The Vail Valley is known for its fantastic slopes, walkable downtown, and luxury shopping. The fine dining establishments and annual festivals and concerts bring a worldly crowd to this mountain oasis. In the hustle and bustle, new hotels continue to pop up to great fanfare; however, one existing hotel is up to its own exciting news.
The Sebastian Hotel debuted in January 2011 as the newest boutique hotel and private residence club. As a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, the Timbers Resort property is noted for its extensive art collection and welcoming public spaces. Announcing a renovation, the young hotel received a facelift late last year. Home to 7 residential suites, 36 villa Private Residence Club residences, and combining rooms to create 16 executive suites, the new rooms join the 84 luxury hotel rooms for a much more contemporary design.
I had been to the Sebastian before. I hadn’t liked the rooms, I found them small and dark. The usual mountain rustic dark leather finishes and furniture made the spaces even more somber. I did, however, enjoy the Library, living room, and Frost bar, the warm and cozy spaces popular hang outs at the hotel for both guests and locals alike. However, the newly imagined rooms now give the property a huge improvement. The newer, lighter color palate and increased room size greatly affect the overall esthetic. Finished December 2014, just in time for ski season, guests are encouraged to re-visit The Sebastian.
“We can’t wait for our guests to experience the modern comforts that come with our new guest rooms, especially those who appreciate art,” said Robert Friedl, general manager of The Sebastian – Vail. “Throughout the property’s guest rooms there’s an exclusive series of prints designed by the prominent abstract Mexican artist Manuel Felguérez Barra. We hope these touches that reflect The Sebastian’s passion for art will resonate with new and returning guests to the hotel.”
The art is noteworthy and the old Block 16 restaurant has been re-conceptualized to become Leonora. Named after late artist Leonora Carrington, her whimsical artworks can be found throughout the property. The wine and tapas bar is a good bet for the breakfast buffet or dinner. From tuna crudo to lobster and cheese croquetas, the wine pairings I experienced were just as delicious as the tapas-style bites for dinner.
One of the magnificent perks of being a guest of The Sebastian is Base Camp. Upon check-in at the hotel, your gear is whisked away to the base of Vail Mountain. A stroll through Vail Village (in comfortable shoes as opposed to clunky ski boots. Did I mention the sidewalks are heated? No slick sidewalks thanks to LEED-certified geothermal heating coils to melt sidewalk and surface street ice and snow) ends up at the base of Vail ski resort. Your warmed boots are checked out with skis and poles waiting for you up the stairs on the snow. A ski-in-ski-out seamless process is yet another luxury while staying at The Sebastian.
Ending the day at the hotel, the Sebastian Signature Hot Chocolate is something to experience at least once. The seemingly chocolate ball explodes into square marshmallows and chocolate-coved crispies once molten chocolate is poured over the shell—a spectacular way to end the day, if decidedly sweet and rich. For something a little more up my adult-beverage alley, I head to Frost and order the Rosemary Lemon Drop, which was excellent and not sticky-sweet. The décor is tasteful, a delicate balance for something that could go so campy so quick. A popular hotspot for locals, visiting celebrities, ski bums and millionaires alike, Frost simply imbues “cool.”
I am certainly glad to have re-experienced The Sebastian. Still a relatively young hotel, the reinvigoration has helped bring this boutique stay back into the spotlight. Whether enjoying during the winter or summer months, The Sebastian Vail A Timbers Resort is definitely worth a visit. For booking information, visit www.thesebastianvail.com
Originally posted on JustLuxe.com.