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Flat screen TVs in every room

VAIL ” A bunch of new kids are coming to Vail ” the Four Seasons, the Arrabelle at Vail Square, the Vail Plaza Hotel and Club and other new hotels will soon open around town.

That left the Vail Cascade Resort and Spa ” at 25 years old, one of Vail’s older hotels ” thinking about a facelift.

“This is the right time for us to completely modernize the hotel,” said Matthew Martinucci, regional director of sales and marketing for the hotel.

The plan

What: Renovations at the Cascade.

How much: $30 million to redo restaurant, pool, bar, deck, add air conditioning, add a conference room and put flat-screen televisions and cordless phones in the rooms.

Where: One mile west of Lionshead, on Gore Creek.

When: Starting this summer.

What’s there now: 292 rooms, including suites, condos and private homes.

The Cascade recently announced plans for $30 million in improvements over the next 18 months, including adding air conditioning to the rooms, building more conference rooms and expanding its restaurant.

The owner of the hotel ” the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System ” has committed to spend more on these renovations than it paid to buy the hotel, Martinucci said.

The hotel will try to take better advantage of its creekside location by renovating its restaurant and deck, Martinucci said.

And while air conditioning was rare in Vail several years ago, it’s now standard among hotels, he said.

“That’s really a huge development to have air conditioning put in the hotel,” he said.

Rooms will also get 42-inch flat screen TVs and cordless phones.

The Cascade also is improving its conference rooms to continue its emphasis on group business, Martinucci said.

“We have the most meeting space of the hotels in the valley,” Martinucci said. “We have decided that group business is a significant part of our business.”

The hotel will remain a “solid” four-star or four-diamond hotel, Martinucci said.

The renovations are supposed to start this summer, pause in December and resume in the spring of 2008. They would be completed by the start of ski season in 2008.

The Cascade has 292 rooms and has a restaurant and a spa.

Staff Writer Edward Stoner can be reached at 748-2929 or estoner@vaildaily.com.

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