The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch
What We Love
- Ski-in/ski-out location serviced by a high-speed quad and a team of ski concierges
- The Club Level rooms, which offer private concierges and a daily barrage of culinary treats and beverages
- The afternoon firepit lighting ceremony, with cookies and marshmallows
- The Bachelor’s Pack, dog-friendly amenities that include gourmet treats and an in-room massage
What To Know
- The semi-remote location means you need a car or shuttle ride to get to restaurants and shopping in Beaver Creek Village
- A $30 per room, per night, fee covers amenities such as WiFi, shuttle service to Beaver Creek Village and marshmallows at the firepit
- There's a $40 per night charge for valet parking
- Check-in time is 4 p.m.
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Fashioned after the grand lodges of Yosemite and Yellowstone, the Ritz-Carlton has an American-lodge-meets-Rocky-Mountain-modern look. In the great room, a stone fireplace guarded by a dignified elk head soars into a maze of lodgepole timbers. A recent $15 million refresh by Bilkey Llinas Design lightens the lodgey look by mixing blue sofas and light neutrals with chocolate-brown leather ottomans and seating.
Bed and Bath
Most of the generous rooms (450 square feet) feature mountain or valley views, and some have stone fireplaces, walkout balconies or both. A recent redo updated the rooms with Colorado colors. Soft blue walls, sky-blue window treatments and seating, paintings of aspens and wildlife by Colorado artists, and patterned carpeting that mimics cracking ice complement the existing dark wood millwork. Bathrooms are havens of luxury with deep marble soaking tubs, terry robes and thick towels.
Spago is an enticing culinary shrine that starts with craft cocktails, such as the Blackberry Anejo margarita, at the silver bar, surrounded by pony print bar stools. The eclectic dining room, which has floor-to-ceiling shuttered doors, features a seven-course tasting menu with wine pairings. The new Buffalo is a less fussy choice, with Colorado beers and a steakhouse menu. The spa features a coed rock-lined grotto pool and innovative treatments such as a cinnamon-scented hot toddy for the body and excursions that start with hiking or snowshoeing followed by yoga and a massage at a rustic mountain cabin.
In the Area
A short drive (or ski) away is Beaver Creek Village, a vibrant resort community encircling a skating rink. You can splurge on designer ski apparel at Gorsuch, grab an après-ski margarita at the Coyote or take in a show at the Vilar Center. For dinner try the Colorado lamb or roasted elk filet at Mirabelle, a romantic, rustic farmhouse operated by Belgian-born master chef Daniel Joly. If Beaver Creek’s 1,832 acres of terrain are not enough, another 5,289 acres can be found at nearby Vail.
How to Get There
Situated in Avon, Colorado heading up the mountain, the Ritz Carlton Bachelor's Gulch commands the scenery. It's theme is consistent with what one thinks of in Colorado.
I was there for a conference. I found the property itself to be a little tired, but not horrible. Unfortunately, the service was also tired, and not up to the standards of the brand (save the Whiskey Bar and Spa, where service was very good!).
In particular, I endured a terrible experience with the valet at my check out. I reached back out to the hotel to let them know the issue. While I got a response, it was cursory and certainly not the "what can we do to make you happy" experience I expect from Marriott hotels and the Ritz Carlton brand.
Bottom line, there are a LOT of options in the area. Try somewhere else.
I have not yet to stay at the hotel, but my experience thus far is horrible. I called to make an adjustment to my stay in January 2020, and the lady who answered was awesome. She agreed to the reservation change and stated she would send a confirmation email shortly. Before I received an email I received a call from the same lady 10min later advising her boss, the reservation supervisor advised she did not have the authority to make the change. Being that my reservation change was 2 months away and I was Titanium Elite I was shocked at her call back. I asked to speak with the supervisor and she stated that call transfers were not possible on her phone. So I hung up and called the hotel getting the reservation supervisor. He was rude, abrasive, and very adamant that his staff would never do such a thing. I asked him to listen to to the call recoding and go and speak to the associate. As of today none of that has happened and he advised finance will not allow the transaction to go through even though just yesterday it was an approved transaction. It’s unfortunate that this company will not honor their commitments.
I have been with Marriott for over 10yrs and they have been great. But when one of your employees agrees to something whether right or wrong you should honor that.
Moving forward I will move all my business to Hilton. I plan on giving up my Titanium Elite status and canceling my Marriott bonvoy credit card as a result of this issue. I know that in such a big company we the loyal clients will lose in the end. A simple we will honor what our employee stated and do the right thing would have been the right thing to do. Try and avoid this hotel if you can.
Have a great day Marriott!
My wife and I had the opportunity to stay a couple of nights at this very upscale resort. MIT had everything you're looking for in a Ritz. We even met the GM outside where he introduced Bachalor the Resorts dog. He was a huge 4 year old Saint Bernard. The GM even gave us treats to feed Bachaler, that was great. The hotel sits on a mountain which the looks are great. The rooms where very nice and had a fire place which made it very nice when you're in your room. Overall, the hotel is amazing and it represents what Ritz Carltons are all about.