With granite from Danby greeting you when you come through the door, local art on the walls and stones from Shelburne and Charlotte in the floor, the Queen City's newest addition-- Hotel Vermont-- does exactly what the owners wanted: really makes you feel like you're in Vermont.
Reporter Gina Bullard: Is everything in here from Vermont?
Hans van Wess: Pretty close, not everything everything.
Hotel Manager Hans van Wess says the hotel took 18 months to complete. It has six floors and 125 rooms. The lobby opens up into Juniper Bar, one of the hotel's main features.
"We can proudly we have every spirit made in Vermont on the shelf," van Wess said.
It offers outdoor space with a fire pit to enjoy views of Lake Champlain over signature Green Mountain cocktails.
"The idea of a hotel bar is really a place for hotel guests and locals to meet," van Wess said.
The hotel was built into a unique space on Cherry Street.
"This is a very unusual-shaped building," van Wess said. "It's only 45-feet wide at most. And to allow rooms on both sides of the corridors, unlike traditional long narrow rooms, we squished and created a square room."
Vermont touches can be found everywhere, from the Johnson Woolen Mill blankets and the Lunarama toiletries down to the ice buckets that look like sap buckets. It also offers a special Vermont bedtime menu.
"We offer a number of things that are the Vermont ways of falling asleep. One way is opening the window and getting fresh air. Another is an aromatherapy menu," van Wess said. "If all else fails then a hot toddy with some Smugglers' Notch rum."
Hotel Vermont has many amenities, but there are some things you will not find here, like cans of soda, bottles of water or ice machines. Instead, they offer filling stations and bags of ice that you can take back to your room and enjoy.
The hotel quietly opened its doors last week; the grand opening will be June 25.
"We really like to share the fine craftsmanship and the arts of Vermont," van Wess said.
Room rates start around $229 per night and vary by season.
In July, Waterbury's Hen of the Wood Restaurant will open its second eatery at Hotel Vermont.
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