I was reluctant to write a review until I read the ones already here and realized that the Manitou is no secret. It is all about expectations, and here is why I like this place and stay here a lot to ski, fish, hike, and generally relax and enjoy the outdoors. By way of context, now retired, I own and manage some rental properties of my own and have traveled the world, staying in everything from 5 stars to tents. I can afford any part of that spectrum but prefer casual and friendly. In my review I am talking about the B&B rooms, not the adjacent condos.
The past reviews are factually accurate and highlight why I like the Manitou. You get to it by walking across the prettiest wooden bridge on town (ok, the only one) into the Manitou. A great start. It is in the heart of the town, with everything you want within a few blocks (grocery store, wine and spirits store, the gondola, spas, burger places, sandwich and pie places, and white linen ones too). It is right on - like a few feet away - the river that runs through town and backs onto a slope of trees. You can even fish the river in winter by taking ten steps. So the physical plant is terrific.
The "innkeepers" (?), Bruce, Heather and Pedro, are incredibly friendly, always available (sorry guys) and helpful, and great at what they do. That makes a huge difference to me. The overall managers and owners of the complex the Manitou is in are attentive as well. That's the people side.
The prices are a great value in this extremely pricey town. Breakfast is lots of breads and fruits and cereals and hard-boiled eggs, all tasty. It is not the classic full-scale event that many B&Bs offer (maybe they'll change the name to solve this potential misconception) but that is more than I need anyway. There is no cook but the nearby restaurants take care of the rest. And you can cook on the well-stocked small kitchen if you want to. The outdoors, with-a-skylight-letting-the-snow-or-sunlight-in, old wooden, large hot tub facing the river is huge asset. As the pictures show, the rooms are mid-sized, and rustically decorated, and they are thoughtfully stocked, with strong wifi, humidifiers for the winter, fridges, robes, etc. You can open the windows to listen to the river in the summer while you sleep if you are near enough.
The property is well-maintained and the complex owners tell our group they plan continued improvements in the coming year. The other guests have always been low key and pleasant, and a nice mix of backgrounds from around the country and world. I have never been disturbed by noise. It has a chill vibe all around.
We have never had a problem finding parking, although I can guess that during a festival it could be sporty. We just have to move the car on Wednesdays for the usual trash and cleaning. It is at the end of a street, but Telluride has one main street and Fir Street is a right hand turn off of it and you go four blocks down and you are there. Not complex.
Quiet, low-key, friendly, surrounded by the river and trees, and run by really nice people in the heart of Telluride, that's the Manitou. If that appeals to you, just please don't come when I want to.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located along the San Miguel River trail, the Manitou Lodge in Telluride is very close to Town Park, the world-renowned venue for the Telluride summer festivals. Guests are within walking distance to ski lifts and the free Telluride gondola, connecting Telluride to Mountain Village for easy access to the slopes at Telluride Ski Resort. Additionally, guests can easily access nearby hiking trails, and the superb restaurants and shops along Telluride's Main Street. This 11 room lodge offers complimentary wireless internet service and a common hot tub. The rooms at Manitou Lodge have recently been remodeled, and the property has plenty of mountain charm. Listen to the sounds of the San Miguel River from this quiet and peaceful Telluride lodge. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Manitou Lodge b&b
- Manitou Hotel Telluride