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The Cliff House at Pikes Peak
Ranked #1 of 10 Hotels in Manitou Springs
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Charleston, South Carolina
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332 reviews
40 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
“What a gem!”
Reviewed September 7, 2009

I found the Cliff House online so really didn't know what to expect, other than a photo and recommendations from others. What a gem!
This is a beautiful historic inn in the heart of tiny Manitou Springs at the foot of Pikes Peak. The staff is attentive. The room was wonderful (fireplace, view of the mountains). Following a fire in '99, the hotel underwent a $10.5 million renovation, according to their literature. It shows. Our room was luxurious (great jacuzzi bath, too).
The restaurant was so good we ate there two nights in a row. The wine list is longer than the menu and the sommelier knows what he's talking about. Go with his recommendations. And don't miss the Grand Mariner souffle for dessert. (There's a hot/cold breakfast buffet that comes with the stay that was good, too.)
This was the best place we stayed on our week-long visit to Colorado. I'd recommend it to anyone. Can't say enough good about it. Only wish it were closer to N.C. so we could make frequent trips for dinner, even sans the stay.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Bradenton, Florida
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Reviewed August 26, 2009

We stayed at the Cliff House recently and really enjoyed our stay. It's very nice. The place is sort of posh (for us!) but the price wasn't. It is Victorian-style (I think), but not too cutesy/frilly/grandmothery, if you know what I mean. Lots of great amenities! Nice breakfast, very genteel setting. A fabulous deal for dinner on the Veranda Deck -- fish and chips for $8 with a mountain view--I mean, come on!!! Our waiter (Stephen) was extremely attentive and friendly, as was everyone. Definitely first-class.

We took the Pikes Peak Cog Railway in the morning, which is close by the hotel. If you have a clear day, this is a must-do trip! Also, Manitou Springs is a funky, hippie sort of town, and it's fun to browse around there.

Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Helena, MT
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed August 17, 2009

When you drive through the crowded streets of Manitou Springs you might wonder whether or not you made the right choice. Beyond that, you'll never have a second thought!

Comfortable beds, great service, wonderful food, historic hotel: this is a truly enjoyable, close to amazing, place.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with family
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st louis
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed July 2, 2009

We stayed only one night at this lovely historic hotel. Dinner on the veranda was a treat.

Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
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Fort Collins, Colorado
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Reviewed June 22, 2009

Just returned from 2 nights at the Cliff House with a group of 6 (50 year olds) for a Ladies Weekend away. We had 3 twin rooms on the same floor. Reservations and check -in were flawless. All 6 of us were able to sit around in any of the rooms and enjoy the accomodations -- nice ice buckets, glasses, mini frig, turn down service with chocolates in the evening -- although we never made use of the heated toilet seats! Excellent accomodations and service for a very reasonable price. The valet parking was a delightful treat, rather than the hassle I expected. The valets were more than willing to fetch items from our cars. The breakfast included with the room rate was exceptional -- included scrambled eggs. We enjoyed drinks on the veranda before dinner and then had a wonderful dinner in the dining room. We all think it must be the best restaurant in Manitou Springs. I was particularly impressed with the restaurant staff service and integrity. Since we had a large group, the tip was automatically included on the check. When I signed the credit card receipt, the waiter had written "included" on the line for "tip" on the receipt. I really appreciated that gesture! The location is great for walking around town or driving off to view the Garden of the Gods or Seven Falls. It was truly a pleasure to stay at The Cliff House!

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled with friends
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Texas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed May 20, 2009

My husband and I spent a couple nights at the Cliff House for an anniversary get away. We stayed in the Prince Ferdinand suite. First, the staff was incredible. When we arrived to check in, we were told happy anniversary. I'm sure it was recorded on our information form, but it was a nice touch. The room was very large with a king bed, sitting area with love seat and chair, game table, fireplace, bathroom, and a 2-person spa tub. The walk-in closet was almost as big as the one I have at home so no problem with space. The bathroom had dual sinks and there was a separate shower with dual heads and body sprayers with plenty of hot water and pressure. Since the weather was warm, we didn't need the toilet seat warmer but it was fun to test it. I want one for my house. We had wine and chocolate-dipped strawberries waiting in our room along with a rose and note wishing us a happy anniversary. The only thing I didn't care for about the room was our view which was the street to the front of the hotel, but the room itself made up for it. In the evenings we had turn-down service with chocolates left by the bedside. There were even floor mats that had "Good Night" when facing the bed and "Good Morning" when facing away. The robes at the hotel were amazingly soft. I wish I had room in my suitcase to take one home.

