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We recently stayed at the high-end and newly renovated Hotel Talisa in Vail. This hotel starts at 20,000 SPG points per night and is part of the SPG Luxury Collection. We loved our experience at the Hotel Talisa, but it actually isn’t the only newly renovated and freshly rebranded property open in the Vail Valley. Just this week, the DoubleTree by Hilton Vail opened its doors for those looking to earn or use Hilton Honors points while hitting the slopes.
The DoubleTree by Hilton Vail is located about in West Vail about two miles from Vail Mountain. This hotel is located in the same building that used to be known as the Holiday Inn & Suites Apex Vail until that property closed its doors in 2016 to undergo a big renovation and reopen in late February 2018 under the Hilton flag!
While I haven’t stayed there quite yet, the renderings of this property look really nice and the hotel now has its own included shuttle bus service to take you right to the Vail mountain! Obviously, that isn’t the same as being at a ski-out location, but it is still much better than having to rely on public transportation or driving yourself every morning. The DoubleTree Hilton Vail has an on-site ski rental shop and is located within walking distance to other restaurants, shops, and a McDonalds…should you wish to squeeze in a cheap and kid-pleasing fast food meal while skiing in Vail.
I called the property this morning and they confirmed that they are indeed newly open for reservations and stays, but that the outdoor heated pool and hot tub are not yet functional and there is no hot food on the premises as of now, though there is a fully functional bar. They gave a time estimate of late March 2018 for hot food and said that the pool and hot tub may be ready before then.
In terms of going rates, I am seeing paid rates of $400 – $500 during the ski season, and that rate plummets to a little over $100 per night by mid-April. If you want to use your Hilton Honors points, it will cost you 80,000 points per night during the ski season and fewer points out of season when the points rate drops corresponding to the paid rate.
Your 80,000 Hilton Honors points per night will get you a 420 – 440 square foot standard room with either one king or two queen beds.
There is a $30 per night resort fee that will include internet, shuttle, ski gear storage, 30% off ski and bike rentals, and valet parking. If you wanted to stay here without spending $400 – $500 or 80,000 Hilton points per night, you could also use a Hilton weekend award night that you earn with a card like the new Hilton Honors Ascend Card from American Express. This card awards up to 100,000 sign-up bonus points and also a weekend award night when you put $15,000 in purchase on the card each year.
You can also earn a weekend award night with $15,000 in purchase per year on the similar Hilton Honors American Express Business Card. This card also awards a second weekend award night if you happen to put $60,000 on the card each year. Spending a Hilton weekend award night instead of 80,000 Hilton points or $400 – $500 seems like a fantastic deal to me! In fact, I am penciling this idea in for a couple years from now when we hope to return to the Vail area.
Remember that those two cards also both grant the cardholder Hilton Gold elite status which can get you included continental breakfast for two at DoubleTree properties as one of the My Way Gold benefit choices.
Did you ever stay at this location when it was a Holiday Inn or is it on your radar now as a newly renovated Hilton property?
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