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“Great Hotel Surrounded by Beautiful Scenery”
Review of Hotel Talisa, Vail

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Hotel Talisa, Vail
Ranked #13 of 30 Hotels in Vail
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed August 23, 2013

This was my first time in Vail and the Vail Cascade only added to my fantastic visit. I chose the summertime (mid-August) for my visit to escape the heat and see the full beauty of Colorado during the summer.

From first approach, the beautiful green tree-lined hotel driveway with twinkling lights set the tone. The back of the resort leads to an infinity pool and hot tub all situated across from a flowing creek and stretches up into a magnificent looking mountain stretching high above and lined with tree after tree to its peak. During the evenings, gas fireplaces are lit to enjoy a moonlit evening by the pool or on the patio.

I've never been to a ski resort before, so I don't what "ski resort" is supposed to look like. The Vail Cascade had a lot of dark wood in the lobby and throughout. It had lots of plush leather chairs for seating. The grounds are meticulously maintained and flowers were blooming all around.

I spent extra for a nice mountain view in the room. It was very spacious, and the view was simply gorgeous looking out over the pool, creek and mountain. I don't put much weight into room decor, but I did like the addition of the comfortable leather reading chair and ottoman. The room had all the essentials, including a large desk next to the window. The bed was comfortable. The pieces in the room matched the dark wood of the lobby, and could use a little updating, though there was nothing wrong with anything in the room. I think they were going for rustic looking.

I always look for a full service hotel when I travel on vacation, so it was great to have an on-site spa (that was fantastic), on-site restaurant (delicious food), separate bar (tasty drinks) and pool-side service for food and drinks.

I'm not sure about the winter time, but the Vail Cascade was very family-oriented during the summer. If you are traveling alone and single, don't expect a high action nightlife or pool area. The pool area was active with families and pretty noisy. There are pool chairs up further away from the pool so you can distance yourself from all the activity. It did die down after lunch time.

While I didn't participate, the resort did offer a lot of excursions, activities, bike rentals, etc. There was a shuttle that also could take you into Vail Village.

This was just a fantastic trip and the Colorado summer temperatures made it even more enjoyable with temps going down into the 40s at night most nights I was there.

Vail Cascade met all my expectations, and then some. I would definitely stay there again if I were to return to Vail.

Room Tip: My room on the third floor (323) had an excellent view of the pool, creek and mountain. You do get...
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Russ C, General Manager at Hotel Talisa, Vail, responded to this reviewResponded September 10, 2013

Dear adallasguy1972,
Thank you for your comprehensive review. We, as well as other guests, greatly appreciate you taking the time to provide a detailed review of your stay. From what it sounds like, you took full advantage of your time in Vail. If you think summer is amazing, you should come back and check out winter! With our ski-in/ski-out location and ski concierge services, it’s hard to beat. Upon your next stay, I would ask that you contact me directly to ensure your next stay is nothing short of spectacular.
Russ Craney
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Vail Cascade Resort

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Reviewed August 22, 2013

Vail Cascade is a beautiful, relaxing resort and the staff went out of their way to make us feel at home and cater to our every need. My daughter and I stayed there in early August and one of our favorite memories was soaking in the hot top one night and then sitting by one of the crackling fires by the pool. The shuttle that takes hotel guests to Vail Village and Lionshead was a plus so we could avoid dealing with driving and parking. We would definitely stay at Vail Cascade again.

Room Tip: Our room was in the back overlooking the pool area and the creek. It was wonderful to sit out on ou...
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Russ C, General Manager at Hotel Talisa, Vail, responded to this reviewResponded September 10, 2013

Dear Beth,
Glad to hear you felt at home during your getaway in Vail. Time and time again, families love to stay with us – we take service seriously and strive to make a meaningful difference for every guest we have the privilege of meeting. If you do return to Vail soon, we would love the opportunity to have you as our guests again.
Russ Craney
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Vail Cascade Resort

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Reviewed August 21, 2013

We stayed at the Vail Cascade in mid August for a weekend getaway. They were running a 2 for 1 special on rooms which is what brought the room into our price range. The hotel is gorgeous - the lobby has the feel of an old ski chalet. Our room was spacious, had an excellent view over the creek, and we even turned on the fireplace to complete the ambiance. The room and hotel itself are clean, quiet, and comfortable. If you're looking for a bit of luxury in Vail, this hotel will more than meet your expectations!

Room Tip: Ask for the optional upgrade. We paid an extra $20 upfront when making the reservations so that if a...
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Katie J, General Manager at Hotel Talisa, Vail, responded to this reviewResponded September 10, 2013

Dear Melissa,
Thank you for your review! We’re pleased to hear we exceeded your expectations. With the changing of the season, we’d love to see you again before the snow falls.
Russ Craney
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Vail Cascade Resort

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Reviewed August 21, 2013

This hotel is wonderful and the pool area is amazing!! Every weekend night, they offer smores and movies that play at the pool for children. Great, relaxing stay!

