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“Great hotel in the heart of Vail”
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Sonnenalp
Ranked #1 of 30 Hotels in Vail
Certificate of Excellence
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“Great hotel in the heart of Vail”
Reviewed 11 May 2012

This is a great hotel within walking distance to world class restaurants and shopping with views of the nearby ski hills. The service is excellent and the rooms are very nice. My wife loved the heated tile in the bathroom area. Be sure to eat at Kelly Liken which is also within walking distance... Kelly has appeared as a contestant on "Top Chef" and "Iron Chef" and has some great food choices.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 May 2012

Sonnenalp Resort is simply the best in Vail. Amazing rooms, very high level of customer service, great food. We've attended meetings there every winter for the past decade. Outstanding service and location is great for ease of access to I-70 (30 seconds) or walking into Vail Village (3-4 minutes). Highly recommend.

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Reviewed 22 April 2012

I have stayed at almost every ski resort and city hotel in Colorado. The Sonnenalp is not only the best in Vail, but the best in Colorado. Swiss (or is it Austrian?) efficiency, quality, friendliness, and especially cleanliness are the norm. Breakfast is outstanding as is the Swiss restaurant for dinner. Staff are completely professional and courteous yet still friendly, genuine, and always glad to be of service. The best!

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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled solo
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Saint Louis
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Reviewed 14 April 2012

We have visited the Sonnenalp a number of times over the years and it is always like coming home. The personnel is very friendly, attentive and always courteous.
We love to indulge at the breakfast buffet, which offers a variety of options for everybody's taste in a beautiful Bavarian setting. Especially the pastries are to die for!
Dinner at the Ludwig's is always a special experience and highly recommended.
We never miss to vist the Swiss Chalet, with its more "rustic" menu, for a cheese fondue (the new goat cheese fodue is a delicious addidion to the menu) or an excellent fondue chinoise.
This year's addition of an "on the mountain picnic" was a fantastic idea and made you forget the sometimes not so excellent snow conditions. The valet service in general and the ski valet in particular are absolutely outstanding. At the Sonnenalp they definitely have that special touch to make you feel welcome, provide top comfort and entertainment during your stay.
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 April 2012

I almost hate to give this review as I don't want to give away a good thing. Excellent service and great breakfast buffet at Ludwig's. We had dinner at Bully Ranch a restaurant in the hotel but I wouldn't recommend it. The Swiss Chalet restaurant seemed to be a winner to guests but we didn't try it. Our room was a great size with heated flooring and a wonderful separate tub and shower. Nice view from our room. We have tried three different five star hotels in the Vail area and this is our favorite.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with family
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Philadelphia, PA
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Reviewed 27 March 2012

Booked a suite for Pres Day Weekend at Sonnenalp. Was beautiful suite but a little too small for our family; we should have booked a suite with 2 baths, as we have two teenagers; our 1 bath suite would have been better for a family with small children. Also, only other complaint on the room was that the TV set was adjacent to the fireplace mantel and the dear antler decoration blocked the view of the TV from almost all angles. Sonnenalp might want to rethink where the TV is hanging vis a vis the antlers in the living area. Otherwise the beds were super comfortable, the bathroom was enormous with private toilet, the service was fabulous and gracious and friendly, the dining facilities were excellent, the breakfast was among the best buffets ever. The ski concierge was the greatest thing, because Sonnnenalp is a few blocks walking distance from the lifts. But that's no problem, because the ski concierge takes yours skis and boots to and from the hotel and stores them slope side throughout your stay. This makes the walk into/out of town very pleasant as you are in your street shoes instead of ski boots. The oxygen bar at the spa was a hoot and I am pretty certain it helped to cure the altitude sickness that struck me the first night and afflicted my son at the second. My facial was not the greatest spa experience I've ever had; I would probably go with a massage next time. My husband and daughter used the pool and hot tub. They had a great time but it is not necessarily the most fabulous pool/hot tub I've ever seen at a ski resort. In final analysis, I would heartily recommend the Sonnenalp.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
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jfaessler, Owner at Sonnenalp, responded to this review, 7 April 2012
Thank you for comments and suggestions. I will review the TV position in our suites to assure opitmal visibility.
I am happy to read that your overall experience was positive and that you were able to take advantage of our slope side ski concierge service.
Thank you for your stay.
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Reviewed 17 March 2012

Stayed 4 nights. I've worked in the ski resort industry and know that by this time of year, some employees lose their enthusiasm. Oddly, all the foreign workers still had it, but too many of the younger, U.S. "kids" weren't into it. Front desk folks especially need to present the most helpful side, (Diane).
The price was fine. (It is Vail in season.) Some of the two story rooms are strange and I recommend looking at them first. The breakfast is nice and comfortable.
All in all I would return....but I'd never stay in the room we had.
(Lastly, why is that a "Hampton Inn" has internet as a normal service and these higher end hotels charge? It's just a simple wi fi link. Come on Sonnenalp, et al.)

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Property: Sonnenalp
Address: 20 Vail Road, Vail, CO 81657-5010
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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 ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Vail
#1 Spa Hotel in Vail
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Vail
#3 Business Hotel in Vail
#6 Romantic Hotel in Vail
#7 Family Hotel in Vail
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:5 star — Sonnenalp 5*
Number of rooms: 127
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sonnenalp is a unique hotel in Vail, Colorado renowned for personal service and genuine, family-run hospitality. Enjoy world-class amenities and conveniences in the heart of Vail Village. ... more   less 
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