Since 1979, the Sonnenalp Hotel in Vail has defined luxury accommodations with comfort and service. The family-owned Sonnenalp has a long history of providing exceptional service in an alpine setting, featuring four restaurants, a 10,000-square-foot European Spa, Fitness Center and an enviable location in the heart of Vail Village.
Over four generations the Sonnenalp has grown into a world-class hotel with 115 luxury suites and 12 hotel rooms. Each suite has a bedroom and a well-appointed comfortable living room area. Custom-made Bavarian furniture and large bathrooms with heated floors complete each suite. After a day in the fresh winter air, nothing beats the feeling of curling up with a good book in front of a roaring fireplace.
I had the privilege of staying overnight. It was my first time staying even though I have seen the property several times and eaten in several of the restaurants. I have always been very impressed with the food and the breakfast buffet was no exception it was just a regular mid week and the buffet was a nice as most special occasion buffets I have seen. Everything was homemade including the amazing bread and jams. The property is so beautiful with all of the European influence. All of the staff was so warm and friendly and the room was cozy and inviting. The beds were some of the most comfortable I have ever experience at a hotel.
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.
The Sonnenalp is a special place in Vail. Located in Vail Village, in the heart of great shops and restaurants and a short walk (or quick shuttle) to the gondola, this charming property is a must for anyone looking for the iconic ski vacation experience.
We had a wonderful suite with a great jacuzzi tub, fireplace and balconies. The service was amazing and there was great attention paid to every detail. We had dinner in the casual Bully Ranch restaurant but the food was top notch and the atmosphere was buzzing. There were lots of smiling faces and enthusiastic conversations. After dinner we moved into the lounge where a great singer and piano player was entertaining a crowd. Many people were singing along as they relaxed on comfortable sofas or up at the bar with a prime view of the performer.
The next morning we enjoyed a peaceful start to the day in the spa area with a dip in the hot tub, a quick steam and then the morning paper by the large fireplace. We ended the stay with a very large buffet breakfast with truly the best french toast I have ever had!
This property is great for couples, singles and families. Everyone feels welcome and by the end of the stay, I would imagine, like family. The hotel has all the amenities of a large, full service luxury hotel but the feel of a small, intimate ski lodge, just what discerning skier wants when heading to Vail for their ski vacation!
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!