I opened the door to be greeted by a welcome gift of chocolate covered strawberries and champagne. And this was only the beginning of the opulence.
During the next three days it became clear that the staff of The Sebastian go out of their way to make a stay in the high-end resort downright remarkable.
Ski valet to the bottom of the mountain? Check. Robes and slippers waiting on the bed? Check. Oh, and don’t forget the FOUR hot tubs with bar service. Michelle Obama stayed here and left a letter that is displayed at the reception.
As a journalist who arrived in a teenage Toyota, I was clearly out of my element. I didn’t mind one bit.
The Sebastian – Vail, a Timbers Resorts Hotel and Residences, opened in January 2011. I stayed in the high-end resort in Feb. 2013 as a member of the outdoor sports media in town to cover, and participate in, the Vail Mountain Games.
Suffice to say, I wish I would have had more time to lounge poolside and partake in the amazing food and drink the hotel has to offer.
During my brief downtime between competitions in the three-day Ultimate Mountain Challenge, I had a few minutes to enjoy the mountain-view pool with fire pits and steaming hot tubs, succulent food at both the Lenora restaurant and Frost Bar and incredible service from the staff and management I met during my stay.
While the hotel is not located slope-side, they have come up with a wonderful solution with their Ski Valet, which provides a place to store your skis at the base of the mountain. I guess some of the charm of staying in such high-end digs is not having to carry your skis.
Such opulent accommodations don’t’ come cheap; room rates range from $239 to $669 in the summer season and $389 to $970 in the winter season. Suite rates range from $1,000 to $2,900 in the summer season and $1,240 to $5,850 in the winter season.
Checking out of the hotel I felt like a kid on the last day of summer vacation. Back to the real world, I thought, as a valet handed me the keys to my trusty old ride. He offered to help load my skis in the trunk. No, I told him. I’ve got this one.