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Hotel Talisa, Vail
Ranked #12 of 30 Hotels in Vail
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Surprise, Arizona
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“Good, not great.”
Reviewed November 4, 2011

My husband and I found a really great deal online for this hotel. We kind of had an experience upon arrival that lowered our expectations. We drove past all these amazing resorts and, at the end of the line was one that looks a bit old and run down...that one was ours. Unfortunately I have a keen attention-to-detail, which makes me notice things that most people might otherwise miss (like mismatching pavers and cobblestone as well as cracks/broken concrete).

When we checked in, I was looking around while I listened to the customer service my husband was getting. Oh my. Little lack-luster to say the least. We were the only ones there and there were 3 people behind the counter and it took about a minute of us staring at them to get noticed. Everything around the check-in desk seemed aesthetically pleasing, but the chairs were all broken down and overly worn as was everything else in sight. It is what someone might call "Monet."

The room we got had a bit of a mid-evil dungeon-feel. It was averagely nice, but there were stains on the carpet that probably could have been cleaned with a shampooing...it was just never done. Made it a bit uncomfortable since I felt like I had to have shoes on at all times.

The building was definitely showing it's age as the plumbing was shotty. I will say, I was pleasantly surprised to find a small refrigerator in the room as well as a humidifier since my skin was falling off my face.

The location was fair...close to things (though not many were in open-season yet) but not close enough to walk. We did visit the Aria spa to get our first massages ever. I was able to get the one that was included in our package changed from a custom to a prenatal. The first part was great, but then came the second part when I had to lay on my back (something a pregnant lady is NOT supposed to do), I got very ill. Needless to say, the massage effects were gone before I had a chance to enjoy them. Also, when my husband left a tip, the girl overcharged us by $20, which was more of a frustration than anything.

Not sure I would return to this particular location, but it served the purpose needed at a fair price.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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Reviewed October 29, 2011

It was pricey for the quality of the rooms. It does have a beautiful backdrop, fireplaces, outdoor heated pools and all that. The resort's restaurant was excellent. Best tuna burger made with sashimi grade tuna that I've ever had!

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
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Carmel, IN
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Reviewed October 23, 2011

Quickly and to the point, we had a great time at the Vail Cascade on our recent weekend getaway. We were in Colorado looking at colleges for our youngest daughter and decided to treat ourselves to a little R & R after the college searching was complete. GOOD CHOICE!

Things that could've been better:
-TV didn't work the entire first night we were there. Wiring around plug was loose and got fixed the next morning.
-Soaps and shampoos within the rooms aren't exceptional in quality.
-Not crazy about paying $18 per day to park in a half empty lot!
-$15 resort fee is stupid! Just raise the price $15 per night and BE HONEST WITH PEOPLE ABOUT YOUR RATES!! Folks have no choice in paying the fee, so it's part of the basic, mandatory room charge, right?
-Tried to charge me $9 for a $6 dessert in dining room. Shame, shame, shame.

With these things being said, let me explain why I still have to give this resort a big thumbs-up for our stay:
-VERY comfortable rooms, with humidifiers, over-sized tubs, comfy sofas, and balconies in all rooms that either overlook a lovely courtyard or the beautiful mountains and Gore Creek!
-Robes, ceiling fans, in-room safes, mini-fridges, turndown service, double sinks and vanity mirrors upgrade the rooms considerably.
-STUNNINGLY FANTASTIC workout facility and spa. Literally takes your breath away with its size and scope. Full-size basketball court, squash, raquetball, pilates room, spinning room, indoor track (yes, I said indoor track), TONS of free weights, nautilus, precor, yoga classes, etc. Used as a training facility for professional skiers, and with good reason!!
-Locker rooms are huge with private lockers, plentiful showers with upgraded spa amenities, steam room, tv lounge, hot tub and lush features.
-Atwater is a fine place with a good buffet breakfast and superb supper service. Connected to it is a small library and small sports bar that hops at night.
-Shuttle service to downtown Vail Village every fifteen minutes!!
-Fire pits light up the deck every evening for cozy reading, romantic hot-tubbing, or just a place to snuggle up in private and relax with a glass of wine.
-Steps away from the Gore Creek nature trail that leads 1.5 miles to Vail village. GREAT place to take a walk!!

With just a few exceptions, I'd highly recommend this place and will look forward to another stay the next time I'm in the area!

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
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Navarre Beach, FL
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Reviewed October 23, 2011

Luxurious, relaxing, and an unbelievable view from our room. Several indoor & outdoor fireplaces. We stayed in early October, the heart of off-season. Several local businesses were closed, but still found plenty to do, deals on some restaurants, and didn't have to deal with crowds at all. It was our 10 year anniversary, and we had a fabulous couples' massage at the Aria Spa. This stay exceeded almost every expectation!

Room Tip: We had booked a Superior Room and received a complimentary upgrade to a "Deluxe Mountain Room&q...
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Brett S, General Manager at Hotel Talisa, Vail, responded to this review, November 3, 2011
Thank you for your review. You've discoved one of our secrects: that October can be one of the best months of the year! We're glad you've shared this with others, and hope to see you again soon.
Best,
Brett Schoenfield
General Manager
Vail Cascade Resort
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Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed October 21, 2011

We really loved our stay. It was a quick getaway and it was just what we needed, a relaxing stay! Friendly staff and serene setting, I would come again!

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Brett S, General Manager at Hotel Talisa, Vail, responded to this review, October 24, 2011
We are so glad you found your stay so relaxing. We think it's one of the benefits of being the furthest west base area of Vail--just a tiny bit away from the busyness of the villages.
Thanks again,
Brett Schoenfield
General Manager
Vail Cascade Resort
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Santa Rosa, California
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Reviewed October 16, 2011

My wife and I have stay at the Cascade 3 years now in what is actually off season....late Sept early Oct. I photograph as a hobby and the Aspens are at the very best in Vail. The walking path along the creek (Gore Creek) is just steps away. The view from the bar and restaurant is the best in Vail. This is a beautiful property and is affordable in off season. Jan thru March...fergitaboutit. Ask for a ground floor room that opens to the lawn area. That would be 91, 93, 95

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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VailInstructor, General Manager at Hotel Talisa, Vail, responded to this review, October 20, 2011
Congratulations! You've discovered a "local secret"--Fall is indeed a fantastic time to capture great pictures (and great deals). It's not uncommon to experience all four seasons during one stay, too, making autumn a truly special time. We are so pleased that you have fallen in love with your traditional visit with us!
Best,
Brett Schoenfield
General Manager
Vail Cascade Resort
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Taos, New Mexico
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Reviewed October 15, 2011

We stayed here for the wedding of a friend's daughter. The room was clean, comfortable and quiet. There were shuttle buses to and from the hotel to Vail or you can walk on the trail that goes past the hotel. We walked to fully enjoy the wonderful weather and views of turning leaves. The pool is gorgeous but a little too cool for us by late afternoon (although it is heated). The hot tub was great and more to our liking. We slept wonderfully. We would enjoy staying here again in the future.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Talisa, Vail
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
Hotel Style:
#3 Ski-In / Ski-Out Hotel in Vail
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Vail
#6 Luxury Hotel in Vail
#6 Spa Hotel in Vail
#8 Business Hotel in Vail
#9 Romantic Hotel in Vail
#9 Family Hotel in Vail
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
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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Vail Cascade Hotel Vail
Vail Cascade Resort And Spa
Cascade Resort

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