If you’re a couple:
There is no shortage of romantic hotels in Vail. Big names include The Sebastian-Vail, Sonnenalp Hotel, Solaris, Four Seasons Resort and Arrabelle at Vail Square. These luxurious hotels are located in the heart of Vail, and are just minutes or even an elevator ride away from some of Vail’s most famous fine dining restaurants. Beaver Creek also has its share of cozy hotels. Try the Park Hyatt, The Charter, Pines Lodge and The Osprey. These hotels are within walking distance to the mountain so you can expect breathtaking views from your hotel room. Further west in Edwards, you can find a bit more seclusion and privacy at The Lodge and Spa at Cordillera. This hotel is surrounded by mountains and aspen trees and is only a 20 minute drive to Beaver Creek and a 30 minute drive to Vail.
If you’re traveling with your family:
While the hotels listed above are good recommendations for anyone visiting Vail, families might consider renting a condominium for the added space and flexibility. Vail International, Vail Cascade and Vail Landmark offer condos with a kitchen and multiple separate bedrooms ensuring comfort and lots of space for your family. Each location has a pool and hot tub so you can relax while the kids play. Also, each is within walking distance to Vail Ski and Snowboard School so dropping off the kids at ski school or signing up for a family private lesson is convenient and leaves more time for what you really came here for: skiing and riding. In Beaver Creek, excellent family choices include Saddleridge, St. James Place, Park Plaza and Creekside. These condos offer more space, parking and a short walk to the slopes.
Aspenwood Lodge, Buffalo Park, One Arrowhead Place and Seasons Lodge are all excellent choices in Arrowhead, where you can access Beaver Creek in winter and enjoy a round of golf at the Country Club of the Rockies in summer.
If you’re traveling with friends on a budget:
Just 30 minutes west, the town of Eagle offers visitors to the Vail Valley a variety of lodging options. The Best Western Plus Eagle Lodge & Suites and The Bunkhouse are good value alternatives to the hotels closer to the mountain. To get to the mountain from Eagle, you can rent a car from the Eagle County Airport, or you can hop on the ECO Transit bus, which will take you to either the base of Beaver Creek, Lionshead or Vail Village, and only costs four dollars one way. Insider Tip: Be sure to check the Lodging Quality Assurance (LQA) ratings on VailOnSale.com for the best rates.