Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Lion Square Lodge Managed by Wyndham Vacation Rentals® Completes $53 Million Renovation

Vail property completes final phase of renovation for 2013/2014 ski season

Lion Square Lodge at the Gondola, Vail, ColoradoWyndham Vacation Rentals®, the world’s largest professionally managed vacation rental business and part of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN), announced that Lion Square Lodge at the Gondola in Vail, Colo. has completed a $53 million property renovation funded by its Homeowners’ Association. Beginning in 2008, the Lodge has undertaken major renovations at each of its three buildings to enhance the overall guest experience with significant interior and exterior upgrades. The final phase of the project, the Lodge’s East Building in the Lionshead ski yard, re-opened in December for the 2013/2014 ski season.

“We’re incredibly proud to share Lion Square Lodge’s new design with guests this season,” said Bill Anderson, vice president of operations, Wyndham Vacation Rentals, Western U.S. “With an extensive exterior project designed to tie the three buildings together, major interior upgrades, a brand new on-site restaurant, and an ambitious solar panel project, the renovated and modern style gives guests the chance to enjoy luxurious rental accommodations when they hit the slopes.”

The final phase of the Lion Square Lodge renovation began in April 2013, involving a $15 million overhaul of the East Building that overlooks the ski base just steps from the Lionshead Eaglebahn Gondola. The entire building was taken down to its framework and rebuilt with exterior upgrades and colors and design elements reflecting those of the recently renovated North and South Buildings.

Each unit was expanded to enlarge the living areas, and the owners took advantage of this opportunity to substantially upgrade their homes’ interiors. The addition of ski yard stairs for all units now gives guests private, ski-in/ski-out access, while new doors and windows maximize light and views and new elevators make units more easily accessible.

“The completion of this final phase brings the entire renovation project to life,” added Anderson. “We’re excited to welcome guests to upgraded accommodations made more convenient with common area enhancements and exciting amenities like El Sabor, the new ski-in/ski-out restaurant. The renovations have brought a new energy to Lion Square Lodge, vastly adding to the experience we’re able to provide our guests.”

Last year, the property underwent renovations to its South Building facing Vail Mountain and Gore Creek. Taking advantage of Colorado’s abundant sunshine, the Lodge added 52 solar panels to its southern exposure that were designed to resemble skylights and are now quietly providing solar-heated hot water to owners and visitors for domestic use,
pools and hot tubs. The $5 million South Building project also included exterior upgrades along with a number of common area and unit updates.

El Sabor, a brand new on-site restaurant, located on the lobby level also opened. Guests can ski into the Latin-inspired restaurant from the ski hill for breakfast, lunch, dinner or après ski and enjoy its flavorful cuisine and libations mainly from Mexico, South America, and Central America.

With a premiere ski-in/ski-out location at the base of Vail Mountain and Gore Creek, Lion Square Lodge accommodations range from private hotel rooms to deluxe condominiums. Combining the comforts of home with the conveniences of a hotel stay, guests are treated to a range of services and amenities, including complimentary daily maid service, local shuttles, and ski/snowboard rentals and valet, along with an onsite pool, hot tubs, dry sauna, and state-of-the-art fitness center.

To experience Lion Square Lodge’s new design and Vail’s incredible mountain conditions with nearly 20 feet of snow so far this season, book a ski deal now. Powder and late season deals are available, including up to 20% off stays through March 31, 2014, and buy 2 nights, get 1 free at select rentals from March 31, 2014 through April 21, 2014. For complete details and promo codes, please visit the Vail Vacation Deals page at WyndhamVacationRentals.com.

About Wyndham Vacation Rentals

Wyndham Vacation Rentals, the world’s largest professionally managed vacation rentals business, is part of Wyndham Exchange & Rentals and the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN). Backed by one of the world’s largest hospitality companies, Wyndham Vacation Rentals provides access to more than 100,000 vacation rental properties in over 600 unique destinations worldwide. Specializing in the managed vacation rental segment, Wyndham works closely with property owners to ensure all rentals meet its standards for customer service, quality and comfort. With a diverse and celebrated collection of more than 25 rental brands including Canvas Holidays by Wyndham Vacation Rentals, Hoseasons by Wyndham Vacation Rentals, James Villa Holidays by Wyndham Vacation Rentals, Landal GreenParks®, Novasol® by Wyndham Vacation Rentals, ResortQuest® by Wyndham Vacation Rentals® and The Resort Company® by Wyndham Vacation Rentals, Wyndham Vacation Rentals delivers distinct vacation experiences, ranging from beachfront condos, private homes, villas, castles and houseboats, with many properties offering kitchens, washers and dryers, maid service, spa and fitness centers, and golf courses. For additional information visit our media center or wyndhamvacationrentals.com. Wyndham Vacation Rentals also can be found on Facebook.

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Jean Alexander
Wyndham Vacation Rentals
(970) 845-3194(970) 845-3194