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About Vail

As beautiful an American ski resort as any, Vail’s blue skies, pine clad hills and impressive peaks make a spectacular backdrop to around 1500 acres of downhill runs and another 3500 acres of more varied ski terrain. Vail is also a glamorous destination, with the best places to stay in Vail offering luxurious spas and exceptional restaurants as well as chic rooms.

Vail’s architecture is unique as far as U.S. ski resorts are concerned - it was modelled on a European village - and the size of the resort corresponds with the size of its ski terrain - it is enormous. The runs and lifts can be busy, but the exquisitely beautiful back bowls with their wooded slopes are a wonderful place for confident intermediate skiers to let loose.

In Summer Vail is an extremely popular spot for those who appreciate the great outdoors. First there’s the mountain biking, then the horse riding, hiking, rafting, fishing and golf. A number of the lifts remain open during summer so that you can catch the gondola up with your bike and speed down.

As well as great, and expansive skiing and snowboarding, Vail is well known for restaurants and boutiques.

What not to miss

  • Hit the slopes! Vail boasts some of the world's best and most varied skiing.
  • During the summer months take on the challenge and mountain bike through the exhilarating terrain.
  • Take day-long hikes along picturesque mountain trails.
  • Unwind in one of the spoiling spas.

As a year round resort Vail can busy whatever the season. So if you want to ensure a room in one of the best places to stay in Vail, get organised and plan well ahead.

For a central location

  • The Sebastian is a stylish hotel in a prime position right in Vail village. As well as 100 chic rooms there’s a luxurious spa and outdoor pool with spectacular views over the ski fields and the mountains.

For access to the lifts

  • Tivoli Lodge is just a block away from the new 10 man gondola for whisking you up the mountain. Rooms are spacious and there are two outdoor hot tubs for relaxing weary limbs.

For luxury

  • Four Seasons Vail offers everything you would expect from the luxury brand - beautifully appointed rooms and fabulous facilities, plus wonderful mountain views!
  • The Sonnenalp is a top notch alpine style hotel, which is perfect winter or summer. With on site kids club, luxurious rooms, several dining options plus spa and private golf club....what more could you ask for?

For an apartment or chalet

  • If you're travelling with family or a group of friends it may be a better option to book a villa or apartment. For a wide range of properties for all tastes and budgets we recommend you visit our online partner Booking.com.

Travel information

  • Vail is serviced by both the Eagle County Regional Airport (30 minutes from Vail) and Denver International Airport (2 hours from Vail).
  • The best time to visit Vail are between December to March, which is the ski season. For hiking plan your trip from June to September when the weather is temperate.
  • If you plan to hire a car, we recommend you visit our online partner Rentalcars.

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Best Hotels in Vail

  • Collective Vail Vail 6 rooms from £117

    Groups  -  With just six types of accommodation, this is a great choice to rent out for events or a get together with friends
    Romantic Break  -  Secluded and romantic, snack on s'mores by the fire, sample local wines, and enjoy dinners for two under the stars
    Active Holiday  -  With so much space, there are plenty of outdoor pursuits to keep busy with from horse riding to hiking
    Back to Nature  -  Set in 1,000 acres at 4 Eagle Ranch, this is an opportunity to really spend time in nature
    RestaurantParkingNo pets

    Stylish glamping hotel set on a 1000-acre ranch. Spacious tents offer all the luxuries of an upscale hotel including rain showers, 1,500 thread-count linens, wood-burning stoves, and rustic furnishings. Expect farm-to-table dining and plenty of outdoor pursuits. A superb back to nature experience. See More

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  • The Lodge at Vail Vail 165 rooms from £170

    Families  -  The apartments, offered in various sizes and complete with kitchens, are a great choice for families
    Active Holiday  -  Whether you want to ski, mountain bike or hike — Vail is a real mecca for outdoor enthusiasts
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, the highest botanical garden in the United States
    Great walks  -  Explore some of the 166 miles of hiking trails that run through the mountains
    RestaurantSwimming PoolDisabled accessParkingNo pets

