It is a Jeckle and Hyde experience to stay here. On the positive, you are incredibly close to the Gondola, and the new Lionshead square development. There is a lot going on, and the access, especially with small children, is phenomenal. The units seem very well kept, the underground, heated garage/ski lockers are spotless and very convenient, and the elevator is fabulous! The stainless steel hot tubs and very well heated pool were all great.
So, the downside? Well, for starters, $659 + per night for a Gold level 2BR on the last weekend in March seems ridiculous - even for Vail. We got a last minute deal for half that, but still! The units all scream 1970's. Some are more remodeled than others, but they are all a bit cramped. I'm sure units vary tremendously (we were in 406), but ours had a terrible King size bed in the master (so lumpy, it rolled me around!). The windows were old, and with the location right on the frontage road and very close to I-70, the highway noise at night was loud and constant. There were no coffee filters, and the plates, silver, glassware, etc. were el cheapo cafeteria grade (pots & pans were fine). Furniture was dated. If I had booked mid winter and paid $700 a night, I would not have been happy.
Am I whining? I'm really not or at least don't mean to be. We had a great stay, daily housekeeping was fine, and as I said, the location couldn't be beat. Maybe I'm just clueless or out of touch on the cost of fun in Lionshead these days. But hopefully this helps you to make your decision.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Westwind offers family condominium vacation rentals just steps away from Vail, Colorado's world-class ski mountain, the Kids' Ski and Snowboard School, and the many restaurants and shops of Lionshead Village. Choose from a selection of one to four-bedroom kid-friendly condominiums that feature all the comforts of home, including a full kitchen, fireplace, balcony, and access to outdoor hot tubs and pool. ... more less
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