Feb 15, 2023



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Where to Stay in Vail, Colorado: Luxury Hotels & Boutique Ski Resorts

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Wondering where to stay in Vail, Colorado for an amazing ski trip? The top luxury resorts and boutique hotels in Vail make an excellent home base, complete with elite spas, gourmet restaurants and more. 

The best way to book your travel to Colorado? Connect with Fora. Not only can advisors help you decide where to stay in Vail (or where to stay in Telluride, Denver or elsewhere), they can also hook you up with amazing perks and upgrades — often for free — to take your trip to the next level.

Why visit Vail, Colorado?

Lost in the discussion of the best ski towns in the United States is Vail. 

Aspen gets a lot of the publicity when it comes to snow sports, but it’s hardly alone at the top (a winter adventure in Telluride is exciting, too). Just as grand for skiing, Vail stands out by catering almost exclusively to luxury travelers and celebrities, so it’s arguably the best place to stay in Colorado for private access to premier ski slopes.

Even in the warmer months (see our Vail summer itinerary and our guide on the best times to visit Colorado for details), Vail has a lot to offer in terms of staying adventurous in a secluded setting. 

Where to stay in Vail: luxury hotels & resorts

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Read on for the top boutique hotels in Vail:

1. The Arrabelle at Vail Square: where to stay in Vail for a world-class experience

All of the ski resorts on this list offer incredible accommodations, but The Arrabelle at Vail Square may be in a class of its own. Inspired by European architecture and gorgeously decorated, The Arrabelle offers exceptionally quick access to the slopes (there are gondolas right outside the resort’s doors) and an impressive array of amenities for your return. 

While the resort veers adult-friendly at night — with swanky bars and lounges — this is a great Colorado resort for families, too. Connect with Fora for all the details on The Arrabelle, including potential booking perks.

2. Four Seasons Resort Vail: a ritzy boutique Vail hotel fit for a bachelorette party

Delightfully upscale, the Four Seasons Resort and Residences Vail provides luxe rooms, suites and private residences large enough for any group. If you’re looking for a hotel to host a Colorado bachelorette party or company retreat (advisors can book corporate accommodations as well!), this is where to stay in Vail.

Beyond accommodations, the five-star resort also boasts a full spa, fitness center, gourmet dining and views of Vail Mountain.

3. Sonnenalp Hotel: an Alps-inspired, boutique hotel on Vail Mountain

Inspired by some of Europe’s finest ski resorts, the Sonnenalp Hotel employs a charming Bavarian theme and dining options. This four-star hotel is a little more down-to-earth than the Arrabelle or Four Seasons, but its exceptional service and cozy accommodations leave little to be desired.

Book with Fora for your stay at the Sonnenalp and get access to VIP perks and upgrades. 

Alternatively, travelers looking for a more casual ski resort may enjoy the boutique hotels in Aspen over the glamorous luxury hotels in Vail. Aspen still offers an exceptional opportunity for skiing and snow sports — just see our Aspen winter itinerary — but the (slightly) more casual environment may be more appealing to families. Of course, Aspen can be fun to explore in summer, too.

4. The Sebastian: an eclectic, yet luxurious ski resort 

The Sebastian presents “approachable chic” decor self-described as “eclectic,” yet guests will surely tell you the hotel is fashionable and spacious. 

Forgoing the European influences on the other Vail ski resorts, The Sebastian takes a simpler approach inspired by rustic Colorado. The presentation is authentic and classy, and best exhibited by the resort’s Grand Gallerie Penthouse suite, which offers unparalleled views of Vail Mountain, plus more than enough space for a large family or work group. (And if you're looking for more family travel inspiration, check out our guide to the top Utah family resorts.)

This is where to stay in Vail for a unique experience.

5. Grand Hyatt Vail: where to stay in Vail for easy access to the slopes

Aside from The Arrabelle, Grand Hyatt Vail is the only Vail luxury resort on this list to offer immediate access to the ski slopes. Whether you choose a room or suite at the hotel proper, or a full residence at Cascade Village, the local ski lift is never more than a block away.

Expect posh decor, lavish accommodations and exceptional service.

If you’re touring Colorado and also pondering where to stay in Denver, opt for The Grand Hyatt. This property is also one of the top boutique hotels in Denver. Your advisor has the full scoop on both locations.

Let a Fora Advisor help you decide where to stay in Vail

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Fora can help you plan and book all your Colorado travel, from staying at the most unique places in Colorado to deciding where to stay in Vail. 

Better yet, booking with an advisor scores you exclusive access to VIP perks and expert travel recommendations while exploring Vail, all of which are tailored to your preferences. And it’s as easy as connecting with an expert advisor. There’s no better way to book travel.

And the expert help doesn’t stop with finding boutique hotels in Vail. Whether you’re looking for the top boutique hotels in Utah or boutique hotels in Barcelona, on the other side of the world, we have your back.

Ready to travel? Connect with Fora to plan and book your getaway today.


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