Best Ski-in Ski-Out Hotels in Vail

Vail is my #1 favorite ski resort of all-time: I love this mountain.  I love the nightlife here; in fact, some of my most epic nights have taken place here….from Vendetta’s to Garfinkel’s to everywhere in-between!  Vail’s got more sense of humor than Aspen, & the mountain offers wayyy more variety than resorts like Keystone or A-Basin; & while the mountain is huge, it’s not quite as big as a place like Park City ~ which can be overwhelming with its size.  Nearby Beaver Creek is another of my favorites, but in terms of all-around good times & epic powder: Vail is very tough to beat.  Here, we’ll cover all the best ski-in ski-out hotels in Vail!

Best Ski-in Ski-Out Resorts in Vail, Colorado

Vail is my favorite ski resort of all-time, & in this article ~ I’ll show you all of the best ski-in ski-out resorts in town.

Overview of Vail Ski-in Ski-Out Hotels

  • Best Ski-in Ski-Out Resorts in Lionshead Village (by Eagle Bahn Gondola): The Arrabelle at Vail Square is one of the most beautiful hotels in Vail & my top hotel choice, while Lion Square Lodge is an old-standby, located right next to the gondola.
  • Best Ski-in Ski-Out Resorts in Vail’s Main Village (by Gondola One): This is the most populated part of Vail, with lots of  nightlife & restaurant choices; my top picks here are The Lodge at Vail, & in the “more affordable” category is the quaint Christiania Lodge. Other affordable options in Vail Village include Tivoli Lodge (next to the Christiania), or in the up-market category: the Sebastian-Vail, or ultra-luxe Four Seasons Resort Vail ~ which is actually located between Lionshead & Vail Village.
  • Best Ski-in Ski-Out Resorts in Cascade Village (by Cascade Village Lift): This is the furthest east part of the mountain, with the least amount of nightlife options ~ plus for skiing, you’ll need to jog across the mountain to reach more popular lifts. But here you’ll find the Grand Hyatt Vail, located directly next to the Cascade Lift.

The Arrabelle

Lion Square Lodge

Grand Hyatt Vail

Chalets at Lodge at Vail

Tivoli Lodge

Antlers at Vail

Christiana Lodge

Four Seasons Vail

Best Ski-in Ski-Out Resorts in Lionshead Village

1. Arrabelle at Vail Square ($540+) = Most Romantic

The Bavarian-themed exterior of The Arrabelle at Vail Square fits in perfectly with Vail’s European feel, & rooms here are my favorite in Vail: elegantly upscale with every modern amenity you could want, but with far more charm & character than a Marriott or Hyatt.  You’re about 150 yards from the slopes & Eagle Bahn Gondola, plus they have a Ski Valet (as do most up-market hotels in Vail) to take care of your gear as soon as you get off the slopes.  After skiing, order an apres-hot cocoa cart directly to your room ~ or walk over to local favorites like Tavern on the Square, or super-popular Garfinkel’s.

Their 10,000 square foot spa is also not to be missed…

Closest Ski Lift: Eagle Bahn Gondola

The Arrabelle, Best Ski-in Ski-Out Resorts in Vail, Colorado

The Arrabelle is about as close to the slopes as you can get in Vail, & their rooftop pool is one of the town’s most chic new spots.

The Arrabelle, Best Ski-in Ski-Out Resorts in Vail, Colorado

Rooms at the Arrabelle are my favorite in Vail: warm, elegant, & inviting ~ with every amenity you could want.

The Arrabelle, Best Ski-in Ski-Out Resorts in Vail, Colorado

The European chalet-style exterior is very fitting for the charming, chalet-styled town of Vail.

“They also have a ski valet at The Arrabelle (where you can pick up/drop off your skis/boots) ~ located right at the gondola. Special thanks to Shep & John. Every time we come off the lift they’re waiting to take our skis & boots ~ no matter how many people are around, we always feel like they’re waiting just for us.”

– Trvel1970

2. Lion Square Lodge ($552+) = Family-Friendly

The Lion Square Lodge is a totally different vibe from the upscale & romantic Arrabelle ~ but its location directly next to Eagle Bahn Gondola is one of the most impressive in Vail.  Families & big groups will love staying in the one to four-bedroom condos here, all with full kitchens, fireplaces, & patios or balconies.  Jump into their heated pool or one of three jacuzzis post-ski, or sip on some margaritas at their popular Mexican restaurant, El Sabor.

Closest Ski Lift: Eagle Bahn Gondola

Best Ski-in Ski-Out Resorts in Lionshead Village, Girl Who Travels the World

As far as ski-in/ski-out locations go in Vail: Lionshead Lodge is primo.

Best Ski-in Ski-Out Resorts in Lionshead Village, Girl Who Travels the World

Check into anywhere from a 1-4BR condo at Lion Square Lodge; perfect for families & big groups on a budget.

“There’s a ski valet on the way to the Eagle Bahn Gondola which makes it super convenient to pick up ski equipment & head right to the gondola. Same with returning in the afternoon, we just dropped off our skis with the valet & headed into the Lion Square. Pool & hot tubs were wonderful after a day of skiing, & the restaurant inside the hotel, El Sabor was fantastic!”

– Ketah

Best Ski-in Ski-Out Resorts in Vail Village

3. The Lodge at Vail ($566+)

We’re in Vail’s Main Village now, where all the action is: The Lodge at Vail is where I stayed with friends last time I was in town for a ski trip, & we had…..SOOO…MUCH…FUN!!  Vail’s first resort used to be the swankiest option in town (now the Ritz & Four Seasons have taken the crown there), but the location is still fantastic ~ just a few minutes’ walk to the slopes.  For larger groups, check out their Chalets at the Lodge, which offer more luxurious & larger condo-style rooms with full kitchens.  You’re just steps away from the best nightlife in Vail: at Elway’s, Gorsuch Ski Cafe, Vendetta’s, Los Amigos, & the list goes on…..!! 

