This fall, we spent a long weekend in Vermont to see the foliage. On our first full day in Vermont, we drove up to Burlington and stayed at the Hilton Burlington Waterfront. Here’s my review of the Hilton Burlington Waterfront.

Booking the Hilton Burlington Lake Champlain with Points

The Hilton Burlington Lake Champlain can be booked with Hilton Honors points. Hilton uses dynamic award pricing so it’s difficult to pin down exactly how many points it will cost per night. When I was searching, I saw nights ranging from 27,000 to about 45,000 points for a standard room.

Hilton Burlington Lake Champlain Location

The Hilton Burlington Lake Champlain is located in downtown Burlington one block away from Waterfront Park. The hotel is a five-minute walk from Church Street Marketplace which is a pedestrian-only area with shops and restaurants. If this hotel has anything going for it, it’s definitely its location.

Dining and Amenities

The Hilton Burlington Lake Champlain has an onsite restaurant called the Mounted Cat that was closed due to COVID-19.

Hilton Burlington Restaurant

There was also an executive lounge located off of the lobby that was also closed. As Diamond members, we asked about the free breakfast amenity. The hotel offered breakfast boxes since the restaurant and lounge were closed.

Hilton Burlington Breakfast

The amenities at the Hilton Burlington were pretty standard. There was a fitness room, business center, and a decent amount of event space. As for parking, the hotel has access to a parking garage with direct hotel access for $15 per night.

One unique thing about the Hilton Burlington were the water and coffee stations on each floor. This replaced in-room coffee but we found it preferable since the coffee tasted better.

Hilton Burlington Coffee Station


The lobby of the Hilton Burlington was large with several places to sit. Overall, it wasn’t anything special.

Hilton Burlington Lobby

Our check-in process was quick and efficient. At check-in, they did not acknowledge that we were Diamond members so I had to ask about the free breakfast.

Hilton Burlington Lobby

The hotel ended up upgrading us to a superior room which is a slightly larger corner room, but they didn’t mention this at check-in.

Hilton Burlington Lobby

Hilton Burlington King Bed Superior

While the lobby was somewhat drab, the decor in the hallways and guestrooms appeared to be updated. The blue tones were nice and reminded me of Lake Champlain.

Our King Superior Room was a corner room with windows on both sides. The room wasn’t all that large. The decor was updated, but the room still felt old for some reason. We also noticed that the room was humid and we had to use the AC in October.

The room had an arm chair, desk, TV, and king bed.

Underneath the TV was a safe and a mini fridge.

The king bed was comfortable.

To the left of the room was the bathroom with a closet located immediately to the right.

The closet had hangers and a luggage stand but could have benefited from some shelves or drawers.

Next to the closet was a small vanity with one sink.

Toiletries were provided by Crabtree & Evelyn.

Opposite the sink was a small room with the toilet and shower.

The shower appeared to be retiled but I’m assuming the plumbing was old as we had issues with water temperature.

Final Thoughts

Our stay at the Hilton Burlington Lake Champlain was fine, but nothing special. The property is clearly old based on its exterior. You could feel the age of the property despite cosmetic updates. To be honest, the website makes the rooms look nicer than they are. Highlights of the Hilton Burlington Lake Champlain are its location and the free coffee. However, next time we’re in Burlington, we will likely try someplace else.

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