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 don’t often write reviews but found it necessary on my weekend trip to Vail last weekend with my two best friends, my golden retrievers Champ and Rossi.
First off, the location is fantastic, short 20 min walk along the Gore Creek Trail to Lionshead Village, but secluded enough to provide a welcomed serenity!
The resort recently went through a multimillion dollar renovation, with the highlights being the wonderful rooms and the amazing infinity pool overlooking the Gore Creek!!
Best of all is the hotel staff!! As a lifelong Denver Broncos fan, I planned to watch their game in my room. Five minutes before game time, I discovered that the game was not available in the rooms. In a panic, I called the concierge for help. She and the checkin staff came to my rescue!! They changed the tv in the pool room to the game to my joy!!!
Lastly, the entire staff treated me and my goldens very well, I felt I was at home in paradise!!!!
BMW of Denver Downtown
Truly a special place. It is just enough outside of the village to make you feel like you are in nature, but has a ski lift to get you going faster. The service is exceptional and the resort is significant. From the great bar, great rooms, solid restaurant to the best gym in Vail - this place makes me appreciate Colorado. Special shout out to John Garth, the manager. He is the real deal and hope you run into him.
Worst experience ever
Immediately we checked in we found out the toilet did not work at all , couldn’t flush it and we didn’t have cold water either...
The hotel management was rude and not helpful at all.
No apologies, they said they are going to send someone but no one showed up for 45 minutes
One hour after , still no water or toilet fixed.
Just an attitude.
And of course , they told us they don’t have any rooms available...
We had a terrific conference at the Talisa last week. The rooms were large and beautiful with some of the most comfortable beds I've ever slept in! The bathroom was gorgeous as well! The layout of the hotel was a little confusing/challenging, but once I got the hang of it, was not a problem. The paved path along the creek made for an easy walk or bike ride up to Vail village and Lionshead village. We rented bikes from the hotel and what was a very reasonable price one day for that purpose. I got great help at the front desk when I accidentally left my car in an Uber--so that was above and beyond the call of duty! I loved our stay here and would happily return if travel brings me back that direction. I sincerely hope it does!
We were familiar with the property having used to live in vail 25 years ago. We found a good discounted rate and booked as they allow dogs with a pet fee. We had a large room in a far wing of the hotel away from the bustle which was perfect for our lab. Lots of dogs were at the hotel and we saw zero issues. The dogs loved the creek on the property to take swims in.
The staff was wonderful and went out of their way to help you. The hotel is beautiful and well appointed. We had a wonderful 4 day stay and look forward to coming back. Please keep the hotel dog friendly!