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The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant
Ranked #6 of 17 Hotels in Manchester
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 20 March 2011

We booked one night in Manchester as the precursor to visiting an elderly parent in New York. The night at the panther was to get me in an appropriately tolerant frame of mind.

The inn is small, tranquil, and lovely. Our room was incredibly large (a deluxe room in the main inn), and the gas fireplace was a treat. The bed was heaven, although I had trouble finding my husband at times ....

We had a lovely dinner, with a server (sorry, I forget her name), who was attentive without being either pompous or intrusive: just the right touch. Since there were relatively few guests (this being mud season in Vermont), the room was soothing, quiet, and just what the doctor ordered. My blood pressure dropped 30 points from the city.

The food was very good - although the 3 course dinner was more than we could eat (shame on a reviewer who said the portions were small: really? really? we couldn't finish it all.) And the breakfast was so nicely done and plentiful that we skipped lunch completely the next day.

Sigh. It was only one night. But one of those places you could move into for a month and be completely content. If not, I suggest therapy. Just not with me.

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 March 2011

My wife and I stayed here for a weekend in March. The Inn itself is very nice, with very comfortable rooms.

We stayed in the main building, in a deluxe room (the Akwanok suite) which looked exactly like the photos on the website. Very Orvis style, comfortable without being overly plush. The bed was extremely comfortable, the see through fireplace was a nice touch (though if you left it on for too long, it got extremely hot in the room). The bath was huge, nicely finished, and included a two person hot tub. However, there was no separate shower, so one ended up showering inside a jacuzzi tub, which was a bit odd. Water pressure was quite poor.

Due to the time of year, we couldn't really admire the grounds or the scenery, but it looked like it would be gorgeous for 3 out of 4 seasons. The whole main building is new, and tastefully done. However, there are no amenities like a sauna, steam room, or exercise room. I know this is a small inn with only 20 rooms, but a small sauna or steam bath would be nice to have.

The big letdown for us was the restaurant. We had a 9pm reservation, but due to bad road conditions we were running 30 minutes late. My wife called the restaurant to advise them, and they were very annoyed, said the kitchen closes at 9 (maybe they shouldn't take 9pm reservations if that is the case) but they could make some things ahead for us if we really wanted. Since we weren't sure of our other options we elected to have our food made ahead. When we got there at 9:30, there were still some folks eating in the dining room, but we were told to eat in the bar area, all our plates (apps, entrees, salads, desserts) were left on one big tray, wrapped up and we were told to serve ourselves. No one checked on us, brought us the bill, or anything... all this while folks were still being waited on in the main dining room. Very poor service in my opinion. Then we found out, upon check-out that the server had put the check on our room tab, and had also added a gratuity for herself. A bit presumptuous...
The food itself was too cold and soggy to rate, though it seemed to have the potential to be good if served fresh. The creme brulee tasting was exceptional even though it was cold. Nonetheless, we were left with a bad impression and cancelled our reservation for the second night, and instead went elsewhere.

The breakfasts, which are included with the room cost, were outstanding. Everything was top notch, fresh and local. Poached eggs were done perfectly each time. The Villeroy & Boch china was beautiful, and the setting was quite lovely. However, even here there were shortcomings. The orange juice was from concentrate, which seems like a strange way to pinch pennies when everything else is of such high quality. Also, the server spilled different things at out table on each occasion.

In summary, the Inn is beautiful, the rooms spacious and comfortable, the bathrooms have great tubs, and the breakfasts are delicious. However, the restaurant service ranged from clumsy to outright rude. Nonetheless, I would still recommend this place, and will likely give them another try when we come back in the summer.

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 March 2011

I want to keep this place a secret because its so great! The service is amazing. Food is great and rooms are amazing. Big hot tub. Pure luxury.

Manchester is the perfect little Vermont town. It has places to eat and shop. And the graet outdoors at your doorstep.

Go to relax and get away from the crazies of normal life and step back into Vermont to slow down and enjoy lifes simple things.

