A Hotel Bucking the Trend of Charging for “Extras”

As savvy travellers know, the advertised price of travel increases significantly with all of the fees that most hotels, except the Antlers at Vail, add on.

As savvy travelers know, the advertised price of travel increases significantly with all of the fees that most hotels, except the Antlers at Vail, add on.

In today’s travel environment, savvy travelers have come to expect annoying fees on top of whatever base price is advertised. Airlines tack on baggage fees, reservation change fees, movies, WiFi, upgrade fees for additional leg space, and more.  Rental cars?  Forget it!  Hotels charge for WiFi, parking, movie rentals, and many even add on resort fees. Well, not at the Antlers at Vail Condo Hotel… Our philosophy for the past 40 years has included exceeding expectations and not nickel and diming our guests. We do this in part by offering almost all amenities or “extras” at no additional cost. These free amenities include:

  • NO RESORT FEES!;
  • Free WiFi;
  • Free parking in our heated underground garage (1 car per condo);
  • A free Vail Athletic Club membership during your stay;
  • Free yoga classes twice a week;
  • A free shuttle to the grocery store to stock your full kitchen with groceries;
  • Free newspapers;
  • Free movies;
  • Free bike rentals in the summer;
  • Free snowshoe rentals in the winter;
  • Free GoPro camera rentals;
  • Free luggage storage (from year to year);
  • And, just added to the list, free late check-out on Sundays!

Add up the cost of what you would pay for all of these extras when you stay elsewhere, and WOW, what added value or savings you receive by staying with us! And, did I mention that we are pretty darn fun too! I hope you will make an Antlers condo hotel suite your home in Vail this summer. We look forward to sharing our home and community with you!

Do you want to read more about those annoying extra travel and hotel fees that you can avoid when staying at the Antlers at Vail Condominiums and Conference Center? Travel + Leisure and TIME Magazine just published recent articles on the subject.

Tell us below the most annoying travel fee you have ever been charged.

 

Post by: Liana, the Antlers’ marketing gal

More CML Conference

The Antlers (and mostly Katie) were busy when the Colorado Municipal League invaded Vail.  We were host to United Power, Comcast, X-cell Energy and dozens of City Officials from all over Colorado.

Here are a few photo’s of some of the activities that took place an the Antlers during the week.

This way to unit 519 for make-up

This way to unit 519 for make-up

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Janece does the finishing touches before filming.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Mayor of Glenwood Springs is interview for broadcast on local public television stations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Millie Barela Board Room served as the media and film center.

The Millie Barela Board Room served as the media and film center.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This way to unit 518 for some hospitality.

This way to unit 518 for some hospitality.

Lunch and evening cocktails were donated by United Power of Colorado

Lunch and evening cocktails were donated by United Power of Colorado

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The gentleman on the right wanted to thank Catherine (owner of 518) for her hospitality.

The gentleman on the right wanted to thank Catherine (owner of 518) for her hospitality.

The Antlers, the Town of Vail and the weather were totally accommodating during the 4 day conference.

This group has moved on and we look forward to the Bravo Music Festival and the arrival of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra moving in.

Greg

 

 

 

 

 

 

Full Circle; around the world from Vail and back again.

“Friends are the Family you choose.” That quote is attributed to a lot of people but who said it first I have no idea. When you work for, stay with or visit the Antlers at Vail you become a part of a family much larger than you might realize. Being a relatively new employee here – only 4 years this August- I had no idea what I was really getting myself into. I say only 4 years because our current head housekeeper Lora Montez has been here at least 38 years her sister Millie Barela was on the original construction clean-up crew in 1972 before becoming head housekeeper for 32 years. Rob LeVine our General Manager has been here 35 this year. A few have been here between 20-25 years! Like Randi Davis our Controller has 26 years under her belt and Gladys Villeda one of our housekeeping supervisors is going 25 years strong! I really could go on but that is a blog for another time!

Millie, Gladys and Martha 2000

Millie, Gladys and Martha 2000

The great thing is when people leave, especially former employees, they tend to come back and you get to meet a lot of “family” members. And everyone always has a story to share whether it be reminicing about their days at the the Antlers or what has transpired since. I had the chance to meet, very briefly, a member of the Antlers family yesterday Polly Letofsky. Polly worked at the Antlers in the late 90’s doing the very job I do now, conference services. She left the Antlers to embark on a journey to walk around the world. More importantly I was able to hear her speak this morning. Polly is in town giving a presentation for one of the many Colorado Municipal League Conference  sessions going on this week. She is very fun and has some great stories to tell about her adventure. I didn’t get to hear all of her presentation though because I was after all suppose to be working! (Shhh don’t tell anyone I played hooky for about 30 minutes).

