by Amanda Geronikos
Hotel Vermont is a luxurious, boutique property in Burlington, Vermont, close to Church Street Marketplace and Waterfront Park, where you’ll find ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, and many opportunities to enjoy the waters of Lake Champlain. Explore by foot or take advantage of the hotel’s bike rentals.
The hotel caters to families with children of all ages, offering stylish guestrooms with comfortable platform beds and spacious bathrooms with tubs and showers, plus complimentary Wi-Fi. There’s also an onsite restaurant, though it’s best for families with teens.
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Rustic meets luxury in the hotel's 125 guestrooms, which include flat-screen TVs, complimentary Wi-Fi and notably cozy beds (mostly platform) outfitted with 300-count linens, hypo-allergenic down and feather pillows, and warm, wool blankets designed specifically for the hotel.
Rollaway beds and play yards are available at no charge, as are some connecting units with advance notice.
These typically sleep up to two guests, but some of them also have trundle beds or sofas (not sofa beds) to sleep a third guest.
Queen and Double
Best for families, these rooms include one king bed and a double, sleeping up to four guests comfortably. These rooms also include shower/tub combinations in the bathrooms.
One Bedroom Suite
This option is also nice for a family, with a separate bedroom that has a king bed and a living area with a queen sofa bed. It also has a kitchenette with mini-fridge and dining table. With 700 square feet of space, it offers more than enough room for a family to spread out.
Mount Philo Suite
This luxurious suite, also with 700 square feet of space, is located on the top floor and sleeps four guests in a king bed (separate room) and a queen sleeper sofa in the living area. Also included is a kitchenette, Tivoli radio, and cozy robes (adult sizes) to put on after you've bathed in the walk-in shower or jetted tub.
The hotel also offers the Sherwood Suite, a hospitality room that sleeps two guests and is ideal for entertaining, and a Whirlpool King suite that's best for couples, with a jetted tub and fireplace.
What a treat to stay at this beautiful property. As soon as you set foot in the lobby you know you are not at an ordinary hotel-great art, bikes in the lobby to borrow, lots of local touches and textures. Check in was a breeze. The rooms have lots of unusual design and decor elements including sliding doors for the bathroom, indirect lighting under the bed, local textiles and appointments. The bed and bedding made for a great night sleep in the quiet guest floors. Each room has a carafe for water that can be filled with still or sparkling water from the dispenser in the hallway. The staff is friendly and helpful with everything from making sure you have all you need to answering the question about whether or not the chamomile tea is decaf-which it is! The location is fantastic-close to Church St. shopping and dining, Lake Champlain and the Burlington Greenbelt. Next time I come I hope to stay longer!!
We planned a last minute trip to see fall leaves and found a room at the Hotel Vermont. I wanted to stay at a cute B&B or Inn but the hotel was in such a good spot and was so nice that I was happy we stayed there. They put on cider donuts or Vermont cheeses and crackers in the warm ad cozy lobby daily and they have bicycles to take to ride around the Lake Champlain bike path. We definitely would return to Burlington and stay here!
Hotel Vermont offers bicycle rentals, with a few smaller bikes available for kids. Some bikes are free to borrow, while upgraded bikes are available for $10. Bikes are available for two hours and can be rented on a first-come, first-served basis. If traveling with babies or toddlers, it's recommended you bring your own carriers or trailers.
Like many restaurants in the area, Juniper features farm-to-table cuisine for breakfast, lunch, dinner and on Sundays, brunch. The upscale restaurant also offers a late-night menu on weekends, and on Wednesdays, there's live jazz. While it's not a place we'd recommend for families, kids are welcome.
You might also consider Bleu, located at the Courtyard Burlington Harbor next door. (Both hotels are managed by the same company).
Planning & Tips
All About the Extras
Wi-Fi is complimentary to all guests of the Hotel Vermont.
Hotel Vermont has a fairly extensive fitness center with cardiovascular machines and basic strength training equipment (complimentary). There's also a small yoga studio, with daily classes offered for $20 (60 minutes).
Check-in time is 3 p.m., with check-out at noon.
The Art of Smart Timing
While Burlington is a college town and bustles with activity throughout the year, it's just as popular (if not more popular) in the summer, when travelers come to the area to enjoy its location on Lake Champlain.
If you're planning to fly to Burlington, your best bet for an airport is Montreal-Pierre Elliott International Airport in Canada (about two hours away) or Albany International Airport (three-hour drive).
It's easy to walk to Church Street Marketplace (5-minute flat walk) and the Burlington Waterfront (10-minute walk, though very hilly on the way back). But you'll still want a car to explore other areas of the scenic Lake Champlain Byway.
Parking is available in a garage adjacent to the hotel for a nominal fee.
For Mom and Dad
Walk next door to Hen of the Wood for refreshing cocktails and small plates in an upscale, romantic setting. Afterward, stroll along the waterfront to watch the sun set over Lake Champlain.
You might also consider a massage. While the hotel doesn't offer a spa, it works with Blissful Healing Massage to provide services -- including Swedish and deep tissue massages -- to guests of the hotel.