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Vail Marriot Mountain Resort and Spa

Vail Marriot Mountain Resort and Spa
With 32 lifts to choose from, you'll see Vail's surrounding mountains from every vantage point possible.

Click here for SKI Magazine’s Ultimate Guide to Vail (from the December 2008 issue) for more on lodging, dining, après, and Vail’s history.
The Vail Marriott in Lionshead Village is only a three-minute walk from the Eagle Bahn Gondola.

The Vail Marriott at Lionshead Village is only a three-minute walk from the Eagle Bahn Gondola. Even though the hotel is a little sprawling and feels a little impersonal, the amenities, which include free coffee, ski storage and boot drying, and close proximity to great restaurants, make up for it. Try Ocotillo right in the hotel where the chef uses a special house-made chili rub on their steaks and chops prior to grilling. After dinner, try out one of the hotel’s three hot tubs or two pools. These hangout spots can be crowded during the high season, as can the bar and lobby.

The Lodge at Vail

The Lodge at Vail
Lodge at Vail
One of the first hotels in Vail Village, make sure not to miss the restaurant.

Located in Vail Village on Gore Creek Drive, The Lodge at Vail was one of the first hotels in the Village. While not as fancy as other hotels in the area, it is still walking distance to the lifts, making up for the sometimes so-so service. Instead of cramming into the basic Lodge Room, get a group of friends together and spring for the condominium suites, some of which include fully equipped kitchens and spacious living areas with direct views of Vail Mountain. Make sure not to miss The Wildflower, rated the number one restaurant in Vail by ZAGATSurvey.

The Wren

The Wren
Wren Vail
A comfortable Vail hotel that feels like home, but better.

The Wren, on South Frontage Road, offer every type of room from cute studios for couples to well maintained two bedroom/two bath apartments for families, all at reasonable prices for Vail. Most of the rooms are great, but try to avoid room 417, a den-like studio apartment with a loud elevator running directly adjacent to it. Overall, the hotel is not swanky, like some other places in the area, or brand new, but it's comfortable and feels like somewhere you could settle into for the week.

Tivoli Lodge

Tivoli Lodge
Set away from the tourist hub at the base of Golden Peak, the Tivoli Lodge is a find. Completely renovated in 2006, the Tivoli that reopened was unrecognizable. The lobby features a floor-to-ceiling rock fireplace and the Brown Hound Lounge, which hosts après-ski with drinks and small plates for guests. The 62 rooms are comfortably sized, with high-end finishes such as granite countertops and knotty alder trim. Spacious bathrooms have glass showers and soaker tubs. It’s a four-minute walk to the nearest lift (the Vista Bahn), though guests can ski down to the lodge’s back door, where the ski valet will store skis and boots. There’s no restaurant, but Vail Village is one block away. When you’re ready to call it a night, you’ll appreciate a quiet bed removed from the all-night revelers. $249–$689; tivoli-lodge.com ; 800-451-4756
One of Vail's best hotels, just a block from Golden Peak.

One of Vail's best hotels, the Tivoli Lodge, located on the corner of Hanson Ranch Road and Vail Valley Drive, exceeds expectation; it quickly has you feeling at home in the comfortable building and rooms. Its outstanding location provides quick access to Vail Mountain, a block or two from Golden Peak. Before heading out, grab some breakfast from the buffet, and stop by the front desk for a personalized snow report. Then head to the ski locker where friendly staff retrieves your skis and boots for you. After skiing, and a well-deserved happy hour, head back to your wonderfully done room.

The Sonnenalp

The Sonnenalp
sonnenalp
A taste of Bavaria in Vail.

The Sonnenalp Resort of Vail is right in town, and is known to be the quaintest hotel with easy access to all the restaurants and shops in Vail. The Sonnenalp name goes back nearly a century to Bavaria. Some of the staff hail from Bavaria, further adding to the Tyrolean feel. The great service and amenities extend through every aspect of the hotel. From the heated floors in the bathrooms and personalized ski service, to the fresh cookies with turndown service and being greeted by name at the breakfast buffet, everything seems to fall effortlessly and beautifully into place.

Dakota Mountain Lodge

Dakota Mountain Lodge

This grand new construction in the heart of The Canyons’ village opened in July with 201 rooms and suites plus a 16,000-square-foot Golden Door Spa. The guest quarters—standard hotel rooms through six-bedroom suites—each have a fireplace, HDTV and steam shower, and each suite has a kitchen with Viking appliances and granite counters. San Francisco–based Spruce Restaurant opened a satellite location here, where chef Mark Sullivan carries on the franchise’s expertise in seasonal contemporary American cuisine. And with a location so key—ski-in/ski-out via the new Frostwood Gondola—Dakota guests will want for little.

$179–$3,000

dakotamountainlodge.com

Fireplaces, steam showers, and granite counter top kitchens combine to deliver a stunning lodging experience.

This grand new construction in the heart of The Canyons’ village opened in July, 2009 with 201 rooms and suites plus a 16,000-square-foot Golden Door Spa. The guest quarters—standard hotel rooms through six-bedroom suites—each have a fireplace, HDTV and steam shower, and each suite has a kitchen with Viking appliances and granite counters. San Francisco–based Spruce Restaurant opened a satellite location here, where chef Mark Sullivan carries on the franchise’s expertise in seasonal contemporary American cuisine.

Mammoth Mountain Inn.

Mammoth Mountain Inn.
mammoth mountain inn
The closest hotel to Mammoth Mountain.

The closest hotel to Mammoth Mountain, the Mammoth Mountain Inn is literally located in the ski resort parking lot, elevation 9,000 feet. New this year: Guests of the inn receive a free copy of Mammoth Adventures, a new guide book with details on the best local outdoor activities, including hikes, hot springs, skiing, and more. Condo units come with kitchens and dining rooms, and all suites have access to the indoor spas, outdoor heated swimming pool, on-site child care, free airport transfers to the Mammoth airport, town shuttle, on-site ski rental shop and overnight ski valet.

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