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“Always an annual stop on our travel agenda”
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Sonnenalp
Ranked #1 of 30 Hotels in Vail
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed January 1, 2009

This hotel is literally home away from home and a gem in Vail Village. It is possibly the most accomodating hotel in which I have ever had the priviledge to stay and certainly the best experience in the Colorado mountains. The hotel offers many convienences for travelers and the staff is more than willing to go above and beyond to make your stay special and memorable.

Checking in was easy and our room was very spacious with a small siting area and a very cozy bed. The bathrooms are large and up to date with a walk-in shower and whirlpool tub. The property has two restaurants (a little pricey for breakfast) and a pub-style bar in the lobby area. Music was available each night in the lounge which is equiped with many comfortable chairs and sofas. Should you feel like venturing off the property in the evening, there are many restaurants and bars within walking distance from the hotel.

The library offers a place to play a game of checkers or sit and enjoy a hot tea and book. The workout facilities are very nice with multiple cardio machines and a small weight section. The spa is WONDERFUL and has an indoor/outdoor heated pool. Spa staff are very professional and offer a number of servies. Very refreshing after a day on the slopes. The slopes are extremely close via a short walk or ride on the Vail bus system if you are in ski gear. The hotel offers ski/boot storage on site.

Another plus, the hotel is pet friendly and offered our two labradors five star treatment as well. Staff were willing to pet sit and provide walks during the day upon request. We always made it back, but it was nice to know that was an option should we like to have them take care of them. I know hearing "pet friendly" may offer a different image of this beautiful hotel, but it is truly nice/clean and you would never know that other pets are even on the premises.

The location is situated right off the highway in Vail Village. If you fly into Denver International, the hotel is an easy drive up the mountain or use a driving service if you are not accustomed to mountian driving, like me. I used a company called Hommes James which was a great service! Very easy to use. Otherwise, there is also a smaller airport in Vail but prices are usually a little higher to fly into that airport.

We love the Sonnenalp and hope to return again for our third year in a row.

  • Stayed: December 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 12, 2008

We spent our honeymoon at the greatest hotel ever. I picked this place from Leading Hotels of the World book. The service is second to none- they truly care about details and making your stay great. We got a room upgrade due to some painting on another floor- the bathrooms are incredible. I cannot think of one thing I would want different for our stay. Highly recommend the Bully Ranch for Lunch- great food!!. Make sure to book things with Victor- he knew everything and would never hesitate to help plan an adventure. We went in off season and got to enjoy the wonderful dining of Vail at local deals. OVerall- great stay and a great honeymoon- now we have to try Sonnenalp of Austria!

Stayed: November 2007
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Reviewed October 20, 2008

Vail has a myriad of condo accomodations, but the Sonnenalp is a full service hotel resort spa which is among the very best. Following a year long renovation in 2006, this hotel located in the heart of Vail, has become our clear favorite. The staft goes overboard to insure your every need is taken care of, the hotel is lovely and spotlessly shining clean. Rooms are wonderful with gas fireplaces, flat screens, and down comforters. We were upgraded to a lovely and spacious suite, which would have nicely accomodated four, as there was an extra powderroom, in addition to the luxurious master bath; complete with large soaking tub, private wc, and all sparkling marble features.Very much an old world experience in Vail. Breakfast was included in our package and involved a fabulous buffet served in a glass conservatory with mountain views all around. The exercise, spa, pool areas were spotless, and totally up to date. We stayed for one night and regretted not being able to extend for several. It was one of the best short vacations ever. The onsite restaurants were very good, and the Swiss Chalet restaurant is a Vail tradition.

  • Stayed: October 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 8, 2008

We stayed at the Sonnenalp in March for our 1st wedding anniversary and loved it.

The rooms are stunning with enormous bathrooms. We loved the fire in the room and the beds were wonderfully comfortable and it was hard work to drag ourselves out to go skiing.

Breakfast was excellent although if you choose the wrong time there could be a wait. Doreathea had everything under control though and after a few days knew your name and room number.

