My husband and I met while living in Vail, both worked in Vail for a combined 12 years, and stay in Vail 8 times per year during both the summer and ski-season. We live in Boulder now so we take weekend trips often. We've stayed at (or worked at:) almost every luxury hotel and condo in Vail from the Arrabelle to the Lodge Tower, the Lodge at Vail to Tivoli Lodge, MountainHaus, Cascade, Vail Mountain Lodge, and the list goes on and on. We loved all of those hotels and condos and had a wonderful experience - however, after staying at the Lodge at Lionshead this past Thanksgiving I don't think we will ever choose stay anywhere else. I actually thought twice about writing this review because I don't want them to lose availability when we'd like to go ;)
We are a family of four with two small children (ages 5 & 2). We stayed in a one bedroom and it was huge and perfect for our family. It was really a 2 bedroom that was listed as one because the second room with the fold out couch didn't have a door - but there was still a living room with a huge L-couch, a kitchen, huge closet, two very nice bathrooms, etc. It also had a huge wrap around balcony with a grill and a table where we ate Thanksgiving dinner and listened to the creek flow by our room.
I realize that everyone is looking for a different experience when they come to Vail. For us, we like luxury but it is also all about the experience the hotel provides. I love having a condo because you have a kitchen - and with two small kids it is a must for us! I can give up some things, like room service or on-site full service spa, for others like, kitchen, proximity to the gondola (which is a short walk) and proximity to shopping and dining (again, you are right in Lionshead near the bus stop if you chose to go to the Village - but you can walk to the Village too - we did this every time because it was beautiful out). In Vail you can get food delivered from almost anywhere, you can go to any spa, so I don't need these things at my hotel or condo.
I am also partial to Lionshead. I taught skiing at the ski school in Lionshead - not that Lionshead is anything like it was when I taught - but in many ways it is even better. I love Montauk restaurant and like being able to walk right back to my condo after dinner on a cold night. We love the skating rink in Lionshead, the gelato shop which we frequent, Garfinkles deck for the best nachos after a day of skiing and riding. Lionshead has a very different feel than the Village - but still with everything to offer. Also, I think if you haven't lived in Vail, you might not realize how easy it is to walk between Lionshead and Vail Village (maybe not in ski boots :). Lionshead is the spot for us.
The Lodge at Lionshead is the perfect place for families, couples, groups, anyone, because the facility is wonderful (pool and hot tub, small exercise room, ski storage, close to everything, etc) and the staff is AMAZING. Craig was our regular go-to person and he ALWAYS went above and beyond for anything we needed - and everyone else we came in to contact with was exceptional. The condos are beautiful and very well maintained. I can't say enough good things about the Lodge at Lionshead. We are staying again in February for a week in a Platinum 2 Bedroom. I'll report back on the fabulous experience when we return! :)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Platinum-rated property ideally located just 100 yards from the base of Vail Mountain on scenic Gore Creek. Lodge at Lionshead features luxury condos ranging in size from studios to 4 bedroom condos that are great for both families and groups of friends. Amenities includes outdoor heated pool, hot tubs, fitness room, saunas, equipment storage, free parking, free WiFi, daily housekeeping and concierge desk. Our exceptional service keeps guests coming back year after year! ... more less
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