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Your Guide to Visiting Colorado with the Kids
Best Hotels for a Colorado Christmas Vacation with the Kids

Spending Christmas vacation in Colorado? 

Find the best hotel for your family.

Whether you're skiing in Colorado and staying at a great resort, vacationing in Denver for city events, or visiting a small, frosty mountain town, we'll help you find the perfect place to stay. 

Photo Credit: Jack Affleck
Photo: Families on vacation in Vail enjoy ice skating in Vail Square at twilight.

Looking for fun Christmas activities to do with your kids?

Colorado is full of festive events and storybook settings for a magical holiday season.

Check out our list of favorite things to do with the kids in the Yuletide season.

Read our Colorado Christmas Activities for Families page.

Did You Know?

Denver International Airport
has special baggage carousels to accommodate skis.

Summertime or wintertime, renting a cabin is a great option for families on vacation in Colorado.

Check out our list of great cabins to rent.

From fancy to frumpy, most cabins in Colorado are available year round. 

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Skiing with the kids at Monarch Mountain, Colorado
Photo: Monarch Mountain ski area offers great family skiing on 100% natural snow.

Read our article: Ski Colorado with the Kids

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Don't forget to pack everything you need for your Colorado Family Ski Vacation. See our list of important ski gear for the kids. 

Vail, Colorado has Plenty of Fun for Non-Skiers, Too!

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Learn more on our page about Vail Winter Activities for Families.

Family Ski Resorts
in Colorado

What is the difference between a ski area and a ski resort?

How do you know what kind of a ski resort is best for your family?

How expensive are Colorado's ski resorts?

Find out in our article on Colorado's Family Ski Resorts.

The Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, creates a twinkly fairyland during the holidays.   
Photo Credit: The Hotel Colorado
Photo: The historic Hotel Colorado, 
in Glenwood Springs, dresses in holiday style 
for the families on Christmas vacation in the mountains. 
When planning your family’s Christmas vacation, you'll find some of the season's best snowy family fun in Colorado’s high country. 

However, Christmas is high season in many Colorado towns. So when you’re making trip arrangements, it’s a good idea to nail down lodging as soon as you pick your destination.

On the other hand, you may choose your village based on the availability of an appealing hotel. That is especially true if the hotel has service and programs designed to meet the needs of kids and their families.

Colorado is a vacation-oriented state, and we are blessed with an abundance of accommodations - enough to meet the needs of all kinds of families.

To help you decide, here is our list of choice places to stay during the Holidays, with a quick summary of the lodging there.

In Aspen / Snowmass

Mountain Chalet   Aspen

Types of accommodations: Guest rooms; suites; apartments

Family Friendly Features: Mini-refrigerators; hot breakfast served family style; outdoor heated pool; hot tub; humidifiers in most rooms; trundle beds in some rooms; full kitchen in apartments; dining area and living area separate from bedrooms in apartments; heated floors in apartments; fireplaces in some rooms and suites; family owned since 1954

Holiday Highlights: Gluhwein (mulled wine) and yummy appetizers après ski parties; large fireplaces in the lobbies

View the Mountain Chalet's website


Limelight Lodge   Aspen

Types of Accommodations: Guest rooms; two-bedroom suites, penthous

Family Friendly Features: 

Balconies; kitchenettes (mini refrigerator, microwave, sink) in most rooms; connecting rooms; cribs; rollaways; individual room temperature control; children’s robes; duel sinks in some bathrooms;  humidifiers on request; coin operated guest laundry; outdoor heated pool; two hot tubs; complimentary in-town transportation; underground parking for all guests; ski valet; ski lockers; boot and glove dryers; ski rental arrangements and delivery; concierge; babysitting arrangements; hearty continental breakfast; pizza, soups, salads, and pastas served in the lounge; high chairs; room service; free live music entertainment 5 nights a week in the lounge; Wednesday family movie night with bean bag chairs and snacks in the conference room;board games; library; s’mores kits for sale; outdoor fire pits with views of the mountain; non-smoking facility; pet friendly; referrals for pet sitting services  

