Although the word ‘Hythe’ sounds like the nickname of a mythical Icelandic warrior, it is actually a small market town on the south coast of Kent, England, whose name refers to a ‘haven. of peace “.

It’s also now the name of a hotel in downtown Vail, Colorado that just opened in time to catch the upcoming ski season – and most certainly fits the description of a “haven of. peace”. Previously the decidedly less spectacular Vail Marriott, the Hythe Hotel (part of The Luxury Collection) is now the product of a $ 40 million renovation, with gorgeous interiors by Wilson Ishihara Design of Sonoma.

Resisting any temptation to modernize the place, they turned instead to the creation of the city in the 1960s, imbuing the spaces with a sort of rustic contemporary historicism. The elegantly welcoming lobby is built around a prodigious and surprisingly elegant fireplace (that’s a lot of glass); but most of the materials and techniques are specifically intended to evoke local heritage – for example, Colorado calacatta marble quarried directly from the Rocky Mountains, the walls in carved black stone, the wood panels of Douglas fir siding and the Textured marble floor, if you can believe it, feel like a snowy landscape. Even the traditional technique of carved wooden arborglyphs can be seen in the art presented.

The 344 rooms are done in an understated style, which could actually be described as ‘bucolic chic,’ with wood, stone, leather, and faux fur used in the service of masculine and inviting color schemes. Generous windows frame those enchanting mountain views one most certainly comes to Vail to experience – with the Timberline Suites featuring two balconies for the best snow-capped views of the Eighty. The Three- and Four-Bedroom Panoramic Penthouse Suites have their own fireplaces, plush sofas, and range from 1,100 square feet up to 3,595, the size of a small mansion, really.

Vail is certainly a social town, however – and the cavernous 10th Mountain Lounge is perfect for observing winter sportsmen, under the watchful “eyes” of a pair of artfully sculpted deer heads. The cocktail program includes a partnership with the local 10th Mountain Whiskey & Spirit Company (hence the name) distillery. A second bar, the Reve Lounge, is a more intimate place to linger around a sophisticated après-ski.

But the hotel’s signature restaurant, Margie’s Haas, also plays on local history, named after the woman who prepared homemade meals for the soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division who were stationed nearby for training. during the Second World War. German executive chef Patrick Dahms touts the tastes of St Regis Aspen and DC’s Willard Intercontinental on his hugely impressive CV, and here he updates classic Alpine cuisine inspired by his travels in the Austrian Alps and the South Tyrol region. in Italy.

The Hythe is actually the perfect Vail hotel for those who aren’t necessarily fanatic skiers, as its posh vibe calls for hours of relaxation, perhaps with a good book from the selection in the lobby. And really, with the shopping possibilities of Lionshead Village just a ten minute walk away, all that rustling and rustling can seem so disturbing at times.