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4.3 out of 5

"Overall Nice stay. Food in Tavern just ok. Several of us complained about the nachos. Got back at 9 pm and room wasn’t cleaned. When contacted front d ... " More

By a verified traveler on Wed 07 Feb 2018

Hotel Description

Family-friendly ski hotel with 2 restaurants

Skiing getaway

At this Essex Junction hotel, you'll be within 3 miles (5 km) of Champlain Valley Exposition and 6 miles (10 km) of Saint Michael's College. Also within 9 miles (15 km) are Lake Champlain and University of Vermont.

Renovated in 2017

A full-service spa, 2 restaurants, and 6 outdoor tennis courts are all featured at this Victorian hotel. Take advantage of ski storage on site, and enjoy snowshoeing. There's fun for all ages with mini golf and a playground, and in-room childcare is an added bonus.

Free WiFi, comfy beds

The 120 individually decorated guestrooms offer free WiFi and comfy beds. Other amenities include iPod docks, private yards, and flat-screen TVs with cable channels.

Culinary Queen Accessible

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max
$112* Per night/room Nov 17 - Nov 18

Culinary Double Queen Accessible

Bed Count 2 Queen Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Culinary King with Sleeper Sofa

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Culinary King Spa Suite

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Culinary King

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Culinary Double Queen

Bed Count 2 Queen Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

The Essex, Vermont's Culinary Resort & Spa ratings based on 10 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
4.3 out of 5 4.5 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.5 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.5 out of 5.0
Room comfort 4.0 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 4.5 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for The Essex, Vermont's Culinary Resort & Spa

Everyone (7) Family (1)
5 out of 5
What a pleasant surprise!! Beautiful property, wonderful staff ,excellent suite,, fabulous food! We will return for a much longer stay 😍 Highly recommend

Posted by on Oct 17, 2019

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5 out of 5

Posted by on Sep 9, 2019

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Sep 13, 2019 by Sarah Craig

Thank you for your rating!

5 out of 5

Posted by on Jun 15, 2019

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Jun 18, 2019 by Alan B., Front Office Manager

Thank you for taking the time to share your recent experience with us, we look forward to seeing you again soon!

5 out of 5

Posted by on Dec 6, 2018

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Dec 9, 2018 by Keith M.

Thanks for staying with us. We appreciate your feedback!

4 out of 5
Overall Nice stay. Food in Tavern just ok. Several of us complained about the nachos. Got back at 9 pm and room wasn’t cleaned. When contacted front desk they asked what I wanted. I said I would like the room done. Strange question I‘d say.

Posted by on Feb 7, 2018

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2 out of 5

Disappointing stay but good food

Pros: Room was not overly crowded, there was a heat lamp in the bathroom, food was very good.
Cons: Have people who care checking people in at the front desk. Fix the little things (remote control, blinds), offer a few healthy alternatives food-wise
Location: We wanted to be near the airport & it is. We did not explore the immediate area because we already had plans.
Food was excellent but the stay was disappointing overall for the price. The room was nothing special. The bathroom had a pedestal sink so there was absolutely nowhere to put my "things." We arrived early and were told by the young lady at the front desk that she would call us as soon as the room was ready. I get that we arrived early and the room was not ready, but when we went back to check, another clerk was now on duty and our room was actually ready. Maybe the room had only just become ready, but it was our general impression that the young lady that checked us in wanted to do only what was required of her and nothing more. The room was clean and was not crowded with furniture, but it took a lot of effort to get one of the blinds to close for privacy and the TV remote did not fully work. When we walked in the main ground floor of our building to get to our room, it smelled as though it used to be a smoking facility at some point in it's past and that stale smell still lingered. For the price, we will not stay there again.

Posted by , from Virginia on Oct 17, 2017

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2 out of 5

50 min wait for breakfast

No massage availability .. long wait for breakfast when most tables empty. $2.50 coffee fee for complimentary lobby coffee for nonovernight guests... in Essex, vt

Posted by on Mar 6, 2017

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Mar 13, 2017 by Diane B.

Thank you for sharing your experience with us. We are sorry to hear that The Spa was full during your visit. The team does everything possible to fit in everyone looking for appointments, but are unfortunately restricted by the number of treatment rooms available. Appointments can be made well in advance however, and we would love to help you secure a massage time before your next stay.

