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“Wonderful, Tranquil Ski-In Resort”
Review of Hotel Talisa, Vail

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Hotel Talisa, Vail
Ranked #13 of 30 Hotels in Vail
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed March 30, 2011

Vail Cascade exceeded my expectations.

The service was great, no complaints at all.

We had a courtyard room -- it was spacious and elegantly decorated, with a large bathroom. There were 4 adults and only one king bed, but the full sofa made out into a comfy bed, so we were all comfortable. There was a small fridge and coffee station in the room.

If you're skiing, the location can not be beat as there is a ski room/concierge where you can store boots/skis. When you walk out the door with your gear, the lift is 30 feet away, so up you go.

The amenities were nice, 2 hot tubs and a heated outdoor tub, all overlooking beautiful scenery, including a stream and the side of the mountain. There is a great little market onsite for sandwiches and wonderful little snacks.

Would definitely recommend staying here!

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 29, 2011

I have stayed at this hotel a number of times and during both the winter and summer seasons. While it is an older hotel, and the rooms are not quite as high-end (and a bit dated) as newer properties in Vail, they are both spacious and comfortable. But what makes this hotel is the service--from the bellhop to the front desk, you see an experienced crew who appears to genuinely want you to have a good time while in Vail.

But from some of the reviews I have seen here, I would not recognize the place. No experience with the spa, though travel partners said it was nice. Therefore, just wanted to make a couple of points:

1.) The hotel is outside of West Vail, so it does take a few minutes to Vail Village. The hotel shuttle is handy, and taxi fare is only $11-12 if you don't want to wait for the shuttle.

2.) Using the adjacent lift to access the mountains is quite handy and better than most early morning lifts, as there is no line. Returning is very easy for skiers, but the catwalk can be a bit rough for snowboarders who cannot get up some serious speed for the last leg. You can also backload on the lift (Chair 20), but it can be a bit scary for those with a fear of heights (you are leaning down with no footrest).

3.) The pool and hot tub areas have been refurbished, so disregard older reviews.

4.) Gym is free and amazing for a hotel. Think huge and uncrowded.

5.) It is a conference hotel (I hosted a conference for 120 this winter), but really appears family friendly as well. Saw a lot of kids this weekend.

6.) Staff makes the hotel. Not stuffy, very well informed, long time employees. If this is important to you, it will overcome the perception of dated rooms in no time.

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled on business
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Reviewed March 22, 2011

We recently stayed at the Vail Cascade for a ski weekend. The property was built in 1978 parts of it remind you of that fact. Other parts like the lobby, fireside bar and restaurant look newer and updated. We had a standard two queens room. The furniture in our room could have used some updating but the beds were wonderful. The resort also serves as the only convention resort property in Vail so there are lots of folks there at any one time. Despite this, it never felt too crowded. The staff at the Cascade were very helpful and accommodating throughout our stay. We ate at the Atwood restaurant, only one on property, and our meals were great. The kids meals were well priced and good portioned. The pool area looked new and was very inviting. It seemed small for such a large convention resort property but we were not crowded and there were plenty of chairs available. The added touch of firepits near the pool were a warm and striking touch. The property is buffered by an enormous recreation/spa/parking facility so you never hear the roar of I-70. Skiing was easy because the resort has a dedicated lift to get you on the mountain and a trail to bring you back at the end of the day. The kids loved playing basketball at the rec center and my wife enjoyed her spa treatment. She confessed it was not as nice as the spas at the Ritz in Bachelor Gulch or Arrabelle in Vail but it wasn't as pricey either. Though we were content to stay on the property for the weekend, the resort offered shuttle service until midnight to both Lionshead and Vail. Overall, we enjoyed our stay and will look forward to returning to the Vail Cascade this summer.

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 5, 2011

Awesome staff and great location but very average rooms and amenities. Over priced.

