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Austria Haus Hotel 3.5

Vail Village, Vail, Colorado

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Pros

  • Central Vail Village location near the Vista Bahn ski lift
  • Homey rooms with marble bathrooms with heated floors
  • Some rooms have features like fireplaces and balconies
  • Small pool and hot tub with views
  • Free access to The Lodge at Vail’s pool and six hot tubs
  • Beautiful views of Gore Stream and the Gore Range
  • Daily breakfast buffet and Wi-Fi included in resort fee

Cons

  • Daily resort fee (covers Wi-Fi and breakfast)
  • Fitness center is small and windowless (and carpeted)

Bottom Line

This upper-middle-range boutique hotel has 25 homey rooms with rustic touches (such as wood-beam ceilings and sturdy wood doors) and marble bathrooms with heated floors. Austria Haus's on-site amenities include a cozy lounge, fitness center, and small pool and attached whirlpool, pluw guests get free access to the facilities at sister property The Lodge at Vail, which is a short walk away. The hotel's most notable asset may be its great central location in Vail Village square, close to the Vista Bahn ski lift. It's worth comparing Austria Haus's rates with Vail Mountain Lodge & Spa's.

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Scene

Charming boutique in a historic Austrian-style building

In a historic, Austrian-style building in the center of Vail Village, Austria Haus Hotel feels like a blend of mountain lodge with a European twist, craftsman-style home, and rustic Spanish villa. Its stucco walls, tile floors, and arched doorways point to the European influence, while the leather chairs, wood-burning fireplaces, and dark-wood accents remind you that you're in the mountains in Vail. With its distinctive orange-and-white-striped shutters and contrasting white and wood exteriors, the hotel is hard to miss.

Location

In the heart of Vail Village, a stone’s throw from the lifts

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Right in the heart of downtown Vail Village, the Austria Haus is accessible from the the town's main drag, Gore Creek Drive (a charming cobblestone street lined with shops and restaurants). Some of the room balconies face the Village.

Perhaps the biggest perk of staying at the Austria Haus is its proximity to the slopes. The Vista Bahn lift up Vail Mountain is a mere hundred yards from the hotel (about a three-minute walk), making skiing easy -- or at least the getting up the slopes part. The Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum is also a three-minute walk away. The closest airport, Denver International Airport, is a two-hour-and-20-minute drive away.

Rooms

Homey rooms with simple, understated details and marble bathrooms

The 25 rooms at the Austria exemplify craftsmanship and simplicity, with antique carved wood doors, understated real wood furniture, and simple homey decor. You'll find plush robes, humidifiers and fans, and, in some rooms, fireplaces and balconies with views of the mountain or the calming Gore Stream. Beds are comfortable and covered in plush linens. Rooms also feature exposed wood beams and warm colors -- red throws on the plush, white bedding, off-white walls, brown carpets and chairs. Bathrooms have marble tile, partitioned toilets, wood accents, and -- most impressively -- heated marble floors. Some have deep soaking tubs. 

Features

Limited on-site amenities, but free use of The Lodge at Vail's pool and hot tubs

Austria Haus is an older property with only 25 rooms, so don't expect the features of a larger hotel. There's not much on-site -- just a cramped (and worse, windowless) fitness center, a lounge/library/business center, and an outdoor pool and hot tub. The pool has a beautiful view of Gore Stream, but it's small, even for a hotel with so few rooms. Luckily, because the same company manages the Austria Haus as The Lodge at Vail (and because the hotels are vey close to each other) the Austria Haus is allowed full use of The Lodge's amenities, including its two outdoor pools, several whirlpools and 11-treatment-room spa. This access makes the Austria Haus a much better deal for the money than it would be otherwise -- if you're willing to walk the extra hundred yards. 

There isn't a full restaurant here, but the hotel does offer a free breakfast buffet each day. The generous spread typically includes eggs, bacon, sausage, cheeses, bagels, cereal, waffles, pastries, berries and Greek yogurt. Austria Haus has a heated, underground garage, but it’s valet-only, for a fee. The hotel's daily resort fee includes Wi-Fi, bottled water, and in-town transportation, among other things.

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Address

242 E Meadow Dr, Vail, Colorado 81657-4594, United States

Phone

(970) 754-7850

Room Types

  • Bellflower Junior Suite
  • Columbine Deluxe Room
  • Larkspur Luxury Room
  • Lupine Hotel Room

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