Tie for first:
Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch
It’s fitting that the Ritz-Carlton and Sonnenalp tied for first place. Old-school elegance meets new-school decadence. When it was built, the Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch broke the mold. It didn’t look like every other Ritz-Carlton; it looked like an extravagant mountain lodge. “I think the hotel itself is really authentic Rocky Mountain luxury,” said Steven Holt, director of public relations. “It feels very Colorado, it feels like it’s supposed to be built into the side of the hill. It’s really become a home away from home for our guests.” Holt and the rest of the staff seen an awful lot of return visitors whose family holidays become synonymous with the hotel, be it Christmas or spring break. The newest addition to the luxury hotel is Spago, a Wolfgang Puck restaurant. It’s worth a trip to Bachelor Gulch.
The Sonnenalp has been in Vail in some capacity since 1979. They’ve recently finished a massive renovation project, and the results are thrilling. “I consider Vail itself a luxury resort,” said Patricia McNamara, director of sales and marketing. “Luxury is very simple: give the guest what they need. That all starts with learning their names, and continues on to reacting to situations and resolving issues.” The warm European-style hotel has been seeing the same families and guests for decades.
It’s not luxury, but the Roost Lodge in West Vail is famous for being the most affordable lodging in town. There was a scare last year that it would be closing, but it’s open and taking reservations.