Ski-out luxury on points: A review of the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek
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If you want your ski trip to be as enjoyable and stress-free as possible, location is everything. Dealing with lots of heavy ski gear, early-morning transportation on icy or snowy roads and kids who may need an early-afternoon break if you’re staying off the mountain is … not fun. And in that respect, no hotel can beat the location of the slopeside Park Hyatt Beaver Creek.
This resort hotel isn’t “sort-of ski-in and out” the way some properties are based on technicalities only.
No, the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek is legitimately ski-in and out for all skiers ranging from the double black diamond expert skiers to the brand-new little ones trying the ski school magic carpet for the very first time. I just completed my fourth stay at this property over spring break. This time, I appreciated the on-mountain location more than ever, both due to taking extra precautions during the pandemic and because I was traveling with my own two little skiers.
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Let’s start with zeroing in on the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek’s precise location, because, this is what makes the property so special.
Beaver Creek is a ritzy ski area located about 20 minutes west of Vail, Colorado, and about 30 minutes east of the Vail-Eagle Regional Airport (EGE). It is one of the Vail Resorts mountains that you can access with the Epic Pass, and if you want to ski there, you should at least get an Epic Day Pass. Otherwise, tickets purchased directly from Beaver Creek are over $200 per day.
At the base of the Beaver Creek mountain, next to the beginner-friendly gondola, sits the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek.
The hotel is less than 40 yards from the front entrance of the hotel to the gondola and only a few feet further to the ski and ride school. The value of this ease of accessibility to lessons and the gondola can’t be overstated. Add in the functionality of the ski valet and it is pretty easy to go from your room to the lifts within just a matter of minutes, even with kids. Having a ski-out location is one of the best ways to really elevate your next ski vacation.
And when it’s time to do something other than ski or board, on the backside of the hotel sits an ice skating rink and a variety of shops and restaurants.
Just steps from the hotel in the Beaver Creek Village you’ll find gelato from Rimini, ice-rink side Italian food from Toscanini, sushi from Hooked and a market where you can stock up on basics like bread, peanut butter, chips and more so you don’t have to eat out every single meal of your trip.
True ski-out hotels easily cost $500 to $1,000+ per night during the ski season for a standard room — and yes, people really pay those cash prices. And while the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek will happily take your cash, the hotel is also bookable for 30,000 World of Hyatt points per night. That’s a lot of points, but it is absolutely worth it if you value ski-out convenience.
If staying with cash during the ski season, you will face a $50 per night resort fee and a $50 per night parking fee. However, when you stay on World of Hyatt points, you won’t pay the resort fee. Additionally, if you are a World of Hyatt Globalist elite member staying on points then you won’t pay the parking fee, either.
I booked our four-night spring break stay using 120,000 World of Hyatt points; that covered our stay, all fees and all our breakfast fees, too, making it a pretty exceptional deal.
If you want to earn more Hyatt points for a stay at this property, the World of Hyatt Credit Card is currently offering up to 60,000 points after you meet the spending requirements. You’ll earn 30,000 Bonus Points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first three months from account opening. Plus, up to 30,000 more Bonus Points with two Bonus Points per $1 spent on purchases that earn one Bonus Point up to $15,000 in the first six months of account opening. You can read this post for more info on that bonus and the card. You can also transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points from cards such as the Chase Sapphire Preferred to the World of Hyatt program at a 1:1 ratio.
We arrived at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek on a Thursday afternoon at the start of the spring break rush and settled down into a chair at the lobby check-in desk to start our check-in and spring break vacation. Yes, you read that correctly, the check-in area here isn’t a formal stand-up desk, but rather it’s designed for you to instantly settle in and relax.
And because we are still in the midst of a pandemic, there is a plexiglass divider between you and the staff. During our stay, all of the staff we encountered at the hotel were wearing KN95 masks.
As a return guest, I was welcomed back to the property and reacquainted with the property’s amenities and adjustments due to COVID protocols. Just as was true before the pandemic, here your Globalist breakfast could be enjoyed in the 8100 Restaurant, from the grab-and-go market in the lobby or even via room service.
A few moments and formalities later and we were up in our “upgraded” king room with a view of the village.
While the hotel does have a few suites, and we have stayed in one during off-peak season, Globalist upgrades during ski season are very rare, so don’t count on lucking into a suite here if you book a standard room. You may get a view upgrade, but don’t count on getting extra space for free at this hotel.
