Historical Traveller Reviews of Sheraton Burlington Hotel & Conference Center
For the price, this Sheraton should be called a Motel 6 (actually, that's an insult to them, sorry). The room was worn down and small. The bathroom seemed to be a retrofitted closet. It was so cramped, and the ceilings were so low, I thought we had gone through Alice's rabbit hole. The atmosphere through the night felt like we were sleeping in a lukewarm steamroom. It was clammy and humid, even with the air conditioning turned to 60 degrees. We couldn't get out of there soon enough. Good for those who want a real jump start on the day. Yuck.
Nice Place and Close to Most Attractions
Stayed here three nights. Not a bad place. It's pretty close to everything that Burlington has to offer and not far from the airport.
We were checked in with no problems. The woman that helped us was a trainee as indicated by her bade but she did a decent job. Our room appeared to have been recently renovated and the white paint on the ceiling appeared fresh.
This hotel is a bit unusual in that it seems that you are in a greenhouse. Our room had no window to the outside. The window faced the inside of the hotel. It's a bit weird but an interesting concept for a hotel. Our view was of the restaraunt and the pool. That came in handy if we wanted to see how busy the pool was.
The indoor pool was pretty good though a bit small. The water is very warm there and you won't have to adjust to the water temperature when you get in. It's a bit like getting into a bathtub. There are also two hot tubs which were great. Plenty of towels are kept by the pool. There is no outdoor pool but a sundeck is available.
There is a bar and restaraunt here. We went to the bar a few times and it was okay. The restaraunt seemed pretty quiet and I never saw that many people in there. It appears that breakfast is their busiest time.
One night, we had gotten back from a long ride around Vermont and found that it was closed! It was a Sunday night and the hotel pretty full. We were going to eat there since we were tired. The other option was the bar which served snacks, burgers and sandwiches. The server politely informed us that they were out of french fries (how does that happen in a restaraunt?) but we passed as it was expensive and ending up going out anyway.
There is pleny of free parking here. The hotel offers a free airport shuttle which is available on demand but you will need a car to get around Burlington anyway.
There is a small store by reception that sells coffee (not bad!) and sodas. There are also some souvineers but you can do better elsewhere.
Overall, not a bad stay but not spectacular either. This is probably a handy place if your son or daughter attends the University of Vermont and you are going to visit them for a weekend. It's right next store to that. I think that was the idea when this hotel was built. It's not far but not that close either to the downtown attractions.
Met our needs
What a welcome surprise to find a nice hotel that accepted pets, especially compared to other places we have stayed . They did not charge for our pet and did not discriminate as far as the room we were put in as some hotels do. We really enjoyed the club level, (although the lower level room were also nice),the size and comfort of the rooms and the convenient location to downtown shopping , dining etc. Be sure to eat at the Culinary Institute down town, it is less expensive then the school and offered different creations daily. The beds were comfortable and the management pleasant. I have stayed at this hotel twice and will go back again in the fall. The only negative aspect is the restaurant, too expensive for just average food . Drinks were also expensive. It may have improved since then.
steady deterioration over the years
from A TripAdvisor Member
this was my last of many visits to The Sheraton in Burlington Vermont. I have been coming to this hotel for many years and have watched as it slipped into major disrepair and neglect. We were traveling from Montreal for a short day trip with our two children. It was really hot and we could not wait to use the pool. The area around the pool was filthy. I saw many band aids and just general filth that turned me off. Although we were the only guests using the pool we noted hair and other items floating in the water. It appeared there was a party on Saturday night in the pool area and by Sunday they still had not cleaned up. Along the mezzanine going to the pool we saw trays of food and bottles on the ground that remained there during our entire stay. This is a place that is not up to Sheraton standards!!!!!! When I complained to the front desk upon my departure the staff was disinterested. I will never return!
For over $200 a night - this was not a good value. The Sheraton Burlington was nothing more than a glorified motor lodge. View was of a highway and shopping plaza (unlike the "mountain view" in their brochure). Not much within walking distance and service was just OK. No bell service, no turndown service, no valet. The lack of those services would be fine at $100 a night - but at $229 you really expect more. If you are looking for a high-end hotel - this is not the place for you. Room was clean but had that 'doctor's office' smell.
