Vail Ski Resort just might be the ultimate ski destination in the U.S. It’s luxurious, busy, magical, dramatic, memorable, expensive, and challenging all in one. This is the place to come if you want to have an all-around, high-end ski vacation that’s filled with busy days on the slopes and evening fun with friends and family. One trip won’t be enough. You’ll fall in love after one weekend at Vail. So don’t wait—find the best ski hotels in Vail so you can experience all it has to offer.
“Like No Place On Earth.” Vail is the ultimate après-ski destination in the U.S. You’ll find several hotels, shops, and restaurants built as if they were airlifted here from the Austrian Alps. Just step out of your car, take a deep breath of mountain air, and you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to a magical Tyrolean village. But even better—it’s a modern mountain town with luxury and every cuisine, convenience, and winter adventure you could think of. Let’s discover more about why Vail is the next ski vacation you must take and where to book the best ski hotel.
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The 14 Best Hotels for Skiing in Vail, Colorado
The closest international airport to Vail is in Denver, which is about 2 hours away when traffic isn’t backed up on I-70 in the canyon. That means you’ll want to avoid arriving in the morning. Otherwise, fly into the popular Eagle County Regional Airport that is only 40 minutes west of Vail. It’s perfect for private charters and small regional flights from major U.S. airlines. And since just about everyone flying into Eagle is coming to Vail, there are plenty of transportation options. For instance, Epic Mountain Express offers transportation from both Eagle and Denver, as do some hotels in Vail.
You know what’s cool? Cobblestone streets in Vail. It’s just one more touch you’ll find in this awesome mountain town to keep you feeling like you’ve stepped away from reality. There are three main bases, and it’s a super walkable town, so you could skip the rental car. Vail does luxury right, so you’re sure to find a luxe hotel, fine dining, and high-end shopping here. Oh, and of course some great spas for the ultimate relaxation. Be sure to check out the interactive ice sculptures at the Winterfest Exhibit, or just head to the skating rink for family fun.
Vail Mountain Resort is the third largest ski resort in the country with 5,317 skiable acres, 195 runs, and 31 lifts. Check out this trail map for the front, back bowl, and Blue Sky Basin runs. Be sure to get onto Riva Ridge for a whopping four-mile ride down the mountain. You’ll also find incredible moguls, terrain parks, adventure zones for kids, and areas to push yourself from beginner to intermediate then to expert. Most importantly, you’ll find sweet hotels, mid-range hotels, condominiums, and chalets throughout the village. Here are our picks for the best ski hotels in Vail.
Montaneros in Vail
$$$$ | 3 Star | Guest Favorite | Saltwater Pool | Yoga Class Streaming | Complimentary Ski Storage
Honestly, we’re not sure why this hotel isn’t at least a four-star hotel, because it’s really amazing and guests love it. You can choose from luxury residences or one- to three-bedroom suites—all of which include full kitchens and sitting areas. We especially like the saltwater pool that you don’t find at every destination, plus the option to stream a yoga class on demand. Plus, it’s ideally located right next to Vail Square. This easily takes our first spot on our best ski hotels in Vail list.
Christiania at Vail
$$$ | 3 Star | Bavarian-Style Lodge | Ski-in/Ski-out | Cribs Available
Christiania is a boutique Bavarian lodge located just 200 feet from Gondola 1. It’s an accommodating hotel that doesn’t hesitate to arrange rollaway beds or pack-and-play cribs if you’re traveling with kids. They also have coin-operated laundry, a heated outdoor pool, mini fridges in every room, and humidifiers available for a fee. That’s a really thoughtful addition since the dry mountain air can sometimes be a challenge for guests. And if that wasn’t enough, guests also have access to the Dryland Fitness & Spa a couple blocks away.
Manor Vail Lodge
$$$$ | 3 Star | Ski-In/Ski-Out | Certified Green Spa | Condos & Penthouses
The fully equipped condos at Manor Vail Lodge are warm and inviting, with just the right amount of rustic décor. There is plenty of space and either a sleeper sofa or a Murphy bed for additional guests. But the sweetest part is the certified green spa that specializes in organic, holistic, and ultra-natural healing treatments that go beyond traditional massages (which are wonderful on their own). Other amenities include two heated swimming pools, four hot tubs, a sauna and steam room, laundry facilities, grab-and-go breakfast, and more.
The Ritz-Carlton Club, Vail
$$$$$+ | 5 Star | Rentable Residences | Tons of Ski Services | Luxe, Spacious Suites
The top-of-the-line luxury hotel in downtown Vail is this Ritz-Carlton Club that can be rented through the Vail Collection or by individual owners. If you’ve got a few thousand dollars to drop on a weekend in Vail, there’s no better place. The suites have hardwood floors, oversized bathrooms, and washers and dryers, but you’ll also want to spend time in the huge great room where you can also order light food and drinks. As you’d expect, there’s also an indulgent spa here, and they offer every ski rental and accommodation you’ll need.
Austria Haus Hotel
$$$+ | 3 Star | Cozy Austrian Vibes | Heated Marble Bathroom Floors | Favorite for Couples
This charming, 25-room Austrian chalet is not one to pass over. If you can grab a room, you won’t regret it. Promise. Let’s name a few reasons why: fresh-baked pastries with meat and cheese platters at breakfast, heated marble bathroom floors, heated pool and hot tub, room service, and the all-around Tyrolean vibes. While it’s a perfect boutique hotel for just about anyone, couples especially love how romantic and cozy this hotel is. And it’s perfectly located near everything in town.
