We arrived on December 27, 2012 for 7 nights. I was traveling with my wife and two children ages 5 and 9. The hotel is perfect for families and obviously the main reason to stay here is the skiing. Check in went smooth and our room was ready when we arrived. Our room was clean and tidy but a little on the small side. The hotel is perfect for families with children of all ages and you see lots of kids here. Note there is a new part and an old part to the resort and the new part has larger rooms with a fireplace in them. We were in the older part and I would suggest you stay in the new part of the hotel if you can. I also suggest you try to get a room on the 2nd floor because it is very convenient especially at 3PM daily there is complimentary hot cider, hot coco, and cookies. Nice to stop by and hit this on your way to the pool with the kids.
Buffet breakfast is served daily at the First Chair Cafe. Prices are $26.00 for adults, $12.00 for kids and 5 and under eat free. The breakfast was pretty good and they have just about anything you want. I would suggest having breakfast here especially if you have kids. However if you dont eat a lot there is a Starbucks next to the cafe and you can get a breakfast burrito there for $5.00 and a coffe and it will be cheaper.
We ate lunch at the bar on the first floor lobby and it was outstanding. I highly suggest the elk sloppy joes. They also have a full kids menu and nightly entertainment. This is a great spot to hang out and share the days events over some drinks and good food next to the fireplace.
We are dinner at the 7one5 restaurant and it was a huge disappointment. The food here is just so so and out of the 9 people at our table no one really liked anything they ordered. The service was good though. Dont expect anything close to fine dining here and I would honestly not suggest having dinner here but if you are not a picky person you may like it. They have a kids menu and the kids seemed fairly happy.
We did use the spa and indoor pool area and it was nice. The pool was clean and they also have a hot tub near the pool as well. Lots of chlorine in the hot tub and it will make your eyes and skin itch. There is also an outdoor pool and hot tub if you care to go outdoors. No doubt that the mens and ladies locker rooms could use a make over. Things are worn out in the locker rooms and in need of a refurb. The steam sauna in the mens locker room works decent but the door has issues and does not close all the way so its pain to get up and close it eveytime someone enters or leaves. Also disappointed they didnt have a full selection of mens toiletries like razors, shave cream, combs, deoderant, ect. in the locker room.
The staff was friendly and will go out of their way to try and help you. The conceirge staff was good and knowledgeable and they will try to help in any way they can with dinner reservations and excursions however they did mess up one of our dinner reservations and it caused a big problem for us but other than that they are good and try real hard. The bell staff does a great job and they also have 2 complimentary shuttles that will take you to the grocery store or the village at night for dinner. The drivers work on tips so show them a little love. Otherwise there is bus service that goes to and from the village and it picks you up right in fron of the hotel and it runs about every 8-10 minutes. I think the bus runs from 7am until midnight but double check me on this.
LOCATION: You need to make sure this location is right for you and your family. If you have small kids or are disabled in any way or cant walk long distances this location may not be good for you. Its quite a long walk from the hotel to the main gondola (Born Free) that you use to go up the mountain. I would say its probably a 1/4 mile walk or 6-8 minutes and can be difficult with small kids epecially at the end of the day when they are tired. This is also where you would buy lift tickets and enroll for ski school. They do have a ski valet that will take your skis from the hotel to the gondola area and this is nice but you do have to pay for it. I suggest using this service because you are not going to want to lug your skis (and your kids skis) to and from the gondola two times a day. If long walking is a problem for you then you may want to choose a hotel closer to the mountain/gondola. Ask questions when selecting a hotel and make sure they are close to the mountain if walking is a challenge for you.
I think I covered the main things that one would need to know when deciding to stay here. Keep in mind this is not a 5 star resort so if you are expecting A Ritz Carlton or Four Season you probably will be disappointed here. However if you are looking for a nice decent place to stay that is great for family fun then you will like it here. This is not the cheapest resort by any means so if price is a concern for you there are other properties in the area that are just as nice and more price freindly. But all in all I think you will be happy here should you decide on the Marriot.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Vail Marriott Mountain Resort in Lionshead Village is one of Colorado's most celebrated resorts. Our Vail ski resort is just 150 yards from the Eagle-Bahn Gondola and offers relaxed lodging options for daredevils, daydreamers and those seeking a little adventure. Featuring all the hospitality and charm of a European ski and spa resort, our Vail resort is the destination of choice for vacationers seeking the exceptional. The natural beauty that surrounds our breathtaking Vail luxury resort is reflected in a chateau atmosphere of warm elegance, complete with rich wood accents, cozy rooms with plush beds, heated pools, outdoor recreation and a luxurious spa. With 5,289 acres and seven legendary bowls, Vail Resort is the largest ski resort in the nation, welcoming skiers and snowboarders from all over the world. We invite you to stay with us and discover why Vail continues to top ski resort polls year after year. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Marriott Vail Mountain Hotel Vail
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