The Mountain Top Inn & Resort
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Mountain Top Inn & Resort Chittenden
We arrived to the inn late due to a long drive. It was around 11pm when we were shown to our room by a pleasant woman. The room was nothing like what we were expecting based on reviews and the inn's website. There were multiple, curious and large stains all over the rooms wall to wall carpet. There was hair in the tub and in the supposedly fresh sheeted bed. The toilet made a horrible noise after flushing, the vent didn't work in the bathroom, a lightbulb was out and there was a constant banging noise in the hallway. The person who showed us to our room offered to change the sheets and we accepted, but there was nothing else that could be done about the over all filth factor. We departed early the next day, negotiating a rate (there was a ridiculous resort fee even though resort features also cost money to enjoy) and luckily being released of the cancellation penalty. We relocated to the Equinox and were much happier as a result. The one and only thing this inn has going for it is the amazing panoramic view from the enormous windows facing the foliage. Breathtaking, but not enough to balance out the condition of the inn.
A Special Place with Some Special Glitches
Just got back from a two-day midweek vacation at the inn. Our children surprised us with rooms and dinner to celebrate our 30th anniversary. The inn is very special due in great part to the natural beauty of the mountains and lake behind the inn. We had dinner both evenings in the restaurant- excellent food although very pricey. Eating outdoors was a treat especially when a fireplace was lit on a cool summer's evening. We had visited the inn over ten years ago when it was under previous management. At that time we really enjoyed the experience with our children because the horseback riding, boat excursions and meals were all included. Today the inn looks beautiful, staff was friendly and everything costs a lot! Horseback rides, boat trips, spa services, etc. all have high price tags. We were disturbed to find that although our children had pre-paid everything, we were nonetheless handed a bill upon checkout and questioned in the restaurant about the check. Not at all an efficient management team in the office especially in light of the inn's obvious attempts to cater to an upscale crowd. All in all, we had a great time but there is still room for improvement at the inn!
Your classic New England Inn
We just returned from President's Day weekend stay at this inn and we had a fabulous time. It was skiing trip, so we left early in the morning to drive to Killington and returned around 5:30pm daily. I cannot comment on the onsite activities like cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, however all other services we have used were excellent. Some highlights:
- We booked the trip last minute (5 days before we arrive) and got a cheaper than usual rate on our room. However this is on the condition that we move room mid-stay. It was handled flawlessly. We left our luggage in the old room before we headed off in the morning, by the evening the new key was ready for us at the front desk and luggage were moved to the new room as promised.
- They were a miscommunication between the staff and they messed up our dinner reservation at the tavern for the first night. However once they've found out they made up for it by letting us sit in the dining room and offering us both the tavern and dining room menu
- Room décor was pleasantly-homely with small touches of luxury (complimentary toiletries and clean, fluffy towels in bathroom)
- When we were there the inn was fully booked, yet the common areas never felt crowded
- Inn is kids-friendly, there were a number of families there last weekend but all were well behaved. Kids seemed to have fun riding on horse-sleigh and sliding down the snow-covered slopes at the back of the inn. I saw several kids watching cartoons on portable DVD machines in the dining room at night - I think they were offered by the inn to keep the kids quiet during mealtime. It worked since all of them had their eyes glued to the screen and the adults can enjoy the dining room atmosphere
- Complimentary breakfasts were amazing during our stay - they offered a buffet of French roasts/pancakes/quiche/potatoes/egg benedicts/sausage/bacon/scrambled eggs with cream cheese/smoked salmon/cereals/bagels/fresh fruits. Good that I was skiing everyday or I couldn't keep the extra calories off!
- No TV/cell phone reception at the inn, but who needs that when they provide a games room, a roaring fire and a large selection of magazines to read
- Free high-speed internet access in the lounge if you need to check your emails quickly
- Walls are not 100% sound-proof, sometimes I do hear my neighbors moving around next door. However this is a problem with all inns and B&B. It didn't bother me since I am so tired from skiing everyday that I passed out promptly when in bed
- Dining room is expensive but I think it's worth the price (around $45-50 pp with appetizer/entrée/one drink) You need to factor it in if you are going to stay there unless you are willing to drive out to town for dinner in the winding road in the dark
- Scenery is breathtaking - it's a bit far from Killington ski area (20 min drive one way) but it's worth it for the seclusion
- Staff always friendly and willing to help. We received everything we have been promised.
