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Last year I shared the great news that the Inn at Keystone had been sold and was rebranding as a Hyatt Place Keystone! If you aren’t familiar with Keystone, it is a genuinely family focused Colorado ski resort that is in the Epic Pass family that also includes Vail, Whistler, Park City, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, and many more resorts.
Points-friendly hotel options in the Keystone area are pretty limited, so a Hyatt Place located just a short walk to the mountain base area is really big news for ski families. There were several questions many of us have had since the announcement…with the number one question of course being what hotel category the Hyatt Place Keystone will be, and then when would it actually open.
The summer of 2017 was the initial re-opening target, but that didn’t happen. However, the Hyatt website is now accepting reservations for Hyatt Place Keystone stays beginning May 1, 2018!
I really hoped that the Hyatt Place Keystone would be a Category 4 hotel like the Hyatt Place Park City, but since winter ski rates can be pretty high, I wasn’t certain it would work out that way. Thankfully the Hyatt Place Keystone is indeed listed as a Category 4 Hyatt! This should mean that you can use your Category 1 – 4 Hyatt certificates, 15,000 Hyatt points per night, or 7,500 points + $100 per night on a points + cash award. As always, you can transfer those Hyatt points 1:1 from the Chase Ultimate Rewards program.
Standard rooms that you can book on awards have either two queen beds or a king bed with a pull-out sleeper sofa. The hotel also has 600-square-foot suites with a private bedroom with one king bed, separate living area with a pull-out couch, and two bathrooms.
As of right now, the only awards that are available at the Hyatt Place Keystone are points + cash awards (with some nasty cancellation penalties), but since the hotel isn’t currently set to open for 10 months, I wouldn’t expect award availability to be normal at this point. Summer 2018 rates start at about $125 per night, though I am sure winter rates will be much higher in the $300 – $400 per night range.
I’m very happy with the category 4 classification, but the not-as-good-news is that there is a $25 + tax daily resort fee that the website says will apply to all room nights. Until proven otherwise, I will assume that the normal Hyatt rules apply to when you do and do not pay resort fees on awards or via Globalist elite status, but the wording on the website is a little concerning.
However, there is good news as the hotel does offer free self and valet parking and participates in Keystone perks such as the Kids Ski Free lift ticket program for stays of two nights or more, free night skiing on the day of arrival, nine free holes of golf after 4PM on the day of arrival in the summer, free summer gondola lift ticket for those 12 and under, and more. Of course since this is a Hyatt Place, hot breakfast is free for everyone which can be so helpful on busy ski mornings.
If you can indeed use points for a stay of two+ nights and access the kids ski free program, that would put this property at the very top of the family ski deals list.
I now officially have this property penciled in for a winter 2018 – 2019 stay when our youngest daughter will be 3.5 years old and ready to sign-up for their ski school program just like our first daughter did as a 3 year old several years ago.
Anyone else as excited about the Category 4 classification for the Hyatt Place Keystone as we are?!
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