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Hob Knob Inn, Bar & Lounge
Ranked #7 of 22 Stowe B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Ottawa Ont.
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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“Desparate need of updating”
Reviewed 13 February 2012

I wish I could say nothing but good things about the Hob Knob because all of the staff we met were gracious and kind and I hope my critiism will inspire an effort to do a little better. We spent two nights in mid February at the peak of the high season and I appreciate that the rooms at the Hob Knob are much less than at many of the other resorts but many small details at the Hob Knob that individually would be easy to overlook but in there totality left us dissatified.

The walkway to our deluxe room with fireplace was not shovelled but a narrow twisting path lead to our room. A musty smell overwelmed us on entry.The heating system was in fact the gas fireplace that lit up the room at all hours day and night making sleep difficult. The soap provided was tthe smallest sliver of soap imaginable. The only other toiletry was a tiny capsule of shampoo. No conditioner here. The toilet didn't work. The telephone in our friends room didn't work. The television must have been 30 years old. The room is in desparate need of updating.

The Hob Knob is very well located with a beautiful property and we had a great view from our room. The Hob Knob has so much potential as a great place to stay for adventurers visiting Stowe looking for basic accommodation, at a good rate, in a great location. I hope management can make this happen.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Dresher, Pennsylvania, United States
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Reviewed 17 January 2012

The family had a very enjoyable weekend at the Hob Knob Inn. The rooms are very comfortable, cozy, and homey. Dinner in the restaurant is delicious, and the best part is how close the inn is to the ski mountains. Great skiing, great food, great people, and very comfortable.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
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Eagle Bay, New York, United States
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Reviewed 5 January 2012

Our family and I ( agroup of 11 ) had the best time possible at The Hob Knob. With a group so large you would think someone would have been uncomfortable . But no , they all slept great , loved the grounds , even the hot tub ( in 5degree weather) and ate to their hearts content. A huge thanks to the the friendly staff

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
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Seekonk, MA
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Reviewed 28 November 2011

My wife and I spent Thanksgiving weekend at the Hob Knob and were a bit disappointed with the accommodations and the fact that the dining room was closed for renovations. The suite consisted of a large living/kitchen area with a gas fireplace (which we were told was the only heat source), and a separate bedroom with a king size bed. The bathroom, which was unheated except for heat from fireplace, contained a jacuzzi/shower. Problem there was the low water pressure to try to fill the tub. The carpet in living area was stained and the furniture was old and when sat on caused one to sink. The fully equip kitchen area lacked paper towels and we had to use bathroom towels. There were no "guest" soaps, instead we found refillable pump bottles. The view was great as was the king size bed. Value wasn't so great.

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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with family
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HobKnobInn, Owner at Hob Knob Inn, Bar & Lounge, responded to this review, 16 December 2011
We apologize that your stay with us was not exceptional, which is what we strive for here at the Hob Knob. Our restaurant is closed seasonally. Thanks to you response it is apparent that our website updates about restaurant hours do not provide enough exposure. There was some confusion about the heat, the fireplace is the main heat source for the room which has an internal thermostat to keep the room heated to the temperature you desire. The bathroom has an additional heater controlled by yet another thermostat, because it is a large room. Sorry the paper towels were not restocked and we only wish we were aware our mistake. The refillable soap is in compliance with our "Green Inn in the Green Mountain State" status, as we try to protect the environment by eliminating unnecessary waste. Again my apologies and I hope my response has been helpful to you.
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OSHAWA
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Reviewed 16 November 2011

Staying at this Inn is great they treat you like family, breakfast is great , fresh and home
cooking adds that personal touch to your stay. Barbara bakes something different each morning for you to snack on before your breakfast. You need ideas of what to see or where
to shop they will tell you and they always have discount coupons for the various stores.
I love this place I don't go anywhere else when I am in Vermont.

Nanisa

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Hob Knob Inn, Bar & Lounge

Property: Hob Knob Inn, Bar & Lounge
Address: 2364 Mountain Rd, PO Box 3363, Stowe, VT 05672-3363
Region: United States > Vermont > Stowe
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 22 B&Bs / Inns in Stowe
Price range (per night): $141 - $255
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hob Knob Inn, Bar & Lounge 2.5*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Built in 1937 as the first lodge for skiers in Stowe, VT the Hob Knob has always been a family owned and operated business. Since 2003, upon arrival my family has had the pleasure of greeting our guests who have traveled from around the world to our award-winning town of Stowe. At the Hob Knob Inn, we strive to be comfy, cozy and clean. Our 20 guestrooms have an inviting, home-like feel and each nights stay includes our continental breakfast that is served in our intimate and informal lounge. Our 10 lush acres located on the Mountain Road offer views of Mt. Mansfield, two ponds and outdoor hot tub. Enjoy a drink in our lounge and some comfort food from our kitchen Thursday through Sunday. Bring the family, play some games and enjoy! ... more   less 
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