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“Maybe closer to 3.5 rating, but it works for us” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Christiania at Vail
Ranked #9 of 31 Hotels in Vail
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Denver, Colorado
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31 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Maybe closer to 3.5 rating, but it works for us”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2011

We've stayed here several times when we've gone to Vail for performances at the Ford Amphitheater, and it's a good location for that purpose (right next to the Tivoli Lodge, which I see is rated #1 but is more expensive), as we can walk easily to the village for a quick dinner, then back toward the hotel to have a pleasant walk on the Gore Creek Trail to the show. We get the cheapest room, with a village view, but it's only a little noisy until 11:00 or so, then very quiet the rest of the night. The rooms are fine, a little musty smelling sometimes, and as another reviewer noted, there's no a/c, so when you first get there on a warm summer's day, it's HOT in there. But the open windows do cool it down, although if you close even one, it gets warm again. Breakfast is very basic, cold cereals, bagels, English muffins, juice, coffee, and unripe bananas, but in the summer, it's free, as is parking in their convenient lot directly across the street. Their info said that in the winter, breakfasts are $7.50/person, which seems incredibly overpriced, but maybe they give you more in the winter, or maybe it's just being Vail. The pool area is very pleasant, with a nice view, the wifi worked fine everywhere on the property we used it, and the staff was helpful, although we didn't ask for much. It's not a luxury property, so don't expect pampering in the accommodations or services, but considering it's in a world-class resort town, we feel we get decent value for our money.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank C0l0traveller
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
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  • Service
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Boulder, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2011

Had my sister visitng from Ireland and wanted to show her the high country. This hotel was great- found a summertime deal and took advantage of it. Convenient to everything in Vail Village without being in the 'thick of it'. Vail in the summer can get packed especially with the farmer's market so this location was perfect (on the edge of the busiest sections). Heated pool was great to enjoy after a long bike ride. Continental breakfast was ok - the fresh fruit and cereal was a good base to start the day. Room was nice and spacious- a little dated but in the summer in Vail- no need to sit in your room!

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Naples, FL
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31 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2011

nice, older, well-kept lodge right in the Village but a bit away from the heavy traffic areas. My suite overlooked the stream and the mountain--beautiful. Good cold breakfast, ample and lots of choices incl. healthy. will stay there again as the prices were very fair.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank redsunset
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Wichita, KS
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144 reviews
25 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2011

We rented the condo (room #120). The size was good with a full updated kitchen. The livingroom had way too much furniture in it. You could barely walk. The bedrooms were spacious but need serious updating! Good thing is that you could walk out directly to the pool. My wife had a problem with the shower. It was either very hot or very cold. I had about the same problem with it because the fixtures are so old it was hard to control the water temperature. **There is NO air conditioning at this hotel**. If you stay here during the summer, you will be hot in your room. It gets cool at night but during the day is a different story. Keep your windows open all day to avoid major heat problems. They do supply each room with a box fan made in 1985 though. If you sleep with your windows open on the bottom floor, the sprinklers will wake you up at 1:30 AM and again at 5 AM.
The property itself also needs updating. It's quaint and themed well but time to close and remodel. Sara's lounge, the "restaurant" only serves a small continental breakfast. For the money you pay for the rooms, they could give you more than bagels and yogurt. It's also only there for looks and hosting special events. If you want something catered, only the local "Mexican" restaurant delivers/caters. It's not great, but it's food... Lastly, you only get 1 parking spot per room. If you don't park there, you have to park in the "local" parking tower. It's quite a walk away and only free during the summer. I guess Vail has to make it's money somewhere. Oh, and be careful using things like the garbage disposal. My aunt used hers the last night and it fell off of the sink completely! We had to pick up food and water off the floor and under the sink.
OK, long story short - choose wisely when going to Vail. Brochures can make anything look nice. Value for the money is a different story!

Positive note - it rains every afternoon in Vail during the summer. The front desk clerk gave us an umbrella to use since ours was in the car in the parking garage, 1 mile away. The outside of the hotel is landscaped well. It's very pretty during the summer.

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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank ideckard
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Mt Pleasant, SC
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22 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2010

the Christiania Lodge is one of our favorites hotels in ski country. We enjoy Vail for the versatility of the mountain and village and have always stayed at the Christiania for years. The staff is excellent and each one treats you like family. Mattresses are comfortable and the atmosphere is Austrian...even with Helmet Fricker, who brings his accordian and alpine horn on Fridays for a great apres ski, good fun and music. Rooms are kept very clean and comfortable with slopeside view. The ski room always has great folks to help you in and out with skis, boots, etc. Ski Lift right by lodge! Central to all the great restaurants and shopping makes this a great spot in Vail village!

