Photos and Review by Oyster.com Investigators
A grand mountain vibe without the kitsch, and warm, modern, and textured decor
This modern hideout in the Rocky Mountains is a beautiful twist on the traditional Colorado mountain hotel, with remarkable attention to detail in the public spaces. The big, airy lobby has light stone walls, a barrel ceiling with wood beams, stylish furniture, and a sleek black fireplace with a surround of perpendicular stacked wood slats. The intimate library, by contrast, is a cozier area with comfy leather seating, dim lighting, and an extensive collection of books within its towering black bookshelves.
The hotel also hosts an impressive, rotating collection of private art, including paintings and abstract sculptures from artist Manuel Felguerez, and works from other local artists.
Right off I-70, within walking distance of Vail Village and the Vista Bahn ski lift
The Sebastian is situated on Vail Road, right off of Frontage Road and I-70. It's within walking distance of Vail Village, the Vista Bahn ski lift, and Base Camp, but there's not much immediately around the hotel.
The lower-level room categories are on the small side for the Vail Valley area, with understated decor: quality white bedding, solid wood furniture, and beige walls. The Nespresso espresso machines are a highlight, with easy-to-use instructions and barista-quality results. If you’re not a fan of espresso and prefer traditional coffee, there’s a coffeemaker tucked away in the closet -- right next to the humidifier. The bathrooms are also somewhat tight, but have marble countertops and modern fixtures.
The freebies are a nice plus -- free Wi-Fi and a semi-stocked mini-fridge with free sodas and water.
One of the best features of The Sebastian Vail is the slope-side Base Camp, with gear rental and a cafe (where you can get hot chocolate and cookies to warm up with after a long day on the slopes).
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 organic tapas bistro Leonora, 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 feel like a bit of a letdown after the gorgeous public spaces. 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.