The Lodge at Vail

Grande dame, hot spot

174 East Gore Creek Dr, Vail 81657


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At a Glance

Vail’s original social epicenter sails on, with a hot restaurant, big swimming pool and newly renovated guest rooms.


Vail’s grande dame, which dates from 1962, has undergone various expansions and renovations over the years, but its lobby has remained a prime people-watching spot since the doors first opened. Now managed by RockResorts (itself a subsidiary of Vail Resorts), the Lodge has added a much needed spa and some spiffy chalets just up the slope from the main, U-shaped building. There are four categories of rooms here, plus suites and privately owned condos (the late President Ford used to own one), but all were renovated in 2014 and feature soft, cozy interiors and modern touches like Apple-compatible TV's.

The location can’t be beat—the Vista Bahn Express chairlift is right out the back door. The big news on the food scene is Elway’s, a steakhouse where the legendary Broncos quarterback calls the signals. The more casual Cucina Rustica, right next door, now serves breakfast and weekend brunch only, though with the same impressively high standards.

Who Should Stay

Those who value the grande dame heritage and unbeatable location over five-star accommodations.

Written by Tom Passavant

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