The Arrabelle at Vail Square, a RockResort Rating: 4.5 Pearls
This rustic-luxe, chalet-inspired lodge is one of Vail's premier options, with a location in the heart of Vail Square, near the Eagle Bahn lift. The 62 luxurious rooms feature massive bathrooms, stone fireplaces, and scenic balconies, and both the lavish spa and rooftop lap pool pack serious wow factor.
The Sebastian - Vail Rating: 4.5 Pearls
This luxury boutique resort opened in Vail in 2010, and prices are often more than fair for what you get: Beautiful, high-end mountain decor, particularly in the airy lobby and cozy library (no cabin kitsch here); two great restaurants, including the farm-to-table Block 16, plus a chic lounge; an outdoor pool; four Jacuzzis; and an upscale spa. But the standard Deluxe Plaza rooms are on the small side and the location right off I-70 could also be a little better: It's within walking distance of Vail Village, the slopes, and the hotel's own Base Camp (with ski rentals and a cafe), but it's not right in the heart of anything.
Vail Mountain Lodge & Spa Rating: 4.0 Pearls
The upper-middle-range, 28-room Vail Mountain Lodge and Spa is located in a serene, creek-side spot in Vail Village, close to the Bahn ski lift. Its rooms, outfitted in understated mountain decor, have nice extras -- namely, plush beds, gas fireplaces, and deep soaking tubs. Its huge, modern fitness center is one of the best in Vail Valley, and the spa is impressive as well -- both pleasant surprises for a hotel this small. In addition, the excellent, organic Terra Bistro is a favorite with locals as well as guests, and provides free hot breakfasts.