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I’ve been looking forward to this review ever since we stayed at this resort last month. We had such an amazing time at the Westin Riverfront Resort and Spa. In case you have missed some of the beginning information about this trip to take our kiddo to see snow, you can check out these posts:
Review of The Westin Riverfront Resort and Spa – this post
Review of the Westin Beaver Creek Resort Amenities (spa, pool, restaurant, and more)
Winter Activities with a Two Year Old (including dog sledding!)
Deciding to Stay an Extra Day While on Vacation
What Happens When Your Whole Family Misses Their Flight
We were able to book one night at the Westin Riverfront Resort and Spa in Avon, Colorado, using SPG points and cash. With rooms in the $400 range during ski season, it was an absolute bargain for us to book a weekend night for only $90 plus 4,800 SPG points that we had received from signing up for the Starwood Preferred Guest Amex. We booked our original room several months out, but we were able to add a second night at this hotel at the last minute for 12,000 SPG points (there weren’t any cash and points deals available at that point).
The week before we arrived at the hotel, I emailed them to see if there were any discounted or complimentary upgrades available for the night we were scheduled to be there. We were celebrating my birthday, so we were hoping to end up with a nice room for the occasion. We received a call back and were informed that as a SPG Gold member we would be eligible for a space-available upgrade to a studio suite at check-in (one category above the basic room that we had booked). However, for an additional $100 they were willing to confirm an upgrade into their one-bedroom suite. From checking out the website, it was clear that the one-bedroom suite would be well worth $100 extra dollars for the night.
I have to say – the suite did not disappoint. From the moment we opened the door it felt like home. A really nice home!
Entry and Kitchen:
As you first walk in there was a place for your coats and boots. Since this is resort that is located in a ski area, it is pretty much a given that you will be coming in with some gear that you want to take off as soon as you get to the room. It was so nice to have all of that winter gear in a central location instead of piled all over the room.
There was then a full kitchen with stainless appliances. This is a huge plus when traveling with a family. We weren’t really there long enough to bother with cooking, but we sure could have in that kitchen. We did make good use of the fridge storing some milk and snacks for Little C.
There was also a washer and dryer between the entry way and kitchen. We actually ran a load of laundry while we were there and it felt like such a luxury to have some clean clothes without leaving the suite. This would be even more important if our trip had been longer.
The living room/dining area had huge windows everywhere with great views of the mountains. When it started snowing on the last day we were scheduled to be there, we just stared out the windows at the snow….and decided to stay an extra day. More on that in a subsequent post. Seriously though, if you are going to go to the mountains, it makes sense to have a view of the mountains. We had plenty of windows and a balcony you could go out on and gaze at the scenery.
There was also a gas fireplace that we used quite a bit. It operated on a timer, so we didn’t have to remember to turn it off on our own. It just made the room feel so nice and cozy.
There was plenty of space in the living room for our toddler to play without us all feeling claustrophobic. That alone was worth the extra $100 per night!
The bathroom had a shower, soaking tub, and plenty of counter space. Bath tubs are essential for happy toddler bath time, so this big tub was a real winner.
I wish the suite had an additional half-bath that wasn’t in the bedroom area so that we could have used the restroom during nap times without risking waking up the sleeping kiddo. However, otherwise the bathroom was great.
The bedroom was a pretty standard Westin bedroom with the Heavenly bed and a mounted flat screen TV. Even with a toddler between us, we still got pretty good sleep in that bed. It was an upgrade over the much smaller bed we had the night before in the villas. 😉
It was so nice to have the bedroom to put the kiddo down to nap or sleep in while we were able to sneak back into the living room and hang out next to the fireplace.
Loved it. Loved it. Loved it. I would go back in a heartbeat. The room was so comfortable and really met the needs (and wants) of our family. I would love to someday stay in a two- or three-bedroom suite at this resort with some of our extended family. I am so glad that we paid the extra $100/night to upgrade to the one-bedroom suite. It was well worth it for us. In the next post in this series I will share the details about all of the amenities that the resort has to offer. The combo of the resort amenities and the suite firmly place this resort on our “must visit again” list!
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