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Sonnenalp Hotel in Vail, Colorado

Check your plane ticket: Sonnenalp Hotel is located just outside of Vail Village, but the décor may make you think you landed in Germany instead. The four-generations-old ski lodge excels at creating a cozy, comfortable environment for guests returning from a day on the slopes (the lodge enjoys exclusive access to the ski concierge at Gondola 1) – rooms are decked out in old-school plaid, with custom-made Bavarian furniture, gas log fireplaces, and heated marble floors. Biomat can be added to a range of massage treatments to soothe sore muscles with far infrared heat and prepare the body for the next day's fresh powder.

Fuel up for the day with a full breakfast from Ludwig's buffet – Eggs Florentine, Landjaeger sausage, muesli and fresh fruit, with a handful of trail mix to go. Suit up for a day in the Rockies. Soar down Vail's famous back bowls and revel in the Alpine air. Return to the lodge to unwind by the fire, sipping on hot cocoa spiked with Bailey’s. Soak away the evening in the spa's whirlpool overlooking Gore Creek.

Location of Sonnenalp Hotel

Sonnenalp Hotel
20 Vail Road
Vail, Colorado

Nearest Airport: EGE

Amenities for Sonnenalp Hotel

  • General Information
  • 90 Guest Rooms
  • Dining
  • Room Service
  • Bar & Lounge
  • Restaurants
  • On-Site Amenities
  • Spa on Property
  • Indoor/Outdoor Pool
  • Fitness Room
  • Sauna
  • Wellness Center
  • Hamam
  • Boutique
  • Tennis Courts
  • Driving Range
  • Sun Deck
  • Steam Room
  • In-Room Amenities
  • Air Conditioning
  • In-Room Safes
  • Mini Bar
  • Marble Bathrooms
  • Flat-Screen Televisions
  • Heated Floors
  • Complimentary High-Speed Internet Access
  • Activities
  • Excursions
  • Hiking
  • Tennis
  • Pilates
  • Yoga
  • AlpineSki
  • Golf Lessons
  • Fitness Classes
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Snowshoeing
  • Sleigh Rides
  • Snowboarding
  • Golf
  • Nearby
  • Restaurants
  • Nightlife
  • Horseback Riding
  • Interests
  • Active & Adventure
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  • Ski & Snow

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TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 3 days ago

I booked a last minute trip to Vail to take advantage of some great spring skiing. The Sonnenalp is a wonderful hotel, very comfortable, and ideally located in the Vail Village. As a luxury hotel, they offered a great deal for the end of the season, when the village and hills are almost empty. My only suggestion for improvement when asked for feedback at the end of my stay: the hotel was far from full, and when I was asked by the front desk if I wanted an upgrade when I checked in, I said yes if it was complimentary. I was told with a bit of an attitude that no, it was still winter (in April?), so there would be a charge. I declined, since I'd booked a lovely room. I've stayed in many 5 star hotels worldwide, and have often been upgraded based on availability. This would have been an easy win for the hotel. However I complement the hotel management for asking and acknowledging this as an opportunity for next time.

cd324 - New York City, New York

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is a perfect 10!!! It doesn't get much better than this place I would like to give honorable mention to Heather Kertiens she included every little detail that makes this place stand out from the rest Jayne Perfect Time Tours

