The Sonnenalp Vail is a fascinatingly old-world, authentic Alpine-style hotel nestled in the heart of Vail Village. It flawlessly conveys the timeless European experience one would not often see in other hotels in the West.
Karlheinz Faessler, a former German ski team member, decided to bring the glorious Bavarian environment with him when he fell in love with Vail’s natural beauty. In 1979, Sonnenalp opened its doors and has since then started transporting its guests back in nearly a century’s time to Ofterschwang, Bavaria, where the Faessler Family exemplified the best in personalized service coupled with an arresting natural surroundings.
Luxury 5 Star Hotel
Sonnenalp’s candid, Bavarian design genuinely makes it appear like a huge cottage pulled straight away from a German ski town. Wide archways, shingled rooftops, shuttered windows and balconies made of wood are just some of its most telling features.
This 5-star property is located right in the center of town. Many consider it as their starting platform to other great places, as it’s only a few minutes away from Vail’s famous slopes and transportation hubs. It’s within walking distance to other points of interest, such as specialty stores, art galleries, bars and restaurants. Nearby airports include Eagle County Regional Airport (29 miles), Aspen-Pitkin (39 miles) and Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport (70 miles).
Sonnenalp boasts 127 rooms, including the 112 suites, with all rooms living up to its Bavarian theme.
Guests can choose from their:
- Juniper Rooms (350-420 sq. feet);
- Junior Suites in Lodgepole (490 sq. feet), Conifer (490 sq. feet with mountain views), Blue Spruce (570 sq. feet), Bristlecone (570 sq. feet with mountain views) categories;
- One Bedroom Suites in Mill Creek (700 sq. feet), Cross Creek (750 sq. feet), Bald Mountain (795 sq. feet), Gore Creek (770 sq. feet with mountain views) categories; and Two Bedroom Suites in Golden Peak (1050 sq. feet), Vail Mountain (1350 sq. feet), Vail Mountain Two Level (1350 sq. feet) and Castle Peak (1600 sq. feet) categories.
- Residences are also available in Two Bedroom (1600 sq. feet), Three Bedroom (2100 sq. feet) and Four Bedroom (2400 sq. feet) categories.
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The hotel is also home to some great dining options; Bully Ranch has the casual-western style vibe offering Southwestern and American cuisines, perfect for spending lunch or dinner with friends. Swiss Chalet features traditional European cuisine and promises the best Alpine experience with its classic Swiss-style setting. Ludwig’s offers a lavish European breakfast buffet served on their luxurious glass-enclosed terrace that overlooks the Gore Creek.
Sonnenalp is also known for its onsite spa that offers everything from body massages and facial treatments, to steam rooms and heated indoor and outdoor pools. Included as well in its space are the hotel’s fitness center, yoga/Pilates studio, spa boutique and a café. A nearby 7100-yard championship links style golf course is also available, which is situated about 16 miles west of Vail.
Vail is all about thrills, and as such activities are endless regardless of the season. Summer is an opportunity to do hiking tours, while winter puts Vail on top of the options for places to do skiing, snowboarding and guided snowshoe adventures.
Address: 20 Vail Rd, Vail, CO
Rating: 5 star