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39 West Road P.O. Box 678, Manchester, VT 05254
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#5 of 16 hotels in Manchester
Location
4.8
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4.8
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4.7
Value
4.4
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20 Room and Suite luxury boutique hotel located in Manchester Village. Newly renovated accommodations, marble en-suite baths, luxurious linens and robes, complimentary breakfast, parking and wi-fi. Gourmet dining experience in Southern Vermont's top-rated restaurant. An elegant vacation experience in charming Southern Vermont.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Hiking
Babysitting
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Car hire
Parking
Wifi
Bar / lounge
Coffee shop
Restaurant
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Outdoor dining area
Wine / champagne
Skiing
Aerobics offsite
Canoeing offsite
Patio
Taxi service
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Massage
Baggage storage
Concierge
Newspaper
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Sun terrace
Private check-in / check-out
Laundry service
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Bathrobes
Air conditioning
Fireplace
Housekeeping
Seating area
Cable / satellite TV
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Telephone
Wardrobe / closet
Clothes rack
Iron
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Radio
Complimentary toiletries
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Romantic
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Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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Krystal A wrote a review Mar 2022
Vernon, Connecticut, Usa21 contributions14 helpful votes
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Such a nice place to stay! Conveniently located in the heart of Manchester, close to shops and restaurants but the feeling of an intimate getaway. We stayed for our 20 th wedding anniversary and from the moment we walked in we were congratulated and greeted so nicely! Our room was large and comfortable with a fireplace and jacuzzi tub looking out to the mountains. They also present you with breakfast in an adorable picnic basket each morning. They even schedule it to a time convenient for you! The restaurant is amazing! The food was absolutely delicious!!! The room has everything you could need. I would definitely go back and loved the hospitality and the accommodations!
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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wcsc74 wrote a review Oct 2021
5 contributions2 helpful votes
Our third stay at this lovely location was very enjoyable. The couple traveling with us enjoyed their first experience. Bonnie and Kathleen in the hotel. Matt and Tom treated us very well and made our anniversary special in the restaurant.
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Frisco6 wrote a review Oct 2021
San Antonio, Texas115 contributions76 helpful votes
Not the biggest name in Manchester but worth the visit. COVID restrictions limit the breakfast offerings to boxed meals....presented exactly as ordered and delivered by a delightful breakfast chef. Rooms are very nice and have adequate WIFI with cute names for each room/suite. Dining is fine with moderate menu and adequate hospitality.
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Date of stay: September 2021
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charles a wrote a review Sep 2021
Houston, Texas103 contributions65 helpful votes
We had a wonderful visit at this charming hotel. Our stay was for 2 nights in the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Suite. Since we were staying on a Mon/Tues the hotel was moderately quiet; just what we like! Our room was spacious with a entry/bench on the ground level and a nicely appointed landing, sitting room, bedroom and beautiful bathroom on the 2nd level. Very comfortable spaces! (Only drawback was that the street noise from truck traffic got a bit heavy just before dawn. If you're a light sleeper, staying in this suite, maybe bring earplugs or white-noise player). I loved the spacious bathroom! The jetted tub was so nice (didn't turn on the jets, though). Frette robes seemed to be quite nice. Complementary toiletries were upgrades from standard hotels. Having a magnifying mirror was a plus. We very much enjoyed our breakfast hamper each morning. I believe it was also possible to have breakfast in the dining room, but having those lovely hampers brought to the room was very special. Continental breakfast was very well proportioned for us and thermos of coffee was wonderful (Even though the room had a Kuerig, I like a fresh brewed pot). Room also had nice (glass) bottled water. Hotel restaurant wasn't open early week, but we had wonderful meals at Ye Old Tavern (upscale) and Christo's (very casual). The staff at TRP were really great! Kathleen accompanied us to our room, showing us around the space and giving us some helpful info. She advised us about dining options (limited early week) and made a booking for us at Ye Old Tavern, when we probably couldn't have gotten in otherwise. So nice! In the morning, Richard was likewise very helpful with giving us guidance about hiking in the area and selling us tickets to Hildene (@ discount from tickets bought onsite). The grounds are beautiful; we would have enjoyed having an evening drink by the pond, if we weren't so busy. On our departure, a beautiful grey Herron came walking across our path. He seemed right at home as I think any guest would feel here!