jherrick711 - Denver, Colorado

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 week ago

We closed the 2018 ski season at The World Famous Sonnenalp this past weekend and I was moved to report the trip to you, my friends and fellow Vail Village Lovers. I called Jason Noring, the Reservations Manager, who once again hooked us up to a spectacular room with breathtaking views, and a great rate. As the date for our trip approached, Chief of Concierge -- Victor Rossi, emailed and called us asking for names of restaurants we would like to visit, so he could get us tables. He is a key asset if you want to hike, bike, shoot rapids, get into a restaurant, or make something happen. When we arrived, we were greater by the lovely staff by name, as usual (think Ritz in Cancun, or Four Seasons calibre people). We had a 3 story fruit plate and an invitation to a reception waiting in our room. It was so nice to see Mr. Fessler (the owner), who is almost always on-site or available. The hotel is managed by Mr. and Mrs. Fessler and Stephon Schmid, the General Manager, all of whom are lovely and skilled people. The clientele at the Sonnenalp is so eclectic, it is "like a box of chocolate ..." (you know the rest of that saying.) One night there were 8 Germans drinking snaps in Kings Landing. The next night, there were a bunch of Austrians and Texans having a wedding. At lunch we overheard a family of Italians speaking in their language. You won't find that at any "Howard Johnson's" in Vail Village! The Sonnenalp has a relationship with the Ski Haus, which is located point-blank to the main Gondola -- including a segregated area for Sonnenalp guests only, separate ski concierge, and big discounts for top flight ski gear. If you want to ski Golden Peak (or any other far flung area) one of the staff will happily take/pick you up in one of the hotels' Volvos. Or, you can borrow a Volvo (or bike) as you wish. We eat informally, so the Bully is perfect for us. Ask for Chris at the bar. He will fix you up with a Mudslide and a mountain of nachos! After dinner we retired to Kings Landing, where LuBo (Prague, 3+ languages) can serve you world class wines, liquors, or (gulp) tequila shots. (That was a long night 😎) At 7 or 8 each night, Kevin and his band of renowns plays John Denver, Doo Bee Brothers, and other great artists. People dance, kids sit and watch, conversations in multiple languages can be heard. The ground are spotless, the river (which runs through the property) is cold and clear, the buildings are constantly being upgraded and improved. The spa is world class, as are the masseuses. There is nothing far from the Sonnenalp in the Village. You can walk to almost anything. Or, they will take you. I asked a frequent guest from NY named Harvey, how many nights he had stayed at the Sonnenalp. He thought for a moment and said, "about 3,000 nights at this one. But that does not include the other one on the German Border with Austria." That is loyalty! And well deserved. I have added some pictures, so you can see some of what I speak. I hope that you have as much fun as you we did on this (and every other trip) to see our friends at the Sonnenalp! Jim Pearson Houston, Texas

Jim P - Houston, Texas, USA

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 week ago

the hotel is in a perfect location for shopping and enjoying all Vail has to offer. The food is absolutely to die for - the breakfast brunch is a must. The room we were in had old world charm with modern luxury.

jreneewaller - Englewood

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I just returned from a one night stay at the Sonnenalp. This was our first stay and I was excited to stay there after reading all the great reviews here.We have stayed at several other Vail properties but have always wanted to try the Sonnenalp My husband wanted to ski, and I wanted to just relax, try the spa, enjoy Vail and have a nice romantic getaway with my husband. I had high expectations, so I have to say I was so very sad when we checked in to find out we had a room with 2 double beds and not a king. I looked at my reservation and it did say king or 2 doubles, but I did not think we could not have a king. So a rough start and the front desk did not seem to care as much as I would have hoped. That being said, everyone was very polite and they did look at other options for us. So I was in a bit of a sour mood upon getting to our room, but decided to get over it. Other than the double beds, our room was just fine. We had the Lodgepole Junior Suite. We were only there one night, but if you are planning on coming for a longer stay there is a lot of room for storage of clothes, ski stuff, etc. They had really nice welcome treats for us. Not sure if that is standard or not, but we had chocolate and macaroons waiting for us. The beds were very comfortable and the gas fireplace is a nice in the winter. The bathroom was great! There is a huge bathtub, but I never got to use it. The decor is cozy and more on the homey side rather than fancy. The only downside for our experience in the room was the heating/ air unit is quite loud. It turned into a white noise for me, but it was pretty loud. The spa area is very nice. My husband and I enjoyed the outdoor jacuzzis (there are 2.). I got in a workout in a well-equipped room, and I had a massage which was enjoyable. They have a sauna and steam room, indoor/outdoor pool and well-stocked locker rooms (sunscreen, lotion, mouthwash,etc) We also had a nice breakfast in Ludwigs. The buffet was lovely and the service was very friendly. We had drinks in the lounge area Friday night and it was a popular spot. There was live music (piano player/singer and second singer) and we had fun there. So, bottom line is I would like to return to the Sonnenalp, but I will call to make sure I can have a king bed!

coloradowahine - Colorado

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