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“Lovely, small hotel in perfect location” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant

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The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant
Ranked #4 of 15 Hotels in Manchester
Certificate of Excellence
New York City, New York
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407 reviews
65 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 173 helpful votes
“Lovely, small hotel in perfect location”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 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, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank HClowd
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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Montreal, Canada
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59 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2013

Discrete but well localed. Probably the closest thing to a boutique hotel in Vermont.
Rooms are perfectly maintained. Staff is helpfull and friendly.
The hotel restaurant is a must. Service is professional but relaxed. Cooking is outstanding, largely based on local products.
We'd go back there anytime.
If you like a little luxury while on vacation, it is a great choice.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank pierre d
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Albany, NY
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15 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2013

Wishing to spend a weekend get-away in Manchester, we chose the Reluctant Panther instead of the much more hectic Equinox Resort. As we had hoped, this small inn was ideal for our preferences. Although without luggage assistance, we were greeted warmly at the front desk and personally escorted to our room, the Snowflake Suite. Located at a corner of the Inn, the room had windows that overlooked the village and also opened visually upward to the mountain. In every important respect, the room was well-furnished, including a large comfortable sofa and bed; a gas fireplace provided the centerpiece. The bathroom was especially large with amply thick cloths, towels, and robes; a whirlpool tub provided the centerpiece. Perhaps the one odd decoration choice was the use of multiple black-and-white 1877 architectural sketchings of the Brooklyn Bridge to adorn the bedroom walls, especially when so many skilled Vermont artists are creating beautiful paintings, prints, and photographs. One additional note: although the Inn identifies all the rooms as suites, ours was not a suite (i.e, living room, bedroom, and bath) but, rather, a hotel room with an entry hall. This is somewhat more clearly differentiated on the Inn's own web page (i.e., the Snowflake Suite was identified there as a "deluxe room"--which it was), but the web page is somewhat confusing in that the pictures of the rooms and suites that flash are not specific to the room types that are described under the major text headings. Trust the text, not the pictures.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank JackR_8
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7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2013

Charming country inn. Each room is supposedly different so I didn't see everything. If you are looking for something personal, rustic, and with a country atmosphere, this is the ticket. Nice large and very modern bathroom. Breakfast included. Good location in town.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank bgarfld
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Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2013

This was our first (and definitely not our last) time at this inn. We were cordially greeted by the concierge and escorted to a charming room with gas fireplace. The bathroom was very large with a claw-foot tub and glass enclosed shower. The linens (sheets, towels and comforters) were high end (robes by Frette). The breakfasts were delicious and professionally served in a beautifully appointed dining room( closed for dinner on Sunday and Monday). It's nice and unexpected to have turn down service that included yummy baked goods to go with our evening coffee, prepared by our in-room Keurig. In the past, we have stayed in "dog friendly" hotels that were nightmares...this one was heaven! My husband, dog and I look forward to future visits to this little gem.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Cheryl T
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New York City, New York
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10 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2013

We stumbled upon this little gem, looking for somewhere to stay after a disappointing experience in Burlington. How could this not catch your attention! And it was just the haven of peace and professionalism we were in need of! The hotel showcases the essence of 'boutique', the rooms are individual and country chic but not contrived. We had a double sided fireplace to enjoy from the bed or bath tub; bliss! The staff are lovely and very helpful. We had a mighty fine dinner and the breakfast is amazing. We loved it all. So much we stayed an extra night.
Go there. You can't be disappointed.

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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank NYCbabyYeh
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Level Contributor
7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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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Property: 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
#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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