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“Luxury and Charm”
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Sonnenalp
Ranked #1 of 30 Hotels in Vail
Certificate of Excellence
West Palm Beach, Florida
1 review
“Luxury and Charm”
Reviewed 30 August 2012

We have stayed at the Sonnenalp several times, both winter and summer. Just returned from a week there for our summer vacation. The hotel is right in Vail Village, and we enjoyed a room with a balcony overlooking Gore Creek and the mountain, and surrounded by lovely aspen trees.

Staying at the Sonnenalp is really a part of the vacation experience. It is luxury and charm all together. Forget the commercial "luxury chains." This hotel is a genuine Bavarian design in architecture and appointments. Look for the beautiful wood carvings along the ceilings and walls of various spaces.

It's obvious why this property is among the Luxury Hotels of the World. Outstanding service is consistent among all of its staff that you come into contact with. A delicious European breakfast buffet. Elegant dining at Ludwig's (winter season). A comfy bar that lures you into a nightcap. The casual open-air Bully Ranch restaurant attracts patrons from outside the hotel, too. Elegant Frette towels, robes and bedding.

You will see the owner, Johannes, a fourth generation hotelier, watching over the property. And, and he likes to meet his guests.

If you're a golfer, play the challenging Sonnenalp course, and also enjoy panoramic mountain views. It's about a 20-minute drive from the hotel, and the club is run equally as well the hotel.

Room Tip: Ask for a view of Gore Creek.
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jfaessler, Owner at Sonnenalp, responded to this review, 1 September 2012
Thank you for nice comments.
We will continue to make Sonnenalp truly different and special both through the look and design of our facilities and through our engaged and dedicated team. I hope to see you again soon.
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Reviewed 29 August 2012

We just spent 4 days at this incredible hotel in the middle of Vail. We'd had breakfast there years ago and knew we wanted to stay there sometime. We now consider it the best hotel in Vail. It's so well run - the views are awesome - it's within walking distance to just about any restaurant or shopping you could desire. The pool area was absolutely perfect next to the creek and under the Aspens. So very peaceful! We looked forward to breakfast every morning because of the food and the glass room and patio. The spa and our services there were the best I've had in any hotel.

Room Tip: We were on the top floor overlooking the pool and creek - there were no noise issues at all.
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jfaessler, Owner at Sonnenalp, responded to this review, 1 September 2012
Thank you for your review.
Vail is a wonderful village and we are lucky to have such a premier location. Close to everything and yet secluded and sheltered by gore creek and beautiful mountain landscape. I am glad you enjoyed your time here.
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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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Reviewed 27 August 2012

We stayed over a weekend to just get away into the mountains from the heat. The Sonnenalp was the perfect choice. It is lovely! There are several areas, both inside and outside of the resort, where you can just sit back and relax! The breakfast buffet is FANTASTIC! You will not be dissapointed.

  • Stayed August 2012
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jfaessler, Owner at Sonnenalp, responded to this review, 1 September 2012
Thank you for your review.
I am happy you so much enjoyed our breakfast on our creek side terrace. It truly is a magical venue during the summer months.
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Boulder, Colorado
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Reviewed 27 August 2012

Having frequented the Vail Valley for more than 30 years, I have come to find the Sonnenalp Resort of Vail to be one of the finest resort experiences available. Centrally located in Vail, you are moments away from fine dining, shopping, bike paths and hiking. We enjoyed the Farmers Market on Sunday morning just outside the Resort.

From the warmth of the staff upon arriving; Valet (happy to wash your vehicle should it need attention) to Front Desk welcome; the Bed & Breakfast approach (cozy warm and welcoming) to our stay, for our most recent 5 day stay was wonderful. There are a number of rooming choices and we elected the Blue Spruce Suite which is the smallest suite available. Quite comfortable for 2 of us with a King bed. The thread count of the sheets is amazing and the marble bathroom with 2 sinks, separate shower and king sized tub-wonderful. Each night turn down is provided with warm cookies, robes and slippers provided. The wireless used to be complimentary and is now $11 per 24 hours-while unfortunate-a sign of the times I suppose. Our suite had its own gas fireplace and a view to the Gore Creek out our balcony window-quiet and soothing at night to hear the white noise of the creek from our open window.

The gourmet breakfast buffet can be included with a room package and is highly recommended. You may order certain items such as eggs benedict and made to order omelets with your server. They also have gluten free options-waffles, French Toast etc. The outdoor atrium for breakfast over looks Gore Creek and is beautiful.

