The Charter at Beaver Creek
What We Love
- Close to the Beaver Creek Golf Course, and hiking and biking trails are nearby; Condos and Lodge Rooms are a few hundred feet from the lift, and ski valets save you from schlepping your gear
- Free underground parking and WiFi
- Wood-burning fireplaces in condos
- The Charter is steps from the village’s lively restaurant, bar and shopping scene
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What To Know
- There is a 24-hour front desk, bell staff and concierge
- Private ownership means some condos feature more stylish decor than others
- Outdoor pool is seasonal
- The property’s layout is tricky, and getting from your room to the lobby or pool area might have you yearning for a map
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Vail’s little sister resort is all grown up. Located 10 miles west of its sibling, Beaver Creek has blossomed into an elegant, sophisticated and extremely exclusive star, set amid naturally magnificent surroundings. Central to all the action, The Charter at Beaver Creek offers hotel-style lodge rooms and one- and two-bedroom condos at the base of the pedestrian-only Beaver Creek Village. The surrounding mountain views are stunning in any season, but the ski-in, ski-out access makes the sprawling Bavarian-style Charter especially choice when the snow starts to fly.
Bed & Bath
Because the condos are privately owned, decor is up to the owners (though all units are cleaned and managed by the resort). Design can range from a slightly dated Native-American-meets-lodge look to more sleek modernist styles. All is forgiven though once you’re curled up by the in-unit wood-burning fireplaces. Book one of the Lodge Rooms if you want to be sure of uniform design. They’re 370 square feet, so you’ll sacrifice some space compared to the condos, and there are no fireplaces, but these rooms are plenty comfy, with one King or two Queen beds and a spacious if standard bathroom stocked with fluffy robes and Aveda products.
The centerpiece of the Charter is its amazing 18,000-square-foot spa and health club with an indoor lap pool, sauna, steam room and free weights. Outside, a collection of hot tubs offer striking mountain views in daylight and romantic starry ones at night. The hotel’s renovated Black Diamond Bistro serves up steakhouse fare and haute pub bites like fish and chips or braised brisket paninis.
In the Area
Every December the world descends upon Beaver Creek for the Birds of Prey World Cup, featuring one of the fastest downhill courses on the tour. The resort’s Birds of Prey run has signs marking the race course, so strap on your sticks and test your skill on its steeps — no Spandex speed suit required. Stomping through McCoy Park and its network of groomed trails is a wonderful way to explore the Rocky Mountains in the winter. Rent snowshoes at the Beaver Creek Nordic Center and hop on the Strawberry Park Express Lift (Chair 12), which takes you straight to the trails. Zach’s Cabin, near the top of the Bachelor Gulch lift, is open only in winter and is accessible via a “sleigh” pulled up the mountain by snowcat. The open-air ride is worth the chills for Tim McCaw’s culinary creations and the views of the moonlit mountains and starry skies.
How to Get There
We enjoyed our stay, I took my girlfriend as well as my brother & his family. Service was very good overall, however they did screw up on my reservation request. I’m allergic to feathers & all the down comforters & pillows were supposed to be removed from the room prior to arrival however they were not. I had an allergic reaction, nothing life threatening thankfully. After that they removed the stuff & I was good. I like the pool area & game room, so did my nieces. Centrally located to a lot of good shops & places to eat. Pricey but I think it’s worth it.
My family recently just stayed at The Charter with another family. Got a 5 bedroom for the 11 of use. Before the trip and after the reservation began reading some recent reviews. The reviews concerned me about our stay as there were many that were less than positive. This led me to post this review. We enjoyed our stay. This is not a ski in ski out. Definitely have to take the shuttle, which is extremely prompt and great service back and forth. Our condo was extremely clean and staff was very nice. If your looking for the Ritz, this isn’t it, but this is a very nice place and feel comfortable recommending it.
I have been coming to the Charter for years and always had a great experience.
However this last trip the hotel service dropped significantly.
First the front desk staff attitude was short of rude, including the director of guest services.
The room service is no longer available.
Minor accommodations such an hour of delay in our checkout due to a sick companion were met with harsh words and threats of penalties.
I’m heart broken for the changes in one of my favorite places
Love this location, just a quick walk to the Beaver Creek main shopping/eating area. Valet, front desk, housekeeping staff very friendly and prompt. Loved the Beaver Creek shuttle bus that took us so easily from the front door to the lifts (never waited more than 2 mins for a bus). Our room was very clean, but could use some minor improvements. The very nice front desk lady pointed out if I had booked directly with the hotel and not booking.com I would have had a better room(that irritated me a little since we paid a lot!). Room 1150 has good and bad:
- Nice layout
- Bathroom has entrance from bedroom and hall so if extra people on pull-out sofa they can access bathroom (be careful though, doors slam shut easily)
- Furniture very comfortable, love the L-shaped couch for hanging out
- Kitchen well-stocked
- Decor is pleasant, nice paintings
- Color of walls is dark, mustard yellow and dark burgundy. Truly felt like we were in a dungeon since lighting isn't great.
- Bedroom needs more lights! Maybe an up-facing lamp to spread light? There are 3 lamps in the room, but the light they give makes it hard to even read a book.
- Kitchen floor is a liability waiting to happen. The wood is so slippery, with or without socks. Be careful!
- Need to replace shower curtain with a clear one. Light is so faint in the shower that when you shut the opaque curtain you can barely see.
Overall great stay, room just needs a few improvements. Thanks!
The rooms or suites are large, so for families there is room to spread out once back to the hotel. No lunch at the hotel but the village center is only a 5 minute uphill (steps) walk. The decor reminds me of a place you would end up in the movie "Hot Tub Time Machine" back to the 70 or 80s. Came here for a conference and the room set up for the conference was terrible. Did not eat here as there was no lunch and breakfast started late 7 am.