Our king room was located on the 8th floor of the hotel, facing the ice skating rink. The hotel recently underwent a renovation in some areas, but that was focused more on the bar and lobby area than in the rooms.
The room itself remains largely unchanged from when we last visited in 2014, which was shortly after the last major room renovation for the property in 2013. All that’s to say that the room itself was still in good shape, but if you’ve visited in the last seven years or so, not much has changed in this part of the hotel as far as I can tell.
There was a king bed that was neither amazing nor uncomfortable, a chair with an ottoman, a small work desk and two bedside tables with lamps.
Since we used our room for almost everything other than actively skiing because of the pandemic, it’s fair to say we utilized every square inch of available space.
It was a treat to look out of the balcony into the village below. In the evenings, if we left the door open a bit, we could enjoy the live music from below. While we purposefully let it in and enjoyed that noise, it’s a good time to mention that at times we did hear noise from the hallway inside the room, too. It wasn’t bothersome for us, but if you’re a light sleeper it is something to note.
This hotel does have daily housekeeping — which is the first time I’ve encountered that in the last year. Some evenings, turndown service came by, too. Housekeeping was fantastic about replenishing bottled water each day, too, which was appreciated at the high altitude. There is a mini-fridge in the room where you can store your water and other items you’d like to keep chilled.
The bathroom has a single sink and a shower/tub combo. The towels, robe and slippers were enjoyable, but the bathroom itself, while perfectly functional, isn’t exceptional in any way. It is likely due for a more modern-day look in the next round of renovations at the hotel.
In the closet, there was a Keurig machine with tea and coffee pods available, as well as a safe and a Vicks humidifier.
And while hopefully this information won’t be needed for much longer, here is how we ate breakfast most mornings in the room in order to minimize our exposure to COVID-19. It’s not fancy, but it does the job to create a room service picnic on the floor. If you wanted room service, as we did many mornings, you place your order the night before using a QR code found in the room.
Food and beverage
Park Hyatt Beaver Creek has one “true” restaurant, 8100 Mountainside Bar & Grill. This restaurant serves three meals per day, and also has an outdoor area that is very popular for apres-ski drinks and snacks. We had our dinner out there on the first two nights of the trip. Right now, it is best to make reservations if you would like to eat inside the restaurant, as it is operating at a reduced capacity.
Menus are accessed by a QR code you scan with your phone and breakfast was a buffet that was kept behind plexiglass and served to you by a staff member.
While service in the morning for breakfast was a little slow the one day we ventured down to eat outside of our room, it was prompt and attentive in the afternoons outside.
On the afternoon and evening menus, you’ll find items ranging from “the best chili on the mountain” ($16), kids burger and fries ($12) and hot chocolate ($4) to yellowtail tuna tataki ($22) and butternut squash bisque ($14).
Like most places to eat in Beaver Creek, this wasn’t a budget-friendly place to eat dinner. It averaged around $100 per night for myself and two kids, but it was very convenient and we enjoyed the food and drinks.
In addition to that restaurant, there is the Brass Bear Bar, located in the heart of the hotel. This spot gets pretty busy in the after-ski hours.
There is also the Fall Line Market, which is accessible in the lobby.
In the mornings, Fall Line had some breakfast sandwiches and breakfast burritos available, if you prefer a grab-and-go option.
For our included Globalist room service breakfasts, we would place an order using the previously mentioned code in the room the night before, and then the food appeared in a bag and to-go dishes at the designated time each morning. It was good food and a very convenient process for us, but I think I’m about ready for real plates and a rolling table to return to room service. But in the meantime, this worked out just fine.
The kid pancakes were especially addictive, but everything was tasty.
What I also liked about this room service option was that we could go ahead and order from a section of a couple of sandwiches to have at the ready for when lunch rolled around. This roast beef option was pretty tasty and it was the perfect solution for an easy in-room lunch that would get delivered with breakfast and could then be ready in the fridge when lunchtime came.
The location alone isn’t the only way that the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek makes skiing easier — there is also both a boot room and ski valet.
The ski valet service, which is included as part of the resort fee (just bring a little cash to tip), will store your skis and boots overnight and have the skis ready for you outside near the gondola each morning.
