Where to Stay in Burlington
This category is a bit difficult for me, since I live here. I’ve only stayed in one hotel (the Hilton Burlington). But I know where I would stay if I were visiting Burlington. These are my top recommendations. Because Chittenden County is fairly condensed, I’ve also included lodging that is technically in South Burlington, but is still convenient to Burlington.
Lang House on Main Street: This is a beautiful Burlington, Vermont B&B located on Main Street within easy walking distance of downtown, the Waterfront, and the UVM and Champlain College campuses. It’s on the airport bus line. Room rates are reasonable for the quality of accommodations. All rooms have private baths. Business travelers stay here, so you should not feel in the least out of place as a solo, particularly during the week.
Willard Street Inn: Located in the Hill section of Burlington, this lovely 125 year-old Victorian Inn has off-street parking and is within walking distance of the colleges, the lake, and Church Street. The Willard Street Inn welcomes solo travelers on a regular basis (2/3 business travelers; 1/3 vacationers). They only allow children age 12 and older, which is wonderful if you’re looking for a getaway without tots under foot. They offer free wireless internet.
The Hilton Burlington: I recently had an opportunity to stay here and experience the Hilton firsthand. (The bedroom in the photo above is the room I had at the Hilton.) It’s got a killer location overlooking Lake Champlain and a new restaurant and lounge, the Mounted Cat, which is a member of the Vermont Fresh Network (offering locally-sourced food on its menu). It’s within walking distance of everything you’d want to do in downtown Burlington. Solos should be comfortable here, as it often hosts business travelers and conferences. They have loaner bicycles available for you to explore the city and the Burlington Bike Path. You can read my full review here.
Hotel Vermont: Located on lower Cherry Street near Battery, this upscale and ecofriendly hotel offers a true Vermont luxury experience. They’ve taken pains to include Vermont materials in their construction and feature locally-owned and sourced restaurants, Juniper (try the maple latte!) and Hen of the Wood. (Hen of the Wood is one of Burlington’s best fine dining restaurants.) They have a full-service yoga studio on site, massages, and daily activities for guests. It’s just a short walk up the street to the bus terminal, where you can catch buses going all over Chittenden County.
Marriott Courtyard Burlington Harbor: This Marriott has a great location sandwiched between the Hilton and Hotel Vermont. Individually and together, the three hotels offer a great location for visitors and excellent restaurants on site (the Marriott’s is Bleu Northeast Seafood), so you don’t have to go too far afield for a nice dinner. Like the Hilton, it overlooks the waterfront and Lake Champlain. It’s also a smoke-free hotel (but not pet-friendly) and within easy walking distance of dozens of great downtown Burlington restaurants and entertainment options.
South Burlington Hotels:
Sheraton Burlington Hotel and Conference Center: Easily accessible from the Interstate, this hotel is also convenient to UVM, Dorset Street and Williston Road. It is on the Williston bus line, which will take you into downtown Burlington as well. G’s Restaurant and Tuckaways Pub provide food and libations in a four-story tropical atrium area. Again, you should feel perfectly comfortable here as a solo, with all the business travelers who come through.
The Doubletree Burlington: This Doubletree is located on Williston Road in South Burlington, very convenient to the airport and I-89, the University Mall, and about two miles from downtown Burlington. Trader Duke’s is the on-site restaurant (their breakfast is great). The Doubletree is on the Williston bus line, which will take you into Burlington and to/from the University Mall, as well as out to Taft Corners and Maple Tree Place in Williston. If you would rather have a suite than a mere hotel room, and want the convenience of a microwave and refrigerator in your room, it’s a good option. As is. . . .
Green Mountain Suites Burlington (formerly Hawthorne Suites): Located on Dorset Street, not far from the University Mall and right on the Airport/UMall bus line, this long-term stay hotel offers a full kitchen in its suites, an indoor pool, and a complimentary breakfast in the lobby. Just up the road are several restaurants (Outback Steakhouse, Applebees, the Windjammer, Trader Dukes). The health food store, Healthy Living, is within easy walking distance and offers a healthy buffet on site.
On a Tight Budget?
Try the Burlington Hostel, located right in the heart of downtown. Or if you’re the outdoorsy type, you can always pitch a tent at the North Beach campground (seasonal, of course). You may be able to find a couchsurfing host in the area. There are some cheaper motels on Williston Road and Shelburne Road in South Burlington, though you’d be bus- or cab-dependent if you didn’t have a car. If you have a car, you might want to look a bit further afield, in Shelburne or Colchester.