We came to Vail from Denver for a quick weekend getaway. The reception was well choreographed and elegant. The valet team was courteous and quick. On that subject, they will drive you anywhere in town in a plush Mercedes SUV on a moments notice.
I reserved a suite with a mountain view that overlooked the pool. The room was humongous. As nice as that may seem, the living room was actually such a big space it dwarfed the furnishings and the 42" TV seemed too small. Having a second bathroom was a nice touch.
Our room had two balconies with gorgeous views of Vail mountain. Early the first morning I looked forward to having a cup of the in-room espresso on the balcony with the newspaper and to soak up some mountain air. I went out to discover two disappointments. First, there was no furniture on either of my balconies even though I could see other rooms had some. Then as I stood there I realized the reggae music blaring up from the pool was so loud I wouldn't want to be out there anyway. Not relaxing. I did call down to ask them to turn it off (I thought they just forgot), and I think they did turn it down. But the music stayed on 24/7. We could not even leave our balcony doors open for fresh air with listening to Ziggy Marley. If we were at the Hard Rock Hotel for Spring Break, the music would have been a natural fit. Come on, Four Seasons, recognize your demographic.
I headed down to the fitness center and the place was very nice, plenty of new equipment and space. I will say the amenities were a bit sparse for the rates Four Seasons charges. I've stayed at Marriotts that have complimentary bottled water and a bowl of apples in the gym for guests. No luck here.
Later, we made our way to the pool to do some lounging. Our server, Shelby, was on top of her game. She was quick; remembered our names and our favorite drinks throughout the stay. We had lunch at the pool. The burger was great, the fries were hot and delicious. The poke tacos were not good. They appeared to have been assembled hours earlier. My first margarita was tasty, but too weak so I asked for an extra shot. The second margarita was way too tart and almost un-drinkable. They need to get a better bartender at the pool if they are going to charge $25 for a double marg.
The other minor foibles:
One morning all the coffee in the lobby was gone and it took 15 minutes for them to refill it.
Another time, I needed a bandaid and the front desk was all out. They had to call security to come bring one and that took ten minutes.
All in all, we had a great trip and a very nice stay. I would stay here again, but wouldn't pay all the extra dough for the suite.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At the gateway to Vail Village, Four Seasons Resort Vail presents a fresh interpretation of a grand alpine hotel. With 121 guestrooms, 19 Residence Club units and 16 Private Residences, the Resort features amazing mountain views, a signature restaurant, Flame, and full-service Spa with 13 treatment rooms. The heated pool, flanked by a fireplace, is open year-round. In winter, skiing is a breeze with the Four Seasons Ski Concierge at the base of the Vista Bahn chairlift. In summer, families discover dazzling outdoor enjoyment, with an abundance of activities including horseback riding, fly fishing, zip lining, rafting, biking and more. With the largest guestrooms in all of Vail Valley — each with a soaking tub and a stone fireplace — you may not want to leave the room! Yet the Resort is just steps away to Village nightlife, shopping, al fresco dining and the renowned Village "apres" lifestyle Vail is known for. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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