Sonnenalp Hotel

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

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. Sonnenalp 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; 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. 

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Location
Vail, CO
Hotel Class
5.0-star
Property Type
Boutique hotel, 127 rooms
Primary View
Neighborhood, Mountain(s)
Style
Rustic
Best For
Couples, Groups, Families

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  • 5.0Hotel Class
  • GREATCritic Rating

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Other Awards

  • Condé Nast Readers' Choice List 2018
  • TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards 2018

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When you meant to book St. Anton's Hotel Post but couldn't find the time to head across the pond for a ski vacation, the Sonnenalp in Vail is a close second. With its hatched wood beams, cutout shutters, and wooden flower boxes at almost every windowsill, this 127-room lodge is a model in Bavarian style that actually feels authentic. Most of the rooms and suites have fireplaces and heated floors in the marble bathrooms, and many have views of the mountain and Gore Creek.

Other Awards

  • Condé Nast Readers' Choice List 2018
  • TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards 2018

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor. A total of 1279 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 1279 reviews 5.0 (based on 1279 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

Standard room size350 square feet

  • Internet (free)
  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Wireless Internet
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available

Location & Parking

Sonnenalp 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:

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

Dining

The Sonnenalp Hotel offers fine and casual dining options. Swiss Chalet and Ludwigs 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 TypesFrench, American

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

Pool

The pools at Sonnenalp 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
  • Family pool
  • Infinity pool
  • Whirlpool/hot tub
  • Adults-only pool
  • Lap pool
  • Wading pool
  • Lazy river
  • Seasonal
  • Indoor
  • Outdoor
  • Indoor/outdoor combo
  • Pool bar
  • Lifeguard on duty
  • Poolside service
  • Waterslide
  • Deck chairs or cabanas

Spa

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

Kids

The Sonnenalp 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 (Fees vary)
    • Cribs
    • High chairs

    Fitness

    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)
    • Bicycles
    • Tennis (free)
    • Guided runs
    • Paddle boats
    • Motor boats

    Business

    The Sonnenalp 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

      Golf

      The hotel partners with the Sonnenalp Club, giving guests access to a championship links style golf course, as well as a practice facility during the warmer months. The club is located 15 miles west of the hotel.
        • Golf carts
        • Golf packages
        • Club rentals
        • Club house
        • Refreshment stand or restaurant
        • Caddie service
        • Pro shop

        Wedding

        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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