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Six excellent reasons to stay at the Sonnenalp in Vail
- Great atmosphere – you notice it as soon as you arrive. The beautiful alpine style of the building, the friendly valet staff in the courtyard and the relaxed but efficient welcome at the front desk. This is a family-owned property, which is a rarity in ski country these days. Four generations of the Faessler family have been welcoming guests at the Sonnenalp and you can tell right away that they know exactly what they are doing.
- Awesome piano bar – the King’s Club has live music every night from 8pm – 11pm and is a great place to sit in a very comfy chair and enjoy a glass of Hofbrau. We were treated to some excellent classical and modern music by the Fade Outs – two very talented guys who play piano and cello.
- Big guest rooms – we stayed in a Junior Suite, which was incredibly spacious, but even the regular Juniper Hotel Rooms are very large (approximately 40% bigger than rooms at many comparable properties in Vail). The Sonnenalp has everything from hotel rooms to two bedroom residences. Their sister property One Willow Bridge Road, adjacent to the Sonnenalp, has residences ranging from two to four bedrooms and includes the use of the Sonnenalp facilities.
- Breakfast – the breakfast buffet is served downstairs in Ludwig’s restaurant from a very civilized 7am – 11am (7am – 12pm on Sundays!). It includes almost everything imaginable – even cheese blintzes! I recommend that you enjoy your breakfast on the terrace (enclosed and heated in the winter season) but wear your sunglasses if it is a nice day – which it usually is in Vail.
- Perfect location – situated at 20 Vail Rd, the Sonnenalp is right in the heart of Vail Village. It is just a short walk from Gondola One and offers ski concierge service at the Bridge Street Skihaus, which is right at the gondola. The Sonnenalp is just a half-block from the main pedestrian area and has some rooms which back onto Gore Creek. Close to everything but a little more peaceful at night than properties on Bridge Street or East Meadow Drive.
- Friendly, international staff – many of the staff are from Europe, alternating seasons at the family’s other hotel property in the German Alps. Our bartender in the evening was a young guy from Germany who worked the bar with effortless speed. Our server at breakfast was a 3 time Olympian who met her Italian husband on the slopes in Vail.
I would strongly recommend that you stay at the Sonnenalp but you have to book early because it has an extremely high return client rate. Once you stay there, you will understand why.
Cozy Getaway in Vail Village
I recently had the pleasure of staying in a charming Conifer Suite at the Sonnenalp on the closing weekend of Vail. The European ambiance mixed with snow, made for a perfect getaway. The suite had everything I needed including a fireplace, balcony and large soaking tub with a separate walk-in shower.
I enjoyed the scrumptious breakfast buffet at Ludwigs in the morning, hit the slopes after grabbing my snowboard from the ski valet at the base of the mountain, enjoyed a Mud Slide at Bully Ranch for Après, soaked in the hot tub while listening to the river, and then enjoyed the live music at the King's Club after dinner.
If you are looking for a memorable experience, this boutique hotel is perfect for couples, groups, and families. Please contact me (I'm a Vail local) to learn more about this hotel or for your next Vail vacation!