Vail Plaza Club & Hotel - Vail, Colorado - luxury hotel and ski resort in Colorado's mountains

The Vail Plaza Hotel and Club opened in December 2007 and was the first newly built property in Vail Village in over 40 years. In the short time since its opening, the hotel and club have become one of the most popular and luxurious properties in Vail. Like many of the other hotels in Vail, the Plaza has a European feel to it - in this case, the hotel has captured the style of the grand hotels of the Italian Alps and its goal is to allow guests to enjoy `Dolce Far Niente' - a slower pace.

Guest rooms and public areas are tastefully decorated. The huge lobby has become a popular place to meet friends or just relax, with its high cathedral ceiling, fireplace and spectacular views. All 100 guest rooms and 38 suites also feature such touches as custom designed furnishings and bathrooms with heated floors. The suites boast such luxuries as gourmet kitchens, a dining room and a welcoming fireplace and are also available on a part ownership basis. Owners can buy the room of their choice, as well as being able to buy specific weeks.

The Italian theme has been carried over to the hotel's two restaurants. At the aptly named Da Vinci restaurant, contemporary American fare is given a Southern Italian twist and accompanied by a comprehensive wine list. Galileo is an Italian-themed bistro that offers guests a more casual dining experience, as well as a selection of beers from local microbreweries. Bacco's bar serves snacks as well as drinks and has become a popular meeting place.

Apart from the excellent skiing nearby, one of the biggest attractions at the Vail Plaza Hotel is the chance to be pampered at the Sorrento Spa. The state of the art facility has over 3,000 feet of space and hotel guests have the use of five treatment rooms, including a hydrotherapy room, as well as a sauna and several hot tubs. There is also a fitness center offering both strength and cardiovascular training and featuring individual media stations.

The hotel also has excellent facilities for meetings and weddings. Couples getting married in Vail have the use of the hotel's ballroom and restaurant and are also within easy reach of several other indoor and outdoor wedding venues in the area. The Plaza's 7,000 square feet of meeting space can accommodate up to 350 people with ease; there is also a fully equipped business center, as well as free high speed wireless internet in the rooms and public areas.

The Vail Plaza Hotel is conveniently located in the middle of the car free zone that comprises the center of Vail. From the stone archway that is the hotel's entrance, it's a short walk to many of Vail's restaurants, shops and other attractions. The resort's many skiing options are within easy reach as well - the Vista Bahn chairlift is located just a few blocks away. Located just off Interstate 70, the hotel is about a 45-minute drive from the Eagle/Vail airport; or a two-hour drive from Denver airport through some of the state's most beautiful scenery.

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