We were looking for a nice room for a 5 night visit to Vail for a January ski trip, our first to Vail. We choose the Racquet Club because it was the highest rated and "lowest' price" place (if there is such a thing in Vail) on TripAdvisor's top ten list for Vail.
Our visit started off poorly, with a later then planned arrival to Vail, due to a snowstorm which had us ultimately arriving at the Vail/Eagle airport, and getting a rental car just before 10pm on a Sunday night, driving in the same snowstorm. I should mention that the rental car lady at the Vail airport took pity on us and upgraded us to a better SUV to drive in the storm with, which really helped us out - we encountered a lot of friendly service in the Vail area during our entire week.
We had dumbly forgot to print out directions to the Racquet Club to bring with us, and we soon realized that finding the property was going to be near impossible due to the conditions, the time of night (everything we saw looked closed), and the fact that Vail was a whole lot bigger then it looked on the website maps (duh!), so we called the front desk from our cell phone to get directions, and luckily for us, talked to the front desk clerk just before he closed up for the night - because this is not a hotel, but basically a health club type front desk, he told us he was closing up, and our keys would be in a lockbox outside the office, and gave us directions from I-70. I'll spare the details of how lucky we were to eventually stumble on the place, as the combination of his not-too-great directions (you could tell he just wanted to go home), and the confounded 'roundabouts' in the roads all around Vail that we had to deal with all week (whoever designed these things should be condemmed in hell to driving around them endlessly) made it a real challenge.
We did find the office by the grace of the snow Gods, and found our 1 bedroom unit. It was on the 2nd floor of a 3 story unit, was nicely decorated, and did have everything advertised that it would. Here's the short list of the good and bad features:
- Nicely decorated, comfortable, on the small side, but doable for us, because we just needed a place to sleep and shower, as we planned on spending most of our time on the slopes and in the village, which is how it pretty much worked out.
- Kitchen was nicely equip[ed with all the essentials, everything was on the newer side.
-Living room was comfortable, but more than 2 people would be a crowd in our 1 bedroom unit.
-The free Vail bus service was great, especially after having a few drinks in the village and not having to drive afterwards. There are actually 3 stops at the Racquet Club, just a short walk from wherever your unit is.
-Parking was easy , right by your door, and free ( we didn't know that you have to pay to park in Vail at a lot of other places)
- The thermostat is for decoration only. The room stayed too warm (about 82), no matter what you turned the dial to.
- The bathroom is extremely small, and the space for sitting on the toilet would challenge a contortionist - it was crammed in a space just big enough to fit it between the wall and the bathtub - if you are claustrophobic at all, this is not the place for you.
- We did have a fireplace, but actually lighting a fire was impossible with the wood they provided - it was the stuff you buy at the convenience store, advertised as "seasoned and quick lighting", which was a joke - a blowtorch wouldn't light this stuff.
- The maid left our door unlocked on two days - luckily, the front door is in a hallway shared with one other unit, so nobody noticed , and we were not missing anything, but we took everything valuable to our car during the day for the rest of our stay, as we didn't trust them to lock up properly.
-We never did try the on-site restaurant, as the price list seemed high, and there are so many other restaurant choices in the Village to choose from.
- Your "concierge" will probably be a ski-bum college kid who will most likely address you at some point as "dude".
- The bathtub had such slow draining water that we took it into our own hands (literally) to fix the problem, and used the toilet plunger under the sink to try and speed things along - and brought up a huge chunk of hair, which fixed the problem - but who wants to deal with that on their vacation ? Plus, there was some mildew along the bathtub tiles.
On the whole, it was nice , but just OK, and we would only recommend the Racquet Club if the price was right for you.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Winner of the 2015 Certificate of Excellence award by Trip Advisor and our GUESTS! Nestled in a quiet location in East Vail, the Vail Racquet Club Mountain Resorts' 20+acres boarder the White River National Forest and Gore Creek meanders in and around the grounds. One - three bedroom condos surround the extensive open park area in free standing, 3-story Alpine buildings. A foot path and bridge over Gore Creek leads to the townhome area of the grounds. All units are individually decorated and quality controlled by the Vail Valley Chamber with a Gold rated standing. Blu's Restaurant & Bar is on-site and serves dinner nightly (seasonally). While resort parking is free, guests are encouraged to take Vail's free shuttle service which runs year round to and from the Village, Ford Park and Betty Ford Gardens to name a few. For winter guests, the bus also drops at the main Vail transportation center for easy access to the slopes. This free bus service has 2 convenient stops on the property, guests are shuttled every 15 minutes during ski season and hourly in spring/summer. The full service health club and extensive amenities are complimentary to all resort guests. Includes weight & cardio rooms, fitness classes, sauna & steam rooms, year-round heated pool, 2 large hot tubs and locker rooms. The grounds boast 9 tennis courts (seasonally, 3 clay), wedding ceremony sites, large, communal park & BBQ patio and children's playground. In summer season, easily access the extensive hike and bike trails of East Vail. Borrow one of the complimentary bikes and see the sights. In winter, borrow the snow shoes and venture out your door for some exciting exercise. Condos and Townhomes alike all have full sized living areas. Meaning you have a full kitchen with all the items you need. We deliver your complimentary firewood for either your wood burning stove or fireplace (winter season only). Each bedroom has a bathroom with a day's supply of Aveda products. Some units have a pull out sofa sleeper in the living area. Bedding configurations vary but the master bedroom will have a queen bed. The second and third will have either a twin bed or a queen). Please let us know your bedding desires when booking direct. 1 Bedroom: 576 sq ft. Max occupancy: 4 2 Bedroom: 874 sq ft. Max occupancy: 6 3 Bedroom: Condo: 1,100 sq ft. Max occupancy: 8 3 Bedroom: Townhome: 1,600 sq ft. Max occupancy: 8 ... more less
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