The Lodge at Vail, A RockResort
What We Love
- The two big, in-ground hot tubs separated by a gas fireplace
- The ski valet service at the lift base, which includes free storage of equipment
- Refueling with hot chocolate and cookies in the lobby after coming down off the mountain
What To Know
- Heating drying out your skin? There’s a humidifier in the room
- Smoking isn’t permitted anywhere, not even on the room balconies
- There’s a daily resort fee
- Ask for a balcony room facing the mountain
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
The Lodge, as it’s called, one of the toniest options in Vail Village, takes inspiration from Alpine chalets, going all-in on the roaring fires, stone walls, and wooden beams. While proximity to the slopes is a major plus (the ski lift is just feet from the door), there’s enough cozy luxury indoors to tempt you off the mountain early—the spa on its own, with steam rooms, saunas, and whirlpools galore as well as a fireside soaking tub for two, is worth at least an afternoon. Each room has a Keurig coffee machine and generously sized granite bathroom (studio rooms have full kitchens and—wait for it—actual Murphy beds), plus plenty of cushy furniture on which to rest your sore muscles. The Cucina restaurant has a buffet breakfast that will fully prepare you for a day of calorie-torching runs, and you can swap ski stories with other guests during après-ski schmoozing around the outdoor fire pit.
In the Area
Vail Village, where the Lodge and other high-end resorts are housed, is easily walkable and full of restaurants and shops, including multiple places to buy or rent skiing and snowboarding equipment. An evening stroll around its romantically lit stores should include dinner at Game Creek, which serves top-of-the-line steak and New American fare with views of the Game Creek Bowl; follow with drinks and live music at Shakedown Bar. There are a few worthwhile art galleries as well: stunning nature photography at John Richter, and contemporary painting at Artful Sol. In the off season, there’s golf at the Red Sky Golf Club, where the courses have the Rocky Mountains as a backdrop, as well as biking, hiking, fishing, and rafting.
How to Get There
At least I would have been able to sleep. Currently sweating my ass off in my room because of no air conditioning. I have Windows open but the room is on the parking lot and this all I hear is car doors slamming and people talking. I am looking forward to trying to find a place for breakfast tomorrow since they do not supply it here when at $200 per night. They do have a breakfast restaurant but I'm not paying $17 for a Continental breakfast. The room is old and outdated. Here for a soccer tournament. Had a wonderful experience last year at the Austria Haus about two blocks away. The staff at the Austria house was so accommodating and friendly to our team And needs. Here they are pretentious and don't give a rat"s ass about anything except charging for everything under the sun. Yes I'm passed.
Have been coming to Vail for 30 years, but have never stayed here. We received a promotion as Epic Pass holders this spring and booked for 4 days, during the Kids Adventure games, in a 3 bed room unit. This is an older property, it was built a long time ago, it has been added too and updated over time, it is a little quirky and not a brand new super modern hotel. Not a complaint, we had a great stay and the property was a great value. The staff was very helpful, everyone at the front desk was great and Greg Smith at the Bell Desk was awesome. Hotel did a great job letting us stay rather late in a hotel room as we waiting for our condo to get ready the next day, and moved our luggage over. Bell desk and outside staff were great dealing with our cars and bikes. Hotel has a hose to wash bikes and a laundry in the basement. Great pool and a location that cannot be beat. Our unit was fine, a little older decor, but nice, 3 bed rooms on 2 floors, functional kitchen and a deck that looked at Gondola One. Wi fi worked well as my wife had to work one day. At time this property was built nothing had AC, and many of the properties like this in the valley still do not. But this property has found a way to get units installed and the rooms get very comfortable. Carpet needed a deep clean or replacement on the main area of the unit, but it did not bother me.
Ours was a last-minute booking for a Friday night in the summer, so maybe that is why the room was not ready when we arrived 4 hours later and why the floor of the room had not been properly swept. However, the front desk was professional and apologetic (about the room not being ready) and they comped us breakfast for the next morning, which for 4 people was not cheap! We were grateful. The location is spot-on -- open the back door and walk right into the village. I think my major reservation about my stay had to do with Vail itself -- just too many people, too expensive, and I don't get the faux Austrian/German thing, or why you need luxury shopping. I'd prefer a place like Steamboat, where you are closer to outdoor activities and can enjoy a more authentically Colorado experience.