Our family of five stayed at Marriott's Streamside at Vail over President's week in February. We are owners at another Marriott Vacation Club timeshare property and traded our two bedroom unit for a one bedroom/one bathroom unit during the highly demanded President’s week through Interval International. We were placed in the Birch building, room 2205 which faced Gore creek.
The one bedroom unit felt cramped for our family of 2 adults and 3 small children. The bedroom held 2 queen beds and the living room provided additional sleeping on a full sized sofa bed. However, it was inconvenient to make up and fold away the sofa bed each day. We would have been better accommodated in a two bedroom unit. Having to use the living room as a bedroom really left no place for that person to store their clothing and other personal belongings as the bedroom didn’t provide enough storage for the whole family.
The unit was compact but conveniently arranged. The main room was the living room, dining room and kitchen. The living room provided seating only on a leather sofa facing a TV in an armoire. Next to it was a dining table with seating for 6. The kitchen was tiny but provided everything we needed. It had a breakfast bar with seating for 2 and the kitchen was stocked with dishes for 8.
We spent a lot of time in our condo unit as our youngest child became ill during the trip, so we used the property and its amenities more than we intended to. We cooked all meals in the unit and had no complaints about the small but efficient and well equipped kitchen. It had all the pots, pans and dishes plus more than I could use in one week. There was a full sized fridge, stove, dishwasher, blender and microwave oven. There were lots of dishes and serving ware. Also, there were additional storage containers and even dishes for baking and a hand held mixer.
We did not see any welcome events on the activities sheet even though we were there 7 days. We did partake in some of the kids MAZE activities because we were spending more time than we planned at the condo. Because it was ski week, our kids were the only ones at the planned activities. There were nominal fees for the craft activities.
The location of the buildings was about 2 miles from Vail village, but the property offered a very convenient shuttle service to the Lionshead Village where Eagle Bahn Gondola is located and the village proper in the evenings. The service was excellent and we used it daily. What we didn’t like about the location that though it was picturesque being on Gore creek, it was also very close to I-70 which gets pretty heavy traffic day and night. Because the unit was quite warm, we needed to keep the windows open a crack, but were then bothered by the highway noise.
There are 5 buildings which make up the property. They are Aspen, Birch, Cedar, Douglas and Evergreen. However, Marriott manages only Birch, Douglas and Evergreen buildings while Aspen and Cedar buildings are managed by Vacation Resorts International. All the buildings share the same amenities and you don’t really know there are two companies managing the same property until check in. The clubhouse, which doubles as the main lobby, houses two registration desks. It is also where the indoor/outdoor pool, hot tubs, steam room, sauna, game room, lounge and kids area are located. The building was recently renovated, but the pool area seems to be really lacking. It certainly didn’t look recently renovated, and while we were there, during one of the busiest weeks of the year, all of the hot tubs were not working. Also, part of the week the steam room was inoperable.
Overall, we found the property to be adequate for our needs, and the beautiful Vail Valley certainly exceeded our expectations of natural beauty. Add in the fantastic snow we experienced and even though our youngest got sick, it still added up to a great week in the snow.
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