Our family made another trip to Colorado this past summer and capped it off with a trip to Vail - and four nights at the Tivoli Lodge. This was our third stay at the Tivoli, and it was just as exceptional as the first two stays. And summer in the Vail valley is the best kept vacation secret around!
Since people typically read the most recent reviews, so I've included a lot of the information from my last review in 2012 with some updates and suggestions.
Room - impeccably clean (even my very particular wife was impressed), includes small kitchen with sink and mini-fridge, incredibly comfortable beds, room safe, large & luxurious bathroom (huge tub, walk-in shower with body jets, marble all around, nice towels and robes), small balcony to enjoy the fresh air, gas fireplace. You should definitely get a mountain view room (which means you are looking up the mountain since the Tivoli is right at the base - it is not one of those "distant" views by any means!). There is nothing better than waking up, opening the curtains, and start the day with your breath being taken away by Vail mountain, crisp air and the crystal blue sky.
Location - two minutes to walk to the heart of Vail village with plenty of the top restaurants and shopping available. And you can either walk or catch a shuttle to Lion's Head. Couldn't be better!
Staff - the Tivoli staff is a breath of fresh air. Whether it was the front desk (all of whom are bright, cheerful, and always ready to offer assistance), the morning breakfast staff, the housekeeping staff, or even Speed, the chocolate lab who roams the great room on the ground floor, we always felt welcome and at home. Sat and spoke with the owner two days at breakfast; he lives for people having a great experience at his hotel.
Breakfast buffet - another great feature that we enjoyed every day, with a cook there to make you eggs or omellettes, fresh waffles, everything you can imagine. Then you can sit anywhere in the great room enjoying the view of the mountain and the bright sunshine with coffee and fresh orange juice. Sitting in the Tivoli great room and eating breakfast in the morning is always a favorite highlight of our Vail trips. The prices (about $10 for continental or $15 for full) are excellent, expecially for Vail.
No resort fee - all of the other high-end hotels that we've stayed at in Vail charge a daily "resort fee" of $25-$35 dollars per day on top of the room charge. Not the Tivoli!
Parking - parking is available at $15/day (which is cheaper than parking in the Town of Vail parking garage, so very reasonable). Someone from the front desk will park your vehicle for you in their underground garage and get it for you whenever you need it for day trips.
Value - we were in Vail during the tail end of the "off season" (between ski season and summer season). Right around July 4 is the kick-off for summer, so I recommend planning vacation time just before that (the Tivoli has some excellent rates if you book online for the late Spring/early Summer), and most restaurants have discounted menus because of the "off season".
Things to do - summer in Vail is awesome. There are far more activities and things to do in the summer than the winter. NOTE: You will want to go in mid-to-late June or later for the summer season to ensure you aren't restricted in what you can do. During the Spring "melt-off" (when things tend to be wet and muddy and cold) it is beautiful but you can't take advantage of the beautiful scenery and summer amenities - golf, tennis, hot air ballooning, river rafting, hiking, etc. Our favorite activity was to rent bikes and take advantage of all the paved bike trails up and down the valley, and even taking the bikes up on the Gondola to the top of Vail Mountain and riding down.
Vail is our favorite summer vacation spot, and the Tivoli Lodge is the icing on the cake. It is a luxury hotel, but it is small and run exceptionally well. And though it is very high end, you feel like family - the best of both worlds. Thanks!
A "mountain view" room is a must - you will NOT regret it!
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