For a true Vermont getaway in Burlington - I would recommend the Wyndham near the lake or Inn at Essex in the country. Both are much better options...
t a Charm
from A TripAdvisor Member
This is the third time I have stayed at this hotel, and each time has been less pleasant than the previous. The first time the hallway my room was off of, had a very unpleasant odor to it and I feltr the room needed a mor through cleaning both in dusting and the vacuuming. Next trip I had the same powder behind the bathroom door for the three nights I spent there during a conference. This last time I had to wait from 11:30 AM until approximatly 5:00 PM for a room, along with several other people arriving for the same conference. I was told to check back at 2:00 PM, which I did, however a room wasn't ready and I remained in the lobby waiting. Some people had rooms ready, others didn't. I left my name at the desk asking to be called but never was. I had to go up to the desk to check again several times. We were told that the "system had problems registering the cleaned rooms" then overheard there was a house cleaning staff shortage/problem, though not directly told that. When I did finally get a room, I had two burnt out lights, and the shades by the double wall/bed lamp looked as though they should have been replaced months before my visit, as both sides had broken plastic shade liners. The bathroom ceiling had a hole in the seam that needed repair. The deciding factor in my decision to never return to this hotel ever again was the cleanliness of the room, there were cheese nip crakers under the night stand, a bottle cap, loose change, and poker chips under the entertainment armoire, along with loose change setting on top of the chair cushion. Granted they did cut one nights expense off of my bill, but for a Sheraton hotel this was not the type of room I would expect. The bed was comfortable and clean but I would never recommend that anyone would stay there.
We just spent 3 nights at the Sheraton Burlington and found it to be acceptable. Compared to other Sheraton's that we have stayed at, it's "ok". We were surprised that it was right off the exit. Although it is not within walking distance of the downtown area, it is very convenient. We were located on the 2nd floor overlooking the front parking lot...there really isn't much a view from anywhere in the hotel as it's next to the highway. The rooms are a decent size but showing their age. The hotel could definitley use a good cleaning and some new furniture. Food was edible..nothing great. Staff was very friendly. We brought our dog and although we were supposed to receive a "doggie welcome bag" (we did not), the cleaning crew and staff were very nice to her. The work out area and pool are a good size with 2 jacuzzis. By Sunday night, the hotel was very quiet. Overall, this is an acceptable place to stay while in Burlington.
Our flight was delayed overnight due to mechanical failure. It was late and we were tired. The airline put us up at the Sheraton in two seperate rooms (we were two woman traveling). The beds were heavenly, the rooms quiet and clean. The halls were confusing and long. The food was very good, not excellent. Be very careful about ordering wine-my one glass was $9. I had forgotten that it can be so expensive in Vermont to have wine. It is actually less expensive to have a mixed drink. I digress. When we checked in the staff was over the top helpful-even putting some food we had purchased for the flight back to Oregon in their refrigerator to be retrieved in the morning. The early morning staff (5 a.m.) was just as warm and friendly. I would absolutely stay again and am looking now for a date in May 2006. I have to wonder after reading the other posts if they have changed management or why our experience was so positive.
Convenient location/good value
from A TripAdvisor Member
We booked our room through Priceline for $50/night.... The front desk noticed I was a Starwood member and put us on the upper floor--the hotel is huge...a lot of winding ways to get here and there..Staff was pleasant, friendly. The hotel is showing some signs of age, the carpets at the back entrances, are in dire need of being replaced. The Sweet Sleeper bed..it is all they say it is...perfectly comfortable and inviting! I liked the idea of having a recyle basket in the room, great idea to put your cans/bottles in it. We were happy with our price, our room, and location.
Nothing Special... but Acceptable
The Sheraton in Burlington, VT is just that.... acceptable. I was there for three nights in July. The restaurant (G's) is very average at best... go out to eat! The restaurants downtown on Market Street are wonderful!!!! The pool area is reasonable large and the fitness center is OK. The rooms are of reasonable size, but are showing a little wear and tear. Close to the highway and about a a 10 minute drive (at the most) downtown. The staff is friendly and helpful.
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Our trip to Burlington Vermont
The town was great. We went up to visit Champlain College. I was very impressed with the college and plan to send my son next year. I am seeking a better location when I am up visiting or setting him up for college. Any suggests is appreciated. The food we ate in town was good, especially the Japanese restaurant Saukra Bana. Church Street was nice to walk around and have some different places to see and eat. Lake Champlain is beautiful.
I shall be trying different things each time I visit.
The water front is quite nice. Watch the sun go down and have an icecream
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