I booked the hotel through Expedia's Mystery Hotel "unpublished rates" to get great rates on 4-star hotels. My reservation was for 3 adults, but was not able to confirm # of beds due to the "Mystery Hotel" mechanism in Expedia... Finally, when I got the confirmation that Sonnenalp was the one, I called to confirm that everyone has a bed. Unfortunately, with 3 adults, we were put into a room with a single King Bed. No way 3 people in a single bed. The hotel upgraded us to Junior Suite with 2 double beds no question asked! Can't be happier! Great room, great service, and great facility!!
For me, first impressions generally spell out what I am going to experience at a hotel: When arriving at the Sebastian we were greeting by very friendly and helpful valet parking staff. The lobby is very nice, wood beamed floor, nice furniture in friendly seating arrangements, wonderful fireplace - overall very impressive. Cozy, but elegant. The staff were excellent. Our room was very nicely furnished and quiet (you don't hear neighbors or hallway noise). Staff would come in each evening and straighten up items (ie. a jacket left on the bed would be folded up, bathroom items neatly arranged on a towel...), freshen a glass container of water, turn down the beds and leave a very nice treat (blond brownie, cookies...) . You could not ask for a better location - right in the middle of town. Everything you need within walking distance. I loved this hotel - would definitely come back and stay at the Sebastian.
We stayed one night in Vail at the Austria Haus and enjoyed it very much. The king Lupine room was beautiful, and we had one of the balconies to people watch and enjoy the views. Breakfast included waffles with fruit toppings, oatmeal with several add-ins, boiled eggs, yogurt, fruit, cereal, and coffee from Vail Mountain Coffee with wonderful flavor. The staff was very hospitable, especially Josh, who met us at the designated parking spot and provided advice and assistance throughout our short stay. If you wish to avoid expensive restaurants and go casual, we recommend DeliZioso, a little market/deli. We shared a panini, added chips, yogurt and a shared croissant for a light dinner.
This is a wonderful hotel and resort, located right on a popular walking/hiking/biking trail and just above Gore Creek, which is beautiful and also a terrific fishing stream. The staff are all very nice and extremely helpful. (These comments are geared to the time we visited -- Summer; we have not visited in Winter, for which Vail is most famous.)
The town of Vail is surrounded by the White River National Forest. Worldwide, Vail is synonymous with skiing and snowboarding. In warmer months, people flock to the area to hike, mountain bike, horseback ride, and fish. In the summer, Vail hosts a number of music and art venues. The town is also known for its restaurants that dish up a wide variety of cuisine.
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