I've just returned from a nine-day Colorado vacation with my family. During our visit we stayed at several high-end hotels, including the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs. The Lodge at Vail was by far our favorite. I am shocked to see so many negative reviews on this site. IMO, The Lodge offers a combination of luxury, service and off-season value that is hard to beat.
We stayed in a two-bedroom deluxe unit (#405), which we selected because it had a king bedroom and a second bedroom with two double beds, which was perfect for my two teenaged children. The unit had two levels with a fully equipped kitchen, large living/dining room and balcony on the first floor and the two bedrooms and two bathrooms on the second. The furniture wasn't brand new but it was all in very good condition. The balcony and a large picture window overlooked the pool with a view of Vail Mountain behind it.
It is correct that the hotel has no air conditioning, although our unit had four floor fans. The fourth floor is the top floor of the hotel and our unit was very warm when we checked in. However, maintenance came to our room right after we arrived (without being called) to open the bedroom skylights, and once we got the ventilation going the unit cooled to a comfortable temperature quickly and remained that way for our entire stay. We all slept like babies!
The hotel has a lovely restaurant where we ate breakfast, a popular bar, and a large, landscaped pool with comfortable padded lounge chairs. There is no business center, but there are two computers in the lobby for guest use. We neither saw nor heard any construction at the hotel, although there is some going on nearby. Service at the hotel was attentive without being overbearing (which is how we found the Broadmoor). Every hotel employee we encountered was as friendly as could be. The hotel's location couldn't be better -- right in the heart of Vail Village, a short walk or shuttle ride to everything.
My only (minor) complaint was that The Lodge requires you to valet park your car -- a $20/day expense that we didn't find out about until we arrived. It's certainly understandable with parking at a premium in Vail, and with eveything close by we didn't need to use our car from the time we checked in until the time we left.
The rates at The Lodge are by no means cheap, but for the space of the unit, the full kitchen, the amenities and the location, I think it's a good value in the summer (although I'm not sure I'd pay $700/night for a stay in February!) My family had an extremely enjoyable stay there and we look forward to returning.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Vail's most iconic hotel. The Lodge at Vail is Vail's first hotel, and remains the cornerstone of Vail Village, located just steps from Gondola One. Revel in the proximity to the slopes, savor exceptional on-property dining at Cucina and Elway's. After a day on the slopes, relax in the lounge at Pool One, peruse the plethora of shopping options along Gore Creek Drive, and enjoy authentic Rocky Mountain hospitality, all at Vail's original hotel. ... more less
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