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Back as the seasons turned from late summer into early fall, my family visited a destination I have been to several times before, but during a different season. I love September in Colorado, and so when we won a couple of nights at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek via a photo contest they held on their Facebook page, we were excited to take the chance to see what the resort and the area had to offer outside of ski season.
We won our hotel accommodations, but purchased our own airfare to Denver (because it was much cheaper than flying directly into Vail), and then drove two hours or so in a rental car from Denver to the resort. All of our upgrades cleared (even with just Silver status) due to the low season travel into Colorado on a weekend. I don’t like doing that drive from Denver to the Vail area in winter as road conditions much more unpredictable, but in September it was a non-issue.
Before I talk about the details of the stay, I want to point out that this happened to be the same trip that we were on when we filmed a segment with Nightline, so the whole travel process is obviously a little different with a camera guy along for the ride. We certainly were very much on the hotel’s radar since they knew we were filming with Nightline, so we didn’t have any service issues at all (not that we ever have service issues at this hotel), but as you would probably guess, filming does impact the relaxation element of a vacation.
Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Park Fireside Suite:
In all of my previous visits to this hotel, I have been in different types of “standard rooms”. I have had some upgraded views, but never an upgraded room type. I was very excited to try out a different room type via winning this contest as I would have probably never been able to actually afford trying out a suite here during ski season since this hotel is one of the few that does not allow the use of Diamond Confirmed Suite upgrades.
If you want to see some info from my previous winter visits, here are the links to those reviews.
The hotel has a total of 16 different Fireside Suites in a variety of configurations, but they will all will have the name sake gas fireplace in the suite. Most of the fireside suites have balconies and the ability to connect to a double room in order to really allow for an entire family to stay in one main area.
The suite itself is one over-sized room, though the way it was designed it felt even larger than it was. The sitting area by the fireplace has its own TV mounted on the wall as well as a coach that would fold out into a queen sofa sleeper if needed.
We did have some special amenities waiting for us in the room related to winning the contest that were pretty yummy – especially the various meats and cheeses! This is a property where taking the food and beverage amenity if you have diamond status can be a good choice over the 1,000 points due to the price of everything in Beaver Creek, though I don’t recall seeing these particular amenities on that list!
The suite, just like many of the rooms, has a balcony that for us overlooked the base of the mountain that was used for outdoor games and activities during the warmer summer months.
The bathroom in the suite was the same as far as I could tell as the bathroom in the standard rooms.
I don’t think I got a picture, but one thing I love about all the rooms I have stayed in at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek are the humidifiers they have available. If you need one and don’t see it in your room, just ask, and they will bring you one.
Since we have Hyatt Diamond status, we had our breakfast complimentary via room service each day since that is allowed at this property (which makes me love a property even more as not having to get a 4 year old dressed and down to breakfast before I eat or have coffee is fantastic). They have a pretty decent mix of healthy options with smoothies, yogurts, etc. and then also type of foods my husband loves like bacon, cheese-coated items, etc…you know, the good stuff!
In the winter this is a property you come to because it has the best mountain-side location ever. It is spitting distance from the lifts and right next to ski school. However, in the summer the focus is obviously a little different. The mountain side location is still great for hiking, we even did a complimentary guided hike one day (though you still had to pay for use of the lift up to the hike).
You can also just start hiking up the mountain right off the hotel for free…be sure to stay on the lookout for wildlife, the bears are very much awake and out in the summer months! I would say four years old is probably the youngest you could be to participate successfully in the hike, but it was a ton of fun and pretty informative.
In addition to fun on the mountain, there is miniature golf and other family friend activities at the base of the mountain in the summer months. Our daughter loved the bungee trampoline contraption that allows you to bounce very high. There is a fee for those activities, though it was pretty reasonable.
The Beaver Creek stables are located about a 15 minute walk up the mountain from the hotel and they offer free pony rides for kiddos ages 6 and under, and guided trail rides for those a bit older.
The pool at the hotel was a little too chilly for us on the September weekend we visited, but the many hot tubs they have were great for a few minutes of fun in the water!
The Park Hyatt Beaver Creek also has an indoor game room that could be a hit with kids during the summer or winter months….just be sure to have a good amount of cash as it goes quickly in the game room.
The hotel offers s’more kits in the evening that are complimentary for guests, and they are the most substantial s’more kits I have ever seen at any hotel! The fire on the back patio that is beyond enjoyable on a late summer evening in the mountains.
Directly behind the hotel is an ice skating rink that is even open on the evenings during the summer. I was shocked to learn this since it can get pretty warm during the day, but we took some spins around the ice one evening. It is a bit “wet” and extra slippery in some spots, but my daughter had fun even if my still recovering ACL injury did not. Tip: Knee injuries and ice skates do not mix well at all.
Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Allegria Spa:
The spa at the Park Hyatt is truly exceptional. Not only are their treatments consistently good, but their five step Aqua Sanitas water ritual is worth a visit all by itself. It involves a warm jetted co-ed “thermae pool”, then the pools and rooms split off to a men’s and women’s side.
Next you can visit the warm “caldarium mineral pool”, a cooling rainshower, a wintergreen steam room with lights, and finally a quiet room with heated loungers that are beyond cozy despite their hard appearance. You can access the Aqua Sanitas included with any spa treatment, or it is $21 for just the use of those amenities…$21 well spent in my view.
During our off-season visit, we purchased 40% off massages via Travelzoo ($139 for 80 minute massage), and those also included time in the water sanctuary, and were very good massages. This spa regularly seems to offer some sort of discounts on Travelzoo or their own website, so be sure to look around and see if you can save a few books when booking your massage, facial, or other treatment.
Overview of Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Fireside Suite:
I’m so glad that the contest win prompted us to visit the Beaver Creek area during the summer months, as we enjoyed the property almost as much in the summer as the winter. If you want to visit yourself in the summer I do not recommend staying on Hyatt points as the property goes for 30,000 points per night year-round. During ski season this can be a good deal given the $600+ nightly rate, but during the summer, rates can be had for $150 or less for a standard room. If you want to use points of some kind, I’d use fixed value points like the ones from the Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard® instead of burning 30,000 valuable Hyatt points.
The suite was a great way to have some extra space and a cozy fireplace. I don’t expect to ever be able to afford the suite during ski season, but I recommend asking what the up-charge would be to secure the suite in the summer and off-season months if you are interested in having a little extra space.