This hotel brings a whole new meaning to the idea of a ski lodge. The home of my family's annual ski trip, I have had the pleasure of staying at the Vail Cascade many times.
The hotel is a mix of old-style ski lodge and new amenities and luxuries. As soon as you walk in, you know that you are going to be taken care of. The staff is welcoming and willing to extend themselves to make your stay better. The ambience of the lobby is mountain chic, with roaring fireplaces, big leather armchairs, and an inviting bar.
The rooms have recently been remodeled, with new carpeting, bedspreads, pillows, and furniture. All of the rooms are spacious and well-appointed. The bathrooms have showers over tubs with a separate vanity area.
A relatively large hotel, the hotel also houses a movie theatre and their own spa, Aria. The spa is such a treat. I have gotten a few different treatments over the years ranging from an après-ski massage to a full body scrub and soak with a Swedish massage after. Yummy. The hotel also offers two hot tubs and a pool (not used in the winter).
The restaurant in the hotel is Chaps, a great chophouse. They offer breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Breakfast on the weekends is great there. They extend their usual buffet to include an omlette station and lots of fun extras. Dinner is also great. The French onion soup is superb.
If you are skiing or boarding, the Vail Cascade has their own lift right outside their backdoor, which you can take up and then down at the end of your day! The ski concierge is always waiting to take your boots and get you some hot cocoa. The best part of my day is always taking off my boots, and it helps to not have to worry about your equipment.
Rates at the Vail Cascade start at about $250 a night. Although not inexpensive, it is totally worth the extra money.
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