Lion Square Lodge
$$$ | 3 Star | Pedestrian Village | Ski-In/Ski-Out | Ski Rentals and Storage
In the heart of Lionshead Village, you’ll find Lion Square Lodge. There are condos and suites available to rent with lots of resort-style amenities. Their concierge service even offers to help schedule trusted babysitter services or grocery deliveries. Since it’s a ski-in/ski-out location, they even have a cool Latin-themed restaurant that you can access with your ski boots on. You can choose a suite with a mini fridge and microwave or a condo with a full-service kitchen for extra convenience.
Heading to Colorado for epic snow? You can also check out our list of the best ski hotels in Breckenridge!
$$$+ | 3 Star | Chalet Style | Heated Pool | Shopping On-Site
Every room has a small balcony here at the Sitzmark Lodge. And if you’re lucky, yours will overlook the creek that babbles happily to brighten your morning. Larger suites include sitting areas and fireplaces, but there aren’t any kitchens here. However, there’s a delightful French restaurant on-site where you can enjoy at dinner, plus a grab-and-go breakfast in the lobby. You’ll love the location of this lodge since it’s connected to some of the coolest local shops at Vail Village.
Hotel Gasthof Gramshammer
$$$+ | 3 Star | Family-Run Guesthouse | Quaint Chalet-Style | Ski Shop Discounts
The owners of Hotel Gasthof Gramshammer are too cute not to talk about. Pepi Gramshammer arrived here as a world-renowned skier and his wife, Sheika, comes from a family of Austrian innkeepers. Naturally, they decided to open their own chalet guesthouse in Vail where guests have been delighted with Austrian-style warmth and amenities ever since. The rooms are cozy and inviting, and you can use the hot tub, sauna, or book a massage. They also own the ski shop next door, so if you forgot some gear (or you need some new gear) guests get a discount on all purchases and rentals!
$$$$ | 4 Star | Upscale Alpine Living | Great for Families | Rooftop Lap Pool
The Arrabelle is another fantastic option that’s especially cool since it’s located right next to the Vail Square ice skating rink. There are lots of room combinations here from a king room to a three-bedroom suite to a five-bedroom apartment. It’s so helpful for families who need extra space during those family reunions over the holidays. You’re not far from a gondola so it’s practically ski-in/ski-out access too. And of course, there are ski rentals and valet available here.
Antlers at Vail
$$$+ | 3 Star | Mountain Modern Condo-Hotel | Babysitting Services | Pet Friendly
There are a lot of perks here at Antlers at Vail for families and groups. Room options range from studios to four-bedroom suites—all fully equipped with kitchens and fireplaces. If you have kids, ask for highchairs, nightlights, and cribs. Otherwise, they’re also open to having your pet visit with you! They also have heated pools and hot tubs and in-room dining services. You’re about a ten-minute walk away from the closest gondola, but they offer slope-side ski valet so you don’t have to schlep all your gear.
Heading to Colorado for epic snow? You can also check out our list of the best ski hotels in Breckenridge!
The Landmark, A Destination by Hyatt
$$$+ | 4 Star | Luxury Condos | Rooftop Pool | In-Room Ski Boot Fitting/Delivery
You’ll find the décor and details in this condominium hotel tasteful and modern. Choose from one- to four-bedroom condos to relax in your home away from home. And while most hotels have a ski valet on the main floor, The Landmark offers in-room ski boot fitting and delivery as an added bonus. After your day on the slopes, you can head to the rooftop pool and hot tubs before jumping on the free shuttle to Vail Village or Golden Peak if you’ve already explored the Lionshead Village.
Marriott’s StreamSide Evergreen at Vail
$$$+ | 3 Star | Away From It All | No Resort Fees | Spacious Villas | Perfect for Families
Ok, so this hotel is slightly outside of downtown Vail, but it’s such a tranquil place with amenities for everyone. It’s the perfect place if you want to have more family time together without the bustle of downtown living. Kids will love the game rooms and indoor/outdoor connected pools. Adults will love the oversized soaking tub with jets for ultimate relaxation, plus the ease of local restaurant deliveries. Right now they don’t offer a shuttle to the ski resort, but it’s still a top choice if you prefer to be slightly out of the busy nightlife.
$$$+ | 4 Star | Delicious Breakfast | Hotel Dog | Lobby Treats | Hot Tubs
At this pet-friendly lodge, you’ll meet Racer, the unofficial hotel dog who sort of runs things. He’ll show you where to find cookies, coffee, and hot cider in the lobby each afternoon when you come back from skiing. You can choose from standard rooms to full suites that provide plenty of space to relax. You’ll also love the deep soaking tubs in the bathrooms or the outdoor hot tubs. For added convenience, Tivoli also provides ski valet services since they’re about 650 feet from the nearest ski lift.
Gravity Haus Vail
$$$+ | 4 Star | Chic Boutique | For the Health Conscious | Pet Friendly
With only 22 rooms here at Gravity Haus, don’t hesitate to book one if it’s open. The rooms are chic and modern in a hotel where no detail is too small. For instance, the heated bathroom floors on a chilly winter morning are much appreciated. And if you’re vegan or need gluten-free, you’ll love that their restaurant has locally-sourced options to please—and plenty for carnivores too. Finally the hotel is adjacent to the Dryland Fitness center where you can work out, use the saunas, book a massage, or schedule a health treatment to recover faster in high altitude.