What We Love
- The lack of lines at the ski-lift outside the hotel
- Equipment rental and ski valet right by the lift means you're on the slopes in a jiffy
- The selection of local beers at the bar
- Strolling along Gore Creek, which runs past the hotel
What To Know
- Downtown Vail is two miles away
- There are complimentary cookies, hot chocolate, and champagne every afternoon
- Free WiFi
- All rooms can sleep up to four—perfect for families
Skiing and snowboarding couldn’t be easier. When you arrive at Hotel Talisa, there’s a ski valet service to help you rent equipment or store it if you’ve brought your own. Each morning, someone will fetch your boots, skis, and poles and position them for the easiest access. The lift is just outside and there’s a ticket office, too, so no need to go into Vail for your pass. It truly doesn’t get more efficient. Once you’ve finished a day on the slopes, warm rooms with cozy dormer window nooks await, there’s a stellar spa with massages specifically designed to ease muscles tired from skiing, and the Gessner restaurant (open all day) serves a standout dinner menu of elevated classics like seafood gratin and New York strip steaks, plus boards of Colorado cheeses and inspired ideas like a beer-battered lobster served with fries. Dips in the heated outdoor pool or drinks by the fire pit are great opportunities to socialize, and there are kid-friendly amenities that range from free cookies to assistance with putting on their ski boots.
In the Area
If skiing or snowboarding isn’t your thing, or you’re just looking for a change of pace for a day, the hotel can organize other nearby outdoor activities: fly fishing, golf, cycling, hiking, tennis, snowmobiling—you name it. It’s possible to reach Vail on foot, but the two-mile walk isn’t much fun in the dark, so arrange to hop on the hotel shuttle if you don’t have your own car. The Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, roughly two-and-a-half miles east, are open year-round for exploration of the blooming flowers in warm months and guided snowshoes treks on the Garden Tree Trail in cold months. Vail’s got a slew of restaurants you shouldn’t miss; in particular Matsuhisa, with its extraordinary sushi by Nobu Matsuhisa, and the cheery, welcoming Mountain Standard, which pairs mountain views with an excellent raw bar and moreish buttermilk sea salt biscuits. And don’t forget to hit the donut happy hour at cozy bakery Northside Kitchen.
How to Get There
I stayed here for one night during a quick trip to Vail. The hotel was beautiful, but very crowded. The pool was lovely and the room was nice. A bit on the small side, but nice.
The restaurant in the hotel was super crowded and service was not the great. I would recommend eating out. I would stay here again, but book in advance to ensure that your room is closer to the main area and the pool.
I must admit this place was hard to find. We had GPS and still struggled, but once we found it we were quite pleased. It was a nice facility and our room backed up to a stream, which was good. There was nothing remarkable about it, but the furnishings, etc., were nice and the room was clean. One thing we noticed about Vail is that everything seemed quite spread out, and you really couldn't walk anywhere from the hotel. I don't remember anything about the food.
We’ve stayed at this property in the past when it was the Vail Cascade and always found it to be a fantastic experience. As the Talisa, while beautifully upgraded, it really does not impress. The rooms are well appointed, but some of them are dark with small windows. Also, they all seem to have adjoining doors which provide absolutely no sound barrier between you and your neighbors. Ours had a screaming baby...yea!!!
The pool is amazing as far as the scenery and location, but if you want food or drinks, you need to order from a very limited menu, and get it yourself. Food is just ok, and the breakfast buffet does not surpass what you might find at any chain hotel.
All in all, it’s a 5 star location, a 4 star property, with 2-3 star service.
In 6 days this will be a Grand Hyatt...we’ll see if they do better.