We chose to stay in the Carriage House for the extra bit of privacy. Due to the fabulous location: (you are close to everything and off both the main street and adequate parking) I can say that the pricing was fair. However, the mismatched furniture in the lower carriage house is old, broken down, and not very comfortable! It's not "rugged" which might conjure an image of a certain style that is function and comfortable but not formal,- it's just plain old and worn out.The arm chair may have been charming many years ago, but is so "butt sprung" that one almost hits the floor when sitting. The sofa is faded and threadbare and not very comfortable, and the day bed is...well, it's a day bed. Everything looks like the furniture you might send to college with a rough and rowdy son so you would not worry about it being damaged.
Another problem was that the entire unit is very, very dark: very dim lighting overhead, and only a few lamps here and there making it tough to read! I planned to spend hours reading, but was only able to read during the daylight next to a window, or sitting on the edge of the bed with the book shoved under the lamp on the bedside table.
Having shopped in many of the stores downtown, I know it would take a very minor investment to completely change the interior of this one unit. There is a wealth of used furniture available. Perhaps the owners do not need to change anything to have plenty of business. We would probably stay elsewhere if we returned to the area.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Come experience, the Avenue Hotel Bed and Breakfast a Manitou Springs bed and breakfast inn, the venue voted the best bed and breakfast in the Colorado Springs metro area the past 3 years. The 1886 Avenue Hotel Bed and Breakfast, a stately Queen Ann, is beautifully restored with the guests comfort in mind. We offer a comfortable retreat and warm friendly atmosphere with complimentary beverages, wine or beer in the afternoon, homemade cookies and a scrumptious breakfast. Let us pamper you! Hosts Gwenn and Randy provide thoughtful amenities; locally made bath products, free movies, free WIFI. Explore the picturesque area then soak in the hot tub on the patio. Massage therapy can be scheduled in advance. With an ideal location in the downtown historic district all shops, galleries and restaurants are just a walk out the front door.The Avenue Hotel Bed and Breakfast is a great starting point for your Colorado adventure. Enjoy the many area attractions in Manitou Springs, such as Pikes Peak and the Cog Railroad, Garden of the Gods, Manitou Cliff Dwellings, and Cave of the Winds. ... more less