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The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant
Ranked #5 of 16 Hotels in Manchester
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 1 November 2013 via mobile

Surprised by my girlfriend with a two day getaway, we pulled into the"reluctant panther". We pulled in and enter the very tastefully decorated foyer and sitting area. Once checked in, we were escorted to the "panther suite". Upon entering I was taken a back by the very large bedroom and sitting area topped off with a real fire place at the foot of the very comfortable king bed.

Off the bedroom was a large bathroom with a Jacuzzi tub smack dab in the middle of the room, again with real fire place.

I realize everyone dose not love the smell of a real fire place which is definitely evident, but for me nothing was better than falling asleep with the snap, crackle, and pop of the fire place!

The first night we choose dinner on the premises, the food was good, not great. If your up for an adventure, they are many jewels around the property such as the, Silver Fork, less than a mile down the road, that was spectacular!

The staff was exceptional, and the attention to detail was great, from the bed turned down with homemade cookies on the first night, to the hand written welcome letter, to the decor in the room!

I fell in love and will visit again and again in the future!

Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 November 2013

My wife and daughter stayed here for 3 nights while in the area for a wedding. I felt compelled to write a quick note for The Reluctant Panther to say Thank you for making our stay an 'experience' we will appreciate many years from now. The home made cookies at turn-down, the first-name recognition, the breakfast/coffee (wonderful) and the grounds...just perfect.

We stayed at the Equinox hotel the remainder of our stay (due to wedding discount) at the 1800's room. Fine hotel. But no Panther.

If you have the opportunity to stay at the R.Panther, please treat yourself.

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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 24 October 2013

Stayed at the Reluctant Panther with my wife and another couple in early October 2013 as part of a driving holiday through New England.
In fact, loved the Inn and the town so much my wife and I are planning to retire there.
The room was easily the most opulent, well-appointed, most comfortable, and generally awesomest I've ever stayed in in the United States. And yes, that's quite a statement and I stand by it. The fireplace was gorgeous, the Inn itself creaking joyfully with whispers of times gone bye - all set within the beautiful Fall post-card heavenliness that is Vermont at that time of the year.
To discuss the quality of the food and service at the restaurant would mean I'd have to repeat most of the above - easily in my all-time top 10.
Overall, a fabulous place to stay when visiting Vermont in the fall - in fact I'll probably never stay anywhere else in that area.

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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 22 October 2013

My husband and I wanted to visit another section of Vermont and chose the wonderful village of Manchester! The room was amazing as we stayed in the Fallen Spruce Suite. The room is large and vibrantly decorated! The room is situated in the main part of the inn and overlooking the back of the property which is quite lovely! The bed was extremely comfortable with a gas fireplace in front of the bed. We chose not to use it due to the warm weather. The bath room was quite spacious with a whirlpool tub big enough for two! The Frette robes and beautiful towels lend to the ambiance! Hope to be back for a longer stay next year.

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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 October 2013

This inn has a combination of two superb features.
The first is a truly outstanding restaurant and the second is large and well decorated rooms...each unique in a friendly way.
The staff and overall service were of the highest quality.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 October 2013

We prefer a smaller hotel when we can find one that offers service and comfort and the Reluctant Panther was all of that and more. I will write a separate review for the restaurant as they both deserve separate reviews. We checked into the Panther and were greeted by friendly staff who toured us around the property. Our room, the Mary Porter suite, was on the second floor. As you entered the suite the closet was immediately on the left, the bathroom was next, the bedroom and sitting area was on the right.
The bedroom contained a fabulously comfortable king size bed with wonderful linens and the ability to place the down comforter at the bottom of the bed with a light blanket to sleep under. We really dislike beds with down comforters only. It always feels too hot to sleep comfortably. We slept with the windows open and it was perfect.
The sitting area, adjacent to the sleeping area, contained a small desk, a flat screen TV in an armoire, a couch, and a large dresser. There was also a table with a Keurig coffee machine with Kcups, sweeteners and cream. We started the morning by lighting the fireplace and enjoying a cup of fresh hot coffee. The fireplaces are "match" ready, just strike a match and the kindling starts up the fire and you can sit and enjoy it. The fireplaces are cleaned and reset every day, and there is extra firewood in the room is you want to extend the fire.
The bathroom was also amazing. The Jacuzzi tube (and shower) for two was on the left directly across from the second fireplace in the suite, again, match ready. The sink area was well appointed and the amenities were excellent. The towels were soft, thick, and abundant with two robes to add to the comfort. Unbelievable!
The grounds around the inn are beautiful and well manicured. Location is excellent, about two block from the Equinox hotel, and so much cozier.
One other small touch that we enjoyed was, each night as we returned from our dinner there were two baked treats in our room and they were delicious, and the bed was turned down. Simple but wonderful touches that made the time we spent at the Reluctant Panther so very special.
We were not the only people staying at the inn that had a spectacular time, the couple checking out before us booked a long weekend for same time next year. Make your reservations early!

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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 October 2013

Excellent place to stay where you can walk to Manchester center..Staff are outstanding and quite helpful and go out of there way to accommodate you..Rooms are excellent size and all we had to add was an in room refrigerator..Bar is cozy and bartender David a most hospitable young man..We had a large room [suite]with separate sitting area and 2 fireplaces and the foliage was in full bloom

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant

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: £159 - £284 (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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