Tivoli Lodge, Vail, Colorado $$$$
Concierge.com's insider take:
It would be hard not to feel welcome at this family-run lodge: The friendly owners, Bob and Diane Lazier, live on-property, and they and their extended family are always on hand. Originally opened in the late 1960's, the Tivoli was totally rebuilt from the ground up and reopened in summer 2006. With "European-style" architecture (vaguely Alpine, with lots of big leather sofas and chairs, and fireplaces everywhere) and only 62 rooms, the Tivoli is comfy and homey. Most rooms have fireplaces, and the mountainside views are Hollywood-backdrop perfect. Besides flat-screen TV's, free Wi-Fi, big tubs, and multi-nozzle showers, their best feature is the compact kitchenette area, with granite counter and chairs, and mini-fridge. It's about a four-minute walk to Vail's Vista Bahn and Riva Bahn chairlifts. And though there's no restaurant, all of Vail's best (and worst) dining is within a five-minute walk. Tivoli also serves a complimentary, hearty buffet breakfast each morning.