    A collection of chic rooms and apartments set in the heart of Vail. The design mixes a traditional aesthetic with a cool contemporary finish. Expect fireplaces, polished wood, exposed stonework, and stylish wood furniture. Apartments come with full kitchens making them ideal for families. See More

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  • Sitzmark Lodge Vail 35 rooms from £171

    Active Holiday  -  Throughout the seasons Vail offers an unbeatable selection of outdoor pursuits from white water rafting to skiing
    Skiing  -  Located just steps from Gondola One, this is an easy setting to access Vail's world-class resort
    Swimming Pool  -  Heated outdoor swimming pool
    Full of character
    Swimming PoolParkingNo pets

    A historic family-owned hotel set within walking distance of Vail's slopes. Charming rooms are traditionally dressed with elegant dark wood furniture. The best have fireplaces and balconies. With a heated outdoor pool and hot tub, this is an alluring base to return to after a day spent outdoors. See More

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  • Austria Haus Vail 25 rooms from £185

    Skiing  -  Vail is the third largest ski resort in the USA and boasts a wide choice of runs for all abilities
    Active Holiday  -  From skiing in the winter to hiking in the summer, this is a destination for outdoor enthusiasts
    Local markets  -  During the summer months a peruse of the popular Vail Farmers' Market is a must
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor heated swimming pool
    Air conditioningSwimming PoolParkingNo pets

    A small boutique hotel set in a historic European inspired chalet. Beautiful rooms are spacious yet cosy with pine furniture, open fireplaces, and spectacular views. Hearty breakfasts are served and guests benefit from reduced rates at sister restaurants. An intimate base for families or couples. See More

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  • The Sebastian Vail 107 rooms from £215

    Active Holiday  -  Activites during winter include skiing, snowboarding, sledding and skating, with biking, tennis and golf popular in the summer
    Spa breaks  -  The excellent spa is perfect for soothing the aches and pains from the day's activities
    Restaurant  -  The Leonora has a 1000-bottle wine tower at its centre, and serves a continental mix of dishes including tapas
    Spa  -  Bloom spa has a sauna and steam rooms and an array of treatments on offer in this stylish space
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    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Mr & Mrs Smith

    Stylish and youthful hotel in prime location in Vail Mountain Village, with a luxurious spa and outdoor pool with spectacular views and fantastic skiing on your doorstep. The rooms combine Vail-chic features with a more contemporary twist, and the bar and restaurant are charming and spirited. See More

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  • Tivoli Lodge Vail (Colorado) 66 rooms from £215

    Families  -  Children 12 and under stay for free and those 5 and under eat for free!
    Skiing  -  Just a short walk from the Gondola and chairlifts up the mountain
    Kayaking  -  On Piney Lake.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Air conditioningTennisGardenPet friendlyViewsParking
    Recommended by  -  Tablet

    This owner run Tyrolean style property is in the centre of Vail, known for summer adventures and its winter slopes. The large, modern rooms have mountain views, complimentary afternoon tea during ski season and just a block from gondola and chairlifts. Activities and adventures for all the family. See More

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  • Grand Hyatt Vail Vail 285 rooms from £226

    Skiing  -  Featuring Vail’s premier open-air chairlift directly next to the property, this is a premium ski-in / ski-out option
    Active Holiday  -  Renowned for its skiing, hiking, and mountain biking, Vail is an outdoor adventurer's paradise
    Restaurant  -  Four dining options including a cafe, a piano bar, and a fine-dining choice
    Great walks  -  Hike through wildflower-filled meadows during the summer months
    Air conditioningSpaRestaurantSwimming PoolGardenPet friendlyDisabled accessParking

