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The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant

39 West Road P.O. Box 678, Manchester, VT 05254
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#5 of 16 hotels in Manchester
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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
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Meeting rooms
Bar / lounge
Coffee shop
Outdoor dining area
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Sun terrace
Private check-in / check-out
Laundry service
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Room features
Air conditioning
Seating area
Cable / satellite TV
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Wardrobe / closet
Clothes rack
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
Non-smoking rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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Safari785498 wrote a review Oct 2021
2 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
Room Tip: Check with the front desk for activities and other dining recommendations before traveling. Many...
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Terry H wrote a review Jan 2020
Unadilla, New York16 contributions11 helpful votes
Hotel's Favorite
We stumbled upon the Reluctant Panther while looking for a romantic weekend getaway in southern Vermont. We were not disappointed. This cute inn has 20 rooms and a restaurant that caters to guests who want a quiet weekend away from the stress of daily life. the rooms are decorated in a classic colonial style. Ours had a memory foam bed with a fireplace which was a nice touch. The restaurant serves inspired cuisine and world class.The free breakfast was also very tasty. The service is excellent!
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Frisco6 wrote a review Oct 2021
San Antonio, Texas115 contributions74 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, Texas101 contributions43 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
HDMM wrote a review Sep 2021
Cape Elizabeth, Maine333 contributions131 helpful votes
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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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.
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).
Is The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access, reduced mobility rooms, and facilities for disabled guests. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.