  • Stayed: February 2011
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Reviewed February 25, 2011

The room was very outdated. not enough lights, very old matresses. ski out was great, but ski back to the hotel seemed inpossible (just couldn;t find how to do it) and had to walk stairs in vail to get to the bus with all the equipment. hotel staff is very friendly as are the guys in the ski rental shop. we did the snowmobile trip which was amazing!
Overall a very enjoyable trip, but for $300 a night for the hotel, I expected a bit more. By the way the pool and jacuzzi outside are great (a must after a day skiing)

Stayed: February 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 21, 2011

Pulled up to the hotel and grabbed a baggage trolley to load my bags onto. The bellman told me only bell hops can touch the trolleys so I couldnt take one. We lugged all the bags by hand to our room because we didnt want to pay extra to the bellhop.
Rooms are spacious but uncomfortable, no fireplace and couch and chairs are very hard and not easy to relax on. Hotel only has 4 floors but its huge and spaced out so theres a lot of walking with your ski boots. It may be ski out but its a half mile from the room to the door way out.
Hotel is ski in/out so you can ski out but its out of the way to ski back to. so we would ski to village and then drag equipment up stairs to the bus station. Having to take the bus to the village and back is a hassle.
The cafe is overpriced and not good quality. A small bowl of oatmeal and small coffee cost $9. the oatmeal was cold.
Everything is outrageously priced, the atmosphere cold, and the rooms uncomfortable. I wouldn't stay there again.

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 16, 2011

The Cascade is truly a ski-in ski-out resort, although the lift is all the way at one side of the mountain so you do have to ski over a bit to get to the back bowls (this took us roughly 30-45 min). The Atwater restaurant in the hotel is delicious. The food is pricey, but that is standard for Vail. The bar area is very cozy and every night we enjoyed after-skiing drinks there. The rooms themselves are not 5-star rooms, but that is typical at most ski resorts; they were still very clean and relatively spacious. The hotel staff were kind and helpful. I would definitely return to this hotel.

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Address: 1300 Westhaven Dr., Vail, CO 81657-3890 (Formerly Vail Cascade Resort & Spa)
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Location: United States > Colorado > Vail
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Ski-In / Ski-Out Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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#3 Top resorts Hotel in Vail
#4 Ski-In / Ski-Out Hotel in Vail
#6 Luxury Hotel in Vail
#7 Spa Hotel in Vail
#8 Business Hotel in Vail
#9 Family Hotel in Vail
#9 Romantic Hotel in Vail
Price Range: $293 - $1,593 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Talisa, Vail 4*
Number of rooms: 285
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Discover Hotel Talisa, Vail - Vail's newest luxury mountain getaway, reopening after a multimillion-dollar transformation. Our forested backyard at the base of Vail Mountain promises a one-of-a-kind respite of beauty and serenity balanced with inspired activity no matter the season, with the shops and restaurants of Vail a mere five minutes away. Hotel Talisa's 285 sophisticated new guest rooms and suites acknowledge your outdoor-centric activities with benches and gear storage, with amenities ranging from rainfall showers and soaking tubs for tired muscles. In our atmosphere of residential mountain luxury, you will discover the perfect home base for both adventure and escape. Luxuriously appointed bathrooms. Contemporary décor with indigenous inspiration. Refreshment centers stocked with local and international delicacies. Delightful turn down traditions that send you to sleep with a smile. The inspired décor of our guestrooms tie into the soul of Vail, exuding the spirit of outdoor adventurers, artisans and native tribes alike. Influenced by the best aspects of the Rockies and Alps, the Hotel Talisa will enchant you with culinary creations from around the world. Open all day, the new 3-meal restaurant is open breakfast through dinner, showcasing authentic flavors from the Colorado Rockies and the eight countries that touch the Alps, from Austria to Monaco. Our lounge offers a fireside setting for enjoying inventive après-ski food, drink, music, conversation and floor-to-ceiling mountain views. And our fresh market is a favorite stop for active guests who prefer quick serve and to-go gourmet foods and libations. Guests will delight in blissful and invigorating treatments at the new alpine spa within the hotel along with even more fitness and spa offerings at Aria Spa and Club adjacent to the hotel. And, as Vail's premiere skiing experience, our on-property chairlift provides for Vail's only true ski-in/ski-out luxury resort, with on-site rentals and ticket office, aided by a world-class ski concierge. Enjoy four seasons of outdoor adventures galore with mountain biking along Gore Creek, fishing, swimming, ice skating and more or simply lounging at one of the infinity pools or hot tubs and fire pit socializing. Private cars and complimentary shuttles are available exclusively for resort guests along with dedicated concierges eager to assist in planning your visit. Whether seeking tranquility, adventure or a blend of both - Hotel Talisa, Vail's newest luxury hotel and resort beckons year-round. ... more   less 
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