The Sitzmark Lodge: Vertical Arts Remodel in the Heart of Vail
It’s a small boutique hotel nestled in the perfect corner of Vail Village…within walking distance to the slopes but far enough removed so the noise and bustle from Bridge Street are mere background music to the enchantments of Vail. Alpine influences create the Tudor-like façade of this lodge, offering rare vistas, of the imposing front of Vail Mountain or the meandering Gore Creek cutting through the heart of The Village. No matter the season, the views are magical and are the hallmark of the lodge’s prime location.
A renovation was completed last fall of the lobby and public areas with enhancements for guests that include an updated breakfast bar, a cozy lounge near the limestone fireplace and a grand front desk that directs guests to the rooms. And it is these 35 Guest Rooms that have captured all the attention over the last 12 months. A major remodel of the facilities was started last fall by Vertical Arts, an architectural and interior design firm with offices in Steamboat and Vail. The renovated guest accommodations will be ready before the opening of the ski season at Vail Mountain as well as the Thanksgiving holiday.
The designers at Vertical Arts started the remodeling process by painting the wall behind the beds in a beautiful russet color, a perfect complement to the room’s new décor. Ceilings, moldings and countertops are being updated as well, including gorgeous granite slabs to enhance the already charming spaces.
New furnishings with elegant enhancements were selected by the design team, headed by Linda Nielsen, in order to provide updated amenities, and offer that sought-after home-away- from- home ambiance. Nielsen along with the
hotel’s proprietor, Bob Fritch and his youngest daughter, Jeanne, now the general manager, worked together to select furnishings that weren’t your typical hotel, sterile pieces. Instead, the furnishings were custom made to offer guests a warm, relaxing experience in the heart of Vail.
Over the years the Fritch’s have overseen the hotel’s transition from its inception in 1969, as one of the first hotels in Vail. An elevator, pool, hot tub and restaurant are just part of their continued commitment to providing guests with up-to-date appointments as well as a rewarding guest experience. This commitment has earned them a Platinum Rating by Vail’s Quality Lodging Assurance Program and has positioned the Sitzmark as a world-class lodge.
Guest rooms at the Sitzmark range from standard accommodations to Deluxe Fireplace rooms and Junior Suites. Comfort and style abound in the remodel and offer guests a full range of updated appointments and amenities.