A Marriott in Vail will soon be reborn as a slopeside Luxury Collection hotel
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A ski vacation isn’t cheap. By the time you wrap in gear rentals, lessons, accommodations and food, ski trips to some of the most popular North American resort towns in spots like Utah, Colorado and California can wreck your wallet to the tune of $500 per person, per day (and more).
That’s where points and miles can help defray a stay in the snow.
And if you’re already traveling to Vail’s famous back bowls and powder and have some Marriott Bonvoy points to burn, put The Hythe, A Luxury Collection Resort, Vail, opening for the winter 2021/2022 season, on your list of options in the famous Colorado ski town.
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The property is actually a rebirth and rebranding of the slopeside Vail Marriott Mountain Resort. It’s currently in the throes of a $40 million dollar upgrade, which will see it emerge as The Hythe, Luxury Collection Hotel, Vail this November.
When TPG called the number currently listed on the The Hythe’s website, we were transferred to the Vail Marriott Mountain Resort, where a front desk attendant said the new hotel’s grand opening was scheduled for Nov. 3.
Bookings for the winter season, he told us, could be made through the Vail Marriott Mountain Resort’s website and “should be transferred over to The Hythe” once it’s officially open.
The Vail Marriott Mountain Resort is a Category 7 Marriott Bonvoy property, with stays for between 50,000 and 70,000 points per night, depending on dates and availability. And TPG received confirmation from a publicist representing Marriot that the property will remain Category 7 for redemptions throughout the full winter season. This is can be a terrific value for a resort that’s just steps from the gondola.
When we searched points stays on Aug. 5, 2021, we found available nights mid-week for December 2021 (at what will then presumably be The Hythe) for 60,000 per night and January and February 2022 midweek stays for 70,000 points per night.
Details are so far pretty scant on what the $40 million in renovations will entail. But if the renderings are any indication, The Hythe will pin its look to the prevailing rustic-modern mountain aesthetic via lots of earthy tones and mixed textures, bronze, stone and leather touches and contemporary lighting throughout.
The new property will open four brand new dining concepts — about which there are also very few details right now — that will span a night-cap outpost, multi-course restaurant and a quick fuel spot for coffee and the like.
While technically ski-in/ski-out, the location is less than five minutes by foot to Vail’s Eagle Bahn Gondola, offering skiers and snowboarders direct access to beginner, intermediate and expert terrain.
Limited details aside, The Hythe sounds like it will be another worthy points-friendly addition to Lionshead Village, one of our favorite spots to use as a base in Vail thanks to easy access to the slopes as well as all of the village’s walkable restaurants, shop and galleries.
Here are a few more points hotels to consider when planning a ski trip to Vail and nearby Beaver Creek.
The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch
Beaver Creek’s legendary luxury hotel, The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch offers ski-in/ski-out access to the family-favorite mountain and appeals to families and everyone else with a top-notch spa, heated outdoor pool and all the other world-class amenities you expect from the chain.
The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch is a Category 8 Marriott Bonvoy property, meaning free nights will cost you between 70,000 and 100,000 points per night, depending on your travel dates.
Vail Marriott Mountain Resort
Still available for bookings before it re-emerges as The Hythe, the Vail Marriott Mountain Resort is a Category 7 Marriott Bonvoy property, with free nights starting at 50,000 points per night on standard dates (you can use a free night certificate that comes on the anniversary of the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant credit card)
The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa, Avon, Vail Valley
In the town of Avon, with easy access to both Beaver Creek and Vail and right at the base of Beaver Creek’s Riverfront Express Gondola, The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa, Avon, Vail Valley has a heated outdoor lap pool and hot tub and offers easy access to hiking trails as well as the slopes.
The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa, Avon, Vail Valley is a Category 7 Marriott Bonvoy property; free nights will cost you between 50,000 and 70,000 points per night, depending on your travel dates.
The Westin Riverfront Mountain Villas, Beaver Creek Mountain
Families appreciate the two-bedroom villas with full kitchens and fireplaces at The Westin Riverfront Mountain Villas, Beaver Creek Mountain in Avon, with easy access to Beaver Creek Mountain.
The Westin Riverfront Mountain Villas, Beaver Creek Mountain is a Category 7 Marriott Bonvoy property, with standard dates available starting at 50,000 points per night.
Grand Hyatt Vail
Come to the Grand Hyatt Vail for the sprawling heated outdoor pool and prime location along Gore Creek at the base of Vail Mountain, right by the Cascade Village Lift.
Redemptions at the Grand Hyatt Vail start from 25,000 World of Hyatt points per night.
Highline Vail – a DoubleTree by Hilton
A pool, hot tub and outdoor fireplaces take The Highline Vail — a DoubleTree by Hilton’s cozy inside vibe into the great outdoors. Loft suites have full kitchens and fireplaces. The hotel runs a free guest shuttle to Vail Mountain, about eight minutes away.
The Highline Vail — a DoubleTree by Hilton can be booked starting at 57,000 Hilton Honors points per night.
Featured rendering courtesy of The Hythe, A Luxury Collection Resort, Vail
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