Holiday Highlights:   Huge Christmas tree in the lobby; lots of garland and twinkle-light decorations; story time around the Christmas tree every afternoon Christmas week; fireplaces in some rooms; hot chocolate and cider in lobby; free snowshoe (kid and adult sizes) checkout at front desk; sleigh ride arrangements; Inside Tracks Program (ski or ride with an Aspen ski school professional); 2 blocks from small outdoor ice rink; located on Wagner Park where New Year’s Eve bonfire is held; public balconies make excellent New Year’s fireworks watching

View the Limelight Lodge's website

The Stonebridge Inn   Snowmass

Types of accommodations: Guest rooms, suites

Family Friendly Features:
 Crib and playpens available; mini refrigerators in every room; humidifiers; ceiling fans; cable TV; connecting rooms; on-site dining; kids’ menu; full breakfast buffet with omelet and waffle stations (complimentary for children under 6); concierge service; 24 hour front desk service; outdoor heated pool; 2 hot tubs; outdoor grill; fire pit; complimentary soup daily in Artisan’s Bar 4 to 5 pm; babysitting arrangements; ski lockers for every room, 50-yard walk from ski slopes; permit fee parking available

Holiday Highlights: Lobby and restaurant festooned with trees, lights, and decorations; concierge can arrange sleigh rides; fireplace in the Artisan’s Bar; suites offer balconies; some rooms with views of slopes; close proximity to the Snowmass Torchlight Parade; celebrated magician Doc Eason every Thursday in the Artisan's Bar area throughout the season; What the Dickens Carolers perform two days before Christmas in the lounge; outdoor fire pit

View the website for the
Stonebridge Inn

Aspen Square Condominium Hotel

Types of accommodations: Suites and condominiums  

Family Friendly Features: Outdoor heated pool; outdoor hot tubs; full kitchens; humidifiers

Holiday Highlights: Fireplaces in every unit

View the
website for the Aspen Square Hotel



In Beaver Creek/Avon  

The Westin Riverfront Resort

Photo: View of the Eagle River and the ski slopes
from the Westin Riverfront Resort hotel lobby.


Read our full-length review of the Westin Riverfront Resort at Beaver Creek Mountain.

Types of accommodations: Guest rooms and one-, two-, and three-bedroom suites with kitchenettes or full kitchens and dining areas.

Family Friendly Features: Heated outdoor swimming pool; three outdoor hot tubs; 24-hour front desk staff; Kids Club and Teen Program; babysitting; ski valet; onsite restaurant; kids’ menu; onsite market; onsite sports shop with ski and snowboard rental plus clothing and other gear; fully equipped kitchens; grocery delivery service; washers and dryers; each bedroom has its own private bathroom; fireplace; balcony or patio; humidifier; housekeeping service; guest rooms all have mini refrigerators

Holiday Highlights: Huge windows in lobby with views of Beaver Creek and ski runs; fire pit on the back deck; marshmallow roasting kits for sale in the market; pretty Christmas tree and decorations in the lobby  

View the Westin Riverfront Resort's website.

The Charter at Beaver Creek 

Types of accommodations: Guest rooms and one-, two-, three-, four-, and five-bedroom condominiums – sleeping up to 12 people

Family Friendly Features: Heated outdoor swimming pool; indoor and outdoor hot tubs; 24-hour front desk staff; childcare arrangements; ski storage; game room with a pool table; onsite restaurant; kids’ menu; onsite sports shop with ski and snowboard rental plus clothing and other gear; condominiums have fully equipped kitchens; grocery delivery service; washers and dryers; each bedroom has its own private bathroom; wood burning fireplace; balcony or patio; humidifier; housekeeping service; guest rooms all have mini refrigerators and humidifiers

Holiday Highlights: Views of snowy ski runs; winter and holiday specials; fire pit for roasting marshmallows

