Elevation Resort Residences at Solaris
What We Love
- All residences have 24-hour personal assistants
- Ski lockers and ski valet under Gondola One
- Residences teched-out with touchscreen Crestron home automation systems
What To Know
- It’s a five-minute walk or quick shuttle ride to Gondola One
- The plaza in front of the building hosts concerts in summer and an ice skating rink with concerts in winter
- On-site cave-like spa is lovely but small with just three treatment rooms
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Vail’s assets are many, but the tony town was long lacking one element common to more, well, common towns: a classic town square. With it’s opening in 2011 Solaris filled that void, wrapping an eight-story stone and timber Craftsman Revival-style chalet around a landscaped half-acre public plaza with an ice skating rink and shopping “streets” lined with boutiques, galleries and gourmet eateries. The 79-residence building strives to bring the outdoors in at every turn, starting in the lobby, where a wall of windows looks out over the slopes and is framed by a canyon of sandstone walls. Hidden in the building’s depths, the intimate spa and indoor pool mimic Native American vapor caves with rock walls and floors.
Bed & Bath
Roomy residences range from 900-square-foot Studios to 3,800-square-foot Four Bedrooms; all feature open floor plans decorated with fuss-free mountain-chic décor, mountain views, gas fireplaces, cherrywood accents and gourmet kitchens kitted out with Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances. Limestone bathrooms are big with jetted tubs and glass-encased showers. Touchscreen Crestron home automation systems control lighting, climate and the entertainment system, and come morning you can check out the powder by tapping the mountain cam video feed.
About that Crestron touchscreen system—it doesn’t just operate the electronics in your residence, it’s your direct line to Solaris’s crack concierge and your 24-hour personal assistant. Ready to hit the slopes? Your assistant will summon the shuttle and have the ski concierge warm your boots. Too tired to go out? In a few taps, you can have sushi by Matsuhisa (see below) and even a few Advil delivered to your door. Go ahead, put them to the test—Solaris is serious about service.
In the Area
When you stay at Solaris, the best of Vail is literally at your doorstep. The jewel in the development’s crown is Matsuhisa, where superchef Nobu Matsuhisa’s acclaimed sushi is served alongside stunning views of Vail Mountain. Dinner and a movie? No thanks. How’s about dinner (and drinks) in the movie? Cinebistro serves up delish fare, stiff cocktails and first-run films in three elegant screening rooms. If you’re looking for a bit more action, Bol is bowling Vail style complete with delish flatbread pizzas and craft beers.
How to Get There
The Solaris Vail is right downtown so the location is absolutely 5 star. Due to the laundry list of line items that need improvement, I can only give the resort 3 stars. I would love to rate the overall experience higher as there are many pros, however, we won’t be booking again in the future with so many other high end options available with more affordable rates. We were in town pre-season to relax for the weekend so no skiing on this trip.
- Location in downtown Vail is awesome.
- Proximity to great restaurants and movie theater right downstairs.
- Concierge pre-arrival service was great.
- Room layout and size was spacious.
- Heated floors and fireplace in residence worked well and kept the temps perfect.
- Privacy from other rooms was nice as well as the secure building access.
- Line to front desk rang without answer most of the time we called.
- Master bath shower was uncomfortably small and poorly designed. We had to use the kids room bathroom that had a normal shower head and was an appropriate size.
- The actual kids room was so narrow the bathroom door hit the end of the small beds.
- Only decent size shower out of 3 bathrooms was in the kids room.
- No breakfast room service. This was a big disappointment and would have been nice to know in advance for groceries. Otherwise, only bowling alley food is available in the evening from downstairs to be brought to the room.
- No spa on site made the overall experience less desirable. We did get a great massage in one of the 2 treatment rooms, but there’s not any amenities or locker rooms to relax in.
- No outdoor hot tub onsite was a big let down. We were offered access to the local fitness club a few blocks away but never made the walk in the snow over there.
- TV in master bedroom only played music and was not connected to the cable so we couldn’t comfortably watch the Broncos game.
- Main room cable TV did work but the couch was so small, scratchy and worn out that it wasn’t comfortable for two adults to sit or lay on.
- No audio to play our own music on in the room.
- Most uncomfortable hotel bed I’ve ever experienced. An old lumpy mattress covered in an old lumpy topper made for
3 restless nights sleep. The pillows were all either overstuffed for decoration or totally flat. For the most expensive rate in Vail you would hope the bedding would be at least mildly updated. It was the biggest let down to leave with a stiff back and neck after a weekend of massages.
- Great dinners at Matsuhisa without having to even leave the building!
Overall you can’t go wrong in downtown Vail. The Solaris is nice for families but I wouldn’t go back there for another couples trip when so many other nearby resorts can provide the price justified luxury amenities.
We stayed here for 3 nights. This is top of the line, Great condo, Great location.
Very friendly staff, professional ,always ready to assist me with any requests.
We highly recommend to anyone.
Many shops ad restaurants all within easy walking distance.
Besides have a shuttle, the city busses run all the time and they are free.
Wasn’t sure what to expect when I arrived. This is more a service apartment style accommodation than a hotel. Service was great and the rooms were clean and pretty large. Great views too. Loved the sitting room and kitchen which was very well equipped. The gym wasn’t too bad and probably very good for a service apartment.
Location was wonderful in Vail Village with easy access to the shops.