Spa, gym, library, DVD library, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, DVD player, minibar, iPod dock, snacks and fresh fruit, bottled water, Bloom Spa bath products. Guests are given a house-made sweet treat at turn-down.
It’s worth upgrading to a Residential Suite at the Sebastian, particularly if you arrive laden with snow gear. Each comes with a fully equipped kitchen, dining area, a washer and dryer, a balcony and a cosy, comfortable living room for unwinding after a long day on the slopes. Each has a nice view, but the gas fireplace is most inviting in rooms overlooking the snow-capped mountains.
The heated outdoor pool is surrounded by sunloungers and four hot tubs, all with mountain views.
No need to lug your ski equipment on holiday. Base Camp, at the foot of the mountain, has rental gear for skiing, snowboarding and biking.
Dogs under 50 pounds are welcome for a $150 fee in room types that are not Suites (with the exception of some Executive Suites). The hotel will provide a dog bed, bowls and treats. See more pet-friendly hotels in Colorado Rocky Mountains.
Smiths of all ages are welcome. The hotel has an entertainment room for little ones and a daily activities club for older children, and can arrange babysitting for $25 an hour. Cribs and Pack 'n' Plays are available at no extra charge.
Over fives who can enjoy the great outdoors.
Residential Suites are available with up to four bedrooms; each has a full kitchen and separate dining area. Be sure to let the hotel know if your little ones go for blue or pink bedding: the hotel has special sheets and blankets for both boys and girls.
The unsupervised Tykes Room is a play area for children, with a chalkboard wall, a theater stage and a selection of books and games.
In addition to taking advantage of skiing, snowboarding, hiking and biking, children ages seven through 12 can enroll in Battle Mountain Kids Camp. The supervised programme leads kids into nature with field trips, games, crafts, cooking lessons and other activities that rotate daily. In winter months, supervised activities such as making hand-puppets and snow slime, and finger knitting are held.
The heated swimming pool has a shallow end and a gate, but no lifeguard or floats to borrow. Two of the hot tubs are adults-only.
Market is very child-friendly, with high chairs available and dishes like burgers, fish and chips and cheese flatbreads that would appeal to young palates. In-rooms, the minibars come equipped with fruit, juice and water.
No need to pack
The library and DVD library have plenty to keep little ones occupied.
The Sebastian – Vail has all the makings for an instant winter wonderland. The hotel can provide s’mores kits, all the props to build a snowman or everything kids will need for a movie night.