Hotel Spotlight: Viceroy Snowmass December 24, 2017
There’s something about these mountain villages in Colorado that just clear any stress that one might have on the mind. That’s how I felt at the Viceroy Snowmass in Snowmass Village. I’ve been on a quest to dive into Colorado’s best when it comes to mountains and nature, and I’m so glad that my travels brought me here. The Viceroy Snowmass is really, the only place I could imagine myself staying while in this quaint yet naturally beautiful place. Its charm, amenities, staff, location, and comfort are unmatched to any other hotel in Snowmass, and I firmly believe that after doing my research. I’m so glad to have had the opportunity to stay here, and let me tell you why.
Let’s start with the room. It was such a nice luxury to have not only a kitchen, but a simple yet elegant one at that. I seriously gained #inspo for my Tiny House kitchen based on this one. It had all of the necessities when it comes to a hotel suite kitchen and to be honest, I couldn’t imagine not having one while staying in Snowmass on a summer or winter vaca. It just adds to the overall comfort and health that one would wish for when traveling far for an extended time. Don’t get me wrong, it was hard to not order room service for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day as their Toro and Nest restaurants have some of the finest and delicious cuisine I’ve had in a long time. Let’s not talk about their cocktails and restaurant setting… or should we?
As someone who travels solo 99% of the time, I really prefer to not eat out and rather, cook in my room or if I must go out, the restaurant should be inviting and cozy. Let’s be honest, sitting at a four person table alone can be uncomfortable, unless you’re working on your laptop, of course. Either way, I tend to seek out restaurants that have a cozy vibe with nooks for me to work and have a drink. Leave it to Toro Restaurant and Lounge to do the trick! I absolutely loved the restaurant/lounge vibe and unique decor that allowed for the opportunity to sit and take it all in over a drink and appetizers. The outdoor patio was even better, with sweeping views of the mountains at sunset, I must come back here during winter to experience the full effect, and I recommend you do the same! Latin-inspired cuisine amidst a gorgeous setting, all I could ask for (Latin food is my favorite).
The overall rating that I gave the Viceroy Snowmass was a 10/10.
What I loved: I didn’t even mention yet that the Viceroy Snowmass takes special consideration towards the environment with their specific initiatives and implementations like LEED, low-flow fixtures, waste management, and “green” housekeeping. It’s hard for such a luxury hotel, specifically one that operates under an umbrella of the Viceroy brand, to take special measures towards environmental sustainability. Aside from that, I loved the rooms with the fireplace, balcony and kitchen which really make it a well-rounded, luxury experience. The location is prime, as well.
What Set It Back: Nada!
Overall: Highly recommended as the #1 resort to stay in Snowmass!
What makes a sustainable or regenerative hotel? A reverse osmosis water system, farm to table produce, supporting local dairy and meat farmers, engaging with local non-profit or community organization endeavors to address an issue within the country or community, energy efficient lighting, low pressure water systems, recycling, employing locals and offering fair and equal pay, replanting what was lost during the construction, use of biofuel (for boats), engaging guests in local cultural experiences and making them aware of environmental and cultural needs, LEED Certification, educating staff on importance of sustainability (turning off lights, observing for wasteful practices, etc.), reducing bathroom amenities waste (using bamboo toothbrushes instead, locally made/organic soap, shampoo and conditioner that help the environment), the list goes on.
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