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Four Seasons Vail

Rocky mountain pampering

One Vail Road, Vail 81657

1 970 477-8600

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At a Glance

The first Rocky Mountain outpost of the Four Seasons, this resort is full of families and groups who like the comfort, familiarity and reliable spoiling.

Indagare Loves

  • Ski valets who greet you at the gondola to take skis and help with boots
  • Excellent masseurs in the spa
  • Kid-friendly focus, from a child-sized buffet area at breakfast to the kids’ game room


Four Seasons’ entry into Vail Village in 2011 raised the comfort factor in this Colorado ski area. While the hotel does not offer ski in/ski out access, Mercedes SUVs and shuttles ferry families from the hotel to a Four Seasons ski club at the base where hot chocolate awaits and valets help skiers buckle their boots and deliver their skis to the gondola, making the Four Seasons Vail a safe bet for those who want a major mountain ski experience as well as major cosseting. After a day’s skiing, there is an impressive 14,000-square-foot spa and outdoor heated pool on-site as well as a kids’ club, teen room and an excellent modern steak house called Flame. The only complaint: shuttling back and forth to the base can be chaotic and the walk to the slopes is about ten minutes.

At a reported $350 million to build, the property delivers a substantial grand mountain resort experience. The lobby level is on the fifth floor where guests are greeted by a great room with fireplaces and views over the outdoor pool and to the mountain. The 121 rooms and residences have stone-hearth fireplaces, leather club chairs and solid oak furniture; and the best have balconies and views facing over the village to the mountain. Conveniences on property include a lobby-level deli and ski rental shop. Flame restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. The pedestrian village with its many casual restaurants and shops is only a block away and the Solaris center, with an ice skating rink, Cinebistro and the bowling alley named Bol, is just two blocks away so families are well positioned for après ski activities.

Who Should Stay

Families and Four Seasons fans. Those looking for a more intimate European-style property will be better off at the Sonnenalp.

Written by Indagare

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