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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HDMM wrote a review Sep 2021
Cape Elizabeth, Maine333 contributions132 helpful votes
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This review is of the pet-friendly Pond View Suite. There was no usable WiFi signal in the room - one staff member suggested that I could go to the main building and sit in the dining room to use the WiFi as the signal was stronger there. One of the screen doors to the room had a large tear so it was unusable. There was mold in the shower grout. The window treatment over the living room windows was broken and could not be raised . The room was completely uninviting - no throw pillows on the sofa or chairs and not a single decorative item on the nicely painted built-in shelves. The magnifying mirror over the bath vanity has such a short arm that in order to use it you have to be at least 5'10" to reach it over the depth of the vanity. When making this reservation I specifically asked if this pet-friendly suite was equivalent in quality to the other suites and was told the only difference was a wood floor as opposed to carpeting in the others. I hate to leave such a bad review in these times but this is just unacceptable. On the up side, the mattress was super firm and so the bed was very comfortable. Finally, note that some of the website pictures show an "SLH" (Small Luxury Hotel) logo but this property is not on the SLH website. On a prior stay we found the Kimpton Taconic to be higher quality for pet-friendly accommodations at about the same price.
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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PatH wrote a review Aug 2021
Greenwich, Connecticut4 contributions5 helpful votes
What a delightful dinner we had on a recent Saturday night while on a weekend getaway. From the moment we were greeted by the friendly and energetic host, to the excellent service and food, we really enjoyed our experience. It is clear the team is well managed and customer focused. We loved our waiter, a tall and very helpful man who clearly excels at his job. Our meals were delicious: cucumber/avocado soup to start, sea bass and vegetarian risotto for each of us respectively and the perfectly portioned baked Alaska for dessert. We’ll be back!!!
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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GRB wrote a review Aug 2021
3 contributions1 helpful vote
My wife and I had a wonderful three day (two night) getaway to the Reluctant Panther. Our room in the main house was spacious and very comfortable, the breakfasts were yummy, and the dinner that we had in the dining room was fabulous.
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Date of stay: August 2021
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HappyTraveler123401 wrote a review Aug 2021
Newtown, Pennsylvania25 contributions18 helpful votes
Maybe it was an off night. Maybe. Started off well with delicious rosemary bread and sesame rolls The falafel appetizer had nice sauces to go with it but the 4 falafel balls were very overfried and small. I had the shortribs which when served looked like something out of a college cafeteria, with the meat (not real short rib but that brisket like pale substitute) dumped on mashed potatoes (maybe real, maybe not) and with that pile of corn on the side (maybe frozen, maybe not). "My wife had trout "stuffed" with crab. It was a smear of crab at best. Didn't bother with dessert. Service was fine.
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Date of stay: August 2021
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CraigonLongIsland wrote a review Aug 2021
Rockville Centre, New York33 contributions12 helpful votes
My wife and I have been going to the Reluctant Panther for a long time and have experienced multiple owners. We can both confidently say that the current staff is one of the best! Morgan, Matt, Sigal, Richard, Bonnie, and Abby have returned the warmth and comfort that have been missing for so long. From the moment we checked in, until our departure. they were attentive, friendly, and accommodating. As always the menu was spectacular and the food delicious, service impeccable, and the atmosphere cozy and inviting. My wife enjoyed the lamb and I the Sea Bass, we enjoyed it so much we ate there again three nights later. This time my wife had the scallops and I had the pork chop, equally as delicious. We are both looking forward to our next visit.
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Date of stay: July 2021
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Joe B wrote a review May 2021
Dalton, Massachusetts111 contributions34 helpful votes
We recently wanted to get away for a few days to take advantage of things starting to reopen now that enough sensible people are being vaccinated and we feel safe. This was our first visit to The Reluctant Panther it was a great choice. Our thanks to Bonnie for helping us decide on our suite as a start. She and the staff were very welcoming, pleasant and helpful. Procedures in place made us feel as comfortable as could be. Staying, and thoroughly enjoying the stay, at The Reluctant Panther was a perfect way for us to get out and about again. Thank you all.
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Date of stay: May 2021
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$247 - $362 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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LOCATION
United StatesVermontGreen MountainsManchester
NUMBER OF ROOMS
20
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant
Which popular attractions are close to The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant?
Nearby attractions include Equinox Preservation Trust (0.5 miles), The Crooked Ram (0.3 miles), and The American Museum of Fly Fishing (0.4 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a fireplace.
What food & drink options are available at The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Silver Fork, The Reluctant Panther Restaurant, and The Copper Grouse.
Is The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.08 miles away from the center of Manchester.
Are pets allowed at The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers meeting rooms, a banquet room, and conference facilities.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Are there any historical sites close to The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home (1.7 miles) and The Shires of Vermont (1.3 miles).