This was a cute hotel in the middle of Vail Village. We stayed there (two couples, two rooms) for two nights in August. The hotel looked like a little slice of Austria. The lobby, the building, everything made us feel as if we were in Europe (and since three of us are European, that means a lot), except the rooms were a lot larger than European hotel rooms! :)
The hotel rooms have hard wired internet access (so you need an Ethernet card), bring your own laptop. In the lobby there is a computer you can use if you didn't bring your own.
Free buffet breakfast is offered. It is also European style, so that means, pastries (croissants, danishes, etc), bagels with a few spreads (yes cream cheese too), a few sandwich meats (turkey, salami, ham), fruit, cereal, tea, coffee, juice. Breakfast was great!
Service at the hotel was very friendly. The hotel is attached to a restaurant (Pepis) where you can charge the food to your room. At night they have a singer (a very funny singer); he is worth checking out, having a drink and watching.
If you don't want to eat at Pepis, there are many wonderful restaurants around town. My personal fav was La Bottega ($$$). It was Yummy! Leave room for dessert. Also the chili at the Red Lion is to die for.
If you will be in Vail in the summer I have a few suggestions.
Rent a boat in Frisco (15 min drive). It's a wonderful lake and the boat rentals were pretty reasonable. ($110 for two hours, seats 6)
Hike anywhere and everywhere. I loved the berrypicker trail it's a moderate trail with a really good climb up, and a lovely climb down.
Rent ATV's from Nova Guides. Ask for Jeremy, he was the best guide ever! He also does snowmobiles. We are going back in February to take his tour.
Play paintball (again with Nova Guides). Make sure you call in advance so other people are playing at the same time. The more the better.
Take the Vail Pass bike ride. It is such an easy ride you can bring your kids. The whole thing is pretty much down hill and it was so much fun and absolutely gorgeous.
On Thursday, Friday or Saturday go up the Adventure Ridge Gondola (in Lionshead) after 5 PM. It's free (at least it is in the summer). On top of the mountain you can have drinks to a live band, eat the cheapest food you will find in Vail ($3.00 cheeseburgers outside on the deck) and play laser tag. I think it's open till 9 or 10 PM.
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