Historical Traveller Reviews of Woodstock Inn & Resort Hotel
Sad But Not Worth It
My sister and I finally got "lucky" enough to score a room at The Woodstock Inn and we were thrilled. Originally we booked one of the lower end ($ wise) rooms but decided to upgrade to a room in the $400 range.
When the staff finally let us check into our room at 4pm, we had to laugh because we realized they had obviously booked us into the wrong room. A call to the front desk proved even more hilarious as we were told that this small, dark room cheaply decorated in early Red Roof Inn was all we would get for over $400.
It featured two small windows with views of the hotel restaurant roof, a tiny not very clean bathroom and beds that were as hard as rock. When we asked for an upgrade, the front desk said that they were sold out. So unfortunately we were stuck in that room for two nights unhappily listening to everything going on in the next room via paper thin walls.
That was the first and absolute last time either of us will stay at the Woodstock Inn. Heed my advice and find other accommodations.
Brunch at the inn
from A TripAdvisor Member
We have been to Brunch several times over the years that we have lived in the area. However the last two times we were quite disappointed. The Food was the same and we were there in Oct and March, They need to get a bigger and better selection Both times the waitperson did not ask about cocktails and really gave us the impression that we were in the way instead of being helpful. I am not sure if she was new But I do miss the old staff that was there and took care of your needs in a very professional manner. Its awonderful spot and We have enjoyed it in the past but now it seems as if the service and food that Brunch was known for has just slipped away.
stop for dinner or lunch, skip the stay
For $350 a night and a stellar reputation, we had high expectations...which were dashed as soon as we checked in. Our room was smaller than we expected, and the bathroom was dirty... the shower hadn't quite been all the way cleaned. The fitted sheet kept sliding around the bed, which made sense after we noticed it was missing a mattress pad -- we felt like we were at the Motel 6! I tried to raise this issue when we checked out, but the young girl at the front desk just kind of nodded her head but didn't seem to listen.
We enjoyed the town of Woodstock -- very quaint and picturesque, and you can't beat the Inn's location for convenience. We skied at the local ski area - Suicide Six (which the Inn owns)- which was uncrowded and easy to navigate (don't expect any price breaks with your stay though). We also loved breakfast at the Inn - the food is fantastic.
However, the next time we're looking for a romantic high-end getaway in VT, we'll try Equinox or the Jackson House Inn in Woodstock instead ...
Great Place to Relax
from A TripAdvisor Member
All I have to say is wonderful!!! MY husband and I just returned from a long weekend getaway and we LOVED it!! The food was excellent in all of the resturants. The Sunday brunch is something NOT to be missed!! The staff was very attentive and friendly. The rooms were very clean. It is worth the little bit extra $$.
I can't say I agree with any of the negative reviews for the Woodstock Inn. I had read all the comments on this site before my trip so I prepared myself for something overpriced and overrated, but I found the complete opposite. We booked the Ski Free package with a superior king room that included free ski rentals and lift tickets. At around $260 a night I think that's a bargain. The concierge was very accomodating and I had no issues at check-in/out. The room was absolutely charming. No dirty walls, lampshades, etc. We had breakfast once in the Eagle Cafe and I thought it was delicious. The inn has a shuttle that takes you to suicide 6 every hour which was really convenient. I would definitely stay here again!
Not very special
from A TripAdvisor Member
Nicely situated hotel but don't eat there. Breakfast buffet not bad but lunch and dinner will take most of the evening, the service is so slow and inept. Food not very good either.
Way over rated!!! Too much money for unclean room!
from A TripAdvisor Member
I stayed here about a month ago after reading all the great reviews of this inn. I was not impressed at all by this inn based on the amount I paid to stay. This inn is comparable more to a studio type chain motel in the $40-$60 range when one looks at the room condition. There were stains on my bedding. The lampshade had dust/brown marks. The bathroom had some hairs on the sink area (sorry, a big pet peeve of mine). I will say that the reception area is very nice. The staff is somewhat indifferent. I will never stay here again at almost $300.00 a night!
