Four Seasons Resort Vail, Vail
Vail , Colorado
Tel: 303 389 3301
Fax: 970 477 8666
Concierge.com's insider take:
For the length of time it would take for a newborn baby to become a full-fledged skier bombing through Colorado powder (say, five years), the Four Seasons was under construction in Vail Village. After various delays, this final piece of Vail's massive renewal project opened in December 2010. Turns out it was worth the wait: The hotel's decor—a balance of warm hickory and cool limestone—is perfectly suited to the Alpine location; even the humblest of the 121 rooms is a healthy 575 square feet; and any of the 16 two- to four-bedroom private residences for rent would suit the snootiest of schussers. Guests should wear nice socks for check-in, since the ski concierge will be there to measure feet for boots and get your skis and boards waxed and ready to go up the adjacent Vista Bahn lift. You can also expect hot chocolate and muffins, as well as heated robes at the 75-foot pool, at the end of each ski day. Meals at the in-house restaurant, Flame (think tea-smoked venison, bison rib eye, and bananas Foster), could fuel a Winter Olympian. But succumbing to the Four Seasons' sumptuous service could derail the training plans of even the most dedicated athletes.—Sarah Tuff
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:Tucked into what must have been the last available 2.7 acres in Vail, the Four Seasons carves out its niche in this luxury-saturated valley by elevating service to new heights. Where else will you find a handwritten note asking how that freshly waxed snowboard rode? Even the hotel's slope-side ski center has all the comforts of home and then some, from hot cocoa and heated lockers to a fleet of ski valets eager to help take off your boots. All 121 rooms and 24 suites are spaciousthe smallest are just under 600 square feetand the decor is aptly Western, with limestone gas fireplaces, leather club chairs, and hickory and leather headboards on the coma-inducing beds. The public areas are cozy, especially the intimate wood-paneled lobby, where you can gather around the massive fireplace for après-ski cocktails and nibbles (bison roll, anyone?). The property isn't ski-in/ski-out, but its location in the heart of Vail Village means you're steps from the top restaurants, boutiques, and galleries. 2011 Hot List
Which room to book: If the seventh-floor Gore Range Suite doesn't fit into the budget, opt for a Deluxe Mountain View on floors six, seven, or eight.