Ski Luxe

The Valley's Most Upscale Lodging Options

From luxe master suites to mountainside penthouses; a peek at some of Vail and Beaver Creek's swankiest home-away-from-homes.

By Kirsten Dobroth November 17, 2017 Published in the Holiday 2017/2018 issue of Vail-Beaver Creek Magazine

The cheapest accommodations in Vail and Beaver Creek? As of press time, for a mid-December check-in, that’d be a single room at the Avon Comfort Inn (from $95;, or a single bunk in the dorm at the Bunkhouse in Minturn ($81.65, For those who prefer a slopeside room with a view on the other end of the economic spectrum, options abound.

Chateau Beaver Creek

The best room in this mountain house of luxury (as pictured above) is a three-story, slopeside five-bedroom private residence with a marble soaking tub and an outdoor jetted spa with mountain views, a private garden, and vaulted ceilings, with the Splendido dining room and its chef at your service. 970-949-1616;

The Charter at Beaver Creek

An upper-tier five-bedroom condo here sleeps 12 and includes creekside views, a private shuttle to and from the lift, and privileges to an 18,000-square-foot health club with a 20-meter lap pool. 844-722-2733;

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Après ski at the Arrabelle. GET THIS LOOK: Outfits from Overland, jewelry from  GNAT Jewelers Atelier.

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The Arrabelle at Vail Square

The Arrabelle’s five-bedroom, 4,700-square-foot penthouse is a sweet suite indeed, offering big views of Vail Mountain from a private outdoor patio or a full dining room and bar area that seats up to 14 guests, and amenities that include a slopeside ski valet, a rooftop pool, hot tub, and champagne toasts in front of the Grand Lobby fireplace.  970-754-7777;

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LION PENTHOUSE Amenities include an indoor infinite-current lap pool.

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The Lion Vail

Lionshead’s freshly minted one-up of the Solaris adds square footage to the term “living large,” with a two-bedroom penthouse (#402) offering 1,700 square feet of luxury living, and a super-size deck so expansive, you can take in the entire village. 855-331-0284;

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FOUR SEASONS VAIL: A 3,000-square-foot residence with a ski nanny, and a Mercedes, at your service.

The Four Seasons

 A four-bedroom designer residence features an open-concept living area that overlooks Vail Mountain from atop the eighth floor, with reclaimed wood in the hallway, an Italian-inspired kitchen, 12-seat dining room, media room, and library. Bonus: Access to the hotel’s slopeside ski concierge center, and a Snow Angel, a personal assistant who can arrange everything from ski lessons and on-mountain meals to an in-house chef to prepare family meals. Double-bonus: Unlimited access to the hotel’s fleet of Mercedes SUVs. 970-477-8600;

The Sebastian

The Sebastian’s swanky four-bedroom residential suites overlook Vail Mountain and include all the amenities—like a ski concierge, a freshly laundered bed and organic treats for Fido, and, for a fee, gourmet meals (e.g. street tacos with ceviche and crème caramel) prepared by the hotel’s executive chef chilling in the fridge, ready to heat and serve after a hard day on the hill. 970-477-8000;

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HOTEL TALISA: The only luxury hotel in Vail with a dedicated ski lift (Chair 20) outside its back door.

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Hotel Talisa

After a $35 million makeover, the Vail Cascade reopens this season as Hotel Talisa, the latest addition to the Starwood Hotels Luxury Collection. How luxurious? There’s even a “s’mores butler” on staff. Best room in the house: the two-bedroom, 2.5-bath Talisa Suite, a 1,860-square-foot aerie with a mountain view. 970-476-7111;

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RITZ-CARLTON BACHELOR GULCH: In addition to The Pampered Pup Treatment, room service includes doggy fare like German shepherd’s pie.

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Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch

The 2,000-square-foot Ritz-Carlton Suite has two fireplaces, sweeping views of Bachelor Gulch, and access to the Ritz’s very own chairlift; bonus for pooches: pet menu, and doggie massage provided by a specially trained canine masseuse. 970-748-6200;

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THE SONNENALP: Best room in the house: the 1,350-square-foot Vail Mountain Suite

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The Sonnenalp Hotel

Consistently found atop lists for best resorts in Colorado and the United States, the Sonnenalp’s two-bedroom, two-bath Vail Mountain Suite is the crème de la crème of the Vail Village luxury resort’s choice of abodes. Amenities include a top-of-Bridge Street ski valet, and close proximity to the morning buffet spread at Ludwig’s. 866-284-4411;


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