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The Lodge at Vail

174 Gore Creek Dr, Vail, Colorado, USA
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Scout loves

  • One of the best-located hotels in Vail – near the centre of the village, yet steps from the slopes.
  • The Lodge has just undergone a significant refurbishment of the lobby and rooms for the 2014 season. In 2013 the outdoor pool and hot tubs were updated.
  • The hotel’s spa area has great facilities that are available for all guests regardless of whether they’re getting a massage – including hot tubs, steam rooms and a lovely yoga studio.
  • A sense of history. Be sure to check out the photos around the walls including some hilarious posed shots from the 70s and 80s.

Scout tips

  • Some of the rooms have less of a view of the mountains and face communal areas such as the pool.
  • Lodge rooms are relatively small.
  • A resort fee of $20 per room per night is charged to cover various items such as Wi-Fi, coffee, newspapers and ski storage at the mountain base.
  • Valet Parking is available for $25 per night (which is cheaper than the village parking lot at $35).
  • The condos are privately owned and individually decorated. The hotel ensures they must maintain a Platinum resort ranking.

SCOUT REVIEW

When Vail Mountain opened in December 1962 with just one gondola, two chairlifts, eight ski instructors and a $5 lift ticket, the US Forest Service stipulated that there must be at least one lodge with a minimum of 30 sleeping rooms. That place was The Lodge at Vail – and thus began the development of one of the world’s most popular ski villages.

Lift tickets are no longer $5, but The Lodge at Vail has endured as one of the area’s most popular places to stay. Despite being completely modern in terms of its amenities and service, especially after a recent makeover, The Lodge at Vail has thankfully retained a sense of rustic charm that has all but disappeared from many of the larger hotels now dominating the village. It escapes much of the superfluous glitz and glamour associated with some of these other hotels too, giving The Lodge a more laid-back feel.

The service, however, is far from laid-back – guests are made to feel very pampered. It’s not surprising therefore that The Lodge has many repeat customers, some of whom stay for months at a time.

Meanwhile, the facilities are 5 star, and in July 2013 the newly-renovated pool area was unveiled – including two hot tubs and a small bar area. Come winter, this area is likely to be a popular place for après – giving you the chance to enjoy a drink or two while soaking your muscles in the hot tub.

Despite the fact that this hotel is one of the closest to the slopes, it still offers a slope-side valet service, enabling you to pop out of your skis at the end of the day so you don’t have to carry them a step further. The Lodge at Vail also features an Elway’s Restaurant – started by the famous Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway – who must have had a taste for big steaks and fine wines. Not that we’re complaining!

Who should stay here

Those seeking charm and substance over glitz and glamour.

Available: This selection is currently available for this price. Once you submit an inquiry our agents will confirm your booking via email and send you an invoice for a deposit. You will need to pay a 25% deposit within 7 days (unless otherwise specified) to secure the booking.

On Request: Our agents need to confirm availability of this room. Once you submit a request we will endeavour to get back to you by the next business day to confirm availability (some properties may take longer). If prices are listed they are the exact prices for your dates, room selection and room occupancy. Where prices are not listed we will confirm the price when we confirm availability. In either instance, you are not committed to your selection until after we confirm availability and price. Once you agree to that confirmation, you will be sent an invoice and will need to pay a 25% deposit within 7 days (unless otherwise specified) to secure the booking. If your requested room is not available, we will present alternative options.

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