The spa is fantastic - we had a few treatments but also fully used the hot tub and also the big open fire was amazing to just chill around at the end of a hard days skiing with a book and a drink.

We look forward to going back here soon.

  • Stayed: March 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 24, 2008

We loved the Sonnenalp. It is a classy hotel and deserves the accolades it receives. My husband, toddler daughter and I recently stayed there and loved it so much we extended our stay. The breakfast is awesome and they have live entertainment every night. The rooms are immaculate and beautifully decorated. one thing i did not like is the over use of deer horns around the place. Not really the theme they shoud be going for.

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 21, 2008

We had a wonderful stay at Sonnenalp. The staff was wonderful and the breakfast was the best I have ever had.

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 26, 2008

My wife and I(and 2.5 year old beagle) stayed at the Sonnenalp Resort last week for one night . It was a wonderful experience to say the least, but for too short. One night is not enough by any means. From the moment we arrived to the moment we left, the resort begged to please.
We stayed in a pet friendly room located on the main level of the hotel. Even though our room was located a few feet away from the spa and the pool, the room was very quiet and private. The Juniper room decor was very nice with a beautiful view of the pool area.
The linens are top notch. Frette linens are never in short supply. The household logo embroidered on the bathroom towels is another added classy touch by the Sonnenalp. The bathroom floor supposedly has radiant heat too. A great feature for cold winter days.
Since our time was limited at the resort we wanted to make the best of the stay. I signed up for a Ion Spa foot bath/massage. It was such a wonderful service. The staff at the spa really go out of their way to make the guest happy. The pool area was the big surprise of our stay. My expectations were surpassed without doubt. The pool area is beautiful. Bar none. I'm not going to spoil it for future guests. Let it be a surprise. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
The Sonnenalp provides courtesy transportation for its guests. I'm not sure of the range/distance, but the bellmen will certainly drive you anywhere in the vail village-in complete style. Lexus is the official sponsor of the Sonnenalp and Lexus is how you will travel as a guest.
We had dinner at the Bully Ranch, one of many restaurants on site. The Bully Ranch is pet friendly that offers indoor and outdoor seating. The outdoor dining atmosphere was very enjoyable. Sitting amongst the pine trees and inhaling fresh mountain air isn't too shabby. The food was very good. My wife and I shared a salad and fajitas. I was really surprised by how tasty the fajitas were. I did ask about the famous doggie menu. The staff was kinda short about it when asked. I was really looking forward to ordering from the doggie menu for our pooch, nonetheless, it is no longer. Supposedly, the restaurant has a new food and beverage manager, whom canceled the menu. Oh well.
We did order room service for breakfast. The food did arrive about 10-15 minutes late. We wouldn't really cared except for the fact that we were driving about 500 miles to our next stop and we needed to leave very soon. All in all, the food was very good. We ordered to famed hot chocolate, which was a true blessing. It was so rich and smooth. The best I ever had. I gave up on the mediocre coffee very quickly. The Belgian waffle and, french toast was delicious. It was an expensive breakfast(about 80 dollars with service charge($12) and tax). The only other issues with the meal(this is Tripadvisor) was the missing half&half for the coffee and the extra $6 juice we didn't order. The kicker was the seating issue. We had nowhere to sit, except for the floor and the bed. Our room didn't have a desk nor did the breakfast arrive on a mobile table cart. Oh well.

  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled as a couple
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Address: 20 Vail Road, Vail, CO 81657-5010
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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) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Vail
#1 Luxury Hotel in Vail
#1 Spa Hotel in Vail
#3 Business Hotel in Vail
#6 Romantic Hotel in Vail
#7 Family Hotel in Vail
Price Range: $362 - $1,138 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Sonnenalp 5*
Number of rooms: 127
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sonnenalp is a unique hotel in Vail, Colorado renowned for personal service and genuine, family-run hospitality. Enjoy world-class amenities and conveniences in the heart of Vail Village. ... more   less 
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