It's not on the mountain up in the rarefied air of BC Village or in Vail Village but the Christie Lodge is a good option if you have a time share and want to be economical. Its in the town of Avon in the commercial area just off I-70. A few good restaurants are within walking distance including the Blue Plate across the street (very good.) If you have a car it is very easy to get around to other Avon, Beaver Creek Village, Vail, Miniturn and Edwards restaurants at night. A free bus shuttle stops right in front of the Christie Lodge to bring you up the hill to the base of Beaver Creek ski area - its about a 30 minute trip each way up and down the hill. Not too bad even at 4PM when everyone wants to get down the hill - though you will will likely have to stand with your skis. Again, not bad, but not as sweet as skiing directly to your condo or hotel. We hung out in BC apres skiing for drinks and dinner and then headed down to the Christie around 6 PM (the last bus is around 6:30, I think)
The hotel rooms are suites - smaller than most ski condos I've been in but acceptable. With all our ski stuff strewn around (3 people) it quickly became cluttered but the lodge has tried its best to provide hooks and efficient use of space. The kitchennette is good for breakfasts and snacks - microwave, coffee maker, electric frying pan, dishwasher. The Lodge was in the process of updating all the rooms with new cabinetry, dishes, lights and some other things that were appreciated. Nothing fancy, but new.
There are several indoor and outdoor hot tubs. 1 indoor and 1 outdoor pool. The indoor pools and hot tubs are in the atriums between the rooms and smell like you would expect. Its not the Ritz but its acceptable, again. There are 2 ping pong tables that were always in use apres skiing.
I found the people at the Christie Lodge to be very helpful and pleasant. They certainly made us feel welcome.
Staying at the Christie Lodge worked well for us in that everything was accessible - Avon, BC, Vail, Edwards, Minturn, and a quick early morning getaway to Aspen (now that's where you should go!) The Lodge is functional, clean, inexpensive, has amenities, is centrally located and reasonably comfortable. Not a palace like you would get at the resorts on the mountain but you can hang out at those places during the day and evening and then retreat to the Lodge for bed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Christie Lodge is your home to relax and enjoy the breathtaking natural beauty of the surrounding mountains in a comfortable, casual atmosphere. Conveniently located in the heart of the Vail Valley, the Christie Lodge in Avon, Colorado offers affordable one and three bedroom suites with easy access to Vail and Beaver Creek Resorts. Complimentary access to wireless internet, free parking and no resort fees create added value in this world class mountain destination. Spacious one bedroom suites average 410 square feet and feature a queen bed, kitchenette, wood-burning fireplace in the winter and air conditioning in the summer. Three bedroom suites offer two additional bedrooms containing a queen bed, each with an en suite bathroom. All accommodations offer, two flat screen TV's, a queen pullout sleeper sofa, and a private balcony.Christie Lodge amenities include heated indoor and outdoor swimming pools and four hot tubs. The lodge also provides a variety of activities including a kid's activity center, ping pong tables, and Foosball. Our 24 hour front desk, knowledgeable concierge staff, local in-house sporting goods shop, on-site car rental and complimentary shuttle service to Beaver Creek Resort highlight the services Christie Lodge provides to our guests. Be yourself at the Christie Lodge ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Christie Hotel Avon
- The Christie Lodge