View the website for the Charter at Beaver Creek

Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch

Types of accommodations: Guest rooms and suites

Family Friendly Features: Connecting rooms; bedrooms separate from sitting areas in suites; full kitchens in some suites; restaurants on site; separate showers and tubs; pool; hot tubs; onsite ski/snowboard rental and shop; ski concierge; ski in/ski out; ski nanny; spa youth program; Ritz Kids program; kids’ night out; Munchies and a Movie program; pet friendly; resident Labrador Retriever (Loan-a-Lab program lets you take him for a walk or snowshoe hike)

Holiday Highlights: fireplaces in some suites; outdoor fire pit with hot chocolate and fresh baked cookies; Tree Lighting benefit for Habitat for Humanity; Holiday Ballroom Buffet; Ritz Kids new years eve bash

View the website for the Ritz Carlton at Bachelor Gulch.


  West Beaver Creek Lodge

Types of accommodations: Studio guest room; two- and three-bedroom suites; private residence; entire lodge (sleeps 24)

Family Friendly Features: Not part of a huge complex, this has a very personal feel; access to large common kitchen; access to common dining room near the big kitchen; loft with pool table and board games; outdoor hot tub; in-room microwave and fridge in some units; full kitchens in some suites; laundry facilities; ski boot/glove dryers; ski equipment storage

Holiday Highlights: Large fireplace in common living room area 

View the website for the West Beaver Creek Lodge


In Breckenridge   

hoto Credit: Matt Inden/Weaver Multimedia Group

One Ski Hill Place


Photo Credit: One Ski Hill Place

Types of accommodations: Studios to four-bedroom condominiums

Family Friendly Features: Full kitchens; grocery and prepared meal delivery service; in-room washers and dryers; HD TV; blu-ray disc player; individually controlled heat; humidifiers; onsite restaurant; room service; 2 indoor swimming pools; outdoor hot tub; game room; 2-lane bowling alley; movie lounges; ski in/ski out; ski storage lockers with changing rooms and showers; valet parking, heated underground parking; shuttle service into town; 24 hour front desk service; luggage storage; concierge

Holiday Highlights: Grand Lobby with large, three-sided fireplace; views of ski runs; outdoor fireplace 

View the website for One Ski Hill Place

Breckenridge Mountain Lodge

Types of accommodations: Guest rooms

Family Friendly Features: Some rooms have a queen room with bunk beds; game room with pool table and board games; laundry

Holiday Highlights: Log-walled lobby with massive stone fireplace, mountain views, and a cute, historic town

View the website for the Breckenridge Mountain Lodge.

Marriott's Mountain Valley Lodge
at Breckenridge

Types of accommodations: Studio and one-bedroom “villas”

Family Friendly Features: Heated outdoor pool; whirlpool; coin operated laundry; all units with fully equipped kitchens and sitting areas; some units with separate bedroom and dining areas; onsite ski/snowboard rental; ski/snowboard storage; game room

Holiday Highlights: In the heart of a small Colorado mining-town-turned-ski-town with picturesque buildings and walking distance to fun Christmas shopping 

View the website for the Mountain Valley Lodge

In Colorado Springs 

The Broadmoor Hotel   

Photo Credit: The Broadmoor
Photo: During the Holidays, pixie lights create
a magical welcome for families visiting the Broadmoor.

Types of accommodations: Guest rooms, suites, and cottages

Family Friendly Features: Babysitting and childcare (including a holiday "Bee Bunch" children's camp); children's concierge; on site movie theater; on site restaurants with kids’ menus; room service; spa services especially for kids, tweens, and teens (including manicures with a milkshake); heated indoor pool; pets welcome; referrals for pet sitting services

Holiday Highlights: One of only two five-star, five-diamond hotels in Colorado; White Lights Ceremony, during which Santa throws the switch on thousands of lights around the grounds; a gorgeous chef-created gingerbread village; several fireplaces and elegant sitting areas; activities throughout December including family tennis round robin, Christmas dinner shows with holiday music, singing, and dancing; improvisational comedy shows; family bingo; wassail tea; holiday brunches in the Lake Terrace Dining Room; jewelry making; Wii tournaments; you get the idea. 