5 out of 5

Great VT Hotel

Pros: This hotel is a full service hotel, pool, spa, restaurant, if you need R&R everything is there, you technically don't have to leave the property.
Cons: bathrooms are small.
Location: As described above
Beautiful Country side Hotel, near shopping, and if you golf there is a lovely golf course. Close to Burlington VT took a lunch cruise of Lake Champlain, walked the beautiful water front, went shopping on Church Street.

Posted by , from Boston, MA on Aug 27, 2015

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5 out of 5

Great Service

We had a wonderful weekend at the Inn. Brought our 2 year old Newfie which they accommodated wonderfully. Pet walking services were available as well as special rooms so that we had privacy (and so did other guests). Food is outstanding which is done by the New ENgland Culinary Institute. Great access to Burlington and hiking thru the Green Mountains. We'll be back!

Posted by on Jun 17, 2007

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5 out of 5

great choice

Every thing about this hotel was great. I had my two small dogs with me and the staff was very helpfull and friendly with us. Our suite was just a treat after a long rainy day in Burlington. the lady at the reservation desk was very helpfull and informative and she made all her effort to provide the best accomodation for me and my dogs. I recommend the chef in training program, great chef and delicious food. Overall, I had a great time there and I will do the same very soon.

Posted by on May 21, 2006

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About the The Essex, Vermont's Culinary Resort & Spa

Location 70 Essex Way, Essex Junction, VT 05452

Property Features

After a day on the slopes, indulge in a treatment at the full-service spa or soothe your muscles in the spa tub. When the sun goes down, sip après-ski drinks in the hotel's bar. There are 2 restaurants on site, along with a coffee shop/café. WiFi and wired Internet are free in public spaces. This Victorian hotel also offers ski storage, an indoor pool, and an outdoor pool. Free self parking is available. A complete renovation of The Essex, Vermont's Culinary Resort & Spa was completed in July 2017. This 4-star Essex Junction hotel is smoke free.

  • 120 guestrooms or units
  • 3 levels
  • 3 buildings
  • 2 dining venues
  • 7782 sq ft of conference space
  • 723 sq m of conference space
  • Built in 1989
  • Bar or lounge
  • Coffee shop
  • Childcare (surcharge)
  • Ski equipment storage
  • Business center (24 hours)
  • Conference space
  • Breakfast available (surcharge)
  • Dry cleaning
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Express check-out
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Front-desk safe
  • Concierge
  • Wedding services available
  • Library
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Outdoor picnic space
  • Gift shop
  • Beauty salon
  • Newspapers in lobby (free)
  • Fireplace in lobby
  • ATM
  • Bellhop
  • Elevator
  • No smoking on site

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Outdoor pool
  • Indoor pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Outdoor tennis courts - 6
  • Free area shuttle
  • Laundry facilities
  • Babysitting or childcare (surcharge)
  • In-room childcare (surcharge)
  • Playground on site
  • Miniature golf on site
  • Refrigerator
  • Free cribs/infant beds


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi , Free wired Internet


Free self parking , Free RV, bus, truck parking


  • Airport: Burlington, VT (BTV-Burlington Intl.) (11.2 km / 7 mi)
  • Train station: Essex Junction-Burlington Station (3.8 km / 2.4 mi)
  • Property shuttles: Free area shuttle; airport shuttle and train station pick-up
  • Parking: Free self parking and RV/bus/truck parking

Room Amenities

The Essex, Vermont's Culinary Resort & Spa offers 120 air-conditioned accommodations with iPod docking stations and safes. Each accommodation is individually furnished and decorated. Pillowtop beds feature premium bedding. 42-inch flat-screen televisions come with premium cable channels. Refrigerators and coffee/tea makers are provided. Bathrooms include bathrobes, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers. Guests can surf the web using the complimentary wireless Internet access. Business-friendly amenities include desks and complimentary newspapers, as well as phones; free local calls are provided (restrictions may apply). Additionally, rooms include irons/ironing boards and blackout drapes/curtains. In-room massages and hypo-allergenic bedding can be requested. Housekeeping is provided daily.

  • Pillowtop beds
  • IPod dock
  • In-room dining (limited hours)
  • Private outdoor space
  • Flat-screen television
  • Cable channels
  • Premium channels
  • Refrigerator
  • Coffee maker
  • Luxury bedding
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding
  • Cribs (free)
  • Rollaway beds (surcharge)
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Newspapers (free)
  • Local calls (free)
  • Childcare in room (surcharge)
  • Massage in room (surcharge)
  • Hair dryer
  • Safe
  • Bathrobes
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Telephone
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Desk
  • Blackout drapes
  • Climate control (air conditioning)
  • Unique furnishings
  • Unique decor
  • Connecting rooms available

Food & Drink

For a fee, guests can enjoy cooked-to-order breakfast daily from 7 AM to 10:30 AM.

