Easygoing elegance in Vail
97 Rooms / 24 Suites
Throughout Four Seasons Resort Vail, natural elements grace every wall, ceiling and floor, a signature style of the brand and one embraced by interior decorator Brayton Hughes.
The resort has an easy elegance that makes it feel like it has been around for a long time. Perhaps it’s because of its classic alpine-lodge style, natural hickory wood accents and warm limestone that adorn the floor, walls, furniture and fireplaces. Or maybe it’s the palette of comforting browns, beiges, reds and golds. Either way, you never would think this property was freshly built in 2010.
But you won’t notice these the first time you walk into the mountain hotel. Instead, the sheer size of the property will capture your attention. The open bar and large window showcasing Vail Mountain when you enter feel inviting and roomy, the hallways are wide and airy, and the maze of stairways seems almost M.C. Escher-esque in its never-ending possibilities.
No matter which room you go for, it will prove plenty spacious. In fact, the Four Seasons’ 575-square-foot standard room is the largest of its kind in Vail Valley. This one-bedroom accommodation comes with a king-sized bed or a two doubles, and you can choose to look out over the mountain, garden or the Tyrolean-style village that lies right outside the property.
Either way, each earth-hued space comes with a stand-alone soaking tub, a limestone bathroom with a double sink and glass-enclosed shower, L'Occitane bath products, leather-lined desk, stone fireplace, hickory wood vestibule, 42-inch flat-screen television and an oversized leather chair and ottoman. Almost every room has a balcony complete with chairs and a table, too, which is a nice amenity —especially when you can see the snow-covered mountain brimming with skiers in front of you.
From here, the accommodations in this 10-story Vail hotel just get more grand, as you have the one-bedroom suites, executive suites and then the 16 private residences. There are 97 guest rooms and 24 suites available, and the latter come with the above amenities plus day beds to lounge on, a separate living room with couches and chairs, a spacious dining room, a half bath and a pantry where you can have the resort's chef come and serve you a meal.
Hotel guests have a great perk at the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star spa: you can take advantage of the facilities even if you don't get a treatment.
Not that you should skip experiencing the skilled hands of the therapists. After a long day of skiing, the Vail River Stone Massage is in order. It uses evergreen essential oil, which makes you feel like you are still zipping through the forest.
Another unique service is found in its Brew and Renew section, a trio of services that utilize the healing properties of beer and the convenience of heated cans to massage, soak and exfoliate. The best part is, you get to indulge in a local craft beer while tension is rubbed away.
The spa also does skin treatments like the Alpine Quench Facial, a great option if you are feeling the dry burn of the thin mountain air.
After your chosen service, enjoy a dip in the heated pool or soak outside in one of the two hot tubs. Or opt to shed your suit in the privacy of the woman's or men's hot tub, sauna and steam room.
The Food and Drinks
Get a drink at The Remedy Bar, the property's newest addition that was revamped to the tune of $2.5 million. Take a seat at the leather-lined zinc bar or grab a table in front of the 165-inch television, the largest in the whole valley. Then, order a craft cocktail, an elevated bar snack or maybe a pizza with housemade buffalo pepperoni.
If the weather is nice, enjoy your drink and bite alfresco on the patio, which overlooks the heated pool and has a stunning view of the mountain beyond.
For something more substantial, dine on superb American fare at the property's modern steakhouse, Flame. Under a dramatic vaulted ceiling, park in front of the sturdy wooden tables in one of the large black booths or throne-like chairs and select from a variety of local specialties, steakhouse favorites and contemporary takes on American cuisine.
On the meat side, you have many options, including dry-aged Rosen Farms lamb chops, dry-aged bone-in bison rib-eye, Maple Leaf duck breast and a whole slew of steaks that come with your choice of housemade rubs and sauces like the On Shrooms, Red Mountain, Charleston Truffle and Garden Chimi.
For vegetables, the seasonal selection always changes, but you might see Eagle Springs iceberg wedge with cabernet-pickled onions and maple-candied bacon, Parmesan creamed spinach, grilled asparagus with lemon confit and corn soup with Alaskan king crab and chanterelles. You also can get breakfast, a spread that includes build-your-own omelets and parfaits, Dutch baby pancakes, fresh pastries and smoked salmon with bagels and cream cheese.
During the winter, Four Seasons Resort Vail also opens the coffee shop Bean & Gone, a good place for a morning pick-me-up or afternoon hot chocolate.
The Ski Amenities
When you check into the hotel, a boot fitter will take measurements and preferences and send them to the ski concierge so that your warmed boots and waxed skis will be ready and waiting.
A heated path takes you from the hotel to a three-story building at the base of Gondola One, which houses the ski concierge. The ski concierge can do everything from arrange equipment rentals and lessons, to provide maps and weather conditions.
If you came to Vail without gear, a Gorsuch store also can be found here. Simply head in, get fitted, maybe pick up a down vest or cashmere sweater, and then have all your goods sent to a locker at the base of the mountain. The rest of the adventure is up to you.
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