The Avenue Hotel Bed and Breakfast was built in 1886 during the Pikes Peak or Bust era of Colorado history. This Queen Ann-style Victorian house was originally a two-story building that was run as a boarding house for roughly 50 years. In 1938 a third story was added and was utilized as an apartment building for some time. Formerly known as Gray’s Avenue Hotel, the establishment became a bed and breakfast in 1984 under the Gray family name. It was Manitou’s first bed and breakfast.
The three-story staircase in the middle of the house is the inn’s defining architectural feature. There are two spacious parlors in the main house, perfect for large families or groups. The massive Manitou green-stone fireplace is the focal point of our main parlor, mirrored by a large bay window overlooking the front lawn. The second parlor is equipped with a guest computer, an electric fireplace, and beautiful views of the library lawn.
Our family heirlooms and a lifelong collection of antiques combined with updated decor create the distinctive atmosphere at Avenue Hotel Bed and Breakfast. Local art is hung thru out the hotel.
We are located in the heart of downtown Manitou Springs, a historic mountain town 4 miles outside of Colorado Springs and at the base of Pikes Peak- America’s Mountain. Our location provides you an ideal starting point for all of your sight-seeing in the Pikes Peak region, Manitou Springs, and the Front Range. We can provide a local’s perspective on what to see or do. You can also visit the following visitor centers:
Owner, Head Innkeeper, Gwenn David
A Michigan native came to Colorado over 40 years ago and started her first small business as a wallpaper hanger. For 33 years she honed her skills in the construction, design, and interior remodeling industries, and was one of the most highly-sought wallpaper hangers in the area.
In December 2008 Gwenn was ready for a change. She along with her husband Randy officially became the owners of the Avenue Hotel Bed and Breakfast. Gwenn’s experience of having worked alongside Colorado Springs’ most skilled builders and designers was invaluable to the rejuvenation of the Avenue Hotel Bed and Breakfast.
Passionate about baking, Gwenn enjoys baking her signature chocolate chip cookies for her guests every afternoon. Breakfast is freshly-made each morning, and often inspired by a family recipe. Gwenn is the author of two cook books, and is the owner of another local shop in Manitou Springs, The Whickerbill, a boutique of home decor and kitchen essentials.
A Colorado native was born on a 4,000-acre homestead east of Pueblo, CO. His family worked the land for three generations. After farm life ended, Randy relocated to Colorado Springs. For over 20 years he has worked for BW Systems, is a well respected in industry as a systems engineer, project manager, and head estimator.
Randy still works his full-time job at BW Systems, assists at the bed and breakfast occasionally, and works at the family gift boutique, The Whickerbill. Randy is also in charge of the family honey business, Hodges Honey.
Served at 9 a.m. daily
Our breakfast is gourmet, mostly from scratch, and homemade every morning. We offer fresh fruit parfaits, homemade granola, freshly-baked muffin or coffee cake, our signature-blend juice, locally sourced coffee, a variety of premium teas, and a hot breakfast entree. Enjoy breakfast in our formal dining areas, separate dining spaces, or in the summer out on the front porch.
Available as early as 6:30 a.m.
If you are headed out early for a day of sightseeing or catching an early flight, you can opt for our easy and convenient Continental Breakfast.
- Coffee or tea
- Fresh fruit
- Homemade muffin or coffee cake
- Hard-boiled eggs
- Homemade granola
Available upon request
Breakfast on the go. If you’re in a rush, opt for our quickest breakfast option. We can prepare a light breakfast perfect for those on the go. Let us know the night before to confirm what time your Grab-And-Go breakfast will be ready.
- A travel-size cup of fruit
- Homemade muffin or coffee cake
- Raw almonds
- Homemade granola
We, along with our staff, take pride in the service we provide to all our guests. In celebrating 10 years of excellence we know that quality and comfort are guests’ top priorities. We believe in integrity, ambitious work ethic, and strong sense of gracious hospitality. We pride ourselves in our ability to provide a quality, clean, and welcoming ambiance for our guests to enjoy. Your experience is important to us and invite constructive feedback when there’s room for improvement.
We are working to leave a smaller carbon footprint with a few small efforts from our staff and guests. We recycle paper, plastic, and glass. We use our coffee grounds in our soil. We provide recycle bins in guest rooms. Our Melaleuca cleaning products and our Caldrea laundry products are Eco-friendly and easy on the body. We provide our shampoo, conditioner, and body wash in refillable shower pumps.
All of our guestrooms have refillable soap pumps, we do not throw away hundreds of little plastic bottles a year. We also provide a water cooler where you can refill your water bottle or cups rather than throwing away water bottles after each use. We saved over 6000 bottles a year from the landfill just from our small efforts. Join us!
Community Support Efforts
We love supporting other small businesses in our community. It’s important that we build each other up and partner with ours as often as possible. We’d like to give a shout out to these local businesses, artists, and craftsmen we work alongside:
- Salus: The Most Trusted Name in Bath Bombs
- Manitou Brewing Company
- The Mona Lisa Fondue Restaurant
- The Whickerbill at Manitou Springs
- Pikes Peak Chocolate and Ice Cream
- Swirl Wine Bar & Restaurant
- David Gonzales Art
- Liese Chavez
- Denen Pottery
- Colorado Coffee Merchants