70s chic at a bargain
Posted Dec 12, 2016
I got the Stowehof at a relatively inexpensive rate, which it absolutely was worth. Had it been more expensive, I'd have been more disappointed, but in all, it was pretty good value for the cost.
The location is between the town of Stowe and the ski resort, which some might find the worst of both worlds, but I actually found quite peaceful. Both were just a short drive away (definitely have a car if you plan on staying here) and it certainly has the feeling of a 1970s "European"-style chalet. If you grew up on ski comedies, you'll know the aesthetic.
The entrance and public areas of the hotel are where that aesthetic really works -- it feels comfortable yet somewhat posh, but not to such an overwhelming degree that you feel outclassed. It's playful and the snow makes it all the more cozy. The downstairs bar is a nice touch, just in case you're too tired from the slopes to venture to town.
The rooms are the weakest feature, to be sure. Mine felt quite dated, and the idiosyncrasies of the hotel are far less charming here. Nothing felt unclean, but it all felt quite lived in and used. That's not surprising -- it's an old ski lodge, so stains of the carpets, dings on the furniture, and the like are not out of place. But, it's worth noting, most of my linens had stains on them in some capacity. They'd obviously been cleaned, but they just felt a bit old.
In all, I had a lovely time during my brief stay, and it was worth the cost: No more, no less.