Photos and Review by Oyster.com Investigators
One of the first hotels in Vail, with rustic alpine decor
The Lodge at Vail is one of the most historic resorts in Vail Valley, with an alpine-lodge-style exterior and rustic flair inside. The decor is not entirely cohesive, with murals and stucco arches in the lobby, an intimate, wood- and stone-accented sitting area just off the front desk, and bold blue-and-cream printed carpet in the hallways.
The Lodge is trying to regain its luxury status, and successfully upgraded the spa and fitness center, which are both among the property's most impressive amenities. The hallways and common areas, however, need a little more TLC.
A stone’s throw from the lifts, in the heart of Vail Village
Right in the heart of Vail Village, The Lodge sits on the town's main drag, Gore Creek Drive (a charming cobblestone street lined with shops and restaurants). Some of the balconies face the Village.
Perhaps the biggest perk of staying at the Lodge is it’s proximity to the slopes. The Lodge is the closest hotel to a ski lift.
The rooms have comfy beds and the color palate is exactly what you would expect from a lodge -- neutrals and warm tones with rich, textured fabrics. But some rooms are showing their age, with old carpets and dated furniture. The decor is considerably fresher and more stylish in "luxury wing" rooms.
Many rooms have large balconies that face either the pool and outdoor terrace, or the ski slopes. Studio Rooms, as well as all of the one-, two-, and three-bedroom suite categories, have stone fireplaces.
The marble bathrooms have shower/tub combos or deep soaking tubs with separate walk-in showers. Some are shaped oddly, with little nooks for towel racks, and hidden-away toilets. All of the suites have modern, spacious bathrooms.
Another great perk of The Lodge is the modern spa and fitness complex, with a yoga/Pilates studio and private classes (for a fee). The spa offers 11 treatment rooms -- including a couples room with fireplace and soaking tub -- steam rooms, saunas, whirlpools, and relaxation lounges. The fitness center has an impressive array of machines and free weights, and even rustic-luxe style (wood beams and ceilings).
Farm-to-table cuisine at Cucina Rustica, and Elway's, open for dinner
One of the Lodge's best assets is its location right in Vail Village, two minutes from the closest ski lift. It's got some great features -- an on-site spa, a huge, modern 24-hour fitness center, two outdoor pools and six Jacuzzis -- but it is an older building and in need of some updating. Rooms in the luxury wing have fresher decor (including rustic details such as wood beams or stone fireplaces) and air conditioning, but other rooms lack air conditioning, are a bit small for the price, and are showing their age.