Visit the
website for the Broadmoor Hotel and Resort



Embassy Suites Colorado Springs  

Types of accommodations: Suites 

Family Friendly Features: Full cooked to order breakfast; onsite restaurant children’s menu; high chairs; room service; mini-refrigerator; microwave; cribs; playpens; coin laundry; indoor pool; atrium with waterfall fountain; game room; some suites allow small dogs

Holiday Highlights: Holiday packages; fireplace in the lobby; pretty Christmas decorations

Visit the website for the Embassy Suites in Colorado Springs



Antlers Hilton Colorado Springs  

Types of accommodations: Guest rooms and suites

Family Friendly Features: Onsite restaurants; room service; indoor pool; hot tub; laundry service; cribs; mini-refrigerators in suites; pet friendly

Holiday Highlights: Four-star rating; pretty view of Pikes Peak; fireplace in lobby

Visit the website for the Antlers Hotel in Colorado Springs


In Crested Butte  

Photo Credit: Gunnison-Crested Butte Tourism Association

Elevation Hotel and Spa

Types of accommodations: Guest rooms, guest suites with small kitchenettes

Family Friendly Features: Restaurant on site; child programs; babysitting; guest laundry; ski in/ski out; onsite ski rentals; overnight ski valet; indoor pool and hot tub; sundeck with fire pit; well behaved dogs are welcome

Holiday Highlights: comfortable lobby sitting areas with two large fireplaces

Visit the website for the Elevation Hotel

In Denver 

             The Brown Palace Hotel

Photo Credit The Brown Palace Hotel

Types of accommodations:
 Guest rooms, suites, presidential suites

Family Friendly Features:  Baby baths; bottle warmers; car seats; pacifiers; playpens; children's robes; high chairs; strollers; cribs; babysitting recommendations; on-site bakery and restaurants, some with kids' menus; room service; artesian water from the hotel's own well; pets welcome   

Holiday Highlights: Denver’s only four-star, four-diamond hotel; magnificent Victorian décor; lavish Christmas decorations including a chandelier 25 feet wide by 25 feet tall hanging in the center of the lobby. The chandelier, covered in lights, includes 475 pounds of gold and silver;  one hundred thousand lights (including those on the chandelier) shine throughout the atrium lobby, while 4800 ornaments grace the decor throughout the hotel; dress-up afternoon tea at the Brown – a classic Denver childhood tradition (make reservations several months in advance); breakfast with Santa on several days during the holiday season; Buffet Breakfast on Christmas eve with Santa and Mrs. Clause; Christmas Day brunch with live music and special children's pricing 

Visit the website of the Brown Palace Hotel in Denver

Grand Hyatt and the Hyatt Regency

Photo Credit: Hyatt Hotels

Types of accommodations: Guest rooms, suites

Family Friendly Features: Roomy baths with massageshowerheads; indoor pool; hot tub; sundeck; complimentary breakfast with some packages; valet parking in covered garage; room service; restaurant on site with children's menus; babysitting; large guest rooms; cribs 

Holiday Highlights: Great location for quick access to Denver holiday events, like the Parade of Lights which passes right by the front door of the the hotel, or the Denver Botanic Gardens’ Blossoms of Light; 20 foot sandstone fireplace in lobby; special promotional packages for the holidays like the "Holiday Shoppers Package", which includes a gift certificate to Tattered Cover Bookstore

Holiday Highlights at the Hyatt Regency:

December 17th through 19, real live reindeer, Donner and Blitzen will visit the hotel and meet children by the front door of the hotel. If the children bring new pair of mittens or gloves for a needy child, they will receive a free cup of hot chocolate. The Holiday Shoppers Special at the Hyatt Regency Denver includes a shopping certificate to the downtown shopping district, the Denver Pavilions, with stores including Barnes & Noble and the Gap 

Visit the website for the Grand Hyatt and the Hyatt Regency Denver



  The Magnolia Hotel  

Types of accommodations: Guest rooms and suites with separate bedroom and kitchen areas

Family Friendly Features: Free hot American breakfast buffet; bedtime milk-and-cookie buffet; room service with children's options on the menu; cribs; complimentary shuttle (in a 2-mile radius) around downtown Denver

Holiday Highlights: Historic old 1910 building; many suites have fireplaces; located off 17th Street, so the Parade of Lights route passes right by the hotel; special holiday season rates and last minute deals for those on the e-mail list.

