Thank you Forbes for including Hotel Talisa as a “Hidden Gem Ski Hotel!

December 7, 2018

America is awash in fantastic 5-star options for deep pocketed skiers traveling in style, and famous places like the Four Seasons Jackson Hole, Little Nell at Aspen and Vail’s Arrabelle routinely – and deservedly – make all sorts of best hotel lists.

But there are some wonderful deluxe properties out there that fly below the radar of many traveling skiers and snowboarders I talk to. In many cases because this is because they are new, renovated or boutique. Some are overlooked simply because they are at resorts that are excellent but not well known for their luxury lodging, places like Telluride, Alta and South Lake Tahoe.


Hotel Talisa, Vail: Vail is the most popular ski destination in the United States, and one of the most famous in the world (I’ve written about why it is the King of U.S. ski resorts here). With three main base villages it is sprawling, filled with tons of restaurants, bars and, spas and shopping and has no shortage of high-end accommodations. But given its enormous size and popularity it is sort of amazing that for years, Vail has had only one ski-in/ski-out lodging property – even the lofty Arrabelle, which I love, features a short walk to a standalone slopeside ski valet where guests change, the same tact taken by all the other top hotels here such as Four Seasons. But tucked away quietly in one corner of the enormous resort base was the Vail Cascade Lodge, with its own lift and a trail back to it. The unique ski-in/out location and setting on Gore Creek presented unique advantages, but the problem was that the Cascade just wasn’t that great of a hotel.

$65 million in renovations at the Talisa included great new bathrooms.HOTEL TALISA VAIL

That all changed earlier this year when a $65-million renovation reimagined every part of the property and turned it into the new Hotel Talisa, A Luxury Collection Resort (Marriott via its Starwood acquisition). This is the largest and most full-service hotel on this list, with 285 rooms, three dining options, a 24-hour fitness center and spa with extensive programming such as yoga, even a cool food hall market concept for grab and go and in-room snacks. Nothing was overlooked, and the rooms were redone in style and with swank oversized luxury bathrooms, many featuring jumbo soaking tubs within rain shower enclosures. A highlight is a new Creekside infinity pool complex with, deck, fire pits and hot tubs. The new spa is truly full service and amenities include aromatherapy steam room, salt sauna and Swiss jet showers. There is a shuttle into the heart of Vail Village every 15 minutes, while all of the necessities, from ski rentals to a lift ticket window, are onsite. One of the most in-depth areas of attention was culinary, from the gorgeous new flagship Alpine-inspired Gessner’s Restaurant to daily champagne sabering at après and s’mores by the firepits. The transformation is total, and especially for frequent travelers in the Marriott and Starwood rewards programs, the Talisa immediately becomes one of the giant brand’s top ski properties worldwide.



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Hotel Talisa,
A Luxury Collection Resort, Vail

1300 Westhaven Drive, Vail, CO, 81657, United States ·

Toll Free Phone: (800) 420-2424

Local Phone: (970) 476-7111