The inside portion of the ski valet can get a little busy during the peak morning and afternoon times when many are coming and going at the same time, but it was never too hard to find our own corner to get ready in.
Across the hall, there is also a boot room/skiers lounge where your boots can go on warmers, you can store items you aren’t using on the mountain in cubbies and even get help getting your boots on or off if needed.
Pool and hot tubs
Park Hyatt Beaver Creek has one outdoor heated pool and multiple hot tubs that flank the main pool.
What’s especially great about the multiple hot tubs is that you can often get your own place to soak away the mountain soreness. There is one hot tub, Jacuzzi 3, that is larger than the rest, which we were able to snag every evening that we tried.
But all of the hot tubs are enjoyable in the fresh air, next to the lighted trees and snow-covered hill.
If you at all enjoy spas, make it a priority to visit the Exhale Spa at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek.
For one, they have a water sanctuary that is worth a visit by itself. It is included with a treatment, or I was told you can purchase access for $21. During current pandemic precautions, only one person can visit at a time, so you get the place to yourself for a full hour, which is ridiculously indulgent.
The water sanctuary experience (and yes, it really is an experience) starts with a co-ed jetted, warm thermal pool, which is my favorite part. Next, you head to a heated mineral hot tub to continue your soaking.
Then, if you want, the next step is a cooling rainshower. While it wasn’t open right now, after that comes the caldarium steam room. And finally, you are to enjoy the heated loungers in the tepidarium.
This is seriously not to be missed and does wonders for tired ski legs and backs.
In addition to the water sanctuary, there’s the rest of the spa — which is also not to be missed if you at all enjoy a good spa visit.
Every treatment I have ever had here, including on this trip, is memorable. These massage therapists here aren’t there just to rub oil on you and call it a day, they actually work to fix what is ailing you. Every time I have been, all I want to do is return as soon as the treatment ends.
Not surprisingly, treatments here are pricey, starting at about $190 for a 50-minute massage. But, remember that also gets you a private hour in the water sanctuary right now.
The spa’s facilities are bright, airy and calming.
Masks are currently required during your treatment and the spa provides you an all-in-one robe, towel and water bottle bundle when you check-in.
A final important note about the spa is that it newly became an Exhale Spa.
That’s good news for World of Hyatt members long-term as you can earn and use points, but the education and implementation of what that means in practice have yet to fully trickle down to all of the staff. When I asked about complimentary classes for a Globalist member staying at the hotel, no one I talked to had any idea what I was talking about. Hopefully, over time that will all be ironed out. In theory, that should have meant that something like an Exhale snowshoeing class should have been complimentary.
But even now while things are new, once you have linked your Hyatt and Exhale accounts, you can go online to the Exhale site and redeem 12,000 Hyatt points for a 50-minute treatment in an Exhale Spa, including this one, which really is a great use of points.
The hotel has an extensive gym — complete with two Pelotons that were easily the most popular equipment in use. (I could never get a photo of them as they were always in use when I checked!)
The gym overlooks the pool and mountain, so you can enjoy your location while burning some calories indoors.
The Park Hyatt also has a house SUV that can take you for free to locations within Beaver Creek. It can’t be booked in advance, and may or may not be available when you want it, but this was how we were able to catch a “free” ride over to the hotel we stayed at next, The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch.
If anyone in your crew enjoys s’mores, you shouldn’t miss grabbing an included s’mores kit or two from the front desk and heading out to the fire pit. These are high-quality kits with brand name items — including a full-sized Hershey’s bar.
The Park Hyatt Beaver Creek is luxurious in its mountainside location and how it makes skiing as easy as possible.
The spa is world-class and the main lobby areas look modern and inviting with the recent renovation.
Staying here as a Hyatt Globalist on points is an unbeatable deal for a ski-loving traveler. Your room, breakfast, resort fees and parking fees will all be waived, which means you can get about $1,200 in value per night out of 30,000 Hyatt points during peak ski season. Even if you don’t have Globalist status, it’s still worth it for the true ski-out convenience.
That said, don’t stay here expecting the most modern and luxe rooms, as what makes this hotel special is where it is located more than what your room looks like. After my fourth stay at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek, I have no doubt there will be a fifth stay, especially while my kids are young and that on-mountain convenience factor is all but priceless. Or in this case, 30,000 World of Hyatt points per night.
All photos by the author
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