I've been coming to Vail for a long time, and have started to return with my wife and kids for the past 5 years. I have stayed in many properties around Vail, and the Lodge Tower is the place to be. The property has had a lot of renovation recently, with a great new pool and hot tubs. My wife loved the new spa and the exercise room is perfect for me. The rooms are privately owned so they do vary, but all I have stayed in are very nice. I stayed last winter in a hotel room to save on money. Their prices are really competitive, especially since it has an unbeatable location and includes breakfast. Parking was free during summer as well. They even valet your skis to the bottom of the lift for you! This June we stayed in a condo. It was spacious and really comfortable and well decorated. The fire place was great! I also liked not having surprise resort fees and other charges as well.
I think the best part, though, is the staff. There is a more friendly atmosphere at the Lodge Tower than at other properties. Since its a smaller property, you get to know the staff during your stay and they get to know you. We felt like they actually cared about us, not just becuase it is their job. Especially with younger kids this made us feel more at ease and relaxed. I find other places to be a bit stiff and frankly not very genuine. On top of that, they helped us plan our activites and reservations around town. We will be back for sure!!!