“From the start, our goal was to make sure everyone… always felt like an important member of our family,” says General Manager Magda King.
VAIL, CO (PRWEB)
March 22, 2022
A pillar of Colorado’s Vail Valley community, leading the way in everything from environmental sustainability to promoting education and employee literacy, the Antlers at Vail hotel is also a longtime leader in the providing friendly, personalized service that treats customers like family. Built in 1972, just 10 years after the 10th Mountain Division Sgt. Pete Seibert and rancher Earl Eaton founded Vail Ski Resort, The Antlers at Vail announces its 50th Golden Anniversary celebration, spanning March 2022 through April 2023. An authentic ‘Old Vail’ favorite – with its enviable location by the creek and slopes in the family-friendly neighborhood of Lionshead – the Antlers also shine as an up-to-the-minute destination accommodation that’s part home away from home and part great escape. Antlers at Vail will be sharing contests, bundles and more throughout the year on its dedicated 50th anniversary website at antlers50.com.
“From the beginning, our goal was to make everyone, from guests to staff, owners to community partners, always feel like an important member of our family, and that has never changed,” said Magda King, current Executive Director. and one of only three general managers since Antlers opened. Originally from Guayaquil, Ecuador, King rose through the ranks after coming aboard in 2007 and while there implemented significant changes, including an award-winning GED program for housekeeping staff. We’ve been so lucky to have so many owners and their early-day children still living in the Antlers – and even those who have sold come back to visit.
A fixture of Vail since opening, Antlers is conveniently nestled beside Gore Creek at the base of Vail Mountain, just a two-minute walk from the Eagle Bahn Gondola at Lionshead Village, which was being developed at the same time as Antlers , but now serves as the modern heart of the region. “Heart” is also a word used to describe the first General Manager, Bud Benedict, who is credited with inspiring an atmosphere of caring and cooperation between staff, owners and guests that continues to this day.
It speaks to the character and corporate culture of the Antlers that so many staff members have remained for decades, such as Millie Barela, who worked on the original cleanup crew in 1972 and then stayed on as housekeeper’s wife. household until his retirement in 2009, obtaining an Antlers conference room named in his honor. And then there’s Rob LeVine, who, after starting as a clerk in the late 1970s, became general manager for 29 years (the Antlers Conference Center now bears his name). Even today, some staff members have been at the Antlers for 10, 20 or even 30 years.
In the early 1990s, LeVine was the first to convert all of the hotel’s fireplaces from wood to gas, sparking a valley-wide effort to address air quality issues and spurring others accommodations to follow, culminating in a myriad of green hotel accolades through the years for the Antlers. Then, from 2000 to 2002, LeVine led a comprehensive $22 million renovation for the property, adding 24 new condominiums and underground parking while doing the impossible by bringing 70 individual condominium owners together for the common cause. . This expansion served as the catalyst for the development of Lionshead Village into the pedestrian-friendly dining and shopping mecca it is today – including its recent Mountain Living “recommended destination” accolade.
Antlers at Vail has long been a standout in the Vail Valley, winning numerous awards including being named Business of the Year at the Vail Valley Partnership’s first-ever Excellence Awards Banquet nearly 20 years ago. years and King for being named Tourism Professional of the Year in 2017. Together, LeVine and King have also embarked on an 18-month project in collaboration with the owners of the Antlers, updating and modernizing the condominiums aiming for the rating Vail Valley’s coveted Platinum Lodging Quality Assurance, which the hotel achieved in 2015. And recently, King oversaw a $5 million lobby and reception expansion and renovation project that included the creation of new staff offices and the installation of a new high-speed elevator.
In addition to its community affinity, Antlers’ reputation for connecting with guests in a unique and individual way — stories abound of weddings performed, decades of family reunions held on the property, and the friendliness of the staff, great and small – is based on everyday life. ultra-personalized customer service that’s underscored by a staggering array of amenities, many of which are free. Guests expect comforts and conveniences such as loaner cappuccino machines, GoPro cameras to capture adventures for posterity, cruiser bikes, loaner sleds and snowshoes, chairs, and more. high chairs and cribs, grocery store shuttles, Wi-Fi, daily housekeeping, an electric car charger, and staff assistance with arranging things like kids’ activities and babysitting – the all for free.
This list would be impressive in any setting, but the location in one of North America’s most popular destinations also offers endless outdoor opportunities, upscale dining options and a plethora of cultural options for all ages. On the other hand, there’s no reason to leave the Antlers if guests wish, as they can enjoy home-cooked or take-out meals in the spacious condos — each equipped with full-size kitchens and dining areas. , cozy living rooms with gas fireplaces, and private balconies with gas grills – or relax in the year-round heated outdoor pool and hot tubs overlooking Vail Mountain.
Current 50th anniversary specials from Antlers at Vail include the new “First 50” offer with half spring ski accommodation for 50 lucky guests and a bespoke luxury “Golden 50th Anniversary All-stars Dream Getaway” package. “.
About Antlers in Vail
Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2022, the Antlers at Vail condo hotel offers a relaxed Vail lodging experience in a fabulous mountain setting. In addition to receiving Vail’s Platinum Lodging Rating, TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, and Colorado Actively Green Certification, Antlers has received a wide range of media coverage, including being named one of Vail’s Top Lodgings for families in 2021 by SKI magazine, among the best destinations of November 2021 by Travel + Leisure and a best place on the planet to “live (for a while) as a digital nomad” by Outside, as well as congratulations from family travel bloggers as the “Best Ski Resort for Families” and Best “Summer Camp for Families.” With condominiums ranging from studios to four-bedroom penthouses, each Antlers unit boasts a fully equipped kitchen equipped, fireplace, balcony and free Wi-Fi, daily maid service and covered parking.For more information, visit http://www.antlersvail. com.
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