If you’re here to party: stay in Vail Village.

Closest Ski Lift: Gondola One

The Lodge at Vail, Best Ski-in Ski-Out Resorts in Vail, Colorado

The Lodge at Vail was the first resort built in town ~ & it’s still a solid choice for ski-in/ski-out with its prime location by Gondola One.

The Lodge at Vail, Best Ski-in Ski-Out Resorts in Vail, Colorado

Some rooms at The Lodge offer views of the slopes.

” Our primary consideration for choosing The Lodge at Vail was for location, ski in/out, for close access to the gondola as well as the village area. This was definitely the right decision. Excellent! Easy walk to restaurants, everything. We had a two-bedroom condo which was spacious, comfortable. Everything worked!

– Virginia M.

4. Christiania Lodge ($343+) = Budget Option 

You’ve got to include a “Budget” option on any hotel list: & here, that’s the charming Christiania Lodge.  If you need to save your money for the slopes & rentals, you can’t get closer to the slopes AND Vail Village than at the Christiania ~ for less than $400/night.  In Vail, this is a steal!  And this darling, Bavarian-themed hotel is a great choice: you’re just a three-minute walk to Gondola One, which works for advanced or beginner skiers (use “Upper Lion’s Way” to jog over to TONS of green runs).  Rooms here can be a little “frilly,” but they’ll give you either mountain or valley views, & their Ski Valet + boot dryers will be welcome after a day on the slopes.

The Tivoli Lodge is next-door to the Christiania, & is another solid budget option in Vail Village.

Closest Ski Lift: Gondola One

Christiania, Best Ski-in Ski-Out Resorts in Vail, Colorado

The Christiania is a more relaxed, down-home option than some of the other properties listed here ~ but it’s just steps from Gondola One.

“[The Christiania has an] excellent ski in/ski out location. In the heart of Vail Village. Steps away from shops & restaurants. Clean & comfortable rooms. Inviting staff. The heated pool was a plus for our kids. Can’t wait to return!

– Cosmina B.

Best Ski-in Ski-Out Resorts in Vail

5. Grand Hyatt Vail ($649+) = Not in Main Village

Furthest east, kind of off on its own is the Grand Hyatt Vail ~ located directly next to the Cascade Village Lift.  The downside here is that you’ll have to rely on the hotel’s restaurants, as it’s a drive into town.  As for skiing, you’ve got to jog across the mountain to reach the more popular lifts that take you higher up the mountain; if none of that matters to you, this is a good option!  You’ve got an outdoor pool & two hot tubs, plus room service is offered 24/7 (probably due to the lack of food nearby), so this is a solid option if simple proximity to the slopes is your main consideration.

Closest Ski Lift: Cascade Lift

Grand Hyatt, Best Ski-in Ski-Out Resorts in Vail, Colorado

The Grand Hyatt is located outside of Vail’s main village, so you’ll have fewer nightlife options here.

Grand Hyatt, Best Ski-in Ski-Out Resorts in Vail, Colorado

But there’s still a nice pool at the Hyatt; this is a good option for families, & people who don’t care about staying in the heart of town.

“The lift is literally right next to the ski valet. Just 10 steps away. The Grand Hyatt is nice & luxurious. They have free guest laundry on the 1st floor. Free s’mores, cookies, & champagne for Apres. The one restaurant they have is delicious & is joined with the bar. Which has two different menus. Kid’s menu has the usual choices & our kids loves the food. Check-in was fast & friendly.”

– 5StarsGal

Best Ski-in Ski-Out Resorts in Vail

6. Four Seasons Resort Vail ($1,860) = LUXURY

You can’t talk about resorts in Colorado without bringing up the Four Seasons Resort Vail.  If you’re looking at a map, their location is a little confusing: because they’re not right next to the slopes (they’re closer to the freeway).  But don’t let this fool you!!  They have the most luxurious Ski Valet in town, which happens to be three-stories tall: you can rent any gear you want here, & they’ll take care of everything for you ~ which means dropping you off at any Vail base you want to ski at, then making sure your skis are waiting for you in the morning….& whisking them away as soon as you’re off the mountain!

The Four Seasons has great food options in-house ~ but you’re also right between Vail Village AND Lionshead….so really, you can apres anywhere from here.  Another great luxury option in Vail is the Ritz-Carlton Residences Vail, which offers a similar Ski Concierge service.

Closest Ski Lift: Wherever You Want! (Ski Concierge will drop you off)

Four Seasons, Best Ski-in Ski-Out Resorts in Vail, Colorado

The Four Seasons is THE premier luxury resort in Vail, & their three-story Ski Concierge will attend to your every need while skiing in Vail.

Four Seasons, Best Ski-in Ski-Out Resorts in Vail, Colorado

Enjoy apres-ski at the Four Season’s Remedy Center Bar.

” You can literally rent & get fitted for all your gear in the Four Seasons itself, & they’ll take care of transporting you along with all your equipment to the base of whichever slope you want to ski out of that day. The Ski Lodge they have is amazing ~ before departing on their complimentary shuttles to the lifts, you can get ready at the lodge with free coffee, tea, & snacks.”

– Wanderlustingg

Best Ski-in Ski-Out Hotels in Vail

That’s a wrap on great hotels by the slopes in Vail.  The only other Colorado town (besides Aspen) that rivals Vail in terms of being a great mountain AND having an amazing nightlife & apres-scene is Breckenridge ~ discover my favorite Breck ski hotels in the article below.

xoxo Noelia

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