Hiking, skiing, golf right at your doorstep! Then come back to luxury. The Panther Suite is the best!

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 February 2011

We chose the Reluctant Panther for its proximity to the various ski mountains in the area, and were thrilled with the ambiance, charm and service at this small inn. After fun, physical days skiing, we genuinely looked forward to returning to our beautiful and spacious room - with its own fireplace and HUGE tub!

The restaurant was delightful, the staff extremely accommodating, and the location was perfect - slightly set back from the main strip in Manchester, but close enough for us to enjoy the town. We can't wait to return to see the inn in the summer and fall!

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank Annigans
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Reviewed 16 February 2011

I booked the weekend ski package for my husband as a Christmas present. First, I should say that we had to change the date, and it was not an issue at all.
When we arrived everyone was very pleasant and our room was upgraded.
We stayed in the Pierre Suite- it was beautiful- we had our own separate entrance into our suite- the room had tons of charm and personality- right down to the beautiful jewelry box next to the bed. The bathroom was amazing- huge claw foot tub and the shower had great pressure. The staff was more than accommodating- and always greeted you with a smile. We had dinner there the first night- it was amazing and super romantic! The service was excellent- the wine list impressive- started with a nice amuse-bouche- and ended with homemade macaroons and chocolates. The food in between was spectacular! Breakfast each morning was included- and usually you assume bagels and coffee- it was a sit down, a la carte feast- anything from blueberry pancakes to poached eggs and spinach. Always a great meal. We tried to eat there Saturday night, but they were completely booked (being that it was Valentine's Day weekend). They tried to offer dinner in our room or in their other dining area- with the option of ordering from the other menu- but we didn't want to be a bother- so they recommend and got us reservations for another local restaurant. The package also included a cheese plate and wine- which was a very nice treat to come back to after a day of skiing and shopping. And there were ski tickets to Bromley- that we had a great time using- perfect conditions. Don't have one bad thing to say about the trip- I would recommend this place to everyone!! One more thing I should add for the business people out there- free wi-fi- always nice!

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank couldree
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Reviewed 7 February 2011

We had a 4 night stay in the Fallen Spruce Suite. The suite was beautifully decorated with warm colors; and highlighted by a four poster bed that was remarkably comfortable. The gas fireplace was perfectly placed across from the bed; and the 32 inch flat panel and DVD player provided alternative viewing. The elegant bathroom and Jacuzzi were beautifully designed. We felt right at home and didn't want to leave. The breakfast was gourmet; and the chef came out to make sure we were pleased. The staff was always there to make sure we were happy with everything. We will return.

J & V
NY

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 October 2010

We were recommend this hotel by our tour operator and were pleased we stayed here. Manchester is not as exciting for tourists as further north around Woodstock. Nonetheless it makes a good touring base adn offers some good shopping outlets in a tranquil environment.

We stayed and ate here over three nights. After the 1st night we asked to change rooms as the bed was too soft for my Partner who suffers back problems. The 2nd bedroom was much better. Not only was the bed good but the room was much larger as was the bathroom (See pictures). There was a supplement on the price but this was worthwhile.

The hotel changed hands earlier this year and has been bought by two hotel professionals who have run some well known hotels in the past. They are not involved on a day to day basis but they have a solid professional management team in place.

Our 2nd bedroom had a good, firm, American King sized bed and a small sofa for seating. All rooms are called suites. At best they are junior suites or large doubles as they don't have separate lounge areas.


The bathroom was very large and had separate shower and two person jacuzzi.

The air conditioning worked faily well but, because the 2nd room was in the main building it suffered the heat from the rest of the building and was hard to cool down to the right temperature.

The restaurant was a real pleasure and the service and food very good indeed. Although the wine list was not huge, it was well chosen and has won awards in the past.

The restaurant staff were highly professional and friendly so, all in all, a very good experience.

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank ashnick
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Address: 39 West Road, P.O. Box 678, Manchester, VT 05254
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Region: 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
Price Range: £153 - £280 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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