We also appreciated the free shuttle into Vail and Lionshead Villages. This was helpful as to avoid driving.

Room Tip: A room along the courtyard can be loud as other guests are returning from late nights out in Vail Vi...
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Russ C, General Manager at Hotel Talisa, Vail, responded to this reviewResponded September 10, 2013

Dear Kayla,
Thank you for choosing Vail Cascade your August vacation. Vail is conveniently located to Denver and is a great place to rest, relax and renew. We’re thrilled to hear you had a great time and that you enjoyed the pool, kids’ activities and shuttle service. Fall is in the air, which means winter is coming soon! Hope to see you again.
Russ Craney
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Vail Cascade Resort

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Reviewed August 19, 2013

I was greeted with sincere warmth and quickly checked in to a beautiful suite. The room was over sized and had a nice work area and separate sitting area and couch. Fireplace was nice. Really nice pool area and hot tub with great architectural fire features. Nice deck and patio areas. Fun bar. Gaby is a star! Great staff!

Room Tip: Gore Creek mountain view was spectacular.
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Russ C, General Manager at Hotel Talisa, Vail, responded to this reviewResponded August 20, 2013

Dear Jahmok,
Thank you for choosing Vail Cascade for your recent stay and for your 5-star review on TripAdvisor! We truly love this time of year and enjoy sharing the Colorado we love with our guests. We’re anxiously awaiting to celebrate winter and our annual Cascade Christmas that boasts family activities, games, performances and a special visit from Santa.

If you do return to Vail, we would like to opportunity to welcome you back and I encourage you to call me directly if I can make your next visit more enjoyable.
Russ Craney
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Vail Cascade Resort

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Reviewed August 18, 2013

Would recommend this cozy place to anyone, fireplace and all! The service is superior, all employees were always smiling and gracious, nothing was too hard for them. Very professional yet still homey- that's an unusual combination. I felt like i was coming home after each day spent on outdoor adventures. Free parking! Beautifully lit gardens at night. Greenery well-tended too. i could go on and on... Just go and see it for yourself!

Room Tip: There are some rooms with better views but honestly, the best of the view is to be enjoyed from outd...
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
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Russ C, General Manager at Hotel Talisa, Vail, responded to this reviewResponded August 20, 2013

Dear BananasFromBrooklyn
Thank you for your recent visit and your review on TripAdvisor. Our staff strives to provide service from the heart so we appreciate the recognition. We’re thrilled to be referred your ‘home away from home’ and would love the opportunity to have you again.
Russ Craney
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Vail Cascade Resort

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Reviewed August 17, 2013

Got a great deal on a room (only $99) so my husband and I stayed for a night; it was a very good stay! The staff was exceptionally nice, everyone was friendly and helpful, we have to give them 5 stars based on that alone. Our thanks to them for making our stay special.

Our room faced the creek, it was lovely; everything was clean, bathroom was large, the bath products were great. Loved the light bedspread, versus the ones you usually get in hotel rooms (that are always bulky and when you take them off the bed to sleep, there's no where to put them). I even found a pillow that I liked, which is rare for me. Furnishings were tasteful, robes were heavy duty, and towels were fluffy (not hard and scratchy). Room seemed large, because of a step down area with a high ceiling, it was nice to have space. The doors opened up to a patio table and chairs that faced the creek, we enjoyed sitting out, and I was able to check out the stars at night. My only complaint was a very soft mattress (which many people might like). We both agreed we'd stay at this hotel again, and that doesn't happen often.

We loved the entire hotel, it had the feeling of an older Colorado lodge, but clean and in excellent condition, it is kept up well. My husband was thrilled to find they had gopro camera accessories in the girft shop, at the same price as the gopro website (he was expecting the resort markup). We thought the breakfast buffet was quite the step up from the usual buffet; he's vegetarian, and there was a huge selection of healthy food to choose from. And the bad for you croissants were really, really good too! We used the hot tub which was clean and fun, and walked the path along the river. I would definitely recommend staying here in summer, and will consider returning for ski season.

Room Tip: Everyone is right, get a room near the creek, it makes you feel like you're away from the town
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Russ C, General Manager at Hotel Talisa, Vail, responded to this reviewResponded August 20, 2013

Dear ColoradoPetLover,
Thank you for sharing your Vail Cascade experience! We take great pride in the service we offer and are thrilled to hear you enjoyed our amenities, our access to biking trails and the views. Hope to see you again soon (or for the ski season).

Sincerely,
Russ Craney
Assistant General Manager
Vail Cascade Resort

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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 Romantic Hotel in Vail
#9 Family Hotel in Vail
Price Range: $269 - $1,437 (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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