The Tavern - Overlooking the garden, this restaurant specializes in American cuisine and serves breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar. A children's menu is available.

Junction - Overlooking the garden, this fine-dining restaurant specializes in regional cuisine and serves dinner only. A children's menu is available. Reservations are required. Open daily.

Room service (during limited hours) is available.

Nearby Activities

An indoor pool, an outdoor pool, and a spa tub are on site. Other recreational amenities include outdoor tennis courts, a sauna, and a fitness center.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

  • Snowshoeing on site
  • Yoga classes/instruction on site
  • Fitness classes on site
  • Basketball on site
  • Bicycle rentals on site
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Sailing nearby
  • Snowboarding nearby
  • Golf driving range on site
  • Water skiing nearby
  • Miniature golf on site
  • Golf lessons on site
  • Snowmobiling nearby
  • Mountain biking nearby
  • Skydiving nearby
  • Ropes course on site
  • Downhill skiing nearby
  • Windsurfing nearby
  • Cross-country skiing nearby
  • Pilates classes on site
  • Playground on site
  • Ecotours nearby
  • Ski lessons available nearby
  • Ski equipment rental shops nearby
  • Scooter/moped rentals nearby

Spa Services

Spa at The Essex has 10 treatment rooms. Services include facials, body scrubs, body treatments, and manicures and pedicures. The spa is equipped with a sauna and a steam room. A variety of treatment therapies are provided, including hydrotherapy.

  • Sauna in spa
  • Steam room in spa
  • Number of treatment rooms 10
  • Manicures and pedicures
  • Body treatments
  • Body scrubs
  • Facial treatments
  • Hydrotherapy treatments
  • Massages


If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when you book your room.

  • Wheelchair accessible path of travel
  • Accessible bathroom
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair accessible parking
  • In-room accessibility
  • Assistive listening devices available

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time ends at 5 AM
  • Check-in time starts at 4 PM
  • Minimum check-in age is 18

Special check-in instructions:

24-hour airport shuttle service is available. Fees may apply. Contact the property in advance to make arrangements.

Airport transportation is offered 24 hours a day. Fees may apply. Please make arrangements in advance by contacting the property.


  • Check-out by 11 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! Children stay free when using existing bedding.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available for USD 10.00 per day.
  • Free cribs (infant beds)!


  • Pets: USD 45 per pet, per day
  • Maximum 2 per room
  • Certain rooms only
  • You can request a pet-friendly room by reaching out to the property at the number on the booking confirmation


Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.

Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A credit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification are required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges.


Guests will be asked to pay the following charges at the property:

  • Resort fee: USD 27.56 per accommodation, per night

We've listed all charges provided to us by the property, but they may vary based on length of stay or the room booked.

Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Fee for cooked-to-order breakfast: USD 19.50 per person (approximately)
  • Airport shuttle fee: USD 25.00 per person (one way)
  • Pet fee: USD 45 per pet, per day
  • Rollaway bed fee: USD 10.00 per day

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • Essex Resort
  • Essex Resort Essex Junction
  • Essex Vermont’s Culinary Resort Essex Junction
  • Essex Vermont’s Culinary Resort
  • Essex Vermont’s Culinary Essex Junction
  • Essex Vermont’s Culinary
  • The Essex, Vermont's Culinary Resort & Spa Hotel
  • The Essex, Vermont's Culinary Resort & Spa Essex Junction
  • The Essex, Vermont's Culinary Resort & Spa Hotel Essex Junction

You should know

  • The Essex, Vermont's Culinary Resort & Spa offers transfers from the airport and train station (fees may apply). Please contact the property at the number on the booking confirmation 24 hours prior to arrival with your arrival details.
  • The seasonal pool will open in June and close in October.
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property at the number on your booking confirmation.
  • Pets are welcome in specific rooms only, which can be requested by contacting the property directly at the number on your booking confirmation (please see the Fees section for related charges).
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*Price based on the lowest price found within past 24 hours and based upon one night stay for two adults over the next thirty days. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.