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I know many families that love to ski, but very few that love the high price tags that can come along with Colorado ski vacations. Miles and points + some other money saving tips can make a family ski vacation much more doable, but there are several ski resorts and communities that simply don’t have any chain hotels available, or at least not any that are convenient to the slopes. One such resort community that I love for families, but that wasn’t great from a points perspective, is Keystone.
We skied there a few years ago with our then three year old Little C, and loved the front row family parking, the handy wagons for ski gear everywhere, their friendly ski school program, the play areas built in on and off the mountain, and the genuine family focused attitude and activities. We were very graciously hosted by the resort on that trip, so we didn’t have to worry about lodging costs that time around, but I’ve been wanting to go back and haven’t yet pulled the trigger in part because there wasn’t a points-friendly hotel option.
Hyatt Place Coming to Keystone, Colorado
Thankfully, that will be changing as the 103 room Inn at Keystone has reportedly been sold, and after this ski season it will shut down for a bit to undergo a significant renovation, including a full interior makeover of all common areas and guest rooms to a “modern rusting aesthetic” and it should reopen as…..(drum roll please)….. The Hyatt Place Keystone!
This is great for a few reasons. First, obviously it is great because this will open up the opportunity to use Hyatt points to stay within walking distance of the lifts in Keystone. However, it is also great because I actually love the idea of it being a Hyatt Place, as opposed to a Park Hyatt, for a family ski vacation. The Park Hyatt Beaver Creek is great, of course, but the resort fee, parking costs, high food costs, and more can easily tack on quite a bit of extra costs to your family ski trip, especially if you don’t have elite status.
For a family ski trip being able to have free Hyatt Place breakfast for all, a family-friendly room layout, and hopefully no resort fees, makes a lot of sense. Currently the only Hyatt Place type properties that are Category 5 properties are in the New York City area, and most are Category 4 properties or lower. Being a Hyatt Place instead of a full service Hyatt means it will likely be a reasonable number of points per night. I would guess it will be a Category 4 or 5 property. Please be a 4, please be a 4.
While they have sold the property, Vail Resorts will continue to manage the hotel, so I don’t know how this will play into the “Kids Ski Free” at Keystone program. I would assume it would be too good to be true to be able to use points at the Hyatt Place Keystone through Hyatt and still be eligible for the kids ski free program.
However, Keystone is part of the Vail Epic Pass program, so you could plan a whole winter of points-fueled ski trips by hitting resorts/properties like Park City (Hyatt Centric Park City), Whistler (Westin Whistler), Beaver Creek (Park Hyatt Beaver Creek or several SPG options), and more.
Who else is super excited about the idea of The Hyatt Place Keystone in Colorado!
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