Summer in Vail is as enticing as winter (perhaps even more so, considering the amount of diverse activities available), and the resort’s lodging options are abundant.
Whether you’re going for four-star luxury or something more economical, a three-bedroom condo, or a simple hotel room, you’ll find it at Vail. Here’s a round up of some of my favorite spots.
The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Vail
These luxury private residences want for nothing. Home this winter to Lindsey Vonn (when she wasn’t racking up World Cup wins, that is), these elegant apartments are located just west of Lionshead. Ranging from 1,500 to 3,000 square feet, each property features great attention to detail: marble bathrooms, Bosch kitchen appliances, tasteful decorations, lovely views, plenty of natural light, and very comfortable beds.
The property itself caters to guests with an around-the-clock concierge, a year-round heated outdoor swimming pool and hot tubs, an on-site fitness center with movement studio and treatment rooms, an outdoor fire pit, and a teen room with video games, billiards, foosball and air hockey.
There’s a lounge with full bar service and light meals and complimentary shuttle service to the base of the Eagle Bahn Gondola.
If you’re looking to splurge, look no further than the Ritz-Carlton Residences.
The Lodge at Vail, A RockResort
I’ve always loved the Lodge at Vail. The first hotel built for the ski resort, this legendary icon is tucked into the base of Vail Mountain and features Old World-style architecture, rustic décor and a mouth-watering spa. It’s also home to Elways, Vail’s newest steakhouse. A popular site for weddings, the Lodge is also very family friendly. I’ve stayed there many times with and without kids and always had excellent service.
The Arrabelle at Vail Square, A RockResort
Anchoring Vail Square at Lionshead, The Arrabelle looks like it came straight out of the European Alps. An extravagant luxury hotel with more than 100 guest rooms and suites and about 25 one- to six-bedroom private residences, the Arrabelle embodies the good life. Relax in the rooftop pool before indulging in a spa treatment at the elegant and expansive spa. Meet friends at the newly expanded Tavern, one of the resort’s most popular restaurants.
Austria Haus Hotel
Nestled on the banks of Gore Creek in the heart of Vail Village, the Austria Haus Hotel offers a more economical choice without compromising service. Clean, sophisticated and more intimate than the other hotels I’ve mentioned, the Austria House features 25 valley view deluxe rooms, spa treatments and easy access to Vail's Vista Bahn Gondola and the village.