My husband & I stayed @ 3 different inns over 13 days in Southern & Central VT. We are also big time travellers & have stayed @ many "best" hotels & inns all over the world. After seeing so many 5 star reviews for Woodstock Inn & resort, we thought to stay here. We left scratching our heads in wonder. Impressive on the outside & when you 1st walk in (nice fireplace in the Lobby). Hopes were up but quickly dissapted once we got in the room & got settled (we stayed in a $400/night premium fireplace room). As I sat in the reading chair, relaxing from the drive, I looked around. The room was AWFULLY TIRED, even dirty. There were stains on the chair, actual dust or maybe it was dried food along one side & in the crevices. The reading light didn't work (& the bulb was never replaced even though I left a note for housekeeping every day) & the shade had obvious brown stains all over it. The room was damp & The closets smelled of mothballs AND mildew. There was mold in the upper corners of the room running down the seam of the wallpaper. The mini fridge was empty the whole time (never found a mini bar...I guess our empty fridge was it). Oh yeah...& we overlooked a grade school. Looking around the room, I was suddenly interrupted by screaming children. For $400 a night....it is all just very unacceptable. The fireplace is lovely however & room service was good. HOWEVER, this Inn is seriously just in it for the money. 1st of ALL, the website makes you think that they have a private spa facility (as one would think..on their own premises). NOPE. It's THE TOWN'S PUBLIC leisure center (which is a 1.6 mile drive away & my husband got a $140 dollar speeding ticket going 40 in a 25. Be careful b'c we heard that's a common occurence) which has a setup with the Inn. We thought that whole "Spa" set up was pretty darn cheeky. The next thing was..Breakfast was NOT included. At $400/night (for an "inn" nonetheless) they couldn't treat their guests to a $10-20 breakfast? EVERY place we have stayed in, breakfast has always been included. You even had to pay $1.50 for a paper in the morning! PLUS, they do a "Fall Foliage" Buffet open to the public & have only 1 dining area for it. What does that mean? Well, it means that as a paying guest, if you come down 15 minutes before breakfast ends, you have to wait with everyone else for a table & if you miss the 10:30am cut off (what about sleeping as late as possible on vacation?) you are out of luck & can only get the breakfast buffet not a cooked breakfast. Not even GUESTS get preferential treatment. PLUS the fact that once you get in there, there are tons of tables available but they won't seat you until it is bused & re-set which took longer then it should have. The whole place was run to make the most money. It was a stingy & mean spirited establishment in that respect. We really felt it gave nothing to it's guests out of sheer hospitality or good business sense. The only thing they did was put out cookies, tea, hot cider & coffe every afternoon. AGAIN however, EVERY afternoon, the cider ran out & instead of putting out a few, they would refill ONLY ONE. Which meant a line of at least 10 would form & if you were last, you might be out of luck for a second time. It's just not thoughtful. It was Columbus weekend, so it was a big weekend for them but they should account for that. They've been around long enough. Also a ton of kids & a TON of seniors. It was kind of a stodgy atmosphere but nice enough to pass the mustard if your not paying (maybe on a group tour like a lot of the seniors that were there who I overheard singing it's praises) or if you don't travel that often. Woodstock itself was quaint but heaving w/people. We ate @ Bentley's which had a nice vibe & good food but they were SO busy that we felt rushed. The Billings Mansions was really interesting. It's also really small, you can do it in a day. Overall, if you're looking for a romantic stay..don't stay there. Go to Macartney House in Landgrove instead (see review). If yoy stay there, you will see why WI&R was such a disappointment & why we felt so ripped off. The WI&R just seemed like a generic, greedy business hotel over a gracious, elegant & comforting place to stay. To us, it just didn't represt in person how it portrayed itself to WANT to be & for that, it was not good. Maybe it was the time of year but...the stains were old & the fridge was always empty.
Not worth the money
from A TripAdvisor Member
We travel a great deal, and have stayed at some of the finest hotels in the world. We were very much looking forward to the Woodstock Inn. We were pretty disappointed, especially at $300/night. Had a reservation (for almost a year) for a deluxe king. Paid a deposit for first and last nights. Upon arrival, we were told that no deluxe kings were available. Oops. Sorry, we moved you into a superior room (downgrade). Ultimately, the hotel relented and put us in a "Premium" room for the same price (upgrade). When we keyed open the door, we couldn't believe it. Not very clean - ancient wallpaper - a mildew-smelling tiny bathroom - an ugly couch - a small TV - all in a standard sized room. Made us wonder what the Deluxe Rooms are like - if this was an upgrade. Cleaning was not up to snuff. A bag of trash sat uncollected for 2 days. Also - be warned about add-ons at check out. This hotel is now charging $3/day for housecleaning, and a $6 "porterage" charge. Mind you, no one from this hotel handled my bags during any part of my stay. One doorman actually stood there by the front door and watched me struggle to load my heavy suitcases into the car - while chatting pleasantly with me. This was after I had paid the "porter" fee. Unbelievable. This is NOT a $300/night hotel. I have willingly paid $400, $500, even $1000 per night and enjoyed real luxury. Unfortunately, the bloom is definitely off this rose. Maybe it was nice 25 years ago, but it seems to have slipped. A lot. We should have stayed at the Shire, which looked really nice, and a much better value.
A Nice Place to Stay
My wife and I just returned from 4 days at the inn. The inn has a lot to offer. Our room was nice , but the bedding needs upgrading. The restaurnat was good and the tavern was very pleasant.
Overall an enjoyable experience but, the place seems to needs a sprucing up.
Top Local Tips for Woodstock
The weekday ski package is an excellent value. For novice or casual skiers skiing and rental are free at Suicide Six, the resort ski hill. On friday afternoon (1:40-4:00) the local schoolchildren ski at the mountain so it is better to plan other activities.
They can only say no
If you want a late check out, give it a try. Call in the morning and you may get lucky.
Prince and Pauper is great and walking distance Kedron Inn is nice for relaxing dinner Simon Pearce is great for lunch