We have just returned from a week's stay at the Valdoro and loved it! Our suite, #510, was beautifully furnished, had a beautiful view overlooking the town, and a comfortable, logical floor plan arrangement. 1 bedroom had a king bed and the other bedroom had twin beds. The beds and the loads of pillows were exceedingly comfortable; both closets had long terry cloth robes. Both bathrooms were quite large; master bathroom had tiled shower stall in addition to the jacuzzi tub. Both bedrooms plus living room had flat screen TVs. Kitchen (although a little small) was fully furnished with all kitchen utensils one might need, as well as replacement garbage bags. Even though housekeeping was only provided once during the week's stay, one could leave garbage bag outside front door and it would be picked up (by the way, this has been a standard arrangement in other resort properties we've stayed in, i.e., not to have a daily housekeeping service). If housekeeping is absolutely necessary, one can make arrangements for this at an additional charge. (This is clearly explained in the Valdoro notebook in each suite). The outdoor balcony was furnished with two comfortable chairs for sitting and viewing the spectacular scenery or even watching the fox that lives and roams in the nearby greenbelt. We were also impressed with the quality of construction of the lodge... i.e., there were heavy doors not only at the entry to the unit but also between the rooms...therefore the noise level was practically non-existent. Daily newspaper was left at our front door (no charge).... most other resorts don't provide this and there was also a local newspaper available at the front desk every day. The washer/dryer in the unit was convenient although we didn't use it... this is also not always available in the individual units at many resorts.
I had only two complaints regarding the unit: (1) the low lighting, i.e.,the florescent bulbs in all fixtures are energy and "green" efficient, but they certainly making reading difficult and (2) the Valdoro is not air-conditioned. Apparently, most resorts and restaurants in Breckenridge are not air conditioned as it simply isn't needed for the majority of the year. But for some people from the southern states, adjusting to non-air conditioned environments when the temperature rises, is difficult EVEN with the overhead fans available in every room. Thank goodness, the temperature dropped to the 40s & 50s in the evenings during the majority of our stay!
Another reviewer had issues with the garage. Yes, parking is tight, but if one realizes that many resorts don't have covered parking or garages and this resort was built at a time when there were fewer SUV's, it is understandable that the parking spaces are tight. However, it is doable and we had minimal difficulty.
We found the staff to be very friendly and helpful. We arrived early and our unit was available... so we checked in approximately 1 hour early. When we asked for an extended checkout... no problem... our request was immediately granted. This has not always been the case at other resorts.... some resorts go strictly by the "rules" and are unflexible. My only suggestion regarding staff is that the Conceige desk has available local brochures regarding the smaller communities and attractions rather than referring the requestor to the visitor center downtown for individual brochures.
The Business Center is readily available and easy to use and is open 24 hours daily, although one has to request the staff person at the desk to open it for you after 10 p.m.
WARNING: Breckenridge's elevation is 9600 feet. If you have heart or pulmonary problems, you may have some difficulty. I read in advance that it would be necesary to drink lots of water. That helps, but still just a slight exertion light walking from the suite to the car, caused me to be out of breathe for a couple of minutes and sometimes at night while laying in bed, I would have difficulty in breathing normally. The Valdoro does have oxygen available for guests, if needed.
We highly recommend two restaurants: Modi's and the Dredge. Both are a little pricey, but not any more so than other nice restaurants in Breckenridge.
All in all, this was a wonderful stay and a wonderful vacation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Valdoro Mountain Lodge, a Hilton Grand Vacations Resort, is located in Breckenridge, Colorado at the base of peak 9, just two blocks from Main Street. Valdoro Mountain Lodge features one and two bedroom suites, with a gas fireplace and full kitchens. Two outdoor whirlpool spas are just steps from the Spa and Fitness Center. A game room for children, a relaxing sauna, and many other activities await you in the splendor of the Rocky Mountains. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Valdoro Mountain Lodge, a Hilton Grand Vacations Hotel Breckenridge
- Valdoro Mountain Hotel
- Hilton Hotels Breckenridge
- Valdoro Lodge
- Valdoro Mountain Lodge Breckenridge Co