The Sebastian - Vail Rating: 4.5 Pearls
Vail Village, Vail, Colorado

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Pros

Cons

  • Valet-only parking, for a fee
  • Not in the heart of Vail Village
  • Lower-level rooms are on the small side

Bottom Line

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.

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 Scene

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.

 Location

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.

  • 2-hour-15-minute drive from the closest airport, Denver International Airport
  • 7-minute walk to the Colorado Ski Museum
  • 8-minute walk to downtown Vail Village
  • 9-minute walk to the Vista Bahn lift up Vail Mountain (or take a shuttle to Base Camp, The Sebastian’s own slope-side retreat)
  • 1-hour drive to the hot springs at Glenwood Springs

 Rooms

Standard rooms are a bit small, but come with comfortable beds, Nespresso machines, and free Wi-Fi

Plaza Studio Room
Plaza Studio Room

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.

 Features

An excellent day spa, slope-side ski valet services, and a large, rotating collection of exclusive art

Bloom Day Spa
Bloom Day Spa

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).

  • Bloom Day Spa, offering a variety of treatments and salon services
  • The Library, with free morning papers and plenty of leather chairs for reading or relaxing
  • Attractive outdoor pool with waterfall, stone surround, and four Jacuzzis
  • Big, modern fitness center with wood beams and trim
  • Exclusive art from different mediums, including abstract paintings and sculptures from Manuel Felguerez
  • Base Camp at the base of Vail mountain offering valet services including ski rentals, boot warmers, and a cafe with sweets and hot cocoa.
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Pet-friendly, but for a fee; services include food and water bowls delivered to the guest rooms

 Food

Three food venues, including a provisions shop and tapas dining restaurant

  • Leonora is a wine and tapas bistro with organic, locally-soucrnced ingredients. The restaurant has an impressive display of wine and warm, elegant decor.
  • The lounge, Frost is located just outside the lobby and offers over 30 different types of Scotch whisky, a good local beer line-up, light fare, and glass "icicles" hanging from the top of the bar.
  • Market is a coffee shop, a provisions store (where you can purchase bread, cheese, meats, beer, beverages, dipping sauces, and other goodies), and a sit-down restaurant.
  • The slope-side Base Camp has its own eatery, Beignet Cafe, offering sweet treats and the namesake beignets -- donuts that customers can customize with different toppings, including Oreo and praline.

 Bottom Line

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.

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Address

  • 16 Vail Road Vail, CO 81657

Room Types

  • Classic Room
  • Deluxe Plaza King
  • Deluxe Plaza Two Queens
  • Luxury Plaza King
  • Luxury Plaza Two Queens
  • One Bedroom Suite
  • Plaza Studio Room
  • Three Bedroom Suite
  • Two Bedroom Suite

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 107
Pool: Yes
Fitness Center: Yes
Spa: Yes
Internet Access: Yes
Pets Allowed: Yes
Cribs: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Vail Village, Vail
Address: 16 Vail Road Vail, CO 81657
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