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The redevelopment of Vail's Lionshead area centered around The Arrabelle at Vail Square, but the goal was to revisit the city's roots, to a time when the tiny resort resembled a Bavarian alpine ski village. While drawing plans for the hotel, the Arrabelle's architect and project designer visited cities in Austria, such as Kitzbühel, Innsbruck and Salzburg, to see how these places blended multi-use buildings and spaces with centuries-old architecture.
The result is The Arrabelle at Vail Square, which opened in 2008. It's designed to appear as if it's a mini-Bavarian village, with courtyards and walkways leading to restaurants, shops and residences. Although the Arrabelle is a mere few buildings, when you stand in the plaza, it feels as if you’re surrounded by numerous structures. This effect is created by multi-colored façades that were painted on the hotel, giving the illusion of side-by-side buildings.
Conjuring that sense of place through the look and feel of the physical space was passed on into the rooms as well. Specifically, the décor in the guestrooms reflects the Biedermeier style, which is highlighted by clean lines, elegance and an overall functionality that was fashionable in Germany in the early 19th century.