The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant

The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant

Lounge and bedroom, the fireplace is within the green column
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We returned to our rooms after dinner at a local restaurant and my friend (who’s birthday celebration it was) found these on her nightstand.
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4.5
#4 of 16 hotels in Manchester
4.8 of 5 bubbles
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4.8 of 5 bubbles
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4.7 of 5 bubbles
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4.4 of 5 bubbles
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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.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Hiking
Babysitting
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Car hire
Parking
Wifi
Bar / lounge
Coffee shop
Restaurant
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Skiing
Aerobics offsite
Canoeing offsite
Patio
Taxi service
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Massage
Baggage storage
Concierge
Newspaper
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Sun terrace
Private check-in / check-out
Laundry service
Room features
Bathrobes
Air conditioning
Fireplace
Housekeeping
Seating area
Cable / satellite TV
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Telephone
Wardrobe / closet
Clothes rack
Iron
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Radio
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
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HOTEL CLASS
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4.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Luxury
Historic Hotel
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish

Location

39 West Road, Manchester, VT 05254
Getting there
Somewhat walkable
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Grade: 65 out of 100
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charles a wrote a review Sep 2021
Houston, Texas
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had a wonderful visit at this charming hotel. Our stay was for 2 nights in the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Suite. Since we were staying on a Mon/Tues the hotel was moderately quiet; just what we like! Our room was spacious with a entry/bench on the ground level and a nicely appointed landing, sitting room, bedroom and beautiful bathroom on the 2nd level. Very comfortable spaces! (Only drawback was that the street noise from truck traffic got a bit heavy just before dawn. If you're a light sleeper, staying in this suite, maybe bring earplugs or white-noise player). I loved the spacious bathroom! The jetted tub was so nice (didn't turn on the jets, though). Frette robes seemed to be quite nice. Complementary toiletries were upgrades from standard hotels. Having a magnifying mirror was a plus. We very much enjoyed our breakfast hamper each morning. I believe it was also possible to have breakfast in the dining room, but having those lovely hampers brought to the room was very special. Continental breakfast was very well proportioned for us and thermos of coffee was wonderful (Even though the room had a Kuerig, I like a fresh brewed pot). Room also had nice (glass) bottled water. Hotel restaurant wasn't open early week, but we had wonderful meals at Ye Old Tavern (upscale) and Christo's (very casual). The staff at TRP were really great! Kathleen accompanied us to our room, showing us around the space and giving us some helpful info. She advised us about dining options (limited early week) and made a booking for us at Ye Old Tavern, when we probably couldn't have gotten in otherwise. So nice! In the morning, Richard was likewise very helpful with giving us guidance about hiking in the area and selling us tickets to Hildene (@ discount from tickets bought onsite). The grounds are beautiful; we would have enjoyed having an evening drink by the pond, if we weren't so busy. On our departure, a beautiful grey Herron came walking across our path. He seemed right at home as I think any guest would feel here!
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Terry H wrote a review Jan 2020
Unadilla, New York
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stumbled upon the Reluctant Panther while looking for a romantic weekend getaway in southern Vermont. We were not disappointed. This cute inn has 20 rooms and a restaurant that caters to guests who want a quiet weekend away from the stress of daily life. the rooms are decorated in a classic colonial style. Ours had a memory foam bed with a fireplace which was a nice touch. The restaurant serves inspired cuisine and world class.The free breakfast was also very tasty.

The service is excellent!
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Date of stay: January 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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loketravel117 wrote a review Jan 2020
5.0 of 5 bubbles
After an awful night at the Barrows Inn, where we experienced the rudest service I have ever encountered, we made a last minute reservation at the Reluctant Panther! WOW what a difference! From the moment we made the call, the staff was polite, cheery and eager to please. The inn, unlike Barrows, has the small touches of a high end hotel, a welcome card with homemade Carmel corn, lovely coffee and tea assortments, high end bath products, and turn down service with freshly made cookies. More importantly the service was top notch and friendly. The room was also beautifully decorated with easy to use gas fireplaces (2 in the suite), a modern luxury bath, and excellent bedding. The restaurant was excellent and fine dining that was also child friendly. We truly cannot say enough about the Reluctant Panther and will be back!
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Date of stay: December 2019
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Suite was beautiful, although street side it does not darken fully If you have young sleepers or...
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Heather K wrote a review Feb 2020
Hague, New York
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Extremely friendly and helpful staff. Nice location just off the main road through town. No hot water for 5 AM shower but forgot to ask why. There were abundant towells, pillows and blankets with lovely touches like a welcoming note, bottled water and home-made turndown cookies. Also, a nice tea at 4 PM outside the restaurant area.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Samba wrote a review Aug 2023
Sanibel Island, Florida
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Very pleasant bedroom and bathroom suite with ample room and plenty of comfort. Good mattress and lighting, quality towels and amenities.

The restaurant experience for dinner was also very pleasant. Food and service were good and we were seated in a room off the main dining area so it was quiet and good for conversation.

But.

Although we booked a third night; we still received no room service. We assume the lack of standard room service (changing of towels, making of bed, emptying of waste baskets) began with Covid and has continued for cost saving reasons for the inn. At $300 per night, this felt a bit exploitive.

We felt the same about breakfast. A basket of cold food and drinks may sound charming but we did not find it so and would have preferred to sit and be served from a menu including hot and cold items.

