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Lion Square Lodge
Ranked #16 of 31 Hotels in Vail
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20 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Absolutely fabulous”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2008

Wow! What a place. We stayed here off season and I booked a one bedroom condo for an amazing price. Instead we were provided a huge two bedroom, two bath, fully equipped kitchen, immaculately clean place with a balcony that looked out on the gondola and the stream. The hot tub was easily accessible and a welcome after hiking. Free bottled water was appreciated. It is also very close to fun shopping areas. The gas fireplace added a nice touch. The propane grill would have been nice to use, we just didn't have time. The bed was huge and comfortable. We cracked the window a bit to hear the stream outside our window. The gentleman at the desk was very helpful. Having lived in Vail for over 20 years he had a lot of great insight on what to do and where to go. We took a short trip to Edwards one evening... what a charming village. Then went up in the mountains to Red Cliff, past an old ghost town, then hiking. Very nice. The rangers at Minton (?) were most helpful in providing details about trails that would suit us best. I'd go again tomorrow!! The construction was a non issue.... There is construction everywhere in Vail.

  • Liked — The view
  • Stayed June 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Jane T
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2008

We absolutley loved our stay at Lions Head. Got a GREAT deal from Hot Wire. They were doing some construction although we never knew it... they put us facing Vail Mtn. right next to the Gondola! Best view from our balcony that you could ever imagine! Clean Condons...very roomy and the kitchen had everything you would need! We will be staying here again this summer! Looking forward to the great views!

  • Liked — Pricing
  • Disliked — no pets
  • Stayed July 2007, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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251 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 202 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2008

This was our February school vacation and traveled with my husband and 2 kids, ages, 13 and 9.

The Lions Square Lodge is a true ski in ski out, right next to the gondola and the born free quad chair lift. The ski valets were there every day to get our ski's and take our skis. The hotel offered 24/7 free coffee, hot coco, apple cider,cookies, granola bars and fresh fruit. The staff was polite and friendly and knowledgeable about the mountain and where to ski. Harvey was our concierge and again very knowledgeable of the surroundings of the Lions Head Village and Vail Village.

*The hotel room was a standard room with 2 double beds. Very comfortable, new bedding. We had a refrigerator, flat screen tv, table 2 chairs, reading lamps over the beds alongside a nightstand lamp. A patio with 2 chairs and a table and our room was #162 and we had a mountain view and we were on the bottom floor. We had great housekeeping service, plenty of towels and Aveda toiletries to boot. They provided humidifiers, wall safe, Robes to go to the pool with and robes for kids upon request. The room didn't lack for anything!

The first floor was the access to the mens/women's changing rooms that got you to the hot tubs and the swimming pool.

Changing rooms had a bathroom, shower, mirror and counter, sink and blow dryers, plenty of hooks and towels. Rather nice. Also they provide big plastic cups for your beverages as glass is not allowed in the pool area.

Vending machines water/snacks are also on the first floor along with 3 computer cabinets which were free. Just obtain the key for the front desk.

Great service, nice lobby, not huge but 3 big couches with a fire place, a table and 4 chairs and a door off the area that leads to outside overlooking the mountain with chairs outside, very nice.

In Lions Head Village, its pedestrian, no cars and there is a free shuttle bus that drives you into Vail Village. You stop at the Library, Medical Center then the village. It's a 12 min walk if you don't want to wait for the bus. We walked one night.

Vail Village too is pedestrian too. Shops and restaurants just like Lions Head Village.

Restaurants: Lions Head:

Montauk Seafood Grill-Excellent seafood, quality and service. Great Margarita Martini's.

*Mezzaluna: Only ate there the day we arrived. Great tasting burgers, good service and the view of the mountain from the restaurant. Didn't eat dinner there but avoid for breakfast, took 40 mins for 4 orders of french toast. We left, it took too long and I think the chef or the waitress fell asleep. Lunch is good if your not in a hurry, but avoid breakfast unless you have the time.

*Marriott Hotel: Buffet Breakfast, typical but great and try their signature french toast, its a must drizzled with raspberry and creme freche'. Well worth the price and the only breakfast true breakfast place around.

*Garfinkels: Great Apres ski, big beer assortment and the Nacho's were huge and flavorful. Overlooks the mountain right in front of the Gondola and the Born Free Chair lift. It was always packed. They had heaters outside too.

*Flying Burrito: Ate breakfast there, eggs, bagles and breakfast burrito's, cereal, muffins. Friendly staff, plenty of places to sit. Hit the place after skiing for a margarita (very good) and tortilla chips and a salsa assortment (5). The pineapple salsa very good, but hot!

Vail Village: Alpenrose, awesome, very expensive, but worth it. The food, service, quality, superb. It's a German Restaurant, great wiener schnitzel and the duck looked awesome.

Ore House: Steak house, but again good food, service and quality. Known for steaks, but the Ribs were to die for! Get a loaded potatoe, just awesome.

Los Amigos: Stay clear of the margarita's. Probably the worse one I've ever had. All sour mix and couldn't even taste the tequilla.

The Creperie: Awesome crepes made right in front of you. Sweet or savory, huge and tasty crepe's. They also had a lot of gelato to pick from. The white chocolate mint and cupcake were very good.

