Laurus Corporation, a private real estate investment and development firm, announced today the former Vail (Colo.) Cascade Resort and Spa will reopen early this year as Hotel Talisa, Vail.
Derived from the Native American name translating to “beautiful water,” Talisa pays homage to the Rocky Mountain’s first residents – the Southern Ute Indians – while also playing to the resort’s location along Vail’s Gore Creek. The 285-room hotel will remain under the management of Two Roads Hospitality, the largest owner and operator of independent hotels, resorts and residences in the United States.
As part of the conversion project, following the reopening, Hotel Talisa is expected to join the Luxury Collection’s resort portfolio within Starwood Hotels and Resorts.
“The rebrand and repositioning of this hotel is not only necessary with the evolving demand from consumers, but also critical to staying ahead of luxury standards,” said John Garth, Regional Managing Director at Hotel Talisa. “Hotel Talisa will join the most admired hotels in the world and will be a refreshing option for year-round visitors to the Vail Valley.”
Upon completion, Hotel Talisa will be Vail’s only true ski-in/ski-out luxury resort, just a few steps away from the best hiking and biking trails in Vail Valley.
The hotel’s forested mountainside setting encourages active and meditative guest experiences and rituals for all ages. In addition to downhill and cross-country skiing and snowboarding, guests of Hotel Talisa can take part in a wide array of activities year-round including mountain biking, kayaking, hiking, snowmobiling and snowshoeing.
The resort will also launch its signature kid’s club, Talisa Tykes, offering its littlest guests year-round rotating weekly activities, including pizza-making and on-property scavenger hunts. To further enhance the guest experience, the hotel will offer a pet-friendly program including a specialty dining menu and in-room pet amenities.
The hotel’s guests can get private car and shuttle service to Vail Village and surrounding areas, just minutes away.
In addition, Hotel Talisa will include three culinary venues, including a three-meal restaurant, a fireside bar and lounge and a café style market, each sourcing ingredients from local ranchers and farmers. The resort’s new signature restaurant, Gessner, will feature cuisine inspired by the Colorado Rockies, as well as Vail’s roots in European culture with authentic flavors and dishes from those countries bordering the Alps. The name Gessner is derived from the first naturalist to ascend the Swiss Alps, Conrad Gessner, and is reflective of the Alpine-inspired menu offering.
Following the hotel’s grand opening, The Spa at Hotel Talisa will soon open its doors and in the footsteps of traditional alpine spas, embrace the natural splendor and healing powers of the surrounding mountain and creek in and indoor/outdoor setting. Treatments will include mountain mud baths and body scrubs infused with botanicals found near Vail Mountain’s storied hiking trails. Hotel guests will also have access to the resort’s 58,000 square-foot adjoining athletic club. The hotel will also have more than 40,000 square feet of beautifully appointed meeting and event space.