Though ski season may be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Vail, the popular Colorado destination has made a name for itself as a year-round destination. Luxury lodging accommodations abound, but the Four Seasons Resort and Residences Vail has mastered the art of impressing travelers time and time again.
Opened in 2010, the property’s list of accolades continues to grow; the Condé Nast Traveler 2022 Readers’ Choice Awards named the Four Seasons Resort and Residences Vail as the #21 Best Resort in the World.
The Four Seasons features 121 guest rooms and suites, many with stellar mountain and pool views. There are also nearly two-dozen private residences ranging in size from one to six bedrooms and with full kitchens, that are available to guests wanting more room to spread out.
I stayed in a Mountain Premier King guest room on the 5th floor. Expectedly spacious, the room had a modern, mountain chic vibe. Alongside the king bed, a loveseat and leather chair created a cozy spot to sit by the gas fireplace. But truth be told, most of my free time was spent on the roomy balcony enjoying the warm fall weather and views of yellowing aspens.
The attention to details in the layout and design of the room is apparent. Electric outlets and USB ports are plentiful and easy to access. Though the lighting system had numerous choices and combinations, it was easy to use, and the fireplace ignited with the push of a button. Along with a Nespresso machine, there was an electric kettle for tea drinkers.
A large walk-in closet provides room for all of the outdoor gear and layers that often come with a trip to Vail. I especially appreciated the humidifier next to the bed, as it made dealing with altitude changes a bit easier.
The bathroom featured a large soaking tub, walk-in shower with rainfall shower head, and large double sink vanity. L’Occitane Amande bath products were found throughout, but unfortunately they are still provided in single-use plastic bottles. (I’m hopeful a more eco-friendly offering could become available in the future.)
The hotel’s signature restaurant, Flame, is open daily for breakfast and dinner. Though a steakhouse at heart, the menu offers a variety of delicious options ranging from pan seared scallops, to a charred cauliflower steak, and dry-aged pork chop. The “World Famous Haut Chocolate” is worth saving room for. I recommend having your phone ready for its tableside preparation and presentation.
The breakfast menu at Flame makes and impression for its variety of both sweet and savory offerings. From Belgian Waffle S’mores, to Eggs Benedict, and a stunning Acai Smoothie bowl, it’s worth setting the alarm clock to ensure you have time for the most important meal of the day. I looked forward to the fresh-squeezed orange juice, served with orange-ginger ice cubes, both mornings of my stay.
Located at the gateway to Vail Village, the Four Seasons also offers easy access to the many dining and shopping options in pedestrian-friendly Vail.
In addition to an outdoor pool heated 365 days a year, the Four Seasons Vail is home to a fitness center, and spa with 13 treatment rooms. Along with a long list of treatment options, the spa offers indoor whirlpools, saunas, steam rooms, and relaxation lounges that are open to all hotel guests. It’s a perk that is especially appreciated after a long day on the mountain.
And though I didn’t stay during ski season, it’s worth noting during the winter months the Four Seasons offers a full-service ski concierge nearby Gondola One.
The hotel is located about 45 minutes from Eagle County Regional Airport (EGE). Plan on close to two-and-a-half hours to reach Denver International Airport (DIA).
Rates for a Mountain Premier King guest room start at $650 in summer and $850 in winter. A daily resort fee of 7% of the room rate (plus applicable taxes) is applied to all reservations. Dog-friendly rooms are available. Make your reservation directly at the Four Seasons website or see if you can get a better deal at Booking.com or your favorite online booking site.
Valet parking only for an additional fee; complimentary Tesla charging stations are available for overnight guests.
Review and photos by San Francisco Bay Area travel writer and television correspondent Dana Rebmann. Her stay was organized by the Four Seasons Resort and Residences Vail, but as always her thoughts and opinions are her own.