My Husband and I had a quick 2-night getaway March 28th & 29th to Vail. With Easter being so early this year Vail was packed! We stayed at the Vail Apex Holiday Inn in West Vail. I choose the Holiday Inn for 3 reasons.
1, The location, I like West Vail it is right by the Safeway, Sports Authority and a couple restaurants. Making it very convenient for those taking a shuttle in from DIA. You really don’t need a car if you stay here. We did not use ours at all. There are three restaurants on site, a Sushi place, the Westside Café, our go to place for breakfast in Vail to matter where we stay and a Bar and Grill.
2. Dog Friendly. We brought ours and it worked out great. There were a number of other dogs on the floor and a couple of times you could hear them as you walked down the hall but we never heard anything once we were in the room.
3. Value, Free Shuttle, Free Parking and when we were there no Resort Fee making this a very good value. The shuttle was super convenient we took it both mornings and returned on it once. We found out that the Red line town bus also goes to the hotel with very limited stops between so you really have 2 options.
Other things I enjoyed. Just down the road behind the hotel is a nice little park with a playground should you have any little ones that want to play. Also just down the frontage road about ½ mile is a trail that my pups enjoyed each morning. A nice Spa area with outdoor pool an in door hot-tub and steam room. Everything was spotless!
Everyone knows Vail is a great Mountain so I won’t add to that I will mentioned some, for us, new experiences.
Mountain Standard Restaurant owned by the folks from Sweet Basils, Wonderful!!!
The 10th Mountain Restaurant on the mountain at Mid Vail. A sit down, reservations recommended white tablecloth restaurant. It is rather large to me and loud. We grabbed an outside table that felt more intimate. We had a lovely time. Good food and a surprisingly good value for on mountain dining at Vail. The Vail Ale house. Close to our hotel in the space that formally held Sandbar. I am sad to see the Sandbar gone but the Ale House was fun though more costly than I thought it should be.
Side note we never ran into any rude folks on the shuttles, mountain, shops or restaurants. This even though town was full with many international visitors. We had a blast!Edited: 11:28 am, April 01, 2013