My wife and I are local, but were unable to get away for our anniversary due to conflicting work schedules, so we decided to head to charming Manitou Springs for the night. After checking several B&B's in the area, we decided on Victoria's Keep.
We arrived just a bit past check-in, but that wasn't an issue for the incredibly helpful and courteous staff. After being given a quick tour and a demonstration of the nifty front door-lock system, we were shown to our room.
I have to reference an earlier review, since we also elected the Queen's Chamber...yes...the tub is pink...yes...the walls are purple...I suppose if you looked at pictures before settling on a room you'd probably know that already. Anyway, we didn't notice any peeling wallpaper, unless the reviewer meant on the ceiling, in one little corner. Nor was there any dirt or dust anywhere in the room. The facilities are split into an oversized shower area (plenty of room for two..) and a small toilet and sink area (with an inexplicable but interesting mechanism to open an out-of-reach window into the hallway...). The jacuzzi tub was the only plumbing with low-pressure issues, but you're in the foothills here...the pressure is bound to be kinda low. Here-in lies my first whine: it took forever to fill up the massive tub. Not a big deal, really. My second is that the enormous and otherwise beautifully comfortable bed had a strange feather pillow-top sort of thing on it, that only covered the middle portion of the mattress's surface area. The quills periodically poked my wife and I in the middle of the night (awaking us) when we would shift. The bed was so unbelievably comfy, however, we both would immediately fall back asleep.
Breakfast was immensely satisfying. A delicious serious of items were laid before us. Prior to breakfast, I witnessed one of the staff literally clipping fresh herbs from the garden, so you know everything is fresh. It would have been nice to have one or two menu options (I agree with an earlier review that sometimes I crave savory fare rather than sweet), but I do understand, this is a very small establishment and it may not be an option.
Overall, I would highly recommend Victoria's Keep to anyone looking for a cozy hide-away. It's isolated from the main drag of Manitou, but still in walking distance of downtown. We'll be back. Though perhaps not in the summer. That fireplace looked amazing!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 1892 Victoria's Keep offers two vacation rental properties nestled at the base of Pikes Peak, with creek side frontage. Located only two short blocks from historic downtown Manitou Springs for shopping, dining, attractions and galleries. Our most popular suite has a jacuzzi tub for two to relax and rejuvenate, fireplace, A/C, kitchenette, BBQ grill, flat screen TV, and a small deck overlooking Miramont Castle Museum. In addition, we have a one-bedroom cottage, completely furnished, A/C, double fold out sofa, kitchen facilities, BBQ Grill, porch, patio and linens for your very own family vacation rental. Cottages sleep up to 4 people, breakfast is not included. Pets considered for additional fee. ... more less