of issues that need to be addressed for the money they charge.
The reason for the dissatisfied rating could of been avoided. The front desk staff knew a that a child was in the room next door and they knew that work was planned directly outside of our window. We thought that the child crying and screaming around 9:30pm was simply that she didn't want to go to bed. But, that behavior happened multiple times during the night. Since the walls are not sound proofed it disrupted our sleep. Concrete saw began around 7:30am they staff knew this work was planned and they could of given us a room on the opposite side of the building. For these reasons I'll never stay at the resort again or recommend it.
Loved the resort- comfortable rooms, lovely staff, beds that will keep you sleeping in late, cushy robes. Very clean. But the coziest features are the fire pits and outdoor hot tubs for adults only. There were abundant Adirondack chairs to enjoy the perfect view and nice lounge chairs by both indoor and outdoor pools. I hope to return.
Skip the spa- most expensive massage I’ve ever booked and quality well below average. You’ll do better at a strip mall.