The Lodge at Vail -- A RockResort Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Vail Village, Vail, Colorado

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Pros

Cons

  • Valet-only parking, for a fee
  • Daily resort fee
  • No air conditioning in many rooms

Bottom Line

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.

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 Scene

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.

 Location

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.

  • 2-hour-15-minute drive from the closest airport, Denver International Airport
  • In downtown Vail Village
  • 2-minute walk to the Vista Bahn lift up Vail Mountain
  • 5-minute walk to the Colorado Ski Museum
  • 1-hour drive to the hot springs at Glenwood Springs

 Rooms

Comfy beds, plus fireplaces, balconies, and soaking tubs in some rooms

Deluxe Room
Deluxe Room

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.

 Features

Two outdoor pools, six Jacuzzis and a luxury spa

Pool
Pool

The Lodge at Vail offers more pool and Jacuzzi space than any other hotel in Vail Valley, with two outdoor year-round pools and six Jacuzzis.

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).

 Food

Farm-to-table cuisine at Cucina Rustica, and Elway's, open for dinner

  • Cucina Rustica is a Vail staple with farm-to-table American cuisine. The Sunday brunch buffet is a highlight, but the restaurant is also open for lunch and dinner.
  • The hotel's second restaurant, Elway's, serves up steaks and seafood for dinner.

 Bottom Line

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.

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Address

  • 134 East Gore Creek Drive Vail, CO 81657

Room Types

  • Deluxe Hotel Room
  • Five Bedroom Chalet
  • Lodge Hotel Room
  • Luxury Hotel Room
  • One Bedroom Condominium
  • Studio Condominium
  • Three Bedroom Condominium
  • Two Bedroom Condominium

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 165
Pool: N/A
Fitness Center: Yes
Spa: Yes
Pets Allowed: Yes
Cribs: Yes
Jacuzzi (in room): N/A
Casino: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Vail Village, Vail
Address: 134 East Gore Creek Drive Vail, CO 81657
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