“Polly left her home and headed west across 4 continents and over 14,000 miles – by foot – to become the first woman to walk around the world. As an awareness campaign for breast cancer, strangers welcomed her into their homes. But it was never an easy road; Polly struggled with earthquakes, muggings, languages, even religious riots”. This is one story worth hearing, knowing and sharing!

Polly at the Antlers Employee Party 1999

Polly at the Antlers Employee Party 1999

I guess I have some pretty big shoes to fill! I don’t have any currently plans to walk around the world but you never know, life can take you places you never saw coming. Listening to Polly talk about her adventure is inspirational to say the least, and very entertaining.
Katie Nelson,
Conference Services Manager – (Future achievements currently unknown but unlimited)

 

We Love I-70 … Usually.

I admit it.  We here in Vail have a love/hate relationship with I-70.  Our friends in Aspen refer to Vail as “a highway runs through it”.  Guilty as charged.  On the other hand, they may not admit it but I know they’re jealous at the same time.  Vail’s consistently strong economy is due in large part to the ease of traveling here.  As much as we like to tell ourselves that it’s all about the mountain experience (which is certainly critical), access is also hugely important.  Happily, we at the Antlers at Vail are especially lucky and once you’re in Vail, for us the highway is a non-issue.  We’ve even used the marketing message, “You can’t hear or see the highway from here.”  Our location at the base of Vail mountain and right on Gore Creek is simply A+. It’s quiet and yet convenient to all the amenities Vail has to offer.

We all know that the other bane of this easy-access asphalt strip of I-70 can be the occasional congestion traveling back to Denver, particularly on a Sunday afternoon.  This summer, with the twin tunnel project going on near Idaho Springs (no, not Eisenhower), we’ve decided to be especially pro-active in doing our small part of easing congestion and making our weekend visitors’ travel smoother.  We’re offering no-charge, unlimited late check-outs on Sundays this summer.  This will enable our guests to avoid the peak traffic, while enjoying another full day in Vail, hiking, biking, shopping the Vail Farmers’ Market or whatever mountain activity our guests choose, before making that relaxing drive back to Denver.  All we ask is that you let us know, so we can schedule accordingly.

Margaret Bowes is the program manager for the I-70 Coalition and its GoI70.com website, dedicated to improving visitors highway travel experience to Vail and other Colorado mountain town destinations.  As one of the coalition’s tourism partners, we appreciate their efforts. So when Margaret suggested the possibility of late check-outs,  in typical Antlers form we said, “Sure.”  As a matter of fact, just between you and me, if you tell us your check-out time will be 7:00 PM, and then you actually leave by 8:00 Monday morning, we might just look the other way … a free night … on the condition that you promise to have fun in Vail Sunday evening.

Twin Tunnels

The I-70 Coalition was originally formed in 2004 when more than 30 political jurisdictions joined forces to address transportation issues along the I-70 corridor. Private businesses have since joined the local governments in the coalition, which continues to push for implementation of highway improvement projects like the plans to add capacity on the Twin Tunnel to Floyd Hill section of I-70. In 2009 the coalition also launched GoI70.com, which includes a mobile phone app and text messaging, to inform I-travelers on traffic conditions toward improving their travel experience visiting Vail and other mountain towns.  Check it out … it’s pretty cool … and then come spend Sunday with us.

Rob

Pets and Musical Children Make the Antlers at Vail Home

Dock Dogs competition at the 2013 GoPro Mountain Games.

Dock Dogs competition at the 2013 GoPro Mountain Games.

We love the variety of friends who make the Antlers their home while here in Vail. As the official pet-friendly hotel of the Go Pro Mountain Games, we enjoyed many furry friends visiting over the weekend. Those furry friends included a skateboarding bulldog and competitors in the 2013 Dock Dogs competition at the GoPro Mountain Games. Most of those friends have checked out now, and our friends at the Colorado Children’s Chorale have checked in. Our condo arrangements (from studios to four-bedroom condos, all with full kitchens) make us an ideal home for families, or anyone coming for an extended stay.

 

The Colorado Children's Chorale during their annual visit at the Antlers at Vail.

The Colorado Children’s Chorale during their annual visit at the Antlers at Vail.

The Colorado Children’s Chorale is at the Antlers for their annual visit.  They are in town for a workshop designed to develop performance skills such as singing, dancing, acting and stage movement. Professional conductors and Chorale members work with attendees to share music and theater skills plus elements of teamwork and self confidence. The workshop concludes with a performance, Voices in the Valley, featuring workshop participants on stage with the Colorado Children’s Chorale at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater on Friday, June 14 at 7:00 p.m.

Here’s a taste of all the fun we’re looking forward to at the Antlers at Vail Condominiums and Conference Center this week in a video of the Colorado Children’s Chorale Rehearsing in the Antlers at Vail Courtyard in 2010.