VAIL CASCADE RESORT PLACED ON TRAVEL + LEISURE’S “TOP 500 HOTELS IN THE WORLD” COVETED LIST

Vail's only AAA Four Diamond ski-in/ski-out lodging property placed on prestigious list!

Vail Cascade Resort General Manager Brett Schoenfield is thrilled to announce that the property has been placed on Travel + Leisure’s “Top 500 Hotels in the World” list.    Following the recent announcements that Vail Cascade has also won positions on Travel + Leisure’s “Top Family Hotels”, Conde Nast Traveler’s “Top 50”, Wine Spectator’s “Award of Excellence” and several other recognitions of excellence, this latest proclamation is a nod to the continuing success of the AAA Four Diamond ski-in/ski-out Vail Cascade Resort.  Travel + Leisure readers vote for hotels that they feel are far above par of the majority of options worldwide, and once per year the publication releases a list of the properties they voted as the very best overall.

“I am honored that our guests have recognized the efforts put forth to ensure the comfort and overall positive experience they encounter at Vail Cascade.  I am extremely proud of our team and the work that has been done to ensure memorable experiences for our guests. To be on this list is true mark of distinction, and receiving this recognition means reaching a pinnacle of success," stated Schoenfield.

Vail Cascade Resort completed a $30 million dollar renovation in 2009, and re-dedicated efforts to focus on guest service and employee satisfaction.  Schoenfield feels that the efforts were an integral influence in all of the recent awards, and that the latest announcement designating Vail Cascade as one of Travel + Leisure’s “Best in the World” gives the resort the recognition he feels it has earned.

Schoenfield elaborated by saying, "Being on this highly acclaimed list means a confirmation of the strength of our team: the decisions made, the energy expended and the satisfaction of earning the title of an elite property.  The announcement that Vail Cascade is one of the very best hotels in the world is an honor, and reflects the integrity and efforts of the entire team."

General Manager Schoenfield invites future guests by stating, “The readers of Travel + Leisure are savvy world travelers.  We hope that this award encourages them to make us a ‘must visit’ destination."

Vail Cascade Resort’s assignment to the “Top 500 Hotels in the World” by Travel + Leisure also includes the property’s award-winning restaurant, Atwater on Gore Creek.   Atwater recently debuted a new Chef’s Tasting Menu; a choice of either three or four courses of inspired menu options focusing on locally sourced produce and meats, and food items procured from businesses that utilize sustainable food principals.  The property has also introduced specialty desserts and pastries created by the property’s new executive pastry chef, available not only in the restaurant outlets, but also by custom order for off-property delivery.

Aria Club & Spa, Vail Cascade’s 78,000 square foot showpiece of fitness and wellness contributes to the designation of being on many of the “world’s best” lists via signature programs such as ski conditioning “boot camps”, a myriad of yoga and Pilates programs, cutting edge training equipment and fitness professionals.

With a year round focus on family-friendliness and activities, Vail Cascade Resort is Vail’s only AAA Four Diamond ski-in/ski-out property with a Vail Mountain chairlift located directly outside of the Terrace Wing of the hotel.  Guests can enjoy a wrapped to-go breakfast and be on the ski slopes as soon as the chairlift opens, making it one of the easiest ways to access the world famous ski resort.  Skier’s buffet lunches are served in Atwater, maximizing “play time” for visitors, and a warm and inviting environment welcomes guests in the Fireside Lounge in the afternoons and evenings.

Groups and special events are accommodated with the expertise of on-site destination meeting coordinators.  The property features more than 30,000 square feet of dedicated large meeting spaces, exhibit halls, conference rooms and indoor and outdoor pavilions.

Travel + Leisure has been a stalwart for many years for travelers who trust the published reviews and coveted awards.  Only nine hotels in Colorado made the distinguished list of “Top 500 Hotels in the World” this year.  This is the first year that Vail Cascade Resort has been named to the all-encompassing list of the very best: Travel + Leisure’s “Top 500 Hotels in the World”.  For more information about the award, visit www.travelandleisure.com.  Find reservation availability and Vail Cascade Resort information at www.vailcascade.com