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Family-Friendly Hotels in Lionshead Village

Lionshead Village is a quieter side of Vail, where the Bavarian-inspired architecture and snowcapped-mountain backdrop feels right out of a story book. That’s just one reason why so many families flock to the area for an unforgettable winter vacation. With streets completely closed off to cars, you and the kiddos you can easily step out on foot and wander the only-in-Vail boutiques, crowd-pleasing restaurants and a glowing ice-skating rink where you’ll be sure to make some memories.

These hotels in Lionshead offer everything you need for an unforgettable family ski vacation in the Rockies. And since they’re situated at the base of the Eagle Bahn Gondola, it’s easy to slide right onto the slopes when the snow starts falling in winter. From children’s ski lessons to magical nights ice skating under twinkling lights and soothing spa treatments for parents, there is something for everyone when visiting this village.

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Strings of sparkling, white lights cascade from a footbridge over the Alderhof Ice Rink near The Arrabelle at Vail Square in Vail, Colorado.

The Arrabelle at Vail Square

The Arrabelle at Vail Square is a towering structure in the heart of Lionshead that echoes the architectural allure of the European Alps. The chalet-style building’s bright colors and traditional German glockenspiel (clock tower) feel of a different time — but the modern amenities make it one of the best places for families to stay in Vail. Make sure the adults book a treatment at RockResorts Spa for wellness experiences, like the Elevation Clay Purifying Body Wrap — a full-body exfoliation using volcanic rock and Bora Bora sand. The ultra-luxury rooms come complete with balconies overlooking the cobblestone streets of Lionshead.

Locals’ Tip: As you arrive, you can’t miss the Alderhof Ice Rink. It’s strung with a galaxy of sparkling lights that make for an enchanting evening gliding on the ice.

The Lift House Lodge

Lift House Lodge is a studio condo complex in Lionshead that offers a nearly ski-in/ski-out location, sprawling balcony views of Vail Mountain and easy access to the village right outside your door. And their pet-friendly accommodations make it a top choice for Vail visitors with pooches. Families can comfortably plan a longer stay with fully equipped spaces, complete with kitchenettes, fireplaces and full baths. It’s also the perfect homebase for exploring all the nearby restaurants and ski shops. Right down the street, Ski Base will gear you up with their latest-and-greatest demo skis. After cruising through the tree runs, you just might leave with some shiny new equipment.

Locals’ Tip: After a long day of carving down the mountainsides, head to Garfinkel’s. Spend an evening chatting and snacking on saucy buffalo wings at this friendly sports bar right down the street from your digs.

The Antlers at Vail has a blanket of snow on its roof. The forested peaks of Vail Mountain are seen in the distance.

Antlers at Vail

At the base of Vail Mountain, Antlers at Vail’s spacious condominiums are an ideal home away from home in Lionshead. Families with young children will feel extra welcome, because they offer cribs and rollaway beds, bunk rooms, highchairs, night lights and play pens. The property’s deck overlooks the burbling Gore Creek and the snow-blanketed hillsides. Enjoy the views by the warm, year-round outdoor pool where the kids can play while you watch over from the steaming hot tub nearby.

Locals’ Tip: For parents working remotely, Antlers at Vail offers a business center where you can take calls without interruption and get other tasks done.

The Lion

The Lion is one of the most luxurious places to stay in Lionshead Village. Every morning craggy mountain peaks greet you right outside your window as you wake up slowly and sip coffee on your balcony. Once you’re ready to roam, walk right out the door and take the tots to the Sunbird Park Playground to get some giggles out on the slides and swinging rope bridges. Or jump right on the gondola to zip up to snowy ski runs, where expert instructors can teach the kids the basics while you explore the black diamonds. The Lion’s residencies range from studios to four-bedroom rentals, all with spacious living areas, full kitchens and private outdoor spaces. On-site entertainment is easy to come by, with an indoor infinity pool, outdoor saline hot tub and fully stocked game room. When it’s time to relax, settle in by your room’s crackling fireplace, surrounded by cozy Western-inspired furniture.

Locals’ Tip: Skiers and snowboarders can take advantage of The Lion’s private ski lockers with boot dryers, an on-demand shuttle and on-site ski shop with all the rentals you need.

A woman is standing in front of a row of tall windows in a luxurious guest room at The Hythe.

The Hythe

At The Hythe, relaxation sets in the moment you enter your room, where the smell of sweet spruce and fir aromatherapies welcomes you to your cozy sleeping quarters. After a long day carving the Legendary Back Bowls, head to the Well & Being Spa for some recovery-focused treatments. Step into the spa’s Himalayan Salt Inhalation Lounge; breathing the mineral-infused air draws in microscopic salt particles, restoring healthy respiratory function, lifting your mood and improving sleep for better athletic recovery. Parents can also enjoy a glass of 10th Mountain Whiskey at the lobby’s rustic bar. The 10th Mountain Old Fashioned — sweetened with a touch of maple syrup and accented with walnut bitters and orange peel — will not disappoint.

Locals’ Tip: At the top of Vail Mountain, you’ll find the Nature Discovery Center. Their natural-history exhibits and winter snowshoe tours (for ages 10-plus) deliver hours of adventure, curiosity and holiday-card-worthy photo ops as you wander across the crunchy snow.

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Looking for more hotels in Vail? Check out the family-owned hotels in the area to see Vail’s history come to life. Or check in to one of our luxury hotels, with some seriously special accommodations, spas and amenities. And for winter-sports enthusiasts, these ski-in/ski-out hotels are a great option to wake up and get right on the slopes.

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