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This winter, you’ll be able to stay at a ski-in location in Vail using your World Of Hyatt points. No, they aren’t beating a world record building a new hotel from the ground up in the next few months, but instead, an upscale property on Vail’s Gore Creek that has been reinventing itself a bit over the last few years is at it again.

The Hotel Talisa, currently part of the Marriott Bonvoy Luxury Hotel Collection, is joining Hyatt beginning on July 24, and will be known as the Grand Hyatt Vail. This hotel was previously part of the SPG Luxury Collection, and before a recent $60 million renovation was completed in 2018, was known simply as the Vail Cascade.

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(Photo by Summer Hull / The Points Guy)

As first reported by One Mile at a Time, the soon-to-be Grand Hyatt Vail is accepting cash reservations for stays from July 24 onward. Award rates and availability have not been loaded at this time. TPG has reached out to Hyatt to confirm award rates and time frames.

Related: Review of the Hotel Talisa in Vail

Unlike the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek in the nearby Beaver Creek Resort that is located just feet from the main gondola, Grand Hyatt Vail is located on a small two-person chair lift that can take you to the mountain, but you have to be at least a competent green to easy blue skier to use that lift and ski those runs. This means that young kids just starting ski school and those newer to the sport will need to take the shuttle to Lionshead or Vail Village.

(Photo by Summer Hull / The Points Guy)

Having stayed at this hotel in 2018, I’m extremely surprised the property will be flagged as a Grand Hyatt as it does not feel like any Grand Hyatt I’ve ever stayed at before. While things could change, there was no club lounge, there was one true restaurant on the grounds and a kids playroom that was under construction at the time. To use Hyatt terms, the hotel feels more like a mix between an Andaz and Hyatt Centric. There are 285 rooms (29 of which are suites), but the hotel doesn’t seem that large, in part due to the footprint that goes a bit wide instead of high.

(Photo by Summer Hull / The Points Guy)

With winter rates often in the same $500–$1,000 range, just as at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek, I expect the Grand Hyatt Vail to also be a Category 7 Hyatt property that costs 30,000 Hyatt points per night. That said, I’d love to be pleasantly surprised with a Category 6 designation given that it won’t be ski-in/out for all guests. It is currently a Marriott Category 7 that costs 60,000 Marriott points per night.

Thankfully, since Hyatt doesn’t charge resort fees on award stays, the property may now be an even better award deal than before.

(Photo by Summer Hull / The Points Guy)

If you don’t have Hyatt points at the ready (or Chase Ultimate Rewards points to transfer to Hyatt at a 1:1 ratio from cards such as the Chase Sapphire Reserve), the property is bookable via the Amex Fine Hotels and Resorts Collection for those with The Platinum Card® from American Express and The Business Platinum® Card from American Express. Booking via that method will confer daily breakfast for two, a $100 property credit, late checkout and a shot at a room upgrade.

Bottom Line

The Grand Hyatt Vail is Hyatt’s only property in Vail, though Hyatt does have ski properties in locations such as Beaver Creek, Keystone, Aspen and Park City. This hotel will not have the five-star location convenience of the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek, but still fresh off a massive renovation, it is a lovely place to stay while skiing in Vail.

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Featured image courtesy of Hotel Talisa Vail

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