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank khavo
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Boulder, Colorado
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2010

Self involved management. They are first, you are second. Everything evolves around them, not you, the paying guest. Nasty breakfast.! Stale bread, weak coffee, empty coffee pot. Cheap as it gets. Maybe even cheaper! Paper plates at breakfast because they are too lazy to do dishes. Plastic forks and spoons, too. Can't believe that they even exist in Vail. They lower the standard, take your money with the hope that you will not notice or complain. Unbelievable!

Stayed August 2010, travelled on business
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chrlodge, Manager at Christiania at Vail, responded to this review, 6 October 2010
We are very disappointed to receive this feedback 2 months after your stay. We would have appreciated to learn more detail and most importantly have the opportunity to make things right. We will do our utmost to investigate and correct the items listed.
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Texas
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2010

We recently stayed at The Christiania Hotel for 5 nights, Dec. 31- Jan. 4, which by the way was our third stay here. I've been meaning to write a review of it forever so here are the highlights of our latest visit:

PROS:
1. Location: The Christiania is one of the few truly ski-in, ski-out hotels in Vail (100 meters from the Vista Bahn Lift) and we are incredibly thankful for this at the end of a long day of skiing. The hotel is also walkable to the restaurants and shops in Vail Village. The location is very much the main reason we stay here.
2 Charming Decor: The Christiania is charmingly decorated like an Austrian Chalet and features whitewashed walls, rustic pine furniture, roaring fires in the Bar/Breakfast Room and paintings of idyllic mountain landscapes.

CONS:
1. Rude Front Desk Staffers: A certain older lady that has worked the Front Desk for years is generally unhelpful and abrasive to guests. The Christiania's General Manager, John, is charming and courteous so it is not clear why he tolerates her behavior. For example, the morning we were due to check out, we asked at the Front Desk Lady to borrow some packing tape. She seemed much more interested to continue her conversation with co-workers than find packing tape but she finally begrudgingly did so. The tape ran out after 2 swipes so I went back to the Front Desk to ask for more. She barked in a loud voice that she didn't have any more tape and that I could "go look for Nate to find some". (I didn't know Nate or where he might be). She then turned her back on me to talk to people in the Lobby inquiring about job application forms. It seems to me that a customer that has just paid 5 nights at high season rates to stay at her hotel, who has a plane to catch and who cannot leave without securing his baggage just MIGHT be a higher priority than random job seekers....! But maybe that is just me. Anyways, I returned to our room very frustrated so my wife went to the Front Desk to see if she could persuade the Front Desk Lady to be helpful. When my wife arrived, the Front Desk Lady had apparently found additional packing tape which was just sitting there on the counter. She made no attempt to call our room or bring the packing tape to us. It was almost like she was playing a game with us.

2. Housekeeping: The Housekeeping Staff can be annoying. Some mornings they start vacuuming the hall outside guestrooms at 8 am on the dot. They don't regularly replenish toiletries or towels (even when empty or wet) so a couple of times I had to go to the Front Desk just to get a vial of shampoo or a dry towel. The Hotel provides a turndown service so one would think that towels and toiletries would be restocked as needed then but they are not. Another weird thing was that when we got back to our room one afternoon, the cleaning staff had mysteriously taken our humidifier away, even though we had reserved it for all 5 nights. Lastly, once we left out a dirty wine glass and a knife which was initially provided with the “bar set-up” in our room. We hopes that they would be washed and returned to our room but we never saw them again.

3. Hotel attracts Families with Small Children: Either this appeals or it doesn't. In my view, hearing children scream and throw food in the small breakfast room isn't particularly relaxing. The parents acted oblivious and the staff said nothing. The afternoons can be worse as the children shriek and play in the halls while their parents are in the Bar.

So, would we return? Given the incredibly awesome location, probably so but cringing at the thought of encountering Front Desk Lady again.

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Christiania at Vail

Property: Christiania at Vail
Address: 356 E Hanson Ranch Rd, Vail, CO 81657-4527 (Formerly Christiania Lodge)
Region: United States > Colorado > Vail
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Ski-In / Ski-Out Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Ski-In / Ski-Out Hotel in Vail
#2 Best Value Hotel in Vail
#7 Business Hotel in Vail
#14 Family Hotel in Vail
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:3 star — Christiania at Vail 3*
Number of rooms: 22
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