Hotel rooms, condos planned for Roost

Long-standing West Vail hotel would make way for mid-priced hotels, condos

The owner of the Roost Lodge is a proposing a development that would include a 129-room hotel and 39 two-bedroom condos.
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Edward Stoner
November 23, 2005

VAIL - The owner of the Roost Lodge is proposing a 129-room hotel and 39 two-bedroom condos at the site of the West Vail hotel.

"The physical structure of the existing Roost hotel has reached its useful life, thus necessitating the redevelopment of the property," said Kevin Deighan, a founding principal of Timberline Commercial Real Estate, the Roost's new owner. "Given the size of the parcel, it was an excellent candidate for this type of mixed-use project."

The Roost Lodge, built in the 1970s, has long been known as an affordable place to stay in Vail. The new proposal seeks to carry on those "value and family-oriented characteristics," Deighan said.


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This rendering shows the proposed redevelopment of the Roost Lodge along North Frontage Road.
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Each hotel room would have one or two bedrooms, a living room, a bathroom and a small kitchen. The hotel will also have a gym, hot tubs and a business center, he said.

The owners anticipate the hotel would be operated as a national chain similar to a Residence Inn by Marriott. The process is still under way to determine which national chain will have its name on the building, Deighan said.

The two-bedroom, two-bathroom condos would have a lobby, a gym and hot tubs.

The proposal has three buildings that are attached above an underground parking lot. The proposed project would be developed under existing zoning, owners say.

Deighan said the hotel or condo projects under construction in Vail now, including the Vail Plaza Hotel, One Willow Bridge Road, the Sonnenalp expansion, and the Four Seasons, cater to the high-end market.

"The Roost site offers an excellent opportunity to provide a national brand select-service hotel and mid-market condominium project to the town of Vail," he said.

"Select-service" hotels generally do not have restaurants, but have a large base of amenities such as small kitchens in rooms, business centers and gyms.

If the planning and approval process goes as planned, construction would begin in mid-summer and last 18-20 months. The Roost Lodge would continue to operate through this ski season, Deighan said.

The project would have about 200 parking spaces, most of which would be covered, Deighan said. Three on-site employee housing units for five employees are also proposed for the site.

The Roost Lodge currently has 77 hotel rooms.

Staff Writer Edward Stoner can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 14623, or

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