We love this area of Vermont and will no doubt return, however, it is unlikely it will be to the Reluctant Panther.
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Date of stay: August 2023Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Voyager53518849118 wrote a review Nov 2022
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A true boutique hotel experience. We booked the Epicurean Experience package. A wonderful bottle of wine and an assortment of cheese was waiting for us when we arrived. Each morning we received a basket of fruit, yogurt, granola, muffins, juice and coffee delivered to our room. The package also included dinner at the hotel restaurant. The food and cocktails were outstanding! The staff at the hotel were friendly and very accommodating. We will be returning.
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Date of stay: November 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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PatH wrote a review Aug 2021
Greenwich, Connecticut
5.0 of 5 bubbles
What a delightful dinner we had on a recent Saturday night while on a weekend getaway. From the moment we were greeted by the friendly and energetic host, to the excellent service and food, we really enjoyed our experience. It is clear the team is well managed and customer focused. We loved our waiter, a tall and very helpful man who clearly excels at his job. Our meals were delicious: cucumber/avocado soup to start, sea bass and vegetarian risotto for each of us respectively and the perfectly portioned baked Alaska for dessert. We’ll be back!!!
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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HappyTraveler123401 wrote a review Aug 2021
Newtown, Pennsylvania
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Maybe it was an off night. Maybe. Started off well with delicious rosemary bread and sesame rolls The falafel appetizer had nice sauces to go with it but the 4 falafel balls were very overfried and small. I had the shortribs which when served looked like something out of a college cafeteria, with the meat (not real short rib but that brisket like pale substitute) dumped on mashed potatoes (maybe real, maybe not) and with that pile of corn on the side (maybe frozen, maybe not). "My wife had trout "stuffed" with crab. It was a smear of crab at best. Didn't bother with dessert. Service was fine.
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Date of stay: August 2021
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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William D wrote a review Sep 2020
Duxbury, Massachusetts
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We dined at the restaurant, the surrounding inn cottages looked very nice. May consider staying there next trip. Our food was very good, two had the halibut, and two had the filet mignon. The price was high, but not outrageous and the service was terrific.
We sat outside, weather was perfect. desert was It was a truly memorable evening. You can walk there in 3-5 minutes from Equinox or the Kimpton where we lodged.
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Lrs wrote a review Nov 2020
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Recently stayed at the Reluctant Panther Inn and had dinner on the evening we arrived. What a lovely place! The accommodations were very roomy, cozy and comfortable. Due to Covid concerns we opted out of housekeeping services and we were respectfully offered plenty of towels and toiletries to accommodate the length of our stay. The inn staff are all so friendly, helpful and welcoming. The general manager Lucretia greeted us and the front desk staff escorted us to our accommodations. Dinner in the dining room was fabulous as was the service. Our waiter Tom greeted us by saying "we're glad you're here"! The Chef, Sigal, chatted with us briefly before we ordered short ribs and scallops. Both were excellent! We finished by sharing the trio sorbet accompanied by lemon shortbread cookies. Sigal is a fabulous chef! This was our second stay and would definitely visit again!
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Date of stay: October 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Answer from Lucrecia J
Manchester, Vermont
Hello Ken, Our guests enjoy a full cooked to order breakfast, served with your choice of juice and coffee or tea, along with daily house made pastries. You will be able to choose from our house made granola with yogurt and fresh fruit, our daily omelette, eggs cooked to order and golden brown pancakes with Vermont's favorite liquid: maple syrup! We are so impressed on how many of our guests have contributed to your question! If there is anything special we may assist with for the birthday celebrations, please do not hesitate to ask. Safe travels and see you soon. Sean Burpee General Manager
Pamela W asked a question Nov 2016
Belchertown, Massachusetts
When is check in and how late is the restaraunt open?
Answer from Rustymoose
12 contributions2 helpful votes
I suggest you call for this information- we checked in very late night and did eat breakfast- I'm sure check in/out and restaurant times Cary- but I definitely recommend this inn!! 😊🌿
Answer from JB1145
Englewood, New Jersey117 contributions40 helpful votes
I remember that. That was years ago. It is no longer the case.
Ashleigh S wrote a tip Jan 2024
4 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The blanket on the bed was a bit thin; there is an additional one in the closet that was helpful. "
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Rablogan wrote a tip Jan 2024
Dorset, VT19 contributions29 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Be sure to book ahead. They are always busy"
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whaleywomn62 wrote a tip Jun 2023
Keene, New Hampshire31 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Dinner at the Inn’s restaurant is a Must!"
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wcsc74 wrote a tip Oct 2021
5 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Check with the front desk for activities and other dining recommendations before traveling. Many have adjusted hours and limited days open."
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GRB wrote a tip Aug 2021
Vermont7 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Request a room in the main part of the inn."
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PRICE RANGE
₱14,424 - ₱20,264 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
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LOCATION
United StatesVermontGreen MountainsManchester
NUMBER OF ROOMS
20
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant
Which popular attractions are close to The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant?
Nearby attractions include Equinox Preservation Trust (0.7 km), The American Museum of Fly Fishing (0.6 km), and Orvis (0.8 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a fireplace.
What food & drink options are available at The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Silver Fork, The Reluctant Panther Restaurant, and The Copper Grouse.
Is The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.1 km away from the centre of Manchester.
Are pets allowed at The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers meeting rooms, a banquet room, and conference facilities.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Are there any historical sites close to The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home (2.7 km) and The Shires of Vermont (2.1 km).
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