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
We brought our toddlers (3 and 4yo) here during off season and it was just perfect. The staff was so helpful and wonderful, the heated pool and hot tub is gorgeous, and they loved the s’mores and free cookies and lemonade in the evening. The shuttle bus took us to town whenever we wanted to go and picked us up within 5 minutes. For toddlers, take hotel shuttle to Lionshead, play on the playground, eat breakfast at the Little Diner, then take the intown bus over to the Vail library for storytime, Great hotel.
Beautiful, cozy, modern updates. Proximity to the villages was great and easy with their shuttle that never took more than 10 minutes to arrive. About a 5-7 min ride to the villages.
Staff was amazing in all departments! The check-in, restaurants, bell staff, shuttle drivers, ski valet team. ALL we friendly, helpful, and professional.
Room was CLEAN and everything was new. Mountain View from room on 5th floor was amazing. Bathroom was beautiful and functional (minus bad lighting for make up).
Sadly the ski lift was closed during our trip which was a HUGE bummer because that was one of the sole reasons we chose this resort. Yet, we still got charged the $50 resort fee daily. Was a little disappointed about that.
The breakfast buffet in The Gessner was great! We thought the food selections offered a great variety of hot, cold, fresh fruit and breads for the price ($33pp).
Overall a great experience and stay. We would recommend this resort any day and would definitely stay here again on another visit.
For our first time in Vail and not knowing the area, we wanted a ski in ski out hotel that looked nice and that fit our budget. After doing the research the hotel Talisa fitted our specifications. The surprise was when we got here. Everything from the beginning to the end was spectacular and we did not want to leave. The hotel is only 5 minutes to the west of Vail Village, and they offer a free shuttle service that runs every 10 to 15 minutes until 11 PM. The setting of this hotel is idyllic and peaceful, with a beautiful mountain in the back and a creek between the hotel and the mountain. The entrance of the hotel has a courtyard effect and the trees are illuminated at night. The decor and furniture are classy modern. All the staff are very courteous and pleasant. Skiing here couldn’t be more convenient, as downstairs they have a ski rental shop, and you take the shuttle right outside the shop. They keep your skis and boots there, and they are ready for you early in the morning, with the boots dry and warm. They have a great spa and a great fitness room, both with mountain and creek view. Actually, all the common areas in the hotel have the mountain and the creek view, ie, the pool, the hot tubs, the restaurant, the bar, the lobby, the lounge area, the library, etc. They offer plenty of complimentary activities for adults and children: Hot chocolate and cookies, Smore‘s on the open fire, daily cocktail specials, Champagne sabering with complimentary champagne, Champagne and pommes frites pairing, live music on weekends. The dinner at the restaurant was very enjoyable, with well-made quality food and great service. The Market is very convenient to grab drinks, sandwiches, soup, salad, fruit, yogurt, or any items of that sort.
Our room was 275, a large room with Mountain View and by the creek. Elegant, clean, with all the amenities and comforts that you desire: plenty of areas to place your luggage; bountiful day and artificial light; lots of ports for charging your devices; plush robes, terry slippers; fine Toiletries with plenty of extras like shoehorn, nail file, etc.; bottles of water, coffee and bar station with Keurig coffee machine; great beds with Frette linens.
In summary, we didn’t want to leave and we can’t wait to come back.
We were very excited to stay here on our tour of Colorado, and this place did not disappoint! Beautiful decor and design of the common areas and our room itself. Wonderful bathroom and the shower was very spacious. An added amenity that I was not aware of was the shuttle to Lionhead and Vail Village! This was a fabulous and convenient amenity that we used several times. The only con to the place was that our room was extremely warm, we turn the air down and it just would not cool down. We did not sleep very well due to this. Overall, I highly recommend.
I totally recommend this hotel. The accommodations was comfy and elegant. The hotel staff courteous and the restaurant in site was just fantastic! Also, the hotel has its own lift (for more advanced skiers). For rookies in ski like me they offer a shutter to the Lionshead and Vail Village that worked perfectly and efficiently!