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
All rooms can sleep up to four—perfect for families
Beautifully renovated ski-in, ski-out resort with its own ski lift, luxury spa, and heated outdoor pool
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.