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 The main restaurant has a modern open kitchen, while the great room with grand piano has been replaced by a more intimate common area with Apple computers.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
Topnotch is a nice place to relax in Stowe for a casual weekend. The resort is close to town and plenty of winter activities and great local restaurants. The staff at the hotel are very nice and accommodating. The are also very pet friendly. The views are great from the patio and the place has a comfortable modern feel. Cannot comment on the restaurants in the resort because we at in town with our dog. The lounge and the rooms were comfortable with some modern amenities. Overall rooms were quiet.
Liked the outdoor firepit in the afternoon and evenings. Nice place to sit to soak it all in after walking our dog.
TIP: Just DONT be one of those bad and irresponsible pet owners who leave your howling dog in a room for hours on end to disturb the persons in the rooms around you when you ski or go out to dinner until midnight ... its not pleasurable for those trying to relax ... So,be responsible and courteous to others ... kennel your dog.
My husband and I escaped here for 2 nights recently. Because it was their off season, it was divinely quiet and peaceful. Our room had a serene view of the mountain, and the staff was friendly and attentive. We took advantage of the spa and I can honestly say my masseuse Lauren gave me by far the very best massage I've ever had! Flannel was accommodating to my allergies and my husband enjoyed the best steak of his life. We look forward to returning here again!
We were at The Roost for a celebration and were having a great time until the bartender completely cut our party off because of one person. As a paying guest I found this incredibly offensive and not handled well at all. The bartender could have cut off the one person without penalizing the rest of the party. The facilities are beautiful but I would NOT recommend The Roost for a large gathering. The bartender did not handle the situation well at all. As a paying guest and someone who worked in the food service industry for a long time, whatever happened to "the customer is always right?"
So many hospitality venues these days are realy not fully aware as to hospitaliy realy means.
Topnotch is not part of that group. It is a trully a great experience.
I knew this from back in 1983 when we chose Topnoch to celebrate our wedding.
Was great then and it is great now. Thnak you for your efforts to train your staff and to pick the best.
Another very comfortable and relaxing stay with this very friendly staff. Excellent food and spa. Beautiful surroundings in mountains. Great skiing and tennis is excellent if you still have the legs for it after skiing or hiking. Excellent place to relax in any season. Lots to do up here in Stowe and recommend Topnotch.