My travel buddies and I needed a weekend getaway to escape the heat of our respective cities. I read an article about fun things to do in Vail and as Colorado is a 2-3 hour flight for each of us, it made a nice, central place to meet up.
Knowing that lodging wouldn’t be nearly as hard to get in the summer as in the winter, I’d hoped to get a 2-bedroom condo at a reasonable price. That way we’d each have our own bed and plenty of space. It turns out that most of the condos can’t be rented for a single night. I did have a travel agency track down one place but they wanted $300 for the one night. No thanks.
I looked at what hotels were available on points and there weren’t a lot of reasonably-priced choices there either but I did find the Holiday Inn had a room that could sleep three adults. The hotel is actually across I-70 from the resort but during the summer, there’s no charge for the parking deck at Lionshead so we were only a short drive away.
The valet greeted us promptly upon arrival. Leaving the car with the valet is really the only parking option but the price is cheaper in the summer than in the winter. In the end, we were not charged at all. I don’t know whether that’s due to my Platinum status, because we booked the room on points or if they just forgot. But when I checked out there were no charges billed to the room.
Once inside we had a brief wait while other customers were being assisted but then were welcomed warmly and our room was assigned quickly.