We were looking for a hotel 3-4 blocks from the lifts that was as close to reasonable as you can get in Vail, and the Lionshead Inn fit the bill. Next time I'd probably stay in the main building since it's a lot nicer than the Annex and only costs about $40 more per night. Our room in the Annex was ordinary but clean, and since we only spent nights there, did the job. The location can't be beat. There are some good restaurants blocks away and if you want to go to the main part of Vail you can hop on a free shuttle that runs every 5-10 minutes. There are plenty of ski shops to rent equipment and there's a ski school right by the gondola, which is 5 blocks away. The staff were great - Really friendly and helpful.
We were told that the hotel will only be around one more year and then will be torn down to build a fancier resort. If I go back to Vail in the next year I'll probably stay there again, but this time will pay a bit more for the main building.
Also, as a side note, I reserved the hotel room through Orbitz because they have a "best price guarantee". So a couple of days after making the reservation I checked the Lionshead Inn's website and was surprised to see that I would have saved $110 over three nights if I'd used their site instead of Orbitz. I immediately contacted Orbitz but was told that their guarantee was only valid if I'd contacted them the same day I made the reservation. So, in summary, do NOT ever use Orbitz for hotel reservations. At best you'll get the same rate you could have gotten from the hotel directly; at worse you'll get ripped off, and Orbitz will send you many emails detailing how you should have read the "fine print" carefully.
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