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“Home Away From Home”
Review of Black Bear Manor

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Black Bear Manor
Ranked #2 of 8 Ouray B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Baton Rouge, LA
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Home Away From Home”
Reviewed June 27, 2007

After reading all of the wonderful reviews here, we were so excited to get to the Black Bear Manor on our recent vacation to the Colorado mountains. We were not disappointed! We stayed in room 5, a standard room on the ground floor. Although a "standard room" we did not feel "standard"; the bed was large and comfortable with lovely bedding and plenty of pillows, and the room included a large shower (but no tub), television with Direct TV, and small outside porch with a small table and chairs to enjoy. The innkeepers were so amazingly warm and welcoming, and Lucie won my heart immediately when we she let us check in early after a night of camping (since I desperately needed a shower and a nap)! We enjoyed the excellent quality bottle of complimentary cabernet on the comfortable leather couches in the upstairs observatory along with wonderful chocolates that we bought in town! The views of the surrounding peaks were breathtaking! They even had a music system set up to play soft music to set a wonderful mood while enjoying the sunset or the stars. I haven't even mentioned the AMAZING breakfasts that were prepared for us each morning of our stay. We were so indulgently satisfied, that we literally were not hungry again until dinner. Smudge, the mascot, was the most sweet docile doggy ever, and made me smile everytime I saw her! The B & B was located easily within walking distance of all of the shops and restaurants on the main strip in town. I assure you that every detail was noted and taken care of, and there is no question about it, that if we were to return to Ouray as a couple, we would immediately call Black Bear Manor and plan our trip around their availability. We would not hesitate to highly recommend this B&B to any family and friends who were going to visit Ouray.

  • Liked — Everything!
  • Disliked — Leaving!
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled as a couple
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English first
Level 1 Contributor
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed June 14, 2007

This may be the finest example of a first class bed and breakfast in an outstanding and scenic location. The owners are gracious hosts and dedicated to providing the finest experience. This is a great location for an overnight stay or a week long vacation. I give it 6 STARS.

>>>>>>>>>>> ****** <<<<<<<<<<<<

  • Liked — Hosts
  • Disliked — nothing, everything was perfect
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled with family
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1 Thank chipco3434
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Nottingham, UK
Level 5 Contributor
52 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed May 29, 2007

Arriving at the Black Bear Manor for a 3 night stay during our 18 night vacation to 6 states we immediately felt completely at home. We stayed in the Royal Suite which was simply wonderful! A lovely comfortable king bed, fireplace, sitting area, double jetted tub and double shower too. There is also a great hot tub accessed from the exterior door to the rooms, whilst from the interior entrance you can access the house. The observatory on the third floor is the perfect place to relax with the complimentary bottle of wine, “would you prefer red or white?” Phil asked. Phil and Lucie are the nicest hosts we have ever met in our 21 trips to the USA. Smudge the dog is delightful too! Breakfast was out of this world – you have heard of the “All Day Breakfast”, well this is the “All Day and Most of the Night Breakfast” – the quality and variety was superb! Lucie is an inspirational cook thinking up new recipes like carrot and chocolate chip muffins, they were a great success! The location of the Black Bear Manor is perfect to stroll to the many great restaurants Ouray has to offer. Ouray is simply fantastic, the altitude is 8000 feet and is surrounded by mountains with a waterfall at each end of the town, both within walking distance. Box Canyon Falls are incredible, especially in the snow we experienced this May! One morning we had to clear 8 inches of snow off the car which had fallen during the night, we Brits had never seen that much snow fall in one night before! Black Bear Manor is the perfect place to experience the beauty of this area and the company of Phil & Lucie and the other guests attracted to this amazing place means one thing for sure - we will be back!