View the Magnolia Hotel's website

In Durango

Photo Credit: Sven Brunso;Durango Area Tourism Office

Doubletree Hotel Durango

Types of accommodations: Guest rooms, suites, accessible rooms

Family Friendly Features: On site restaurant with children’s menu; high chairs; cribs; playpens; coin laundry; activities and recreation desk; on site convenience store; pool; bicycling; fishing

        View the website of the Durango Doubletree.

Strater Hotel

Photo: Morning light on the Strater Hotel's Facade

Types of accommodations: Guest rooms all appointed with striking Victorian style furniture

Family Friendly Features: Historic charm; room service; on site restaurant; pets under 35 pounds are welcome; recommendations for pet daycare

Holiday Highlights: Handsome Victorian décor, both in the lobby and in the guestrooms; historic Victorian building – like something out of a storybook 

View the Strater Hotel's website.


In Estes Park    

The Stanley Hotel

The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado is an elegant place for families to spend the night.

Types of accommodations: Guest rooms and suites

Family Friendly Features: Onsite restaurant; refrigerators upon request; history and ghost tours

Holiday Highlights: Elegant and beautiful Victorian ambiance in a spectacular mountain setting; walking distance to “Catch the Glow” festivities and parade

View the Stanley Hotel's website


Lake Shore Lodge Estes Park

Types of accommodations: Guest rooms; suites; two-story apartment with full kitchen

Family Friendly Features: Indoor pool and hot tub; game room; mini-refrigerator; complimentary continental breakfast; onsite restaurant with kids menu; portable cribs/playpens

Holiday Highlights: Three-story rock and log building; spectacular mountain views across Lake Estes; some suites have fireplaces; special winter packages; Christmas dinner in the Shores Restaurant

View the website of the Lake Shore Lodge.


Best Western Silver Saddle

Types of accommodations: Guest rooms and suites (some suites with kitchens)

Family Friendly Features: Indoor hot tub; children's play area; refrigerator; microwave oven; free deluxe continental breakfast

Holiday Highlights: Beautiful mountain views; some rooms with fireplaces; fireplace in lobby

View the Silver Saddle's website.


Glenwood Springs

Photo Credit: Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association 


        Hotel Colorado


Photo Credit: Hotel Colorado
Photo: Fireworks light up the winter sky at the Hotel Colorado's
Holiday Lighting event.

Types of accommodations: Guest rooms, suites

Family Friendly Features: 
Family plan; baby sitting; restaurant on site; room service; close to hot springs; bike rental on site; Ski-Swim-Stay package in conjunction with Sunlight Mountain ski area; historical experience; dogs permitted

Holiday Highlights: Fairyland Christmas decorations in the courtyard, especially pretty when it snows; large fireplaces; sumptuous Victorian décor; enchanting, animated storybook Christmas scenes designed by volunteers decorate the hotel's halls; beautifully decorated Christmas trees fill the lobby; courtyard lighting ceremony including hot beverages, carolers, fireworks, Santa Clause, and an artisans' fair; Victorian Teddy Bear Giving Tree in lobby where kids can donate to children less fortunate than themselves

Visit the website of the Hotel Colorado

Hot Springs Lodge

Photo Credit: Hot Springs Lodge 

Types of accommodations: Guest rooms

Family Friendly Features: Unlimited hot springs pool admission included with room stay; complementary continental breakfast at the poolside Glenwood Hot Springs Grill; on site food service; microwave and mini-fridge in some rooms; secure bicycle and ski/snowboard storage; Ski-Swim-Stay package in conjunction with Sunlight Mountain ski area

Holiday Highlights: An alternative to getting a babysitter on a night when they are hard to find, is the alcohol-free New Year's Eve celebration at the Hot Springs Pool. Noisemakers and countdown to the new year included.      

Visit the Hot Springs Lodge's website.


