We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Disappointing”

Best prices for -
Check In dd/mm/yyyy Check Out dd/mm/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 9 more sites!
Northern Lights Lodge
Ranked #11 of 24 Hotels in Stowe
Certificate of Excellence
The World
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Disappointing”
Reviewed 29 February 2012

We had really been looking forward to staying here but almost from the moment we arrived we were wishing we didn't have to stay 2 nights. This is not an upmarket place and nor did I expect it to be anything of the sort but I was really let down by how unclean our room was and how scruffy other things appeared to be. We stayed in October and arrived at dark, the hotel looked deserted in the dark, there was hardly any outdoor lighting and as cars don't park at the front it looked almost abandoned. The grounds of the hotel are not well kept which added to the poor impression. I think it would be really helpful if the owners placed some signage outside so it is clear where the check in door is (yes I think there only was one door but as it was so dark and no cars out front it would have been nice to see a sign saying 'reception' so we were sure we were in the right place), also some more lighting is really needed.

Walking along to check in I saw through the window a bar area with chairs all stacked up on the tables, what a shame that this area wasn't utilised as it would be a nice area for guests to relax in the evening and it would also go a long way to making the hotel look nice from the outisde and see some life!

We had a 'superior' room - I dread to think what a lesser room would have been like! We were in the main building but in a section that appeared to be an extension. The first thing that hit us when we walked in was a horrible musty smell. There were several hairs in the bath. And a dead spider crushed into the ceiling, nice! The quality of the extension to the building was poor as the room was squint and it felt like we were sinking - although I could have looked passed this had other things been better. The room is dated with some fixtures past their best.

There is a TV in the room and some drawer units - unfortunately some of the drawers were filled with a bag of rubbish left by another guest. I wonder if the cleaners struggle to keep on top of everything as the next day we went out in the morning and came back at 1pm to find the room still wasn't cleaned despite us leaving a sign out to say it was ready for cleaning - perhaps this is just the time they operate to but I have never had to wait so long for a room to be cleaned before. When we got back to the room at about 7pm we found that the cleaner had opened a window (probably because of the musty smell in the room) and left it open so the room was freezing - not very happy about that.

Also the climate control in the room was super noisy and impossible to sleep with it on. The walls were paper thin and I woke several times during the night thinking somebody was in the room only to find that they were just people walking through the corridor. There was a large gap at the bottom of the door of our room which let in a lot of light - but nowhere near as bad as the door on another room (can't remember the number but it is the one which faces right down the long corridor) it was so bad it was actually hilarious, you could probably get your hand right under it!!!

Breakfast is included in the room rate and it was a nice offering and plenty to choose from - one thing going for this hotel. One thing I did think though was that some of the hot items were not piping hot, not a big deal but I remember thinking it both mornings. Also some backround music or something would be nice as it was painfully quiet with no atmosphere!

If you are staying in the main building you have to walk over the pool to get through to the breakfast room - quirky but cool. One small thing though!...when walking along the room corridor at the end you are faced with a few closed doors and it's not clear which door goes where...a simple sign saying pool, reception and breakfast room would help.

I understand that this hotel got new owners some time ago now and that they say they are upgrading the hotel step by step - fair enough but I really don't think the room we stayed in can be described and charged as a 'superior' room - if rennovations are ongoing then this should be reflected in the price...you can't charge simply based on a good location alone.

I would not return to this hotel, the main thing I can't look past was the awful musty smell which hits you when you walk into the room we were given. Perhaps we were unlucky as other reviewers speak highly of this place so maybe we got a sub standard room.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank skygirl340
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review
Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
JPMiles / PAYBACK
50

407 reviews from our community

Traveller rating
    202
    146
    36
    13
    10
See reviews for
104
145
15
4
Rating summary
  • Location
  • Sleep Quality
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness
Traveller tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (69)
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Hebrew first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
New City, New York
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2012

We are a family of four with 2 teenage sons. We reserved 2 rooms for optimimum comfort. The price for the 2 rooms was typical of what you would normally pay for 1 room. Northern Lights has a feeling of a bed and breakfast. The owners were 100% accessable. There was hot cider, homemade delicious cookies and scones available everyday.
The property was very clean as well.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
2 Thank andrea c
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Toronto, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 21 February 2012

Great location, minutes from the ski hill. One of the closest hotels to the hill without paying way too much $$. Hotel was clean and had rustic charm. Owners very personable and easy going. Went with a group of friends and facilities were great. Hot tub was great to relax in after the hill with others. Hot buffet breakfast in morning (free!) was fantastic. Great value! Will go back next time in stowe.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank Kim B
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Matawan, New Jersey
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2012

This hotel is a dump. Two nights without hot water, a bathroom that had hair all over it and looked like it hadnt been cleaned in months, hair on the blankets and a condescending owner. Paper thing walls were really awesome for the 3am german techno music fest heard on the first night there, this place sucked. The only good thing about this place is that it was close to mountain. Do yourself a favor and avoid the Northern Lights Hotel in Stowe. Id rather drive a half hour to the mountain then over pay to stay in this dump.

Room Tip: Stay away from this place
See more room tips
  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank Don L
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
nantucket
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2012

you keep hearing how stowe is so expensive, but the northern lights lodge was very affordable' It is not high end, but if you are skiers looking for a clean well run facility with a great staff, nice breakfast and affordable, this is the place. we stayed for four nights and were very pleased with the accomodations and it allowed us to ski three of the nearby areas. we will stay here again. what a nice find!!

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank drew a
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Hotels you might also like...
Travellers also viewed these Stowe hotels
4.2 km away
Sun & Ski Inn and Suites
1.7 km away
The Stowehof
The Stowehof
#12 of 24 in Stowe
482 reviews
4.4 km away
Stowe Mountain Lodge
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
0.1 km away
Innsbruck Inn At Stowe
Innsbruck Inn At Stowe
#14 of 24 in Stowe
271 reviews
3.8 km away
Trapp Family Lodge
Trapp Family Lodge
#5 of 24 in Stowe
1,283 reviews
6.4 km away
Commodores Inn
Commodores Inn
#13 of 24 in Stowe
433 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Northern Lights Lodge? Share your experiences!

Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / PAYBACK
50
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Northern Lights Lodge

Property: Northern Lights Lodge
Address: 4441 Mountain Rd, Stowe, VT 05672-4881
Phone Number:
Region: United States > Vermont > Stowe
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Stowe
#4 Family Hotel in Stowe
#8 Romantic Hotel in Stowe
Price range (per night): ₹ 5,398 - ₹ 12,596
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Northern Lights Lodge 2.5*
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Northern Lights Lodge is family owned and operated and located on the mountain road in Stowe. We are the closest affordable hotel to Mount Mansfield and the Stowe Mountain Resort. We are just minutes away from many great dining options and activities. Our amenities include a seasonal outdoor pool, heated indoor pool, hot tub, sauna, and game room. In the summer, both kids and adults enjoy playing in or lounging along the banks of the west branch river, located directly behind the Lodge. All of our rates include a hot country breakfast daily. We hope to welcome you to the Lodge soon. ... more   less 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Hotels.com, Expedia and Booking.com so you can book your Northern Lights Lodge reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Northern Lights Hotel Stowe
Northern Lights Stowe

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing