What are the best places to stay in Vail?

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Known for having vast and varied terrain for every skier and snowboarder at every level, Vail often tops ski resort lists and gets rave reviews for its legendary powder. Summer has also emerged as a prime recreation season on Vail Mountain, with mountain biking being the sport of choice. If you're looking to check out the action for yourself, here are our top places to stay:

Four Seasons Resort Vail. Whether you’ve come to Vail to ski or to enjoy the off-mountain scene, you’ll be happy at this Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel. Skiers are outfitted with boots, skis and high-tech lockers upon arrival, and the resort’s polished service includes a ski concierge. Everyone will enjoy the Four Seasons’ ideal location at the gateway to pedestrian-only Vail Village.

The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch. This Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel brings western-style luxury to the base of Beaver Creek Mountain in Avon, Colorado (think 10-gallon-hat-wearing doormen). The family-friendly resort offers a host of activities for adults and kids alike, though the best of all might be the ski-in/ski-out access to the mountain.

Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort & Spa. Check in to this Four-Star resort in Beaver Creek Village to play hard or to relax deeply — or both. Depending on the season, the ski-in/ski-out property is ideally situated for skiing, rafting, hiking and fishing. It’s also home to Allegria Spa, a 30,000-square-foot, water-filled, alpine sanctuary for sore muscles.

Solaris Residences. You’ll feel quite at home in this complex of 79 studios and multi-bedroom residences in Vail — if your home includes a personal assistant, that is. At the Four-Star Solaris Residences, personal assistants are on hand to stock your room with groceries or make dinner reservations. Of course, given that Vail’s best restaurants and bars are practically at your doorstep here, we’d opt for the dinner reservations.

Vail Mountain Lodge. If you’re looking for a boutique option in Vail, Vail Mountain Lodge will fit the bill. The restaurant, spa, gym and other facilities at this charming hotel belie the fact that there are only 27 rooms and condos in the building. And the design is a welcome blend of modernity and the Old West — where else can you enjoy iPad stations under antler chandeliers?

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