This fall, we spent a long weekend in Vermont to see the foliage. The Equinox Resort is the place to stay when visiting Manchester, the last stop on our itinerary. Here’s my review of the Equinox Resort Vermont.
Booking the Equinox Resort with Points
The Equinox Resort is a Luxury Collection property that can be booked with Marriott Bonvoy points. As a Category 6 property, the Equinox Resort costs 50,000 points per night for standard nights, 40,000 for off-peak, and 60,000 for peak. If you plan to travel around Columbus Day Weekend, book this hotel early as it will sell out and points options will be limited.
Equinox Resort Location
The Equinox Resort is located on Main Street in Manchester, Vermont. Manchester itself has lots of cute shops and restaurants but they aren’t super walkable from the hotel, though it is doable. If you’re visiting Manchester, I definitely recommend having a car.
Dining and Amenities
The Equinox has several onsite restaurants:
- Marsh Tavern: Open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner
- Chop House: A steak restaurant open for dinner on Fridays and Saturdays
- Falcon Bar: A bar with indoor and outdoor seating located off of the main lobby
- Dormy Grill: A lunch spot located at the golf course
- The Colonnade: Another option for breakfast
The back patio was full of people enjoying drinks outside.
During the day, there were also people making use of the lawn.
The other main amenities at the resort are the spa and golf course. The spa is located onsite while the golf course is located down the street. The Equinox Resort charges a $39 per night resort fee. This fee includes access to the following amenities:
- 24 Hour Access to the Equinox Fitness Center
- Daily Fitness & Yoga Classes
- Unlimited Equinox Spa Access including sauna, steam room, well-appointed men’s & women’s locker rooms & the relaxation room.
- Indoor heated pool & outdoor hot tub
- Unlimited use of golf putting green practice area
- Tennis court usage for daily play
- Access to 850 acres of private hiking trails at the Equinox Preservation Trust
- Access to resort bikes for in town or trail riding
- Sleds in the winter
- Lawn games
- Fishing pond
- Weekly on-site history tours
- Fire pits
- Morning coffee & tea station
- Daily Epicurean Moment in the Grand Lobby serving house made apple cider donut holes at 9:00 am
- Bottled waters in guest rooms
- Daily newspapers
- 24 Hour Access to the Business Center
It looks like the resort fee gets you a lot, but it’s mainly amenities that other resorts include free of charge.
The lobby of the Equinox seems small at first due to the cramped check-in area, but there are several rooms off of the lobby with more space.
This included a larger room on the way out to the back patio and lawn.
There was also a library area…
…and a concierge desk.
We arrived around 3:00 pm and waited for about 20 minutes to speak to someone at the desk. The hotel wasn’t particularly busy but only one person was working the desk. We were disappointed to hear our room was not ready, but check-in was officially at 4:00 pm so no harm done. We left to take a walk and were promised a text when the room was ready which we didn’t receive until around 4:30 pm.
Equinox Resort Traditional King
Our room was located on the first floor. This normally would bother me, but we were near the back of the hotel with no street noise and little foot traffic. The decor was somewhat outdated but it went with the vibe of the hotel.
The room was a decent size but wasn’t anything special. Again, I found the decor to be somewhat drab. Luxury Collection isn’t Marriott’s top luxury brand, and it certainly does not compare to a St. Regis or Ritz-Carlton.
Next to the bed was an armchair and end table.
There was a ton of space between the bed and the far wall which made the room feel bigger. Across from the bed was a desk, a TV, and an armoire.
The armoire had an ironing board and iron, a small space for hanging clothes, and a few drawers. Unfortunately, there were no bathrobes or slippers in the room.
The bathroom was to the right of the bed. Again, it was a good size, but the decor left something to be desired.
The room had a shower bathtub combo instead of a standalone shower.
Toiletries were provided by Le Chemin. Overall, I felt like there were fewer toiletries than you would see at other luxury Marriott brand hotels.
I loved the setting of the Equinox Resort and the vibe of the hotel overall. The views of Mount Equinox from the hotel’s lawn were absolutely gorgeous. However, the service and the room itself were not up to par given the price we paid to stay there. There was a wait of at least ten minutes each time we needed something at the front desk. The room was large but it could have used some sprucing up. It was also lacking key amenities like bathrobes and slippers. I’d consider staying at the Equinox again, but I think I’d be more likely to try the Kimpton Taconic located up the street.