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“Amazing weekend at the Vail Cascade Resort!!!”
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Hotel Talisa, Vail
Ranked #11 of 31 Hotels in Vail
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Reviewed July 10, 2009

We spent 4th of July weekend at the Vail Cascade Resort. Great hotel for adults and kids! Our room was very clean and comfortable. So nice to open up the balcony doors and listen to the Gore Creek below. We had drinks and appetizers at Fireside Bar and had the best nachos ever! Also ate breakfast and dinner twice at Atwater. The food was truly exceptional. The breakfast buffet featured fresh mango smoothies and homemade granola. My recommendation for dinner would be the blue crab cakes and the rigatoni (amazing)! The kids had a great time at the pool and also there is an awesome play ground, just a short walk along the creek, from the hotel. I was able to take a yoga class at the Aria Spa and Fitness Center. The instructor was amazing- great class and facility. I used the daycare at the club while at my yoga class. The babysitter was really great with the kids and I found out she was also a teacher. I was very comfortable leaving my children there. They were in a large, clean room with a lot of activities to keep them busy. I stumbled upon a huge sale going on at the club with great yoga/fitness clothes like 50 and 75% off! I didn't have a chance to do a spa treatment but did take a look and it is a beautiful spa. We took the gondola up the mountain and the kids had a ball doing the dinosaur dig. Nice because the hotel provides free shuttle service to and from Lions Head and Vail Village. It was nice not to have to drive the entire weekend. They also have bike rentals on property so we will definitely do that next time we are there. I would highly recommend this hotel!

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 16, 2009

I saw the reviews before booking, but took the chance because of the location. I couldn't have been happier. The rooms were very nice and comfortable. The hotel was beautiful. The fitness center was great. The staff was helpful and friendly. The location is fantastic. You have your own lift right outside the ski concierge. It didn't hurt getting three feet of snow for the week either. It is in a quiet location, but its easy to drive or take the hotel shuttle to Vail village.

  • Stayed: April 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 6, 2009

This was our first time traveling to Vail so we knew absolutely nothing about the location or the type of hotel this was. We were looking for a ski-in/out location with amenities such as Spa and health club, parking garage, shuttle service, ski/snowboard rentals and storage on premesis. Vail Cascade fit the bill perfectly. As we looked for affordable rooms we came across a special that the hotel was running on Condos that are part of the property. By sharing a 3 bedroom Condo with a Garage, we eneded up paying about the same in total as we would have if crammed ourselves into a hotel room accomodating four. But, by sharing the condo with our friends (a family of 3) we were able to enjoy a very large 2 story condo with a gorgeous view of the mountains. We had a large full kitchen and dining room, a fireplace in the spacious living room, 2 full bathrooms, a powder room, a washing machine and dryer plus lots of closet space. It made us feel like we had a home in Vail and yet we had full service of a five-star hotel. We had maid service daily. Our car was parked in our own garage. We used the Spa and Healthclub. My wife even had Tennis lessons in the indoor Tennis club on premisis.
We received a 20% discount on our Dinner at the hotel's terrific restaurant. Service throughout our stay was excellent. Always friendly. Never pretentious. Ski concierge, rental and storage were extremely convenient, had plenty of great equipment. always ready to accomodate. The lift to the mountains was right outside the rental/storage. So was the ticketing booth for lift tickets. The shuttle always stopped to let us off right by the storage facility if we did not feel like skiing back down to the resort.
Overall, our vail vacation was one for the memories, but staying at the Cascade condo made the entire experience just that much more enjoyable.
We definitely want to return to Vail Cascade.

  • Stayed: April 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 6, 2009

I'm not sure which hotel some reviewers on this site stayed at, but I can't fault the hotel and all the staff for levels of service, friendliness and helpfulness throughout our 10 day stay. We booked this hotel for a very special occasion, and the hotel not only accommodated but far exceeded a request for additional amenities.
The deluxe double room with mountain view was comfortable and well appointed, with a lovely view. It was quite a distance from the main foyer, but this meant a quiet location (apart from noisy weekend guests to an adjacent room in the early hours of the morning). Perhaps the hotel could publish advice in the rooms/on arrival regarding late night noise levels. There was a huge TV also for those times we were too exhausted from being out on the huge ski area, to do anything else.
Breakfasts at the Attwater on Gore Creek restaurant were beyond splendid whether you just wanted simple fruit through cheeses, meats, pasties and full blown cooked. The restaurant also has lovely food on offer for lunch and dinners. Try out the bar of an evening - the barman makes a mean vodka martini. OK, so the prices of all the meals are not cheap, but then if you're going to Vail, then you're not looking at a low cost holiday anyway. With the dollar/pound exchange rate not being in our favour everything seemed pricey. If you're new to holidaying in the US, don't forget that a tax has to be added to the bill and anything from 15-20% gratuity on top of that., making it very easy to spend quite a lot. The cafe is Starbucks, so that isn't exactly cheap either, but the staff there were also very friendly and helpful. The hotel didn't seem to mind other guests ordering in pizzas and eating their own food in the lounge off the foyer area, so there are cheaper ways of eating. We just wanted to have the whole experience. The free shuttle bus between the hotel and both Lionshead and Vail Village was very good and thus enable anyone to have a very wide choice of eateries and shopping.
The location is truly ski out and nearly ski in if you can make the herring bone walk for the last 15 metres. The ski concierge service is great - skis carried to the door and boots dried and warmed overnight - bliss for someone who has 30 years experience of cold numb toes whilst skiing. The chair lift could do with foot bars, but the ride is not too long so this is tolerable.
For apres ski, apart from the bar and comfortable lounge, the outside patio with gas fires, pool and hot tub were lovely (athough the pool temperature was too cool for my liking). Towels are indeed provided, but difficult to find as a new guest, and I didn't everyfind the changing facilities - most guests came down ready changed in a hotel robe. i didn't make use of the fitness centre or spa, so can't comment on them - the prices of spa treatment seemed extraordinarily high compared to the UK, so I didn't even consider going there.
I would recommend this hotel to anyone - except those looking for a budget holiday. I don't usually 'do' big hotels, but would happily go back again.