This is one of the few hotels/resorts I think they could have charged me more than the listed-price and I would still wanted to stay there. If you can afford it then go - you won't be disappointed!
We stayed at the Inn in late October and couldn't have enjoyed it more. Our room (Angler's Retreat) was very comfortable and well furnished with lovely decor and the view was just amazing. We were lucky enough to view the lunar eclipse on a crystal clear night from our balcony and the red moon shining over the lake was a sight I will never forget.
There were plenty of activities available, but we concentrated on the horse riding which was magnificent. Wonderful 3 hour trail rides around the lake and through the mountains; relaxed, calm horses who enjoyed the rides as much as we did and very friendly guides. We also did a bit of horse cart driving which was a fantastic experience! Thanks to Mike (our instructor) and the Clydesdales Pat and Mikey who were very patient.
My only quibble was that although the food in the restaurant was good, it was very expensive. I would recommend that you dine there only one evening and go out for the rest of your meals.
I would definitely stay there again and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys the outdoors and the peace and quiet of the mountains and the lake, with plenty to keep you occupied.
Perfect and Wonderful
My wife Nina and I stayed at the Mountain Top Inn late April 2004 where we had our wedding. I can't begin to describe how wonderful it was. The entire staff treated us like family and they are now friends for life. Everyone at the Mountain Top went way beyond anything that a guest could imagine. They even helped arrange for our wedding cake, picked it up and let us use the knife one of them had used for her own wedding! They also gave us a free carriage ride the day after our wedding, used the pictures for their web-site and gave us a CD of the pictures. The meals were delicious and so beautifully prepared (we fell in love with the applewood smoked bacon and black lava cake)! If you are interested in a vacation or hosting an event where you will be spoiled with kindness and sincerity with true first class treatment we recommend the Mountain Top Inn in Chittenden, Vermont. The entire staff made our wedding and honeymoon more than we could have dreamed of and we have new friends for the rest of our lives!
Beautiful grounds and rooms!
I brought my husband to the Mountain Top Inn for his birthday a couple weeks ago. We went mid week and pretty much had the place to ourselves. I got the Angler's Retreat room which I highly reccommend as it is the only room with a balcony and what a view there is! We didn't really do that much while we were there since it was raining out and still quite cold up in the mountains but we loved the room and the atmosphere of the Inn. We went to the tarvern for dinner and it was a bit pricey but we sat right in front of a huge fireplace and had a great chocolate cake with homemade ice cream for dessert. The staff was very eager to help and in better weather the Inn has a list a mile long of activities to choose from. We checked out all the other rooms (since only one other one was taken) and they are all beautiful. We had a very nice time and the whirlpool tub didn't hurt any either!
Check the Cancellation Policy
Just wanted to give all who are interested in staying here to make sure your plans are definite. They have a 21 day cancellation policy with no flexibility. We had to cancel 13 days out for a midweek - April reservation (read-slow time of year, we weren't taking a room from anyone) and they would not credit our account. They said they would hold our deposit for a future trip. As owners of a small hospitality business, we understand the loss of revenue issue but I can not recall when we have kept a midweek deposit. Because it just creates a disgruntled customer who not only won't go back, but will make sure all their friends know about their treatment. Why should they get to keep my money? I guess because they have their cancellation policy and they stick to it. Just make sure you are going if you reserve.
Dissapointing Christmas Vacation
Very dissapointing. The staff was slow, inexperienced and a little unfriendly. Everything was overpriced, and we were overcharged for more than $1,000.00! Has a lot of potential but not there yet.
Great guides for the riding tours and beautiful setting. Food was marvelous and rooms were cute. Not a posh room but a real good old-fashioned value. Very comfortable and worth the trip.