Campo Di Fiori: Awesome Italian food. No chicken parm on this menu. But tons to choose from, great service, quality and flavorful food. A bit loud, but a lot of fun. Huge high ceilings, and the kitchen is open to the restaurant which is rather nice.


In Lions Head Village there is a liquor store and a general store. Liquor stores are closed on Sunday FYI.

There is a new skating rink too, you can rent and skate. We found it mostly closed the whole week we were there.

Sharpen your ski's for $5 while you wait next to Garfinkels.
They do have a Starbucks too and plenty of T shirt shops.
There is a French Deli'- the sandwiches looked awesome and they do bagel sandwiches for breakfast too.

The Mountain: The best place to eat on the mountain, 2Elks Lodge, huge, plenty of seating and they people that work there greet you with tissues on the way in. Food is excellent. Try the pizza, the best I've ever had, nice crust. The Buffalo chilli was excellent. Great cookies too.

Overall a fantastic trip. I'd go back in a heartbeat and to the same hotel too. It really should be a 4 star, but it has everything there that you need especially if your not in your room.

If you decide to dogsled, book 2-3 months out. We used Mountain Mushers and that's all they do, no snow mobiling etc. strictly dogs and they were great and have been in the business for 20 years. It's family run. They let my 9 year old mush 1/3 of the way back, lot of fun.

Good Luck-Great Trip!

  • Liked — True ski in ski out
  • Disliked — The pool should have been about 10 degree's warmer.
  • Stayed February 2008, travelled with family
    • 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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Furli
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2008

This is the best location if you want to enjoy snow without spending your time. Small but beautiful village. You walk out the hotel and you find the Eagle Bahn gondola that take you to the slopes and the Adventure Ridge, also the ski school is there!!!. Affordable shops, ski rentals, bars and restaurants just steps away. Luxury hotels across the street. Shuttle to Vail and Beaver Creek 3 blocks away. You don't need a car there but if you rent one this hotel is one of the few with free parking.Nice breakfast for $10 usd at hotel restaurant. Not a luxury property but with the location, mountain view and service of one of them. I'ts like staying in an affordable Disney's resort, all attractions close no matter your age!!! We decided we'll come back next year!!

P.S. If you can afford it you must try snowmobile, ask for info at the lobby they pick you up there.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Pool
  • Stayed January 2008, travelled with friends
    • 5 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 Thank Furli
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
71 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2007

We stopped in Vail on a whim, since my youngest child had gotten sick. We found this property in our AAA Guidebook and booked a room, not knowing what to expect. It was very lovely. We had a 2 bedroom, 2 full bath BEAUTIFUL condo with a balcony, living room, dining room, and full kitchen. It was like being at home (just with a much better view). The condo was nicely furnished and very comfortable. The front desk was extremely helpful in helping us find a restaurant that the kids would like.

Overall, this was by far the best place we stayed on our 17 day trip. I cannot wait to come back during the winter season.

  • Liked — I loved our bathroom! I also liked the Aveda products :)
  • Disliked — Construction was going on at the time, but that was not the fault of the hotel!
  • Stayed August 2007, travelled with family
    • 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank racerdog
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Camarillo, California
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2007

We stayed at the Lion Square lodge in August 2007. It was clean and our one bedroom suite was spacious. We had been warned there was construction nearby so I booked our room directly with the hotel and requested a "quiet" room. We had a view of a bike path and creek outside our window. We didn't hear the construction noise, however if we were in a different room we may have been bothered by the noise. It's a close walk to shops and restaurants and we took the gondola up to the top and hiked around. We should have brought frisbees as there was a frisbee golf game set up. We liked the restaurant at the top of the gondola. It was a bit pricey but great food. We also enjoyed the large farmer's market on Sunday. Lots of variety of food and crafts. We would definitely stay there again when in Vail.

  • Liked — Proximity to shops, gondola, and restaurants.
  • Disliked — Construction across the street.
  • Stayed August 2007, travelled with family
    • 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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Dallas
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35 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2007

The Lion Square Lodge has rooms as well as condos. We had a one bedroom condo facing the mountains. The view was perfect. The condo was large with plenty of room for four. Beds very cozy. Our 2 girls slept comfortably on the sofa sleeper. Kitchen had everything possibly needed. Housekeeping was great. The front desk was very nice and helpful. Harvey was very friendly. It was nice for the kids to get hot chocolate and cookies from the lobby in the evenings. (it's offered 24/7) The pool was very clean and at a good temperature. They even offered pool toys and towels. I highly recommend this hotel. Especially rooms with a view. We will be back to the Lion Square Lodge for sure!

  • Liked — location
  • Stayed August 2007, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Lion Square Lodge
Address: 660 Lionshead Pl, Vail, CO 81657-5295
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Region: United States > Colorado > Vail
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Ski-In / Ski-Out Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Ski-In / Ski-Out Hotel in Vail
#10 Business Hotel in Vail
#12 Romantic Hotel in Vail
#13 Family Hotel in Vail
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Lion Square Lodge 3.5*
Number of rooms: 110
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