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Americas Best Value Inn Villa Motel
Ranked #3 of 10 Hotels in Manitou Springs
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Texas
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Nice budget motel”
Reviewed 3 July 2008

We spent three night in the cottages at the Villa Inn. The rooms were clean, beds were comfortable and the staff at the motel very friendly. It is a bout a three or four block walk to downtown Manitou Springs, which we found to be close enough to walk. There is a small park across the street with a creek running through it. On the whole, it worked very well for a family with children, trying to see the sites on a budget.

  • Liked — The price
  • Disliked — It is a true continental breakfast with no seating.
  • Stayed June 2008, travelled with family
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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 June 2008

I think Denverites would like to hear about this road trip, it's just an hour from Denver, a very good weekend trip.

My DH and I went to Manitou Springs just this last weekend for a fifth anniversary celebration. We left mid-morning and got there by noon.

The hotel we stayed at is the America's Best Value Inn. We booked a king suite (not really a suite but big) and it included a two person jetted tub. That was awesome! Whomever designed the room, though, really needed to think more about it, the TV was not facing the tub but the bed, and there seemed to be a lot of wasted space just because of where they placed things such as the desk and fridge. Oh! There was a fridge in the room and that was cool because that's where we stored our champagne!

There's nothing to complain about re: the hotel. Staff was just fine, the room was clean, small pool but very clean too. The hotel was perfect, just one or two blocks from downtown. The person who posted that you can't really walk into town is crazy. Maybe they don't get out much. But here in Colo., we walk everywhere. Honestly, it was MAYBE 2 blocks to downtown. We didn't drive once (except to get to the Springs), walked the whole time.

After mulling about in Manitou's neat shops for awhile, we drove to Colo. Springs and had lunch at Eidelweiss Restaurant. This place rocks. Best German food ever. Better than Denver's Helga's and Cafe Berlin.

We tried to go by the Springs Fest, but it was a zoo and honestly I'm sick of these sell fests, nothing really interesting, just the same 'ol for sale.

We shopped more in Manitou and thought about driving to Cripple Creek for some gambling, but it's 45 min. away. Not a bad drive, but we were tired of driving.

We had dinner in Manitou at Mona Lisa's Fondue Restaurant. The food was to die for, and wayyyyy too much for two people to eat -- it came in 4 courses, cheese, fruit, meats, dessert. phew.

I loved the shops and such in Manitou, but the service is horrible! We waited 15 minutes until our waiter appeared at the Fondue shop. If you go there, go to their cellar and just order cheese and wine. It's more than enough, service is better, and they have a live guitarist there.

Everywhere we ate/drank, service was rotten. One bartender asked my husband why I would want tonic with my Absolut. ?

Breakfast was an hour and a half event, and the food was quite greasy. We ate at PJ's after walking out of the European Cafe. People were walking out by the droves. Both PJ's and the Cafe had couples walking out. We were starving so we stayed, but if we were smarter we would have just hit the road and ate at the many restaurants you see from I-25 on the way back.

Also, the Inverness Golf Club has a rumored brunch to die for, we saw it from I-25. Should have just left Manitou and ate there. Will try that place this weekend though. Probably 20 minutes from our house in good traffic.

One breakfast place looked really good, but they had a 1/2 hour wait and we didn't want to wait - Adam's Mountain Cafe. They were big and roomy, airy, with waiters running around, people being served. A good menu too.

Not sure what else I'm leaving out. We had a good time, but it's a small place, so not tons to do. Oh yes, nightlife. That was hilarious. We ended up at the Ancient Mariner. Pretty fun bar. They had a really really good reggae band. Watching people dance was most of our fun!

Neat town, just not much to do. I'd say a one-night trip should do it.

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  • Disliked — n/a
  • Stayed June 2008, travelled as a couple
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Maryland
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 June 2008

We based our 3 days in the area at this hotel. The hotel had a great location. Unless you really like to walk, I would not count on walking into town. Although you can hear people in the pool in the early evening, the hotel is very quiet. No noise at night from people or traffic. The room was very lean but some rehab would be nice. For instance the door is key operated and at times the lock was difficult to open. No problem, just age. The hotel was not full and the parking was fine but I imagine it would get tight if it was full. The parking spaces are narrow considering the number of large vehicles.

  • Liked — Location
  • Stayed May 2008
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Colorado
Level 6 Contributor
100 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2008

I can add another recommendation for this hotel! We had a standard room with 2 queen beds on the top (2nd) floor for $65 a night ($77 with tax). What a deal! The room was very large, clean, modern and well maintained. The beds were firm and comfortable. The room had a mini-fridge, coffee maker, (weak) hair dryer, iron and microwave. The only remotely negative thing I can say is that the fan on the heater/ac was loud. On one hand, it was a bit too loud, on the other hand, it provided white noise so that we never heard any noise from other guests. The 'breakfast' wasn't really a breakfast, just some packaged rolls in the front office. The hotel is a short and easy walk from downtown Manitou Springs. Staying there is a great alternative to staying in Colorado Springs and is very close to Old Colorado City, the cliff dwellings and Garden of the Gods. For the price, you can't beat this hotel.

  • Liked — Good value, clean, spacious and comfortable.
  • Stayed March 2008, travelled with family
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Downers Grove, Illinois
Level 6 Contributor
359 reviews
45 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 255 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 January 2008

The is an older type "mom/pop" establishment which made it so much nicer than entering a "sterilized" chain. The woman at the front desk (and her doggie companion) greeted us with a warm smile, she engaged us in conversation and offered some advise on sights and restaurants. We arrived much later than planned (after 10 pm) and they were more than gracious and were waiting for us. Our room, although not new, was roomy and clean. The pool was sufficient for the size of the hotel, as was the hot tub. The prices they offered reasonable, what else doyou need? We would return.

  • Liked — Downtown walkable and located in a convenient spot to visit area attractions.
  • Disliked — Breakfast
  • Stayed June 2007, travelled with family
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Houston
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 October 2007

Saw the reviews and decided to stay for one night,stayed two instead. Rooms are BIG and CLEAN. Great places to eat nearby,just ask the front desk. Garden of the Gods close. Pikes Peak close. Coffee and Continental Breakfast will get you started. Would stay there again!!

  • Liked — Big Rooms and Very Clean
  • Stayed October 2007, travelled as a couple
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Sacramento, California
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 18 October 2007

Simple, clean, comfortable, affordable ($55/night) motel in a great location! It is very near Pike's Peak Cog Railway, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Garden of the Gods, Seven Falls, Cave of the Winds, Manitou Cliff Dwellings, etc. You can even walk to downtown Manitou Springs which has unique shops. We loved this area and will recommend it to our friends and family!

Stayed October 2007
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Property: Americas Best Value Inn Villa Motel
Address: 481 Manitou Ave, Manitou Springs, CO 80829-2318
Region: United States > Colorado > El Paso County > Manitou Springs
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Manitou Springs
#2 Romantic Hotel in Manitou Springs
#2 Family Hotel in Manitou Springs
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2 star — Americas Best Value Inn Villa Motel 2*
Number of rooms: 47
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