Hotel Talisa has enjoyed an excellent reputation in one of Colorado’s and the US most exclusive active destinations: Vail for quite some time. It has received even greater accolades since becoming a Luxury Collection Property in the Marriott chain.
Shoulder season in late spring was the moment when we decided to visit Vail. Sitting around an hour and a half drive from Denver we were able to enjoy one of the last snows of the season where newly sprung greenery and a fresh white blanket set the mood. Nearby Frisco is a good place to stock up on groceries and wine. Vail has less options grocery wise because it is simply smaller.
Vail is divided into two villages: Vail and Lion’s Head just around a mile apart. Parking is paid and it goes for valet around $30 per day. The hotel is located even on the outskirts of Lion’s Head which allows for plenty of peace and quiet.
From the moment we arrived it was evidently luxurious and private. This was probably heightened by the less crowded nature of shoulder season, but staff were immediately on top of our needs. We were able to enjoy the roaring fireplace in the lobby as staff handled the car and luggage without even being asked. Directly on check in my Titanium status with Marriott was recognized (as the Luxury Collection is part of their portfolio of properties) and they upgraded me to a suite, something one normally has to push for in US properties and isn’t often awarded.
The room was generous by top American resort town standards. We had an exclusive mountain view with a river and forest just outside our windows. The breakfast was full of delicacies and we received vouchers and when we arrived the waiter said we could have as many a la carte menu items as we wished. Fruits were fresh and the egg white omelet was memorable. Once again the service was attentive and anticipatory at every turn.
What really impressed us the most was how the hotel was integrated into the surrounding nature. There are so many pathways on which to walk and hike. Its possible to go all the way to Vail and Lion’s Head.
The gym is not huge, but it is well appointed with all the newest equipment. The hangout place outdoors is the central pool and Jacuzzi. Both are heated so they can be enjoyed whatever the weather. There is also a steam room, sauna and jacuzzi which is complimentary, but it seems a bit like an afterthought sitting in the parking lot of the hotel, it feels like you are going off property. The Talisa as we stayed in the low season was hundreds of dollars less than it would be in high season. We had to pay the newly imposed resort fee that’s coming in almost any US property and its really bothersome. All the perks its said to include are things we get anyway being Platinum with Bonvoy.
We really need to give a hat tip to one of the concierges for being very on top of all of our needs and requests, following up on the littlest details. They were really fantastic and it is one of the best hotels we have stayed at in the Vail area and Colorado in general. Service, food and the location for relaxation is just unbeatable.