In Keystone 

The Springs Condos in the River Run Village

Types of accommodations: Condominiums

Family Friendly Features: Several condominium buildings cluster in the River Run Village at the base of the Keystone ski area. The Springs in River Run has the most family friendly amenities, including ski in/ski out capability, two hot tubs, recreation room with fireplace and pool table, a kids’ play room adjacent to the rec-room, swimming pool with water slide, laundry facilities in the building, and heated underground parking. Condominiums are inherently family friendly with their bedrooms separate from kitchen and living areas.

Holiday Highlights: Fireplace in each unit

In Leadville 

Silver King Inn


Types of accommodations: Guest rooms and suites

Family Friendly Features: Fully equipped kitchens in the suites; free continental breakfast; cribs; large lobby with computer and TV; double fireplace in lobby

Holiday Highlights: In the heart of the Colorado Rockies, this is an affordable family Christmas vacation; family ski packages with Ski Cooper for the holidays


Delaware Hotel

Types of accommodations: Guest rooms, suites, and family suite (two bedrooms, shared bathroom)

Family Friendly Features: Free continental breakfast; mini-refrigerators in some rooms; restaurant on site

Holiday Highlights: Victorian charm; furnished with lovely antiques, many for sale   


In Steamboat Springs 

Sheraton Steamboat Resort

Types of accommodations: Guest rooms, condominiums, and "villas" - time share units for sale

Family Friendly Features: ; Ski in/ski out; ski storage; ski valet; four rooftop hot tubs with views of the ski mountain; outdoor heated pool; game room with two pool tables, air hockey, foosball, and chess; a computer room with several computers for guest use; coin operated laundry; onsite dining with kids' menu in the restaurant; room service; babysitter recommendations; cribs; condominiums and suites offer full kitchens; a humidifier (wonderful if your kid has the sniffles) 

Holiday Highlights: Christmas dinner in the onsite Sevens Restaurant; fireplace in bar area; deck adorned with sparkly Christmas lights and a fire pit for gathering around on frosty nights



Inn at Steamboat

Types of accommodations: Guest rooms, suites, and a two-bedroom condominium with a full kitchen and living room

Family Friendly Features: Free cup of hot chocolate in the morning, complimentary breakfast, year-round heated outdoor pool; outdoor hot tub; portable crib/playpen; mini-refrigerator; laundry; four block walk to ski area; ski shuttle for guests with little legs (and their families and friends); ski storage

Holiday Highlights: Large stone fireplace in lobby and lots of big, comfy furniture to cozy up in with your kids


In Telluride    Photo Credit: Inn at Lost Creek, Telluride 

Inn at Lost Creek   

Types of accommodations: Guest suites

Family Friendly Features: Babysitter recommendations; restaurant on premises; ski rental on site; ski valet; free continental breakfast; CD/DVD library; kitchens or kitchenettes; washer/dryers

Holiday Highlights: Short walk to outdoor ice rink with a Christmas tree in its middle; fuzzy, cute loaner slippers in the restaurant so you can leave your ski boots at the door and enjoy your meal in comfort and style



The Hotel Telluride

Types of accommodations: Guest rooms, suites

Family Friendly Features: Refrigerators; microwaves; complete kitchenettes; personal shopping with room delivery; dining alcoves in some suites; balconies; guest laundry; 24-hour desk attendant; cribs; outdoor hot tub with ski slope views; ski and snowboard storage; heated underground garage parking (nominal fee); complimentary shuttle to gondola and throughout town; non-smoking facility; pets are welcome

Holiday Highlights: Two-story atrium decked with boughs of Christmas finery; big lobby fireplace and lush furniture to snuggle in while watching the snow through tall windows; complimentary hot chocolate and tea in the lobby; winter and ski package deals; concierge to help arrange family holiday activities in town



In Vail 

Vail Cascade Resort and Spa

Types of accommodations: Guest rooms, condominiums, private residences

Family Friendly Features: Cribs; bedrails; high chairs; nursery for kids with parents visiting the spa; babysitting; onsite restaurants; kids under 12 eat free at Atwater restaurant; room service; Cascade KidVentures, "Lodge to Lift" service delivers kids to and from ski school; tween and teen activities; two outdoor pools; three outdoor hot tubs; three indoor tennis courts

Holiday Highlights: A Cascade Christmas is 13-day long celebration starting on December 20. It includes gingerbread house decorating, cooking classes, stocking decorating, ornament decorating, puppet shows, movies, magic shows, family bingo, carolers, and reindeer rides.

