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Lion Square Lodge
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Reviewed February 3, 2013

My husband and I have stayed here twice and love it! It's RIGHT next to the gondola at Lionshead. The rooms are nicer than many we've stayed in at ski resorts. The staff is very friendly and helpful. Beds are very comfortable. This place is great!

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Jackie C
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Reviewed February 2, 2013

**I rate this hotel 4.5 stars**

I recently stayed at the Lion Square Lodge for 13 nights with 12 other family members in mid/late January.

LOCATION
Steps away from many shops and restaurants, the hotel is located in Lionshead Village and is a 15 second walk to the Eagle Bahn Gondola and Ski Ticket/School office. It is also a 3 minute walk to the bus stop where you can catch a free shuttle bus to Vail Village (operates every 10 minutes) and to the Safeway supermarket and City Market (less frequent).

THE HOTEL AND AMENITIES
The hotel is made up of the North and South Building, which is currently undergoing renovations and construction work. We stayed in the South Building. In the lobby is a fireplace, an area to make tea/coffee, apple cider and hot chocolate, and several couches.

The hotel has a restaurant, hot tub and pool. The hotel provides complimentary biscuits, muesli bars and cookies, which are a much-welcomed treat, especially after a long day of skiing. Every Tuesday afternoon, there is wine and cheese, which is a nice event to mingle with the other guests and staff. Wi-fi and printing services are complimentary. Ski storage is available at the front of the hotel. The hotel also provides a complimentary shuttle service to the Safeway supermarket.

STAFF
The front desk staff, ski valets and concierge are very helpful, friendly and professional, particularly Simeon (ski valet) who helped store my skis and carry my family’s many pieces of baggage (I think it was around 23?). I also thank Clay (front desk) for his understanding and assistance with an issue I experienced early in my stay (see below). Julie (concierge) was very helpful in booking and obtaining a discount for a private shuttle to Beaver Creek, confirming my flights and advising me of good places to eat at.

ROOMS
Amongst the 13 of us, we booked 3 Lodge Rooms. Although we paid the same amount for each room, each room had different furnishings, décor, layout and amenities because rooms are individually owned. Much to our annoyance, we were only informed of this at the hotel. Such information was not furnished to us at the time of booking with the Australian travel agent, Travelplan.

One of the rooms was so insufficiently lit that it was difficult to pour tea/coffee without the risk of burning oneself (and this was after we had an extra lamp brought to the room). Compared to the other 2 rooms, this room was old and cramped. We were unsatisfied with the inconsistent standard, particularly the insufficient lighting which made the room unfit for safe residence. After raising this with Clay (front desk) on several occasions, the problematic room was upgraded to a 1 bedroom/1 bedroom loft, which was amply lit and had nice furnishings. The loft was much brighter and very spacious. There was a stove, large fridge, dishwasher, living area, dressing area and 2 balconies, one of them facing the mountain.

The other 2 rooms were slightly small and old but aside from that, they were nicely furnished, very clean and one of them had a balcony facing the village. Housekeeping replenished the toiletries (Aveda bath products) daily. The beds were comfortable and each room comes with a complimentary bottle of wine and snacks.

THE BOTTOM LINE
Despite the initial hiccup, we had a very enjoyable stay. The location is hard to beat and the service is excellent. We have only been home for less than a day, but already we are considering visiting Vail again in the 2013/14 season and Lion Square Lodge is at the top of our list of possible accommodations.

Room Tip: At the time of booking, book a room that faces the mountain.
  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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3  Thank EugeneChan
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Reviewed January 26, 2013

Perfect location next to the gondola. Really, couldn't be any closer. Stayed here for 22 nights in 1bed+loft with 2 kids. Beds were heavenly- the kids got a queen sized bed each in the loft! Even though the snow wasn't great, we had a fantastic holiday due to the staff, location and amenities at Lion Square Lodge.The front desk staff, ski valet, bell and concierge to the ski shop downstairs were amazing- friendly, happy, helpful. After skiing, fresh cookies and hot chocolate and cider await. However, there's free coffee, hot chocolate, cider and snacks available 24hrs in the lobby. They also give you a lift to the grocery store or anywhere when not busy. We'd definitely stay here again.

Room Tip: South bldg or East (when completed) for true ski in/ski out
  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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2  Thank MayLSyd
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Reviewed January 24, 2013

Excellent position at the bottom of the slopes, great views, outdoor pool overlooking the mountains... What more could you ask for? Well, maybe friendly staff, a great restaurant on site and the best of service? You GOT IT!!!
If you're in town for a great vacation this is the place to stay at!!!

Room Tip: Ask for a mountain view
  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 7, 2013

We had a great stay this past week in Vail. Lion Square Lodge is not as fancy as some of the other resorts but the location is fantastic and the service is great. My son had a bad stomach flu and one of the drivers, Simeon, drove him right to the ER. Everyone was very accomodating. My only criticism is that breakfast is understaffed so we had to go elsewhere to eat because the service is very slow.
Otherwise, I would recommend Lion Square without reservation and hope to come back soon.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank azpNewYorkCity
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