The MTI is a Great Getaway!
My wife and I just spent a week in June 2003 at the Mountain Top Inn, and it was fantastic. We went for horseback/trail-riding and it was everything we'd hoped for. The hills, mountains, riding trails, and lake are all beautiful and fun, and the personnel were all friendly, fun, and professional. Don't go there expecting glitzy riding facilities, because they aren't glitzy, but they do the job, plus the horses are great and plentiful, and besides, the outdoors is the real star of the show. With luck, you'll even see some deer and a moose or two.As far as the Inn itself goes, we stayed in the Deluxe/Luxury room and found it well worth the money, for the comfy furniture (big bed, leather chairs) and nice appointments (mini-fridge, coffee-maker, Polo towels, etc.) and especially the pristine lake view. The proprietors and staff were all extremely nice as well, and every single person we dealt with at the Inn bent over backwards to make sure we were happy, informed, and well-cared-for, from the owners to the front-desk-staff to the dining-room-staff to the horse-folks. Overall, the place is great for people who want a mountain-lodge experience. It's not a zillion-dollar flashy mega-hotel with screaming kids, a massive pool, weight room, or video arcade. It's a quiet, charming, lodge with character, for people looking for rest, relaxation, beautiful views, and personal service. Food notes: The dining room was very nice, a roomy area on the bottom floor of the lodge, looking out over a green lawn and down to the lake, with antler light fixtures and a fireplace. The cuisine was very tasty and fancy-but-not-overly-so, breakfast, lunch, and dinner; not cheap, but nothing very good ever is! Note that since you're 20 or so minutes up-the-mountain from Killington/Rutland, there's really not a whole lot of meal possibilities other than the Inn, unless you don't mind that little drive [e.g. get a package that includes meals, or do the Meal Plan if you're not wanting to hop in your car while you're there] Last notes(which are cross-country-ski-runs in the winter) or take canoes, kayaks, etc., out onto the medium-size lake (500 acres?). We had fun with both, plus the Inn owns a comfy motor boat that goes out on demand, if you just want to sit and enjoy the clear air and solitude. We very much hope for a return trip in the future!
TripAdvisor Reviews The Mountain Top Inn & Resort Chittenden
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... but she said Veetee routee fifteenee. Drove back through Montpelier - capital of Vermont. Very small town (village) but quite gorgeous, we walked around a bit, wanting arvo tea, saw a cafe that said 'closed' but when we asked she invited us in, sat us down and gave of coffee, tea, choc cake and apple pie. She kept letting more people in, yet it was well past closing time. American hospitality is real ...
... in winter. When in American Vermont we have to say VerMONT, not like Melbourne where we say VERmont. Got to get the emphasis on the right syllable! Had lunch next to a visitor information centre, there was a stall manned by volunteers from American Legion Auxiliary. There were sandwiches, bagels, fruit, hot cider, etc, all by donation. This is a cider making area, so we had some for ...
After Fort Ticonderoga the lake turned more into a river. There was a last wide stretch between Gourlie Point and Stony Point, and then we started with some serious channel markers from then on. The water became more shallow, and there were even point where we saw 10 feet. This area was incredible- marshes, stone cliffs, tons of birds and very little human activity. The train tracks were right beside us most of the way to Whitehall, and eventually I got ...
... Crown Point and stopped overnight at Fort Ticonderoga. The winds were supposed to be from the south and then west, so we anchored above the Fort area to be protected. There was no wind at all in the end, we should have gone to the south anchorage.... as we passed it by the next day we saw it had a much better view. It was a very quiet sleep after the ferry stopped, and after the gazillion birds finished their convention in the trees nearby. ...
... a field where the lawn used to be, the house was relatively clean and mostly in one piece. We had been warned that our real dog, Molly, missed us TERRIBLY and had been acting depressed and moody for a couple days. We decided we'd leave George in the car for a little while once we got home. To give them more time to prepare for our arrival and because we were hungry, we made one last stop at the China Buffet in White ...