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Best Overall: Hotel Vermont – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"The design vibe in this six-story hotel is Scandinavian Modern meets rustic lodge, and local stone and reclaimed barn woods are used to be eco-friendly."
Best Budget: Burlington Hostel – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"It’s ideal for social travelers who don’t mind the company of other travelers but may not be the best place for those who value privacy."
Best for Foodies: The Essex – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"Guests can take hands-on classes at Cook Academy, where classes are small and include a three- or four-course meal."
Best Small Inn: Lakeshore Vermont – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"The hotel is located in a beautiful modern house with a full kitchen and dining area with a panoramic vista, and because this is a small, owner-managed inn, the staff is incredibly attentive."
Best in Winter: The Lodge at Spruce Peak – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"In addition to some of Vermont’s best skiing right out the lodge’s doors, there is also ice skating, ice climbing, snowshoeing, and sleigh rides."
Most Historical: The Willard Street Inn – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"A breakfast consisting of three choices is served in a marble-floored solarium and fresh-baked cookies are personally delivered to the guest rooms each day."
Most Sustainable: The Inn at Shelburne Farms – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"This hotel is a National Landmark, and functions as a non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire and cultivate learning for a sustainable future."
Best for Business: Courtyard by Marriot Burlington Harbor – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"The rooms are furnished with attention to detail: plush linens, cozy comforters, quality mattresses, oversized tubs, and large towels for maximum comfort."
Best for Families: Trapp Family Lodge – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"The property has four clay tennis courts, a large indoor pool, two outdoor pools open during the summertime, three restaurants and a bakery."
Best Overall: Hotel Vermont
From the farm-to-table food it serves up at Juniper to the local brews on tap to the décor, Hotel Vermont is obviously proud of the local culture in Burlington, a town known for its local crafts. Guests can walk to the Church Street Marketplace – a pedestrianized shopping and dining stretch just a half a mile away – or meander their way to Battery Park and the Waterfront Park bordering Lake Champlain. There is also a convenient indoor parking garage if you have a car and want to travel a bit further. Once inside guests are met with a wood-burning fireplace warming the spacious lobby. The design vibe in this six-story hotel is Scandinavian Modern meets rustic lodge, and local stone and reclaimed barn woods are used to be eco-friendly.
For those wanting to keep up a fitness schedule, there is both a gym and yoga studio with classes on offer. Bicycles are free to check out for two-hour stints. The hotel’s beer concierge can help direct guests to the best local microbreweries, but for those who prefer to stay in, there are trivia and live music nights at the hotel.
Rooms come with Eames-style chairs for lounging, televisions, fridges, and big closets. There are also pottery mugs and glasses for coffee, tea, and filtered water is provided. Some sixth-floor rooms have larger bathrooms with whirlpool tubs and fireplaces. Not only do these guests get better lake views, but they also get morning croissants and evening cheese and crackers. The hotel is fully accessible and has ADA compliant rooms.
Best Budget: Burlington Hostel
This hostel in Burlington, the aptly named Burlington Hostel, is just a couple minutes' walk from the Echo Lake Aquarium and Science Center. Its convenient location means that it is one block from the popular Bikepath, two blocks from Lake Champlain Boathouse, and three blocks from Church Street.
What sets this hostel apart from others is its fairly open plan. There are separate dorm bunk rooms, but they are not fully closed-off, so the entire hostel is basically one big open space. It’s ideal for social travelers who don’t mind the company of other travelers but may not be the best place for those who value privacy. It’s often filled with guests in town to visit students at UVM and simple bunk beds fill the clean rooms, which are painted in pastel colors for a light and upbeat vibe.
The casual breakfast is DIY, so the staff provides waffle mix and a waffle maker. The hotel is also right near The Skinny Pancake, where you can get any type of breakfast food imaginable.
Best for Foodies: The Essex
Situated between the Green Mountains and Lake Champlain, this cozy resort with a cooking school and golf course access is nestled into 18 acres of landscaped ground. The resort is just eight miles from downtown Burlington, a haven for farm-to-table food.
There are culinary-themed guest rooms inspired by the colors and textures of food, and suites that come with a kitchenette. Rooms come with a private whirlpool bath, quality bathrobes, and hand-made, local Vermont soaps. There are also 300-thread-count sheets, a fireplace, Wi-Fi, a 40” flat-panel TV with cable, a Keurig coffee maker with Green Mountain coffee, a refrigerator, and an iHome dock.
Guests can take hands-on classes at Cook Academy, where classes are small and include a three- or four-course meal. Past course examples include cooking with Vermont beer, making fresh pasta, indoor grilling and vegetarian cooking. The hotel also offers French and Italian wine classes.
Dinner options on-site are traditional pub grub from The Tavern or more elegant gourmet at Junction – but both use ingredients either from the on-site garden or from local farms.
Best Small Inn: Lakeshore Vermont
The best part of Lakeshore Vermont may just be the relaxing views over Mallett’s Bay of Lake Champlain, where loons, which look like elegant ducks, can often be spotted swimming. The hotel is located in a beautiful modern house with a full kitchen and dining area with a panoramic vista, and because this is a small, owner-managed inn, the staff is incredibly attentive.