Kings Court is a bar and entertainment venue. We enjoyed appetizers and drinks each evening by the large firelplace prior to heading out to dinner. The appetizers are substantial so order sparingly but amazing with the mushroom Quesidilla being one of our favorites. Ian, the bartender is engaging and the staff who support Kings Court are excellent in the service department. We enjoyed live music 3 of the 4 nights we stayed and enjoyed the after dinner scene prior to heading up to our suite.

The Spa is intimate but first rate- 80 minute massage was wonderful. The workout facility is modest in size as well but well equipped with all the usual suspects and free weights. Complimentary Yoga is offered as well on most days. The pool is both inside and outside with matching hot tubs. All in pristine condition.

Bully Ranch which is a restaurant within the Sonnenalp, was the weakest link of the resort as we had 2 lunches that were a "B-". Our fish tacos were not cooked completely and the service was not the A+ effort we experiened everywhere else at the resort. A small blemish to an otherwise wonderful experience. For an intimate, first rate resort experience in the Vail Valley, I would highly recommend The Sonnenalp Resort.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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jfaessler, Owner at Sonnenalp, responded to this review, 1 September 2012
thank you your review.
I appreciate all you nice comments but also you feedback on the Bully Ranch.
We will pay partcular attention to those items in the future.
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Richmond, Virginia
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Reviewed 21 August 2012

Luxury hotel chains seek to compete against each other by offering more marble and higher sheet thread counts. To a degree, I have bought into that marketing. However, on our recent stay at the Sonnenalp, I learned that a truly memorable stay is tied to the warmth and graciousness of the staff. The Sonnenalp appears to understand this more than perhaps any other hotel with which I have stayed. Everyday of our stay, the staff of the Sonnenalp warmly said hello to me by name and did all they could to ensure that our stay was exceptional. The restaurant staff was especially gracious and personable. I noticed that one restaurant staff person always stood scanning the room in the event that a guest needed something. That sums up well the level of vigilant service provided by every staff person at the Sonnenalp. We stayed at the resort for a family wedding, which was spectacular -- the setting was beautiful (alongside a cold-water stream shaded by pines), the food superb (not an exaggeration), and the experience was unforgettable. We will have to find the time to stay again. We really enjoyed our stay. It was truly memorable. Don't pass up the breakfast -- every detail of which appears to have been exceptionally prepared by the chef. There will alway be a new, lavish resort. I have attended many. But I cannot say of many of them what I can say about the Sonnenalp -- that my stay was unforgettable.

Room Tip: The location of the hotel is superb and shielded from traffic. As a result, I don't think that...
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jfaessler, Owner at Sonnenalp, responded to this review, 25 August 2012
Thank you for your comments.
We consider ourselves fortunate to have a wonderful team of dedicated employees and I could not agree more that it is them that make all the difference. This is what we intend to make the Sonnenalp Experience different. I am happy that our team succeeded.
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Colorado
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51 reviews
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Reviewed 20 August 2012

Had a wonderful 1 night stay for my husbands birthday. We've been to the restaurants here many times and always wanted to stay at the hotel and we finally did, and we were not disappointed. The front desk staff, bellmen, chambermaids, spa staff, bar staff, room service... basically everyone here is really friendly and helpful. The room had a nice balcony with chairs that we enjoyed, the bed was comfortable and the bathroom amenities (shampoo, lotion, etc.) were very nice and there were ample towels in the bathroom as well.
They sent us a complimentary bottle of champagne which was a lovely touch. I'd pre-ordered some food/snack items which showed up too late (we were already headed out for dinner) and they removed the charges, which I didn't ask for but completely appreciated.
The pool area is fantastic too.
I would absolutely recommend this hotel to anyone coming to the Vail valley - it's location & staff cannot be beaten.

Room Tip: I think all the rooms may be good, perhaps a mountain view with a larger balcony? The rooms near/ov...
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jfaessler, Owner at Sonnenalp, responded to this review, 25 August 2012
Thank you for your stay and review.
I apologize that we did not get your arrival order to your room before your arrival.
Thank you for sharing your special day with us. I am glad that you enjoyed the time at the Sonnenalp.
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Golden, Colorado
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Reviewed 12 August 2012

I have travelled throughout the world at many fine hotels and this place ranks among the very best. As a resident of Colorado, we have stayed once or twice a year for many years, at the Sonnenalp for a get away weekend. Without question, this is a very special place. The best in accommodations and the service is simply the highest standard. Great location for walking anywhere, and I always look forward to the breakfast. If you are heading to Vail, this is the place to stay, whatever the season.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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jfaessler, Owner at Sonnenalp, responded to this review, 18 August 2012
Thank you for making the Sonnenalp your place to stay when in Vail.
We look forward to seeing you many more times and will work hard to operate at a predictable and consistent high level.
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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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