We had dinner in the dining room the first night of our stay. The food was really good. The rabbit and rattlesnake quesadillas are incredible! They had just changed to a new menu and were asking for feedback. I let the waiter know that my pasta was a little bland for my palate and he brought out some lemon wedges so I could add some zest. Also, my husband is diabetic but there wasn't anything on the menu listed as being sugar free. He asked the waiter in case there was a special dessert that wasn't listed. The waiter said he would speak to the pastry chef and came back a little later with a special sugar free fruit dessert that the chef made special. That is real service!

The staff was very friendly and helpful with recommendations on things to do and places to eat. We had one minor problem with the toilet but it was fixed within 5 minutes of mentioning it to the staff.

The stay was pricey but for a special occasion, the expense is worthwhile.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
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Elgin Illinois
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200 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 333 helpful votes
Reviewed September 29, 2008

my wife and i stayed here for one night on sept. 13 th. after reading the good reviews on this site,we decided to stay in the thomas edison room.First the hotel, no self parking.check in was easy even with a wedding going on.bellman had the luggage up to the room and explained how everything worked and where everything was. The first floor had a nice breakfast room with cold and some hot things as well as all the standard food you will find anyplace.the grounds and room were very clean and comfortable.

The room-- over 400 sq ft in size oval shaped bedroom with large windows .king size bed wet bar (had chocolate strawberrys) great!!!! they came with the room. large bath area with jet tub, steam shower,and bath area. this is where the room shines the most. 5th floor ,you had to take the elevator to the 4th floor and walk one set of stairs to the room.


Overall this place was a wonderful place to stay and i give it a highly recomended experience. a bit on the pricey side but not over pricey. the service was great , the food was good,the room was top rate.

  • Liked — the steam showers and bath ameneties
  • Disliked — everything was good no complaints
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
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Property: The Cliff House at Pikes Peak
Address: 306 Canon Ave, Manitou Springs, CO 80829-1712
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Location: United States > Colorado > El Paso County > Manitou Springs
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Manitou Springs
#4 Family Hotel in Manitou Springs
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Cliff House at Pikes Peak 4*
Number of rooms: 54
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
What makes a hotel truly special?Prestige? Romance? Luxury? As a four diamond Colorado Springs Hotel, these attributes are very important, and we have each of them in abundance, but none of them matter as much as... the stories. The stories that are started here, by brides and grooms celebrating their weddings. The stories that are commemorated here, when couples choose us for their anniversaries. The stories that are shared here, when family vacations become unforgettable memories. Our stories really do matter: they define who we are. You see, as the premier historic hotel of the Greater Colorado Springs area, our history is forever intertwined with what we are today. In fact, The Cliff House is older than the State of Colorado itself! And just like your story, we have had our ups and downs: we have played host to famous dignitaries, and we have been a barracks for soldiers. Later floods and fires have even threatened our hotel's very existence. But, just like you, we've persevered. After our extensive remodel and grand re-opening in 1999, we quickly proved that The Cliff House is once again one of Colorado's finest luxury hotels. Nestled at the foot of majestic Pikes Peak, we've managed to keep all the trappings of Victorian elegance and luxury and also become a leader in innovative room features with state-of-the-art technology. Since 2001, we've consecutively received the prestigious AAA Four Diamond Award for both the hotel and our dining room. Our dining room has also received the DiRoNa Award, and Wine Spectator's Best of Award of Excellence, every year. From our world-class fine dining, our amazing rooms, personalized service, our fun new bar and grill, to the limitless experiences and activities Manitou Springs has to offer: we are confident that you will love your stay here... and what a story you'll have to tell! We're proud of our history. Come share yours with us! We're within ten minutes of downtown Colorado Springs, but (rest assured) a world away! ... more   less 
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