The Four Seasons Resort in Vail, Colorado is located in the heart of the well established Colorado Rockies town of Vail. The base of the Vail resort is divided into three sections, Lion’s Head, Vail Village and Golden Peak. The Four Seasons is a quick walk to Vail Village and short shuttle ride to Lion’s Head and Golden Peak. Vail Village is the larger of the three, and boasts lots of great shopping from brand shops such as Lululemon and The North Face to small boutiques and souvenir shops. Vail Village also offers a ton of restaurants from fine dining to casual and apres-ski spots. The hotel is not a ski-in/ski-out property, however it is centrally located to all of the mountain’s access points, and lifts are 5-10 minute shuttle ride away.
FLYING TO VAIL
Denver is the closest international airport to Vail, and depending on weather is about a 2 hours drive. Vail Eagle (EGE) is the closest regional airport to Vail, is about 30 minutes from the hotel. Coming from New York, we were able to get a direct flight to Vail, however coming home we had to make a stop in Denver. If you are able to fly into Vail, it’s a very easy airport to negotiate. We had the hotel organize an SUV to collect us and all of our bags and gear, the door-to-door service was very nice since we didn’t have a Sherpa on hand to help us out!
IMPORTANT NOTE PRIOR TO ARRIVAL: Get hydrated! Altitude sickness is not uncommon for travelers visiting Vail, very important for kids and adults to start taking in extra water in the days ahead of arrival… and don’t stop once you arrive either!
The rooms are luxurious yet cozy. For our family of four we had a one bedroom suite with a king bed, pullout sofa and roll-away (our kids refuse to share a bed), and were fine with the space. We had one full bath (two would have been nice) and one powder room. There are three view choices, Mountain View, Garden View and Village View. We had a partial mountain view and a full driveway view, which was a little was disappointing. The main bathroom was super spacious with a large soaking tub, enclosed glass shower, double vanity and separate water closet.
- Gas burning fireplaces
- Twice daily housekeeping
- Daily newspaper delivery
- Free Wifi
- L’occiatne bath products
- Comfortable bedding
- Coffee Makers
- Plush bathrobes and slippers for kids and adults
- Large walk-in closets
Some extra added amenities we enjoyed:
- Fruit platter upon arrival
- Cookies and milk set out for the kids with cuddly stuffed animals
- Play tent for the kids in the room with welcome notes
FYI ABOUT THE ROOMS- The rooms can get very stuffy at night (other guests also commented on this) so you might want to turn the heat off before going to sleep, or keep a window cracked open for fresh air. One night we even turned on the air conditioner…so hold off on packing those flannel pajamas!
ADDITIONAL ROOM PHOTOS:
On site there are a few different options for dining, and the hotel also offers 24 hour in-room dining with a pretty substantial menu.
Flame is said to be one of the finest steakhouses in the area, and even if you aren’t a steak lover they still offer delicious seafood and poultry dishes. The service is fantastic and children are welcome. Do yourself a favor and be sure to finish your meal with the chocolate souffle!! Flame is open for breakfast and dinner. Our kids particularly enjoyed the extensive breakfast buffet put out daily with offerings such as: fruit loops, chocolate chip pancakes, fruit smoothies and pastries. Children’s dinner menu also available.
Remedy Bar Located right in the lobby is a great place for a drink, light snack, dessert, watch the game, play a game, or just hang with the family. Seating available at the bar, on the terrace or on one of the cozy couches. Remedy Bar is the perfect apres-ski spot, and could not be more convenient. Menu items for adults include: pizza, hummus, sliders, wings and salads. Kids can choose from macaroni and cheese, pasta, pizza, chicken fingers and other kid-friendly items. Whatever your ailment is, your elixir awaits at the Remedy Bar!
Bean and Gone In a rush to get on the slopes, Bean And Gone is the resort’s coffee shop with sandwiches and pastries ready for carry-out or to take to one of the tables in the shop.
A SPECIAL SHOUT OUT…
To the folks are the Remedy Bar who sent to our room a thoughtful basket of remedies to our sick daughter, you are the best!. The crackers, Gatorade, candies and signed get well card did give her a little and much needed cheer. Thank you!
Additional Dining Photos
There is large heated outdoor pool on the property, along with two good sized whirlpools. The pool are also has a a fireplace to and deck heaters to help keep you warm while you are out there. This is a popular spot for kids to congregate apres-ski as the large pool the water is about 85 degrees (during winter).
- Heated Towels
- Seasonal poolside treats
- Outdoor fireplace
- Two hot tubs
If you can, make some time for yourself and book yourself a treatment that the Spa! The Spa is a beautiful retreat within the hotel, it has 13 treatment rooms, 2 couples’ rooms (if you can both sneak off) and one zen garden. It also features in an indoor whirlpool, cold plunge pool, dry sauna and steam room. Salon services are also available at the spa.
Kids for All Seasons
Kids ages 5-12 are invited to come hang out at the Kid For All Seasons, located on the hotel’s lower level. The club is open from 9-5 and activities vary from art & Crafts to movies to games.
For kids over the age of 12, there is also a game room just one door down, replete with computers, TV, gaming consoles, pool table air hockey and more.
Well worth having your kids check out!
What to do with all of your stuff?!? There are two different options for storing your ski equipment at the hotel. The first option, is having the hotel store your equipment right onsite and you can grab it as you head out to the mountain or you can have your stuff brought over to the ski concierge in Vail Village (10 minute walk, 5 minute shuttle from lobby). If you know you are starting your day out from Vail Village, it’s best to take advantage of the ski concierge.
Benefits of the Ski Concierge:
- No lugging of equipment
- Use of heated lockers (welcome to keep your locker for duration of stay)
- Rental Arrangements
- Complimentary Refreshments
- Super friendly staff, even willing to help put your boots on!
- Close proximity to gondola and ski school
IMPORTANT NOTE ON SKI SCHOOL:
If you are using the ski concierge and arranging your kids to go to ski school, make sure you arrange for them to depart from the Vail Village ski school and not Lion’s Head.
- Use of house car (first come, first serve)
- Valet Parking
- Onsite Lift Ticket Sales
- Four Seasons Shuttle
- Full Business Center
- Fitness Center
- Signature Four Seasons Service
- Super Family Friendly
- Great Pool
- Use of Ski Concierge
- Proximity to Vail Village
- Spacious Rooms
- Not a ski-in/ski-out property
- 10 Minute walk to shuttle ride for ski school
- Some lower level rooms have disappointing views
The Four Seasons Vail is definitively on our list of luxury hotels we would like to revisit and a repeat trip to Vail is an absolute! However, the not being a ski-in/ski-out property kind of makes us want to check out a few other nearby options before rebooking. For our family, we like the convenience of being right on the slopes. Yes, the service is impeccable, the hotel is beautiful, but for the money we spent…we should have been slope-side.