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Vail, United States of America

The 4* Sonnenalp is a luxury, family run hotel, situated close to the heart of Vail. Its Tyrolean charm, superb dining and excellent service, make this a great place for families and couples to stay as you explore the resort's extensive pistes.

At a Glance

  • Welcoming and friendly, family run hotel

  • The hotel has an Austrian heritage, and the atmosphere is one of 'gemutlichkeit'

  • Excellent choice of restaurants

  • Fantastic spa and wellness facilities

  • Five minutes' walk or a quick shuttle run to the slopes

Ski, Family, Spa & health

Insider's View

The owners are always around and are excellent hosts.

Helen McKenzie

Insider's View

This is a great family-run hotel with a real Austrian feel to it, the staff all wear traditional dress and you can even enjoy some Bavarian food.

Charlotte Austin

Insider's View

Try out all the different restaurants – the Bully Ranch is THE place to go for a hearty burger at lunch.

Helen McKenzie

Insider's View

If your looking for fresh seafood the Ludwig's is the place to dine.

Kate Newman

Insider's View

If you are feeling the strain of jet lag and high altitude then make sure you visit the Oxygen bar for a pick me up.

Kate Newman

Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Sonnenalp


Through four generations of the same family, the Sonnenalp has grown into a world-class hotel, offering luxury and comfort. Exceptional dining, outstanding shopping and the pristine slopes of Vail are only steps away in the heart of Vail Village. With the pampering spa facility, extensive restaurant choice and superb concierge service, the hotel strives to make guests' visits to Vail and the Sonnenalp as relaxing and effortless as possible. The slopes are a mere five minutes' walk away, or a quick shuttle bus trip to the Vista Bahn lift. The hotel has a very Austrian atmosphere and manages to maintain a real family feel, with photos adorning the walls and the staff dressed in authentic Austrian costume.

All the rooms are decorated in a typical Austrian style, and there is a good range of room types - from standard doubles to deluxe suites and all have a view of Vail village or Gore Creek.

The Sonnenalp has a great range of restaurants. Ludwig's specializes in fresh seafood and wild game. The catch-of-the-day from Hawaii to Maine will be served at Ludwig's the following day and the highlights are venison and elk. All this is complimented by an award-winning selection of wine, refined European service and attention to detail. Featuring traditional European cuisine by their Executive Chef in a classic Swiss-style setting, the Swiss Chalet offers the ultimate alpine dining experience. The Bully Ranch is an ideal place for lunch or dinner, with its classic Western menu. And Vail's best après ski and après dinner gathering spot is found in the King's Club with live entertainment.

Whilst there are no specific facilities for children, the Sonnenalp is a very friendly and welcoming hotel, and many of the room and suites can accommodate families with children.


The Sonnenalp Resort of Vail features 112 luxury suites and 15 hotel rooms – all with a view of either Gore Creek or Vail Village. Each suite has a bedroom and a well-appointed, delightfully comfortable living room area. Custom-made Bavarian furniture, a gas-log fireplace and large bathrooms with heated floors complete each suite.

Juniper Room

1 king or 2 doubles with en-suite bathroom - bath and shower combined.

Lodgepole Suites

1 king or 2 doubles with gas fireplace and luxurious en-suite bathroom with heated marble floors.

Blue Spruce Suites

1 king or 2 doubles. These suites all have gas fire places and balconies and have a large combined bed and living area.

One bedroom suites

There is a wide selection of one bedroom suites to choose from with 1 king or 2 doubles with luxurious en-suite bathroom, and a large bed and living area. Can sleep up to 3 people.

Two bedroom suites

The Sonnenalp has a wide range of two bedroom suites, with either one or two bathrooms - with large soaking tub, separate shower, heated marble floor, and double vanities.


There are no particular facilities for children at the Sonnenalp. However, the rooms are large and can easily accommodate families - whether it's interconnecting rooms or a suite. Babsyitting can also be arranged upon request.


The Sonnenalp has a fantastic spa featuring heated indoor and outdoor pools with relaxing waterfall and river front sun deck, indoor and outdoor whirlpools overlooking Gore Creek and pool area, Turkish steam rooms and Finnish sauna with adjacent cold plunge. The glass-walled fitness center looks out to Gore Creek and is fully equipped with state of the art equipment. There are daily yoga or pilates classes and guests can take private instructors or a personal trainer.

All Sonnenalp guests have exclusive access to ski concierge service at the base of the Vista Bahn.


The Sonnenalp can organize many activities other than skiing, including dog sledding and an adventure on a snow mobile. The ski concierge can also arrange guiding and touring.

Ski guiding and touring

The Sonnenalp's experienced guides can tailor your outdoor adventure, from personal ski guides and Vail Mountain tours to guided Nordic skiing and snowshoe tours.

Location & Directions

Vail, United States of America

The Sonnenalp is in the heart of Vail, five minutes' walk from the slopes.

When to go

The ski season in the United States is longer than that in Europe. Most resorts open sometime in November, with Thanksgiving (the fourth Thursday in that month) being a common opening time, and stay open until mid to late April. The Rocky Mountains in Colorado and Wyoming have the highest peaks and due to the semi-arid climate, have abundant snowfall with some great powder. The exceptionally high altitude means December through to February can be extremely cold, with temperatures sometimes reaching as low as -12C, although the skiing conditions remain very good. Warmer temperatures in the Spring mean more variable skiing conditions and softer, forgiving snow.

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