Sonnenalp Hotel

20 Vail Road | Vail, CO 81657  [SEE MAP]Vail, CO  [SEE ADDRESS]

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This property features a ski concierge with lockers and a private lounge
A $40 resort fee is tacked onto expensive room rates
Towering over central Vail, this chalet-style resort doesn't skimp on coziness. With sweeping vistas of either the Vail Village or Gore Creek, each guest room features Rocky Mountain touches like custom-made Bavarian furniture, gas fireplaces and heated floors. The traditional lodge design carries over into the resort's four dining areas, each boasting wood furnishings and a rustic ambiance. The Sonnenalp Hotel caters primarily to skiers, and visitors found both the resort's location and the ski concierge service to be extremely convenient. Even if you don't plan on tackling the slopes, you shouldn't rule out this resort; the Sonnenalp offers a variety of ways to stay active that don't involve snow. The championship Sonnenalp Golf Club, for example, features 7,100 yards of rolling fairways and pesky sand traps. Meanwhile, the outdoor pool and cozy Sonnenalp Spa both provide a fantastic setting for rest and relaxation. Yet despite all its offerings, guests point to the hotel staff as the main reason to book here. Recent visitors say they were made to feel special by the hotel employees and were even greeted by name upon re-entering the premises. What's more, Leaders Club members get perks like room upgrades and complimentary breakfasts at this hotel. One drawback: this resort is expensive, and daily resort and parking fees will cost you more than you may expect.
Vail, CO
Hotel Class
Property Type
Boutique hotel, 127 rooms
Primary View
Neighborhood, Mountain(s)



  • 5.0Hotel Class


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Operated by Johannes Faessler, whose family founded and still operates the original European resort hotel, the Vail iteration evokes its German counterpart in architecture, decor, facilities, and welcoming atmosphere.

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The spa offers Turkish steam rooms and a Finnish sauna—though the fire pit entices more than you'd think.

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by Tripadvisor. A total of 1427 have reviewed the Sonnenalp Hotel, giving it a rating of 5, on a scale of 1-5.

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Tripadvisor Travel Rating: Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1427 reviews 5.0 (based on 1427 reviews)

Guest Rooms

Guest rooms at the Sonnenalp Hotel are decorated in true lodge style, featuring plaid bedding and drapes, as well as wood furnishings in varying shades. In-room amenities include heated bathroom floors, humidifiers, fully stocked minibars and flat-screen TVs.
  • Daily $40 resort fee includes morning newspaper, daily fitness classes, in-room Wi-Fi access, shuttle to golf course and more
Nightly resort fee$40

Standard room size350 square feet

  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Internet
  • Wireless internet
  • Free internet
  • Fee for internet usage
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available

Location & Parking

Sonnenalp Hotel is conveniently situated at the base of the mountains and adjacent to Vail Village, making it easily accessible for guests looking to ski and shop.
  • 35 miles east of Eagle County Regional Airport
  • 120 miles west of Denver International Airport
  • 24-hour valet parking ($35)
  • 24-hour self-parking
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service

Within walking distance of:

  • Bus stop
  • Restaurants
  • Movie theater
  • Train station
  • Beach
  • Theater
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Grocery store
  • Shopping


The Sonnenalp Hotel offers fine and casual dining options. Swiss Chalet and Ludwig's both serve European cuisine, but differ in atmosphere. Bully Ranch is a casual eatery that offers American dishes. The King's Club, the hotel's bar and lounge, provides live entertainment near a fireplace, perfect for après ski.
  • Breakfast is served at Ludwig's

Number of restaurants4

Cuisine TypesAmerican, French

  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • free breakfast


The pools at the Sonnenalp Hotel are located within the spa facility, thus they follow the spa hours. The indoor portion of the pool houses the hot tub, and a small tunnel allows guests to swim through to access the outside portion of the pool.
  • Towels available
  • Lap pool
  • Wading pool
  • Lazy river
  • Family pool
  • Infinity pool
  • Whirlpool/hot tub
  • Adults-only pool
  • Lifeguard on duty
  • Poolside service
  • Waterslide
  • Deck chairs or cabanas
  • Pool bar


The Sonnenalp Spa's amenities include a relaxation cove with a fireplace, wet rooms with Tsunami showers, a spa cafe, an oxygen bar to help people adjust to the altitude and a retail boutique. Unique spa treatments include infrared light services, mud wraps and caviar facials.
  • Spa treatment services are offered from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Sonnenalp Spa is open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Services offered:

  • Massage
  • Facial
  • Body Treatments (i.e. scrubs, wraps)
  • Salon services
  • Outdoor treatment area
  • Steam room
  • Sauna


The Sonnenalp Hotel has a kids club that offers arts and crafts and movie nights, among other activities. The kids club is open for children between 3 and 12 years old, and prices start at $10 per kid for a two-hour session.
    • Kids Club
    • Free Kids Club
    • Fee for Kids Club
    • Cribs
    • High Chairs


    The fitness center is located in the spa, and it offers yoga and Pilates classes along with cardio and strength equipment.
    • Daily hours are 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
    • Weight equipment
    • Cardio equipment
    • Yoga mats
    • Free fitness classes
    • Premium fitness classes (with fee)


    The Sonnenalp Hotel has divisible meeting areas that can hold five to 300 guests, depending on the style of the event. The Allgau and Bavaria rooms have an adjoining outdoor terrace.

      Number of meeting rooms7

      • Business center
      • Meeting rooms
      • Meeting and event planners available


      Wedding planners can arrange off-site wedding venues around Vail, including at the Vail Interfaith Chapel and on Vail Mountain. Smaller weddings can also be hosted on the property's grounds, including the Sonnenalp Gardens, Ludwig's and the Grand Bavaria Room.
      • Grand Bavaria can accommodate up to 300 people for reception and up to 290 for a banquet

      Maximum wedding guest capacity300

      • Hotel hosts weddings
      • Outdoor space for weddings
      • Wedding planners available

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