  • Liked — The location and the hosts!
  • Stayed May 2007, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank AmericanBrits
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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed May 27, 2007

We are from Southern Louisiana and we have 6 sisters that get together every year. This year we chose Grand junction, Colorado. We had a friend that wanted to come sight seeing with us and we traveled the southwest part of the state. One of our stops was in Ouary at a B&B. The bed and breakfast was superb. We stayed on the bottom floor next to the hot tub. We used the hot tub at night while it was snowing and was an enjoyable experience. The B&B had three floors and the top floor had a picture window that looked out at the mountains that was breathtaking and covered with snow. The B&B had given us a bottle of wine to relax when we first arrived. The couple that owned the B&B were very helpful with restaurants and activities in Ouray. The room was very nice and bathrooms large. The food was outstanding. I am from the South and I wanted some of her receipes. There were so much food to chose at breakfast. We really enjoyed our experience and will return when we come back to Colorado.

  • Liked — secluded but in the middle of town
  • Disliked — steps down to the front door
  • Stayed May 2007, traveled with family
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2 Thank vacationsBatonRouge
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Level 6 Contributor
64 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed May 22, 2007

This B & B was a wonderful place to stay in our short trip to Colorado. My husband and I were travelling for his brother's wedding, and we were part of a very large group that stayed at the place. Phil and Lucie (the innkeepers) really know how to handle a very large group of people, and they were very patient and gracious-- even allowing small children to stay at the property for this special occasion. We had the pleasure of staying one extra night after the large group had left, and received a cheese, fruit and craker tray in our room when we came up after sitting in the wonderful hot tub (and we didn't even ask for it!). They also have wine, beer, coffee, and teas available at no extra charge, as well as tasty chocolate truffels when they clean your room. The room was a little small for the price, but the hospitality, DELICIOUS breakfast and comfort well made-up for the slightly high-priced rooms.

  • Stayed May 2007, traveled as a couple
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3 Thank travellingtuba
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Denver, CO
1 review
Reviewed May 14, 2007

As a pilot I can say that I've stayed in my fair share of hotels and other lodging places. Black Bear Manor is the best place I have ever stayed in my life. My wife and I were there for our honeymoon the second week in May. Lucy and Phil were fantastic hosts. From the time we checked in we were treated like royalty. Our room was upgraded for no charge just because they had a nicer room that wasn't sold. We are vegetarians and when we told Phil and Lucy they went out of their way to make sure we got food that fit our diet. They even went and got us vegetarian breakfast meat!! Breakfasts were amazing! There was more food than anyone could eat and it was all scrumptious. There was such variety and Lucy cooks it all every morning. (You can tell she loves it because it's some of the best food I've ever eaten!) I kept telling my wife that it didn't feel like a bed and breakfast. It felt like we were staying with family. I can't wait to go back. It made our honeymoon amazing!!

  • Liked — The friendy atmosphere and the breakfasts
  • Stayed May 2007, traveled as a couple
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Thank rlcbushpilot
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New York
1 review
Reviewed February 12, 2007

Went to Ouray for the ice fest this year. I'm a New York real estate investment banker who likes to ice climb- but I also like cozy accomodations and good food. Black Bear was perfect! Price was reasonable, location right in town, just off Main St. within walking distance to everything, even the ice park, and the breakfast was superb, especially the cinnamon buns and the extensive tea selection! High recommended!!!

  • Liked — breakfast
  • Disliked — needed more space to dry gear
  • Stayed January 2007, traveled as a couple
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Thank nyclimbingbanker
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Property: Black Bear Manor
Address: 118 6th Ave, Ouray, CO 81427
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Location: United States > Colorado > Ouray
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Ouray
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Black Bear Manor 3.5*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Contemporary English Cottage-style Bed & Breakfast with slate roof, set near to a rambling mountain stream & surrounded by the San Juan Mtns. Located in town, close to restaurants and shops, and offering the best Breakfast in town! All of our unique rooms include a full hot made fresh breakfast daily. The views from our indoor observatory are some of the best in Ouray. Enjoy our view while while resting on the large deck or from the inside through large windows. ... more   less 
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