The Vail classics are still the Sonnenalp and the Lodge at Vail, although since 2009, Vail has seen four large-scale, high-end lodging options come online. There’s the Solaris and Ritz-Carlton all-residence developments and The Sebastian and Four Seasons Resort hotel-and-residence properties.
Several blocks west of the village’s center, in the Lionshead area of town, the Arrabelle at Vail Square, a Rockresort hotel and residence property, has come on strong since it opened in 2007. It offers a less-stiff update on the Sonnenalp style, with more-modern rooms, a child-friendly vibe and a location that, although it is at the side of the mountain, is practically ski-in/ski-out—something that none of the other top-level lodgings have, except for the Arrabelle’s older Rockresorts sibling, the Lodge at Vail, flush against the main base. (All of Vail’s premier properties have valet outposts at the main base, so even though their guests have to either walk or shuttle 5 or 10 minutes through town to reach the lifts, they never have to carry their skis or boots more than a few yards.) And for those with a value-conscious mind, theres’ the rebuilt Tivoli Lodge, a Vail original, represents a fine hotel option for families and groups of friends and has a great location.
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