New face, same family at Tivoli Lodge
March 31, 2006
VAIL ” At the Tivoli Lodge, the new is evident ” finely appointed rooms, a spacious lobby, underground parking, and wide views of the Gore Range and Vail Mountain.
And so is the old ” the family feel of a lodge that’s been in Vail Village, run by the Lazier family, since 1968.
During a tour of the newly rebuilt Tivoli, Bob Lazier crossed paths with his wife, Diane, who helped design the interior of the new hotel. In the elevator, he met his daughter-in-law, Kara, and his granddaughter, Jacqueline. And Indy, the family dog, followed him faithfully around the building.
The Tivoli Lodge reopened to guests Friday after almost two years of construction. The old lodge was torn down and completely rebuilt with 62 hotel rooms. The hotel was one of the first efforts in Vail’s “billion-dollar renewal,” which includes major construction projects throughout Vail Village and Lionshead.
Lazier said his hotel can be a model for the renewal of old lodges in Vail.
“If we can make it work, other places can make it work as well,” he said.
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The furniture in the rooms was all custom-built for the lodge ” even the mattresses are made specially for the Tivoli. Diane Lazier found Colorado artists to provide art for rooms and hallways.
The hotel also has a full bar, breakfast, underground parking, a spa, a workout room and a conference room.
Bob Lazier said his hotel has changed from a “folksy ma and pa lodge” to a hotel that meets the standards of today’s Vail.
“It was what Vail was like in 1968,” he said. “We hope this has changed as much as Vail has.”
Bob and Diane live on the top floor of the building, and their children and grandchildren will be frequent denizens of the hotel, Bob Lazier said.
The Laziers’ son Buddy ” Kara’s husband ” is an Indy car racer who won the Indianapolis 500 in 1996. The Laziers’ other son, Jaques, is also an Indy car racer.
Bob Lazier himself raced on the Indy circuit in 1981.
Bob and Diane Lazier moved to Vail in January 1963, during Vail’s first season. Bob Lazier said he was a Minnesota ski bum who had to teach his wife to ski if he wanted the marriage to last. They first worked at the Vail Village Inn.
Later, the Laziers built the Wedel Inn, where the Austria Haus is now. They sold that hotel and built the original Tivoli in 1968. Lazier said he’s had a pretty good run over 38 years.
“All my friends come back every year,” he said. “It’s a wonderful way to live.”
Staff Writer Edward Stoner can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 14623, or firstname.lastname@example.org.