The Best Resorts to Book in Vail, Colorado

Four Seasons Resort Vail offers elegant rooms reflecting local styles
Four Seasons Resort Vail offers elegant rooms reflecting local styles | Courtesy of Four Seasons Resort Vail / Expedia
Sarah Warwick

For avid skiers, this city in the Rockies needs no introduction, but snowsports aren’t all this small Colorado town is good for. Tucked away in one of the region’s largest mountain passes and surrounded by the White River National Forest, its rugged terrain also delivers great golfing, hiking, mountain biking and fishing in the summer months. Visit any time of year and you’ll find yourself rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous, who fly in on private jets, but there’s plenty to attract a hip, young crowd too. Check out our list of the best resorts in Vail and join them on the slopes, all bookable with Culture Trip.

1. Four Seasons Resort Vail, for group adventures

Luxury, Chain Hotel

Chic lounge at the Four Seasons Resort Vail, Colorado
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Pretty as a chocolate box, this hotel offers cozy rooms with balcony views over the snowy surroundings. If you catch a chill, the suites have living rooms with gas fireplaces to snuggle up by. Bigger groups can opt for one of the super-luxe residences, which sleep up to 12. To organize some holiday-changing extras, speak to the concierge about guided snow-shoe hikes through the forest, dog-sledding adventures, or trips to the local golf course, which transforms into a Nordic ski course in winter. After all that, you can recharge in the spa, take a dip in the outdoor heated pool or have a warming whiskey at Remedy bar.

2. The Lodge at Vail, a RockResort, for OG alpine realness

Resort, Hotel

The lounge area at the Lodge at Vail, Colorado, with a wood-paneled ceiling, antler chandelier and stone fireplace
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The original Vail resort, this boutique stay first opened in 1962 to fulfill the US Forest Service requirement that the brand new Vail Mountain resort have at least one lodge. It’s come a long way since then, having undergone a huge renovation in 2014. Guests can choose from simple rooms, one- to three-bed residences, or five- and six-bedroom chalets. All come with traditional alpine-style decor, a cozy ambience and access to the heated pool, hot tubs and fire pit.

3. The Sebastian - Vail, to be hosted by a legend

Luxury, Chain Hotel

View onto the snow-covered slopes from a twin queen room at the Sebastian hotel
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If Sebastian was a real person, he’d be the perfect host. One of those friends who wants things to be comfortable and fun for his guests, and who recognizes when you just need some time to yourself. In short, he’d be a total legend. This luxury Vail resort lives up to the man, the myth. We love the Bloom Spa, with its library of rejuvenating treatments – try the Alpenglow package – and the ski-in, ski-out Base Camp, a private mountain club where ski valets will warm your boots before (and your hot chocolate after) your day on the slopes.

4. Vail Residences at Cascade Village, a Destination by Hyatt Residence, for high rollers

Spa Hotel

The swanky condos at Residences at Cascade Village have a huge lounge, sleek kitchen and dining room with stairs up to rooms
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Costing millions of dollars to build, these private rentals are at the upper end of the upper-end lifestyle afforded in this swanky ski town. Condos sleep up to 16 in rustic luxury, complete with some combination of double-height living rooms, huge fireplaces, mezzanines, king beds and hot tubs. Affiliated with the Grand Hyatt resort in Vail, the residences enjoy access to its next-level amenities, including a chairlift for ski-in, ski-out ease; slopeside infinity pool; and weekly live music and champagne events.

5. The Arrabelle at Vail Square, A RockResort, for a Disney-meets-Wes Anderson fairytale

Luxury, Chain Hotel

Rustic yet modern kitchen-cum-lounge in neutral colors at the Arrabelle at Vail Square
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A sister to the Lodge in Vail, this turreted hotel looks like a collaboration between Walt Disney and Wes Anderson and feels like staying in a winter palace. From its outdoor ice rink to the candle-bulb chandeliers, there are moments of winter wonder throughout, and every care is taken with service and guest experience. Don’t miss the Alpine-inspired treatments at the RockResorts spa and hearty fare at Tavern on the Square. This luxury resort in Vail demands a daily fee that covers parking for multiple vehicles, shuttles to the piste, ski/bike valet and in-room iPads to help you feel even more like royalty.

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