    A luxury hotel boasting ski-in/ski-out access in the adventure capital Vail. Light-filled rooms & suites offer superb views from picture windows. Standard luxuries include Frette linens, deep bathtubs, & fireplaces. With a pool, spa, & several dining options this is ideal for families or couples. See More

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  • The Arrabelle at Vail Square Vail (675 Lionshead Place) 81 rooms from £246

    Skiing  -  Vail boasts some of America's best skiing and the property provides a ski-valet service to give quick access to the slopes
    Active Holiday  -  Set in a prime location in Lionshead, right next to the Eagle Bahn gondola, offering quick access to the slopes
    Families  -  The interconnecting rooms and the Residences make this a great choice for families or groups
    Spa  -  Manicures, pedicures, massages, facial and body treatments are offered in the spa's 11 treatment rooms
    Air conditioningSpaRestaurantSwimming PoolPet friendlyDisabled accessParking

    A luxurious four-star hotel offering a prime position in Vail Square. Generously proportioned rooms are contemporary in design yet have a traditional feel. Each has a fireplace and the largest are apartments, well suited to families. With a ski valet, pool, and spa — you'll want for nothing here. See More

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  • The Lion Vail 84 rooms from £249

    Active Holiday  -  Throughout the seasons, there are a wide range of outdoor pursuits from skiing to mountain biking
    Skiing  -  Vail is one of the USA's most renowned resorts and has a wide range of slopes for all abilities
    Families  -  Multi rooms apartments with full kitchens make this a great option for families of all sizes
    Self catering  -  All units have full kitchens apart from the Studio Suites which have kitchenettes
    Air conditioningSwimming PoolParkingNo pets

    A collection of chic modern apartments well located just a stroll from the slopes. Interiors vary in size (the largest have four rooms) but all are sleek in design and boast terraces, kitchens, & spacious living rooms. With hotel amenities such as a pool and saline hot tub, this is a spoiling stay. See More

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  • Four Seasons Vail Vail (Colorado) 121 rooms from £285

    Great walks  -  Snow or sun there is always a great walk to be had in Vail.
    Fishing  -  Summer months are great for fly fishing on the lakes.
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Birdwatching  -  Good birding near the hotel.
    Air conditioningTennisSpaRestaurantSwimming PoolGardenPet friendlyDisabled accessViewsParking

    You’ve found luxury in the scenic mountains. Plush rooms offer fireplaces and marble bathrooms. Flame is an all-American steak house, Fireside Lounge known for cocktails and fine wine. Explore the mountains: sun or snow, relax by the pool or at the all-treatments spa. Luxury and adventure in one! See More

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  • Pop Art Villa Vail from £389

    Skiing  -  The Eagle Bahn Gondola, lift ticket sales, and ski school are right on the doorstep plus there is a complimentary ski valet
    Families  -  The two or three bedroom units are ideal for families looking for an independent, yet luxurious, stay
    Active Holiday  -  Throughout the season, Vail offers a wide range of outdoor and adventure pursuits
    Self catering  -  There is a full kitchen and a personal chef can be arranged on request
    Air conditioningSpaSwimming PoolPet friendly

    High-end luxury accommodation perfectly located near the Eagle Bahn gondola. The two and three-bedroom units are spacious and light with a full kitchen, elegant sitting room, laundry services, and luxe bathrooms. Indulgent extras include a private chef, ski valet, and access to a spa and pool. See More

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  • Sonnenalp Vail (Colorado) 127 rooms from £519

    Sights nearby  -  The zipling in the area is notoriously fantastic with stunning views of the area.
    Tennis  -  Tennis court on site.
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Air conditioningTennisSpaRestaurantSwimming PoolDisabled accessViewsParkingNo pets
    Recommended by  -  Tablet

    At the heart of Vail Mountain with a golf course, tennis courts and much more than your traditional luxury hotel. The large rooms have fireplaces and stunning views. Spoiled for choice with three restaurants and a bar. Outdoor pool and adventures on the slopes: snow or sun, relax at the spa and gym. See More

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