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
Spent 2 wonderful days at this beautiful resort. Everyone....EVERYONE who works here is friendly, helpful and warm. Gorgeous place and beautiful setting. We did the nature hike with Tyler, excellent. We stayed on the club level and had a superior staff. Shout out to Almira and Dillon. Really everyone in the club was awesome, but we had the most interactions with Almira and Dillon and they made our stay exceptional. The food in the club was excellent. The grounds and pool gorgeous. Beautiful property, go and relax. I can not recommend the food we had in the bar downstairs as it was sub par, but everything else was 5 star.
Long day of travel trying to catch a nap before an evening of activities. Well the room next door has an incessantly annoying barking dog. Maybe two dogs. So much for the nap.
I love dogs and appreciate the hotel being “dog friendly” but I’M NOT PAYING RITZ CARLTON RATES TO (try) TO SLEEP NEXT DOOR TO A BARKING DOG.
If you are going to let guests leave dogs unattended in a room, you need to sequester them into a separate wing.
We won’t be back.
Ritz Carlton knows how to deliver exceptional service. From the valet that greeted us, to the the front desk staff, to every worker in the restaurants, to the maids and general staff, everyone was friendly, helpful and concerned with our experience. The consistency is remarkable. We live just a few miles from this hotel and have been frequent guests in the restaurants and bars over the years. We love the rustic "Parkitecture" of the building, with the log construction, huge stone fireplaces and amazing views from the main lobby up to the ski hill. We were excited when we won a room certificate at a silent auction. My wife and I booked a room for our 19th anniversary.
We checked into an upgraded room on the 8th floor with a great view of the mountain and a large deck. We had a cocktail outside at Daniel's on a spectacular spring evening followed by a fantastic dinner at Wyld. The pool and spa are first class. As mentioned, the service could not be better. The rooms are decorated in a warm and rustic style with modern baths and free, fast WiFi and new flat screen TV's. Unfortunately, all the positives were offset by the outside noise transferred into the room at night. I expect that this is a downside to the unique architecture. We could here people talking in the rooms on either side of us. They were not shouting or partying; just normal conversation, as clear as if we were in the room with them. We could here doors closing up and down the hall and every toilet flush all night. It was quite a disappointment.
If you are a sound sleeper and not bothered by such noise, you will have a truly exceptional experience!
One other caution: the valet charge is $60 per night which I found a bit excessive. You can park in one of the lots in the lower valley for free; the Ritz will shuttle you back and forth.
We wanted a nice luxury break in late May/early June and we struck gold here. Not only was the hotel lovely and we were well taken care of but importantly a big call out to the concierge service—which is what really made our trip. They were not only knowledgeable about the local options—whether dining or adventures—but more importantly they had an opinion. Which really helped us decide what to do. We had a memorable and fun filled holiday!
The rooms are great at this hotel and I particularly enjoyed the spa and swimming pool facilities. The views and outdoor area is also particularly nice. The hotel is in a secluded area so they have a captive audience. Guests should be prepared to pay high prices at the hotel restaurants. We attended during the start of the summer season, but I can’t imagine staying here during the winter ski season as the fares should be much higher. Also, I felt the staff weren’t quite up to the standard of other comparable properties such as the Four Seasons. Otherwise a nice hotel and I will return during the summer months.