  • Stayed: March 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 23, 2009

I found this hotel to be very nice. My room was large, attractive, well-appointed and well-maintained. It may have been renovated recently; I was not sure how old the property is. In any event, it was very nice. The property was not too huge, yet large enough to have a number of facilities that inns and really small properties don't have such as lobby bar with music, a coffee facility, and a restaurant. It has a first-class gym and exercise facility.

Staff was helpful and first-rate.

Location advertised "at the base of the lift" can be a little misleading. You are located on the western edge of the Vail Resort complex and you can't actually ski down the lift line to the base of the lift, but rather take a cat-trail along the side, cross a river, and then hike up a bit to the lift base at the resort. You can miss the turn if you aren't careful. And the hotel is not a place from which you can actually sit and watch skiers come down the mountain. They are all hidden from view.

Oh, and get really good and specific directions to the hotel if you are driving. Vail's roundabouts and roads taking off of them can be confusing.

These drawbacks are small. This is a first-class resort with good access to the mountain for skiing.

  • Stayed: January 2009, traveled on business
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Reviewed March 20, 2009

Not too impressed. The Bad: Rooms were dated (even the "new" wing). Spa necessitated a 10 minute walk. The Good: Ski shop downstairs was convenient. Snack shop had a nice assortment of gourmet items. Restaurant was okay (breakfast was a winner). Good bar drinks. Overall, would recommend for non-romantic getaway. Oh, I almost forgot, during our (short) stay, all 3 hot tubs were not working - a big disappointment after a full day on the mountain.

  • Stayed: January 2009, traveled on business
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Reviewed March 17, 2009

My husband and I went to Vail for spring break. Normally we stay further down the road at Dillon aor Keystone, but we got a good deal on this hotel thru Priceline so we decided to chance it.
We got there late and upon check in were given a free upgrade to a deluxe room - literally right across the hall from the ski concierge and with a balcony that overlooked the ski lift and the mountain. The room was incredibly clean, well maintained, and a pretty good size for a standard hotel room.

Pros - Ski in, Ski out, literally the lift is 10 feet from the ski concierge
- It's a bit out from Vail Village and Lionshead, but the free shuttle service is very punctual and convienent
- Great Customer Service, I am not a "big spender" like alot of the folks I saw around the hotel, but I was never made to feel uncomfortable
Cons - Parking does cost, but it's cheaper than parking intown for the day, so it was fine with us
- The only lowlight was the bathroom. The tile and caulking around the tub was showing quite a bit of mold and the water pressure was pretty much non-existent.
- Not alot of channels on the TV, but who comes to Vail to sit around and watch TV, right?

Overall a great experience and we are already looking to coming back nxt year ( I will book with Priceilne again).

  • Stayed: March 2009, 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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#2 Top resorts Hotel in Vail
#4 Ski-In / Ski-Out Hotel in Vail
#5 Luxury Hotel in Vail
#6 Spa Hotel in Vail
#8 Business Hotel in Vail
#9 Family Hotel in Vail
#9 Romantic Hotel in Vail
Price Range: $332 - $1,221 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Hotel Talisa, Vail 5*
Number of rooms: 285
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Talisa, Vail’s newest luxury hotel, following a $60M + renovation, offers the epitome of elevation with 285 new guestrooms and suites with sophisticated décor, luxuriously appointed bathrooms and delightful turn down traditions – the perfect home base for year-round adventure and escape. Savor enchanting global culinary creations and breathtaking views within, Gessner, the new restaurant and lounge, an inventive après scene, blissful spa treatments, a premiere skiing offering including an on-property ski lift, ski concierge, rentals and ticket office, and experiences for all ages inspired by our beloved mountainside setting and culture. All just a mere 5-minute drive from Vail Village. ... more   less 
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