This was our February school vacation and traveled with my husband and 2 kids, ages, 13 and 9.
The Lions Square Lodge is a true ski in ski out, right next to the gondola and the born free quad chair lift. The ski valets were there every day to get our ski's and take our skis. The hotel offered 24/7 free coffee, hot coco, apple cider,cookies, granola bars and fresh fruit. The staff was polite and friendly and knowledgeable about the mountain and where to ski. Harvey was our concierge and again very knowledgeable of the surroundings of the Lions Head Village and Vail Village.
*The hotel room was a standard room with 2 double beds. Very comfortable, new bedding. We had a refrigerator, flat screen tv, table 2 chairs, reading lamps over the beds alongside a nightstand lamp. A patio with 2 chairs and a table and our room was #162 and we had a mountain view and we were on the bottom floor. We had great housekeeping service, plenty of towels and Aveda toiletries to boot. They provided humidifiers, wall safe, Robes to go to the pool with and robes for kids upon request. The room didn't lack for anything!
The first floor was the access to the mens/women's changing rooms that got you to the hot tubs and the swimming pool.
Changing rooms had a bathroom, shower, mirror and counter, sink and blow dryers, plenty of hooks and towels. Rather nice. Also they provide big plastic cups for your beverages as glass is not allowed in the pool area.
Vending machines water/snacks are also on the first floor along with 3 computer cabinets which were free. Just obtain the key for the front desk.
Great service, nice lobby, not huge but 3 big couches with a fire place, a table and 4 chairs and a door off the area that leads to outside overlooking the mountain with chairs outside, very nice.
In Lions Head Village, its pedestrian, no cars and there is a free shuttle bus that drives you into Vail Village. You stop at the Library, Medical Center then the village. It's a 12 min walk if you don't want to wait for the bus. We walked one night.
Vail Village too is pedestrian too. Shops and restaurants just like Lions Head Village.
Restaurants: Lions Head:
Montauk Seafood Grill-Excellent seafood, quality and service. Great Margarita Martini's.
*Mezzaluna: Only ate there the day we arrived. Great tasting burgers, good service and the view of the mountain from the restaurant. Didn't eat dinner there but avoid for breakfast, took 40 mins for 4 orders of french toast. We left, it took too long and I think the chef or the waitress fell asleep. Lunch is good if your not in a hurry, but avoid breakfast unless you have the time.
*Marriott Hotel: Buffet Breakfast, typical but great and try their signature french toast, its a must drizzled with raspberry and creme freche'. Well worth the price and the only breakfast true breakfast place around.
*Garfinkels: Great Apres ski, big beer assortment and the Nacho's were huge and flavorful. Overlooks the mountain right in front of the Gondola and the Born Free Chair lift. It was always packed. They had heaters outside too.
*Flying Burrito: Ate breakfast there, eggs, bagles and breakfast burrito's, cereal, muffins. Friendly staff, plenty of places to sit. Hit the place after skiing for a margarita (very good) and tortilla chips and a salsa assortment (5). The pineapple salsa very good, but hot!
Vail Village: Alpenrose, awesome, very expensive, but worth it. The food, service, quality, superb. It's a German Restaurant, great wiener schnitzel and the duck looked awesome.
Ore House: Steak house, but again good food, service and quality. Known for steaks, but the Ribs were to die for! Get a loaded potatoe, just awesome.
Los Amigos: Stay clear of the margarita's. Probably the worse one I've ever had. All sour mix and couldn't even taste the tequilla.
The Creperie: Awesome crepes made right in front of you. Sweet or savory, huge and tasty crepe's. They also had a lot of gelato to pick from. The white chocolate mint and cupcake were very good.
Campo Di Fiori: Awesome Italian food. No chicken parm on this menu. But tons to choose from, great service, quality and flavorful food. A bit loud, but a lot of fun. Huge high ceilings, and the kitchen is open to the restaurant which is rather nice.
In Lions Head Village there is a liquor store and a general store. Liquor stores are closed on Sunday FYI.
There is a new skating rink too, you can rent and skate. We found it mostly closed the whole week we were there.
Sharpen your ski's for $5 while you wait next to Garfinkels.
They do have a Starbucks too and plenty of T shirt shops.
There is a French Deli'- the sandwiches looked awesome and they do bagel sandwiches for breakfast too.
The Mountain: The best place to eat on the mountain, 2Elks Lodge, huge, plenty of seating and they people that work there greet you with tissues on the way in. Food is excellent. Try the pizza, the best I've ever had, nice crust. The Buffalo chilli was excellent. Great cookies too.
Overall a fantastic trip. I'd go back in a heartbeat and to the same hotel too. It really should be a 4 star, but it has everything there that you need especially if your not in your room.
If you decide to dogsled, book 2-3 months out. We used Mountain Mushers and that's all they do, no snow mobiling etc. strictly dogs and they were great and have been in the business for 20 years. It's family run. They let my 9 year old mush 1/3 of the way back, lot of fun.
Good Luck-Great Trip!
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