The Sebastian, Vail Colorado, Feb 2-8, 2014, 16 Vail Rd, Vail, CO 81657
We stayed in Vail the week of Feb 15, 2013 and liked it so much we came back again this year, a week earlier.
We came back for Blue Sky Basin, with it's 3 back bowls, the best part of our trip by far. Skiing conditions were great this year. There was a storm the night of Feb 4, and very cold temps but it was sunny, albeit cold, for the rest of the week.
The Sebastian is an elegant, modern hotel with easy access off I-70 west, a 40-minute drive from Eagle County Regional Airport, or a 2-hour drive mid-week from Denver International airport, depending on weather.
Friendly, competent arrival greeters, front desk and Base Camp staff
Base Camp near Gondola 1 for storing skis, boots, poles
Beautifully appointed rooms
Ample public space, foyer and library with fireplace
Contemporary Bar – Frost has a lively, international crowd
Large Computer room
Outdoor Hot tub, pool with fire-pit and Spa
Vacation property ownership in relatively new building
Ability to trade vacation time with other destinations in portfolio
Dining is expensive with smaller portions.
Beware the bar menu which has high prices for skimpy meals: e.g. $16 for 3 tiny mini-sliders!
Limited seating in the Frost Bar or the Library for televised events:
Both areas have 48-50” flat screen TV’s on the wall, viewable from tables and bar seats.
During the Super Bowl and Winter Olympics, large parties would not relinquish seats in either area.
During off hours, the TV in the library displays a video of flames. Why not display the news?
Vail Mountain base is at 8,120 feet, maximum elevation is 11,570 feet, with a 3,450 vertical drop.
Vail ski resort was founded by a local rancher, Earl Eaton, and Pete Siebert, who served in the U.S. Army’s 10th mountain division during World War II, which trained at Camp Hale, southeast of Vail. The ski area opened with 2 Chairlifts, 1 Gondola, and a $5. Lift ticket. The history of the 10th is interesting. These soldiers came back to Vail to develop the ski resort.
The first thing that strikes you is how vast and beautiful the resort is. Vail has 5,000 skiable acres, 33 lifts, 193 marked trails on 3 faces, the front side, the Back Bowls, and Blue Sky Basin.
Vail Village is primarily upscale, with a variety of shopping, dining, and nightlife, from fine dining to informal bars, pubs, coffee and breakfast shops.
Be sure to dinner reservations well in advance of your stay. There is a lively nightlife in Vail.
The atmosphere of Sebastian is low key, modern elegance. You arrive at a massive stone entrance, where a concierge is waiting to take your bags, and transport your skis and poles to Sebastian’s private “Base Camp” next to Gondola 1.
It’s a short walk through town from the Sebastian to Base Camp. Just put on your boots, pick up your skis and walk to the lift. Seating is comfortable; there are Men’s and Women’s bathrooms and limited refreshments. You can rent, demo or buy skis. There is a small selection of ski jackets; gloves, hats, hand warmers and other accessories. Blow dryers are on hand to dry out wet boots.
Vail has a strong ski school with group and private lessons. A good hybrid is the “Max 3” group lesson with no more than 3 students of similar skills/goals. It's cost-effective at $190.
We had a double Queen bedroom last year. This year, we had a single Queen bedroom which was ample space for just the two of us. We got a reasonable package from our travel agent, which included 4 days lift tickets, lodging, and flights.
The rooms in have beautiful woodwork throughout. The foyer includes a solid wood front door, wood molding and panels on the ceiling, a double-door wooden closet with bronze handles, and a tall framed mirror. The closet has ample space for 2-3 people. A humidifier and a tea set for the room is stored inside.
The bathroom is very pretty, with a wood vanity, travertine sink set, and large wood mirror. The hotel provides bathrobes, slippers, a blow dryer and bath products.
I didn’t like the pine scent of the shampoo, conditioner and lotion provided by the hotel, which could clash with perfume or scents in your own products.
It would also be a nice touch to have a scale in the bathroom.
There was a slow drain in our bathtub, which took 2 days to take care of. We finally spoke to the front desk and it was fixed immediately.
The bedroom / living area has a big entertainment center with flat screen TV, a Nespresso coffee maker with cups and a snack tray, and a small refrigerator large enough to store sandwiches and drinks.
A downside is there is no microwave in the room. For hungry skiers, this is a necessity and the Sebastian should consider providing them.
Every morning a package of cookies freshly baked in the hotel is left by the bedside, a real treat to stow away in a backpack or jacket.
Underneath the entertainment center are 3 large drawers for clothing, ample enough for 2-3 people.
The King Bed has a down duvet, hardwood backboard, and 2 hardwood vanities with lamps on either side of the bed. Next to the bed is a large standing lamp and a large leather chair.
Beyond the bedroom area there is a wooden desk with a phone, lamp, mirror, and a window that looks out to condos next door. Solid and sheer curtains are provided for privacy and warmth.
The hotel provides Wi-Fi. We had no problem with in-room connectivity.
Sebastian Guest had 2 bars and AT&T Wireless LTE had 3 bars.
We would definitely stay at the Sebastian again.
Beaver Creek has a wider price range and more lodging with kitchens.
We decided the trade-off is the more vast ski terrain in Vail.
Don’t miss Blue Sky Basin! It’s worth the trip!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Sebastian- Vail is Vail's hippest boutique hotel located in the heart of Vail Village. You'll find every imaginable comfort in the hotel rooms and suites. Accommodation options are wide ranging starting with our Sebastian Classic room with a single queen bed and going to full residential style suites of up to four bedrooms. All guests receive welcome amenities, nightly turn down service. Amenities on property are Bloom Spa, Frost Bar and our Alpine bistro-inspired restaurant, Leonora. A four season outdoor pool with hot tubs and a firepit complete the expierence. The Sebastian offers five star services that extend through every part of your stay. Concierge, room service, and slopeside ski valet at Base Camp. The Sebastian- Vail is the place you need to experience winter, summer, spring or fall. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Sebastian - Vail Hotel Vail
- Vail Plaza Hotel