See our full length hotel review about the Vail Cascade Hotel and Resort.


The Wren

Types of accommodations: Studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom condominiums

Family Friendly Features: Outdoor year-round heated swimming pool; two hot tubs; full kitchen; food delivery available; onsite laundry facilities; condominium convenience of bedrooms separate from eating and living rooms; community room with pool table

Holiday Highlights: Spectacular mountain or ski-slope views; private balcony; gas log fireplaces in each unit



The Christiania Lodge

The Christiania Lodge at Vail

Types of accommodations: Guest rooms, one studio with full kitchen, two-bedroom condominiums, king suites with fireplaces, and queen suites

Family Friendly Features: One of the original hotels in Vail, this family-owned lodge features on-site continental breakfast; mini-refrigerators in rooms; some rooms with balconies; year-round outdoor heated pool with jets at one end; laundry facilities available; nearby parking; sofas and tables for relaxing in Sarah's Lounge, the main gathering room; pack n' play cribs available, Pirate Ship Park playground right across the creek (bridge right out the back door); three minute walk to kids ski school; concierge forms allow families to plan their travel and activities ahead of time, including baby sitting options.

Holiday Highlights: Architecture and decor delights the eye like a page from a Tyrolean children's book; fireplaces in the gathering rooms; some suites with fireplaces; complimentary coffee, hot chocolate, hot cider, and tea; Helmut Fricker performs every Friday with singing, accordion playing, and kid-friendly jokes. 


The Sitzmark

Types of accommodations: Guest rooms

Family Friendly Features: Complimentary continental breakfast; onsite restaurant; wet-bar; refrigerator; balconies; year-round outdoor heated pool; outdoor hot tub; laundry facilities; free parking garage; tables and sofas for board games or relaxing in the lower lobby 

Holiday Highlights: Charming Tyrolean architecture outside and European comfort in the two lobbies (upstairs and downstairs); fireplace in the upstairs lobby; some rooms with fireplaces; views of snowy Gore Creek or Vail Mountain; complimentary espresso, coffee, hot chocolate, hot cider, and tea in the lobby

Lion Square

Types of accommodations: Guest rooms and one-, two-, three-, four-, and five-bedroom condominiums

Family Friendly Features: Babysitting; hotel rooms have mini-refrigerators; condominiums have full kitchens and gas burning fire places; grocery delivery; year-round outdoor pool right on Gore Creek; hot tubs; restaurant on site, ski in/ski out; onsite ski shop with ski rental; free onsite parking

Holiday Highlights: Short walk to ice rink; snowman decorating, after ski candy cane handouts; kids' Christmas glow stick party, views of the ski slopes


In Winter Park 

Snow Mountain Ranch (YMCA of the Rockies camp)

Types of accommodations: Lodges with hotel rooms (basic furnishings, bunk beds for the kids), log cabins with and without fireplaces, and large vacation homes

Family Friendly Features: Cafeteria-style mess hall offers meals with healthy and tasty choices; full kitchens in cabins and vacation homes plus big dining tables facilitate large family meals; no televisions in lodge rooms or cabins; game room (ping pong and foosball); crafts building; indoor roller rink; climbing wall; basketball courts; indoor archery area and lessons; library; indoor pool with life guards, cross-country ski center (miles of trails and some of the prettiest views anywhere in Colorado); ski and snowboard rental shop; chapel with religious services, youth, and children’s programs; family recreational programs day and night 

Holiday Highlights: Sleigh rides, ice skating, cross-country skiing (lessons available); sledding; skijoring with your dog; full moon snowshoe hikes and marshmallow roasting