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Historical Traveler Reviews The Willard Street Inn Burlington
My husband and I toured Quebec, Vermont, and upstate New York, staying at 9 hotels/inns/B&Bs in 2.5 weeks. The Willard Street Inn was our final and BEST property. I booked it based soley on their website and TripAdvisor reviews (thanks!). It had everything we want in an inn: elegant, historic architecture; spacious rooms; delicious breakfast with a choice of menu; individual breakfast tables; kitchen available for guests (fridge, ice, etc.); all day cookies, lemonade, iced tea, and hot beverages; snack plate in room each evening; air conditioning; shower; helpful and inobtrusive staff. We even had a TV, telephone, and free HSI in our room. We travel very casually but did not feel out of place in this elegant inn. We stayed in the Rose Garden room. It faces the street and was a little noisy one evening, as we had unknowingly arrived during the first week of university and there are some student houses in the area. As with an inn typical of this period, there is no elevator but the staircase is beautiful so it made the luggage lug more pleasant. We were welcomed by Megan, our young but exceptional host who introduced us to the inn and our room. I initially found the breakfast "reservation" a little odd, but it actually workd out to be very heplful for us, as we knew there would be a table ready and we got individual attention each morning.
I must disagree with the Nov 2005 poster who complained about the place being run down and not what it seems. He/She must be meaning a different inn, as the Willard Street was top-notch.
A Hotel with character
Very interesting hotel - each room is unique and full of character. There is an excellent garden to sit and relax - weather permitting.
The staff were extremely helpful - nothing too much trouble - and they were very knowledgeable about the surrounding area.
The location is about 5 minutes drive from the centre of town - we never actually walked it - mainly because it is up-hill on the way back, but we are sure many people would just walk it.
The cooked breakfast was excellent - a choice of three freshly cooked options. Coffee and Cookies are also available throughout the day if you need a snack.
Minor irritations (and we are nit-picking here) - you have to prebook your breakfast slot the previous evening (because of limited room) - not convenient if you decide you would like a lie-in. Also it would be nice to have some yoghurt & fruit separately available at breakfast.
Wonderful place to stay
I would highly recommend the Willard Street Inn. Everything about it is first class. The rooms are spacious and beautifully furnished and the breakfasts are excellent. If you visit Burlington this is where you should stay.
Willard Street Inn: Beautiful, Elegant and Comfortable
We stayed at The Willard Street Inn two weeks ago. It was gorgeous both inside and out. The rooms are beautifully decorated with period furnishings. The beds were very comfortable; I was able to sleep as well as I do at home. There was a light coverlet on each bed, a down comforter and plenty of pillows. The bath had the usual tiny bottles of shampoo, conditioner, lotion, and soap, plus a little pot of lip balm, a nice touch. I was also happy to see they include a hair dryer, no need to ask for one. There was plenty of hot water with amazing water pressure for being on the third floor of a victorian! Another bonus was wireless internet access at no extra charge!
The view from our room was spectacular, it looked out over the back lawn and to Lake Champlain beyond. There was a rainbow of adirondak chairs in the lawn where we sat awhile to watch the squirrels and enjoy the fall color all around the property. It is located close to the Church Street Marketplace and downtown, but far enough away from the bustle.
Breakfast was a pleasant departure from typical fare and the staff was friendly and helpful. The breakfast room with sitting area is uniquely charming.
It was a wonderful experience that I hope to repeat again next year. I recommend bringing along a bottle of wine to enjoy in the evening, they will happily supply a corkscrew and ice bucket.
Not what it seems
Beautiful building but very overstated. The rooms are beaten up and breakfast is nice but nothing great. The website does a great job, but its not the same when you get there. The staff is extremely friendly however and tries to make up the inn's shortcomings.
Unfortunately we only stayed at this beautiful inn for one night. The staff is professional and curteous. The inn itself is elegant and warm. The grounds are gorgous. The rooms are well appointed and comfortable. Breakfast was very good. I have no complaints and would recommend this inn highly.
Can't wait to go back
I am a former Willard Street resident, and current innkeeper in Florida, who couldn't wait to arrive in my old neighborhood. Every exchange with the new innkeepers at the Willard Street Inn was welcoming and encouraging that I COULD go home. I remembered the house as I child, and knew as soon as I dropped anchor I could redisover my old hometown by foot. The Inn's location is perfect, just far enough away from the bustle, but close enough to downtown.
The details and amenities were finer tuned than a Ritz Carlton, as well as more creative fair at the breakfast table. The warmth and helpfulness of the staff was far beyond expectations. Carrie even offered to check my flight when I lost my eticket. Innkeepers don't get out much! I didn't really want to leave, and not just because of the impending hurricane at home!
I know the new owners will build the INN to be more of a destination than it is now!
Great place to stay
The Willard House is an excellent place to stay. The rooms are beautifully decorated in late victorian style but not overbearingly. Each room is different and the staff keeps the doors to the unrented rooms open so you can snoop as I did and pick out rooms for your next visit. Rooms are modern where it counts--bathroom, TV, AC --and very clean. Excellent breakfasts served in the sun room. Individual tables. Helpful staff. Inn is about a 15 minute walk from the center of Burlington in a residential area.
Good website accurately shows rooms.
The Willard Street Inn is a Burlington Delight
My wife and I stayed at the Inn in late June '04. What a beautiful property, both inside and outside. Most rooms have their own bath and are very comfortable and private. Don't stay on the street side as the truck traffic in the early morning will disturb you. Breakfast is one of the best meals you'll find anywhere and served in a wonderful sun-room overlooking the Inn's gardens. Don't hesitate to stay at the Willard Street Inn.
Lovely historic accommodations.
The Willard Street Inn is like staying in an elegant historic mansion, just blocks from Burlington's city center. Interiors are elegantly decorated in fine antiques and we loved the big roomy sun room overlooking perfect gardens.
Breakfast was a gastromic delight and a great way to start our day. The staff was quite helpful, recommending and making dinner reservations for us and also giving us ideas about day trips in that part of Vermont.
Highly recommended for those who love fine inns.
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