We stayed in a Deluxe Room at The Lodge at Vail in early July and found the property to be quite interesting, and at times humorous. First a brief history of the resort - back in the late 50s and early 60s when Vail was being developed, the U.S. Forest Service required that lodging be included in the mountain development. That lodging was The Lodge at Vail, and as such, this resort has been around for quite some time and has been through various changes and expansions over the years. This became immediately obvious upon setting foot in the building. There are oddly placed hallways, stairwells that are located within the immediate vicinity of another stairwell, and my favorite - half floors (floor 2 1/2 was referenced in the emergency stairs near our room). Entering the resort through another wing doesn't necessarily mean you'll be able to easily find your room as there were hallways that seemed to just end and stairwells that don't take you where you think they would (we ended up in the staff cafeteria at one point). We found it quite humorous to explore the different wings and how none of the floors lined up across the buildings - it's quite the maze. At one point a guest asked an employee to tell him where a restroom was, and the employee responded with "It's just easier if I show you where it is." That made me laugh. That being said, there was no part of the resort that seemed worn out or neglected. Our room was in what I believe to be part of the original building, and there was no signs of excessive wear and tear. The property seems to be well maintained for the most part.
The room itself was comfortable and the bed was fine. The room had that rustic Bavarian charm to it. The window and door out on to our balcony also had a tilt feature to provide a little extra security - you could leave them open without too much risk of someone getting in to the room. The ceiling fan was nice to have as well, as the room did not have air conditioning. The only real complaint was a constant hum noise that was somewhere outside and was clearly audible in the room. I suspect that it was probably some kind of pool heater or other utility type device in the new "spa wing" which our room abruptly butted up against.
The bathroom was a little tight but quite functional. I can see the heated towel rack being nice in the winter time. We used it one morning, and when I accidentally grabbed the bar it was extremely hot, so exercise caution.
We only dined on property one morning for breakfast at Cucina Rustica (which while we were there only seemed to be open for breakfast) and it was a ghost town. The food was fine, but pricey as is everything else in Vail. Free Starbuck's coffee and teas were offered every morning just outside the restaurants (coffee makers also existed in the rooms).
Their onsite bar is a piano lounge called Mickey's. Mickey is the pianist, and apparently has been playing there since the beginning of time. And most of the clientele were around at the beginning of time, too. He was good when he played, but in my opinion he spent far too much time socializing with the locals that he knew, and not enough time entertaining. But hey they're the regulars that keep him in business. Drinks are also extremely overpriced in this bar - the cheapest glass of Cabernet was $16. Mixed drinks averaged $10. This was also the one part of the resort that seemed rather dated and in need of some serious attention.
All parking is valet at $20/day in the summer (this is part of your "resort fee"). Be aware of that before you arrive. Also included in that fee are a couple of bottles of water when you arrive, the daily newspaper, and internet access.
The location was quite nice in the Vail Village area which had many shops, restaurants, and bars within just a couple of minutes walk. The gondola is not nearby, but it's only a scenic 15 minute walk or a free bus ride away.
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