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Old 03-17-2014, 05:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Recommend any lodging for Stowe?

Trying to narrow down a place to stay for Stowe. Since I'll be driving I figure I'll just drive to the mountain each morning (any reason I shouldn't?)

It seems there are some more affordable options, but pretty consistent complaints around things like poor wifi, noisy plumbing/heating, etc... while some of the alternatives are like double the price.

Could anyone provide any recommendations or help point me in the right direction of narrowing down my decision?

- Any reason I should consider distance from mountain? Any reason I shouldn't be driving to the mountain each morning?
- Wifi is important
- What about breakfast? Some offer (mainly continental) breakfast, but is it a) offered early enough and b) even worth considering? Won't exactly pack the energy you'd need for the day!
- Any have a slightly more social aspect to them? Common areas that are actually used, to meet people, etc...
- Can't say I care about style/how outdated it is, but I would expect clean

Anything else I might be missing?
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Old 03-17-2014, 06:00 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Trying to narrow down a place to stay for Stowe. Since I'll be driving I figure I'll just drive to the mountain each morning (any reason I shouldn't?)

It seems there are some more affordable options, but pretty consistent complaints around things like poor wifi, noisy plumbing/heating, etc... while some of the alternatives are like double the price.

Could anyone provide any recommendations or help point me in the right direction of narrowing down my decision?

- Any reason I should consider distance from mountain? Any reason I shouldn't be driving to the mountain each morning?
- Wifi is important
- What about breakfast? Some offer (mainly continental) breakfast, but is it a) offered early enough and b) even worth considering? Won't exactly pack the energy you'd need for the day!
- Any have a slightly more social aspect to them? Common areas that are actually used, to meet people, etc...
- Can't say I care about style/how outdated it is, but I would expect clean

Anything else I might be missing?

We stayed at the green mountain inn. Decently priced for what we got. Large "luxury room" with couch, fireplace, in room jacuzzi, free wifi, heated outdoor pool and jacuzzi. For 2 lift tix (fiancÚ doesn't ride/ski), and 2 midweek nights stay it was $499 including tax. Think published rate was $180/night. There's a free shuttle that picks up right outside, but if you feel like driving you might as well. There's a decent breakfast available onsite, but not included and expensive for what is available. The onsite restaurant was good, but expensive. We would definitely stay again.

We were looking for a nice place to stay, not the cheapest, and I'm certain there are cheaper. This was my only experience at stowe, and can't wait to get back.
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We stayed at the green mountain inn. Decently priced for what we got. Large "luxury room" with couch, fireplace, in room jacuzzi, free wifi, heated outdoor pool and jacuzzi. For 2 lift tix (fiancÚ doesn't ride/ski), and 2 midweek nights stay it was $499 including tax. Think published rate was $180/night. There's a free shuttle that picks up right outside, but if you feel like driving you might as well. There's a decent breakfast available onsite, but not included and expensive for what is available. The onsite restaurant was good, but expensive. We would definitely stay again.

We were looking for a nice place to stay, not the cheapest, and I'm certain there are cheaper. This was my only experience at stowe, and can't wait to get back.
Yea, Green Mountain Inn seems to be way up there in ratings... but also seems quite pricey, especially if I'm alone... $180 night for just myself feels steep
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Agree with you that that price is steep, but not out of line for anyplace close to a resort. Comfort, style and convenience are at a premium. The resort I frequent, Boyne's rooms are great, but run $200+ a night at peak! I can't afford that so,...

The cheapie Best Western I usually stay at in N. MI. is $120 a night during peak season. (...I get a Rewards mmbr Internet rate for around $75!)

But it's still only your standard non luxury BW. I have learned to take a few things with me to make the stay more tolerable.

I hate noisy rooms and can't sleep if heaters growling or unruly kids running the halls. I bring earplugs! I also bring my own pillow. AND those nasal strips. (... electric heat and that cheap hotel disinfectant aggravates, dries out and plugs my sinuses. With those things, I can breath normally!)

I take a cooler with snacks, drinks, etc. and since I'm a coffee snob, I bring an electric kettle, good fresh ground coffee and my french press! Need my morning "mana!"

All of that helps a cheap room becomes a comfortable bargain!
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As I said, we weren't looking for cheapest, but compared to the $300+ And $21 for valet a night at spruce lodge, I thought it was a good deal. This was a month ago and was last minute, and spruce rates seem to be cheaper now.

Also green mountain inn has cheaper rooms, we wanted more than just a place to crash.
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Trying to narrow down a place to stay for Stowe. Since I'll be driving I figure I'll just drive to the mountain each morning (any reason I shouldn't?)

It seems there are some more affordable options, but pretty consistent complaints around things like poor wifi, noisy plumbing/heating, etc... while some of the alternatives are like double the price.

Could anyone provide any recommendations or help point me in the right direction of narrowing down my decision?

- Any reason I should consider distance from mountain? Any reason I shouldn't be driving to the mountain each morning?
- Wifi is important
- What about breakfast? Some offer (mainly continental) breakfast, but is it a) offered early enough and b) even worth considering? Won't exactly pack the energy you'd need for the day!
- Any have a slightly more social aspect to them? Common areas that are actually used, to meet people, etc...
- Can't say I care about style/how outdated it is, but I would expect clean

Anything else I might be missing?

INNSBRUCK! One of the closest inns to the mountain, and it has wifi and Dish TV (bring your HDMI cable and plug in your own device), you park right outside your room (access from outside or indoor hallway), FULL breakfast, a small bar with bigscreen tv showing ski/surf porn plus free afternoon hot soup and drinks when you get off the mountain (with a limited selection of bottled beer and wine). Wait! I'm not done! They've got indoor AND outdoor hot tubs. It it totally old school, but big rooms, clean, super nice owners, and only costs about $90-100 a night. It is not luxury, but you won't get much closer to the mountain for the money. There's even a small beer/wine store nearby. Our favorite place at Stowe for cheap accommodations.
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The one time I went there my wife and I were looking for a deal. We stayed at the Stowehof with their ski bum deal. It was great for the price. Sauna and pool were nice, the hot tub was turned down for some reason. It had a cool, fun bar and common area. I don't remember about wifi.

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Hmm I was looking around and there is the Golden Eagle Resort, whch nobody mentioned. I juts called them and they gave me a rate of $145/night which also includes lift tickets for # of days less a day.

Given a lift ticket is roughly $85 discounted... seems like a really great rate. Anything I'm missing? Has anyone stayed there?
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