VAIL—The newly renovated Osprey at Beaver Creek was named Best Resort in the Continental U.S. in Travel + Leisure’s annual reader survey released Friday.
Two additional Vail-area hotels — The Sebastian in Lionshead and Pines Lodge in Beaver Creek — were second and third on the prestigious list. Both the Osprey and Pines Lodge are RockResorts properties, the luxury lodging company owned by Vail Resorts.
“We are honored to have two of our RockResorts properties at the top of the Travel + Leisure 2012 World’s Best Awards readers’ survey,” Broomfield-based RockResorts CEO James O’Donnell said in a statement. “Our teams strive to ensure our guests have a true experience of a lifetime whether staying with us in our hotel properties or enjoying our iconic mountain resorts like Beaver Creek.”
The Osprey is a mere 26 feet from the Strawberry Park Express chair lift. It was recently renovated to reflect contemporary design and luxury amenities, including an award-winning gourmet tapas bar and restaurant. The intimate, 60-room Pines Lodge is located on the slopes at Beaver Creek Resort.
The Sebastian in the Vail Village dubs itself a boutique hotel with 100 rooms and seven suites. It is owned by Timbers Resorts, which also owns Dancing Bear in Aspen and One Timbers Place in Steamboat Springs.
This marks the first year for all three Vail-area hotels to appear on the magazine’s “Best” hotels list. Also appearing were the Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch (No. 8), The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs (No. 22), Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort & Spa (No. 30), and the Four Seasons Resort in Vail (No. 33).
The survey ranks readers’ favorite hotels, cities, islands, cruise lines, airlines, car rental agencies, spas, safari outfitters and tour operators. Winners will be featured in the August online and print editions.
This year’s survey showed that the allure of the exotic and the new remains as strong as ever, according to Travel+Leisure Editor-in-Chief Nany Novogrod.
“Along with great service, our readers crave adventure and the outdoors, reflected in their selection of this year’s top three resorts in the Continental U.S., all located in Colorado mountain towns,” Novogrod said in a statement.
The survey among the magazine’s readers took place from Dec. 1, 2011 to March 31. Travel + Leisure covers culture, food, style and design, and has the largest audience among travel magazines.