The Equinox Resort, Vermont Leaving Marriott

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The Equinox, a Luxury Collection Golf Resort & Spa located in Manchester Village, Vermont will be leaving Marriott effective February 18, 2021 as the property will be going independent. Reservations are not being accepted past this date online at this time.

The Luxury Collection brand dates back to the Starwood times, however presently only has 19 proprieties in the U.S. Recently it’s seen that more hotels are leaving than being added with the Las Alcobas, a Luxury Collection Hotel closing and reopening now part of Hyatt’s Alila brand.

As of now the Equinox Resort in Vermont will be operating as an independent property once leaving Marriott, however there’s always a chance it joins another major hotel chain in the future.

It appears the guest rooms are dated, and I’m sure in order to stay part of the Luxury Collection, Marriott would require the property to complete a guest room renovation, which could be one of the reasons it’s leaving.

Another speculation could be the ownership didn’t see the financial returns as being part of the Marriott brand, and as a result is terminating its franchise agreement with Marriott.

What are your thoughts on the Equinox Resort leaving Marriott? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below. 

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Comments

  1. I think the Equinox lost its charm when they made the last renovation and started allowing dogs to stay on the premises. There were more than a few pets. Just my opinion. It’s too bad ..Marriott is top notch….never had a bad experience at a Marriott hotel.

  2. I remember this hotel and a marvelous stay a few years ago…. y stayed first in the principal building and then in the Orvis house with just 2 or 3 privacy suites… wowwww… i loved this property and its serenity

  3. Autumn PreCovid—-Marriott was not an asset to the Equinox but rather a detriment. Upholstery fabric in the lobby, which had previously been decorated in warm autumn tones that reflected the landscape was redecorated in urban shades of gray with various uninspiring cheap bric a brac–the intent was apparently to create a more urban sophisticate look but was totally incongruent with the setting. The wait staff in the restaurant left a lot to be desired as well and seemed to lack adequate training. Also, the dogs had the run of the property and the hotel rooms. Hopefully, with Marriott out of the picture, improvements will be made and the Equinox luster will be restored.

  4. Marriot is low end Burger King, very much off brand with what the Equinox has represented for countless years.

    Starwood was a better partner, higher quality clientele and aligned with the values of the Equinox. Marriot is absolutely for the dogs, so what did anyone expect but dogs and their crap allowed into the building.

  5. We’re currently staying here. It’s gone downhill. It’s in need of renovation badly. Sad, we love this place.

  6. I do not think that allowing dogs with responsible owners has anything to do with the downgrading of the property.

    If dogs are with responsible owners they take care of them and make sure that they pick up and do not interfere with the experience of other guests.

    Actually dig owners are normally better human beings and would add value to the whole experience, especially dogs that are service and or trained animals .

    Regarding the upgrade of the facility to keep up the luxury collection standards is another issue.

    Dogs should not come into the discussion about the expected standards that are necessary to keep the property as part of the luxury collection and the high standards that we expect of these types of property’s.

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