I travel several times a year for business and one of my primary requirements from a hotel is the ability to have a good night's sleep. This hotel failed in that regard primarily because of construction, so this is a warning to anyone staying there in the next several months.
The entire Vail area is undergoing a billion-dollar makeover with much of the construction in the Lion's Head area. The Lion Square Lodge is a stone's throw from one of the largest projects. Construction starts at around 5:30am when delivery trucks arrive with the day's needed supplies. The steelworkers are climbing into place and setting up tools by 6:00am and are in full hammer and voice by 6:30am. If arising at those hours on vacation or a business trip are OK, then you can add a couple of stars to my rating. The noise on Saturday was confined to about 60-90 minutes around 7am and the workers were off on Sunday when I was there.
The noise is compounded by the fact the hotel has no AC (nobody I spoke with in the 8 days I was in Vail had AC in their hotel rooms, regardless of the hotel they were staying in) so your windows are open in the summer. Even with the window closed, it didn't help mute the noise much.
If you are a light sleeper like I am, then perhaps a creek-side (north side) room would have helped (it at least would have reduced the parking lot noise). Since there are a group of wood-frame houses being built just across Gore Creek you might just be trading steel work for hammers and saws.
Otherwise, the hotel is fabulous. The rates were surprisingly low and the excellent staff accomodated my every need. Broadband was fast, flawless, and free. The safe in the room actually fit my laptop, and it was also free. The microwave and 'fridge in the room allowed me to bring home evening dinner leftovers for lunch the next day. There is a fan and a humidifier provded free in the room.
The summer-running gondola is a short walk and even shorter bike ride away for sightseeing and mountain bike riders. Those looking to rent mountain bikes have about 6 shops with good equipment within 5 minutes walk. The mountain biking is fair, as nearly all the routes down the mountain are fire roads. All but one single track is too challenging for casual riders. The 9-Line (double-diamond) route is absolutely for experts only who have rented full-on downhill equipment (long-travel full suspension and full downhill protective gear) The 94-downhill trail (also double-diamond) was closed, but the locals told me it is equally challenging. The loop around the back of the mountain was very, very scenic but anyone not acclimated to the altitude should expect it to take a slow couple of hours. This was the sole single-track trail that doesn't require accomplished biking skills -- only good physical condition. I would not make a trip to Vail solely for mountain biking on the mountain.
For location, I would rate this one of the best hotels in the area. I would stay here again, though I would call the hotel directly to confirm a specific room to try and avoid the construction noise as steel workers at 6am is not good after a night out with your friends. Absent the construction noise, this is clearly a 5-circle (Excellent) hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in Lionshead Village adjacent to the Eagle Bahn Gondola, Lion Square Lodge grants ski-in/ski-out access to the Vail Mountain Base area. The Lodge offers a variety of accommodation types. The property’s comfortable hotel rooms sleep 2 to 4 people with a choice of one king-size bed or two queen beds. The 1- to 5-bedroom condominium units include a fully equipped kitchen, living room with gas fireplace, private balcony or patio, and a private bathroom for each bedroom. The Tower Residences at Lion Square are among the finest luxury Vail condominiums, boasting private elevator access, southern sun and spectacular unobstructed views of Vail Mountain. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lion Square Hotel Vail
- Lion Square Vail