“The Lodge at Vail is a favorite spot among Vail visitors for its location, just steps from the new Gondola One, as well as its alpine chalet charm and impeccable service,” said James O’Donnell, Vail Resorts senior vice president of Lodging and Real Estate. “This transformation will bring the iconic boutique hotel to the forefront of Vail’s evolution, providing guests with modern comfort and chic alpine décor.”
The Lodge at Vail’s International Wing of hotel rooms underwent renovations in 2008, and now the renovation of the hotel’s remaining 56 hotel rooms, corridors, main stairways and lobby complete the hotel’s transformation. Partners at NeoStudio, who designed Elway’s and the pool renovation last year, were responsible for the architectural design, and Oz Architecture handled the interior design elements.
“Given The Lodge at Vail’s prominence in the Vail market, from both a historic and location perspective, we needed to balance the history and quirkiness of the iconic building with the demands of today’s luxury traveler,” said Michael Noda, NeoStudio founding partner. “That meant creating a design concept that paid homage to the existing historic structure and integrating soft alpine tones, natural materials and modern technology.”
The scope of this renovation includes interior finishes, furnishings, soft goods, lighting and the installation of air conditioning.
- Colors – The color palette and materials are appropriate for a historic building, but chosen for their luxurious, modern qualities. The rooms feature light walls and soft alpine tones that are reflective of the hotel’s mountain surroundings, and a far cry from bright graphic color palettes popular in many modern hotels. The soft palette is complemented by dark wood accents and tasteful, subdued accent colors throughout the fabric of pillows, bedding and window coverings.
- Textures – Natural, authentic textures were key to creating a design aesthetic that balanced the soft color palette and speak to the luxury of the hotel. Bedding and other soft goods incorporate luxurious textures, carpeting is soft wool, and seating fabrics, wall coverings and the dark wood is aligned with the property’s history and regional materials.
- Technology – Working with a historic property has its challenges from a technology perspective, so The Lodge at Vail’s design creatively incorporates technology in its furnishings. The new headboards include power outlets, USB ports and reading lights that are expected for today’s technologically-savvy travelers. The new in-room TVs are larger and are all compatible with Apple and Samsung products for future smart TV offerings.
- Artwork – The refreshed corridors are adorned with historic images of skiing and Vail that reflect The Lodge’s vintage, alpine flavor as Vail’s first hotel. Artwork in the guest rooms bring in a splash of color with a bright floral pattern.