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
3 years in a row skiing at Beaver Creek and staying at The Charter. The room, restaurant and staff are superb! Special thanks this year to Robert at the front desk, who made our family feel like special guests by his superb caring and service. Looking forward to next year!
We were part of a group trip and unfortunately must have drawn the short straw on assigned rooms...my husband and I got a small, dated, double bed room with a matted gross bathroom rug, broken hair dryer, busted coffee machine, broken door to the small balcony, and hodge-podge furniture from the 80s/90s. Housekeeping was meh - food crumbs left on the bed, ignored the dirty bathroom rug until I handed it to housekeeping to take away, etc.. Little room for luggage/ski gear.
Front desk and valet/bell stand folks were nice and helpful; concierge was meh. Location is good and on the complimentary village shuttle route, but not good enough to make up for a crappy room if that's what you get. Also, the hotel layout is odd/meandering, with confusing elevators with doors that wouldn't always open, and the ski-in/out area is poorly marked (after you've schlepped your skis around said meandering hallways!). Onsite ski storage is just a self-serve metal open air mesh structure in front of the hotel that buses back into accidentally---ours did!---so be warned! The breakfast buffet was average, and overall the Charter is not at all what I'd deem a luxury property. The disparity between rooms (we peeked into some of the suites getting cleaned between guests and they were indeed lovely--with fireplaces, full kitchens & dining rooms!) is astounding, so if you can be assured of a specific room, then go, but don't take your chances unless you can confirm exactly what room you are getting!
In couldn’t believe how nice our suite was (6250)....only to compare with our friends and theirs were all equally extraordinary! So clean and perfect i thought we were the first ones in. The housekeeping was over the top perfection.....obsessive compulsive perfection! Location is a nice short little walk to the village....and everything you need is on site. It is a cozy and very welcoming environment...highly recommended!
I came here for a ski/snowboard trip at beaver creek mountain. Normally I stay at a condo down the road but was all booked up due to Christmas break. We decided to stay here because it was cheaper compared to other options that provided the same amenities. The first day we got here we decided to valet it to the hotel and the very friendly bellmen. All seemed well when we first got there then later they told us while we were trying to leave for dinner after a long day of traveling that they lost the keys to our rental car. They ended up escorting us all around the city in the car because they lost our keys. Beside that they lost our keys the rooms were kept nice and tidy. One thing about the rooms that was bothersome was the beds. The beds were very wobbly and squeaky. If you even turned from one side to the other the whole bed would wobble and squeak. Another thing was that all different sections off the hotel were all separated. Other than everything i just said the hotel was decent, I would not recommend staying here. You would be better off staying at a air bnb off the property of beaver creek, it would be cheaper and nicer.
Everything was great at this hotel from the room, fitness center, on-site amenities, pool, hot tubs, eucalyptus steam room, views, location, shuttle service, the service at bar. The only reason we didn’t 5 star is because neither of us thought the bed was comfortable.