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The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant
Ranked #3 of 16 Hotels in Manchester
Certificate of Excellence
Avon, Connecticut
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Classic New England Luxury”
Reviewed February 14, 2014

My husband and I recently had the pleasure of staying at this wonderful inn! Upon our arrival we were warmly welcomed by Chris. Chris was very kind and helpful, offering us dining and activity recommendations as this was our first time in Vermont. Chris' wonderful personality made us instantly love The Panther! She then led us to our suite, The Panther Suite, which was complimentary upgraded. The room was spacious and featured a king size bed(which was very comfortable) with fireplace as well as a sofa and coffee table. It was the marble bathroom, though, that was truly spectacular. It hosted a double glass shower and large Jacuzzi tub. The bathroom also featured a beautiful fireplace. The inn offers amenities standard of quality establishments, including deluxe robes, make up towels, and luxurious bath products( Malin and Goetz, which were so amazing I ordered my own once I returned home). They also offer homemade cookies at turn down which is a nice touch. The morning breakfasts are delicious and filling- offering a muffin course followed by your choice of entree. We were not expecting to enjoy our trip nearly as much as we did. We travel fairly frequently and were very pleased with our decision to visit Manchester and stay at The Reluctant Panther, as this was one of the better trips we have taken. We have decided to make our trip to The Panther an annual event and are eagerly awaiting our next visit!

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Arlington, Virginia, United States
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Reviewed January 27, 2014

The Reluctant Panther encapsulates everything I love about Vermont-warmth, personalized luxury, friendliness, a lack of pretension, and unparalleled hospitality. My wife and I vacationed here recently and we were totally blown away with our experience. Upon arriving, we were upgraded to a suite, just kind of "oh by the way...". With fireplaces in every room, complimentary breakfast served to us practically bedside every morning, warm chocolate chip cookies with our nightly turndown service, a bottle of wine on ice with chocolate covered strawberries on arrival, I mean, c'mon, we're getting ridiculous here! I've been fortunate to travel to and vacation in some of the nicest hotels in the world and this was probably the best all around experience that I've ever had. I should also mention that our accommodations cost me about 1/5th of what I've paid for similar experiences in some other resorts/hotels. With fireplaces roaring and a jacuzzi tub waiting after a long day skiing (yeah, we yupp'ed it up, we admit it!), I really can't imagine a better vacation. There were no negatives on this trip. Oh yeah-did I mention that they have a great restaurant and a very cool little bar too? We will be coming back.

PS- We like to ski and were able to hit up several mountains in the area. Conveniently located for winter sports if that's your thing.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Singapore, Singapore
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11 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed January 25, 2014 via mobile

My husband and I spent 5 nights and enjoyed the accommodations, skiing, restaurants (AlDucci) and shopping (Armani Outlet) in the area. The hotel was very helpful,-- as our dogs accompanied us at the last minute. Nicole identified Caroline at the Grateful Dog. Without this help, our trip would have been ruined. The hotel is charming and sweet. First rate linens A+. Hardwood floors. A charming dining area. We would return and consider it superior to Equinox where we stayed 3 times (despite RP's lack of Spa / Pool / other resort-like amenities of the Equinox).

Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Portland, Oregon
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
Reviewed January 23, 2014

I used to visit this B and B when it was purple and one building. That burned down and it's replacement is just amazing. There is a style that is understated and elegant, taken care of but not in a stuff or overbearing way. This inn has it down. The interior design in simply lovely. The colors are effective but elegant. We were upgraded to a suite on the first floor that we never expected to even see, much less stay in. Two huge rooms, both with fireplaces. Cozy and warm in just the way you want this kind of place to be. The front desk staff was kind and gracious and welcoming. All our needs, which weren't too many, were met and exceeded. We will definitely make it a point of returning to this terrific place. It is within walking distance of so much, too, so a little exercise. It is right next to a larger resort in which we have also stayed, but this is far and away, hands down, our preference. I hope others will enjoy this special place.

I will review the restaurant as a separate entry. That too is amazing.

Room Tip: The suite on the first floor of the main building is amazing, though I have no idea how much it cost...
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Massachusetts
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed January 22, 2014

Stayed here for two nights in mid-January. The service from the front desk to the cleaning staff was great. Large comfortable rooms. Inn package came with dinner for one night, breakfast each day, free wi-fi and a bottle of wine. It was well worth the money and will be returning here next winter!

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 18, 2014 via mobile

We have stayed several places in the Manchester area and by far this is our favorite. Due to weather we rescheduled our stay and Nicole in reservations could not have been more accommodating. Check in was simple and speedy. We were given a tour of the inn's public spaces (bar, restaurant) and then shown to the Primrose Suite on the ground floor. This suite is great for anyone with mobility issues. We loved the decor, the fireplace at the foot of the bed and the spacious bathroom with a whirlpool tub for two. The bed was extremely comfortable. You can hear hallway noise a bit. The breakfast included was delicious both days we dined there. I can't wait to return in milder weather to enjoy the outdoor spaces!

Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 183 helpful votes
Reviewed December 31, 2013

Just spent 4 nights at RP with our family of five. Had two adjoining rooms which were super comfortable with gas fireplaces, large beds, etc. Included breakfast was delicious and had lots of choices. We also had dinnered in dining room, very upscale dining room. Would definitely recommend the RP and would happily go back. Below some constructive criticism, is very nice inn, but you are paying top dollar so would be nice to address.

Some minor things that could be improved on, many of them small but annoying and most erred on side of not attentive to details/and not so generous service....eg. breakfast : food was great, but service was brusque...you could ask for juice, but it was not offered once in 4 days....if you ordered pancakes/french toast...you got a shot glass of maple syrup, once it was half filled even.. hardly generous...fruit garnishes were pretty funny...one raspberry and razor thin melon..... if you wanted more coffee you had to ask...then had to ask for cream...and when we asked for these things we felt like waitress was doing us a favor...coffee in room...was not replenished during four days...so no sugar...we could have asked obviously, but were surprised that housekeeping wouldn't simply check..lastly, you could hear the dining room music
in our room starting at 7am...nice Jazz...but didn't really need wake up music that early.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Property: The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant
Address: 39 West Road, P.O. Box 678, Manchester, VT 05254
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Location: United States > Vermont > Green Mountains > Manchester
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Manchester
#6 Family Hotel in Manchester
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant 4*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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. ... more   less 
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