The new hotel boom of 2013 is underway with the first new hotel in New England ready to open its doors this Spring.
The luxury boutique hotel will open its doors on Cherry Street in Burlington, Vt., complete with high-tech amenities and a James Beard Award nominee chef leading the restaurant. The 125-room hotel is locally developed, owned and operated with Burlington-based teams, and is working toward a LEED-certification.
According to hotel management, Hotel Vermont will ensure an authentic "Vermont" experience.
"This project is a first for Burlington," said Hans van Wees, general manager of the hotel. "We are bringing an independent, luxury boutique hotel to the city so travelers can enjoy our destination and locals can use this as a meeting place."
The press release announcing the opening said the hotel was built from all things "Vermont". Guests will see furniture made from white oak indigenous to Vermont, stone countertops with Vermont marble, and flooring made from reclaimed antique red oak, local to Vermont. There will be specially-designed indoor and outdoor public spaces and the hotel lobby will feature a wood-burning hearth.
Guests can hang out on the outdoor terrace that features views of Lake Champlain, and the hotel will also have 2,000 square feet of green roof space for guests. Along with meeting rooms and event space, Hotel Vermont will also be the first hotel in the state to offer 100Mbs synchronous broadband internet access - the fastest of its kind - through a partnership with Burlington Telecom.
Juniper will serve as the hotel's bar and restaurant, and will offer morning pastries, small producer coffee, and afternoon tea service. At night, Juniper will be craft "carbon-negative" cocktails - using ingredients that balance the hotel's carbon footprint - and will also serve beer, wine and small plates.
The big attraction for the new hotel is that it serves as the Burlington home of Vermont's own Hen of the Wood Restaurant, featuring farm-to-table cuisine from 2011 James Beard Award nominee Chef Eric Warnstedt. The restaurant is known for its use of small production and family farms, a natural approach to wine, and a constantly changing menu.
Opening rates for Hotel Vermont will start at $195 per night.
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