Some rooms have a king-sized bed with multiple closets and an upstairs loft with an epic view. Guests can grill out on the deck and enjoy the beach access and firewood pit for bonfires. Burlington Airport is less than 20 minutes away, and it’s just a quick 10 minutes to get to the center of downtown. Once there, you can head to all the microbreweries in town, or try the classic Myer's Bagel Bakery right by the lakeshore.
Best in Winter: The Lodge at Spruce Peak
Adjacent to Spruce Peak, this luxe, Alpine-style mountain resort in The Village has ski-in/ski-out access. While the lodge offers golf, a stay in one of the 300 guest rooms—ranging from 450 to 1600 square feet—is a fantastic place to find yourself come winter.
For a memorable dining experience, Solstice has a reservation-only Chef's Table dinner where the chefs create a personalized menu based on guest preferences and the freshest ingredients in the house. Plus, a professional sommelier is on hand to create the perfect wine pairing for each course. After a long day on the slopes, travelers can warm up with a cup of coffee or hot chocolate from The Beanery. Dogs are warmly welcomed, and although there is a pet fee, it does get the four-legged friend a dog bed and chew toy at check-in.
In addition to some of Vermont’s best skiing right out the lodge’s doors, there is also ice skating, ice climbing, snowshoeing, sleigh rides, dog sledding, cross country skiing, and winter horseback riding to explore the nature the region is famous for.
Most Historical: The Willard Street Inn
This licensed and historic bed and breakfast is set in an elegant 1881 Victorian mansion just three and a half miles from Burlington International Airport. It was originally the home of Charles Woodhouse, a prominent businessman and state senator.
The Willard Street Inn is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It has 14 guest rooms all with private baths, views of Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks, and flower and vegetable gardens located in over an acre of lawn with Adirondack chairs for lounging. A breakfast consisting of three choices is served in a marble-floored solarium and fresh-baked cookies are personally delivered to the guest rooms each day. It’s the perfect place to nestle into and read, play board games, or do some puzzles, but when the urge strikes to get out and about to downtown is just an easy walk away.
Most Sustainable: The Inn at Shelburne Farms
A cottage retreat in Burlington is best-planned for the summer months of May to October, but there are just a few cottages that stay open for a winter visit. One of them, The Inn at Shelburne Farms on the shores of Lake Champlain has 24 guest rooms in the main 19th-century country home, four guest cottages, a public farm to table restaurant, and a 1,400-acre working landscape to learn from and enjoy. This hotel is a National Landmark, and functions as a non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire and cultivate learning for a sustainable future. All proceeds from your stay support the Farm’s work and education programs.
Shelburne Farms is a working farm, and it includes a dairy farm, a market garden, and woodlands farm. Food produced on-site includes organic fruits and veggies, Farmstead Cheddar Cheese, and pasture-raised lamb, beef, veal, whey-fed pork, and pastured eggs.
This hotel is not wheelchair- or walker-accessible, as guest bedrooms in the main house are on the second and third floors and there are no elevators. Some rooms have the original bathtubs which can also be difficult to get out of for those with disabilities. The Inn is set in an historic building that does not have central heating or air conditioning, so pack the appropriate clothing to stay warm in the cooler months.
Best for Business: Courtyard by Marriot Burlington Harbor
Just steps away from Lake Champlain, Burlington Town Center, and the Church Street Marketplace, this reliable Marriot hotel has three function rooms with capabilities of hosting anywhere from six to 120 people. In the warmer months, outdoor events with a “special events” catering menu can be planned in the landscaped garden. Amenities include an indoor saline pool, soaking tub, fitness facility, complimentary bicycle use, fire pit, and a business center. There is also complimentary wireless Internet access throughout the hotel.
The rooms are furnished with attention to detail: plush linens, cozy comforters, quality mattresses, oversized tubs, and large towels for maximum comfort. The on-site restaurant Bleu is one of the best places to try the freshest quality regional seafood, and Sunday brunch at the hotel is not to be missed for guests staying over the weekend.
Best for Families: Trapp Family Lodge
The Trapp Family Lodge is super close to Burlington, but for families, it is definitely worth the short 40-minute drive from the airport. Situated on 2,500 acres and still run by the original Trapp family from "The Sound of Music," it is within easy distance to the Ben & Jerry’s Factory in Waterbury, another great spot for both kids and adults. This 96-room lodge has guesthouses that can sleep up to eight people, the largest being the 2,500 square foot, three-bedroom, three-bath villas with its massive stone fireplaces, dining areas, and fully-equipped kitchens.
The property has four clay tennis courts, a large indoor pool, two outdoor pools open during the summertime, three restaurants, and a bakery. There is seemingly no end to the activities offered for kids. From scavenger hunts to s'mores-making, sing-alongs, rock climbing, ski lessons, and painting classes, kids have no reason to ever be bored. At the on-site restaurants, guests can choose between Austrian delicacies like sausage and lager or farm-to-table Vermont cuisine.