Grand Hyatt Vail
What We Love
- The lack of lines at the ski-lift outside the hotel
- Equipment rental and ski valet right by the lift means you're on the slopes in a jiffy
- The selection of local beers at the bar
- Strolling along Gore Creek, which runs past the hotel
What To Know
- Downtown Vail is two miles away
- There are complimentary cookies, hot chocolate, and champagne every afternoon
- Free WiFi
- All rooms can sleep up to four—perfect for families
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Pet Friendly
Beautifully renovated ski-in, ski-out resort with its own ski lift, luxury spa, and heated outdoor pool
Skiing and snowboarding couldn’t be easier. When you arrive at Grand Hyatt Vail, there’s a ski valet service to help you rent equipment or store it if you’ve brought your own. Each morning, someone will fetch your boots, skis, and poles and position them for the easiest access. The lift is just outside and there’s a ticket office, too, so no need to go into Vail for your pass. It truly doesn’t get more efficient. Once you’ve finished a day on the slopes, warm rooms with cozy dormer window nooks await, there’s a stellar spa with massages specifically designed to ease muscles tired from skiing, and the Gessner restaurant (open all day) serves a standout dinner menu of elevated classics like seafood gratin and New York strip steaks, plus boards of Colorado cheeses and inspired ideas like a beer-battered lobster served with fries. Dips in the heated outdoor pool or drinks by the fire pit are great opportunities to socialize, and there are kid-friendly amenities that range from free cookies to assistance with putting on their ski boots.
In the Area
If skiing or snowboarding isn’t your thing, or you’re just looking for a change of pace for a day, the hotel can organize other nearby outdoor activities: fly fishing, golf, cycling, hiking, tennis, snowmobiling—you name it. It’s possible to reach Vail on foot, but the two-mile walk isn’t much fun in the dark, so arrange to hop on the hotel shuttle if you don’t have your own car. The Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, roughly two-and-a-half miles east, are open year-round for exploration of the blooming flowers in warm months and guided snowshoes treks on the Garden Tree Trail in cold months. Vail’s got a slew of restaurants you shouldn’t miss; in particular Matsuhisa, with its extraordinary sushi by Nobu Matsuhisa, and the cheery, welcoming Mountain Standard, which pairs mountain views with an excellent raw bar and moreish buttermilk sea salt biscuits. And don’t forget to hit the donut happy hour at cozy bakery Northside Kitchen.
How to Get There
The Grand Hyatt Vail is a very nice hotel. The rooms and common areas are very clean and the hotel staff was very friendly and helpful. Transportation to and from the villages is very easy with the hotel shuttle. We enjoyed our stay and plan to return.
The rooms are very nicely appointed, and the staff very helpful. It is a very large property though, so some of the rooms are a long walk to the lobby. The location on Gore Creek is a big plus, and the hotel has direct lift service to skiing the Vail mountain.
This hotel has potential, but overall we left very underwhelmed. It started when we drove up, and there was no one to assist us with our bags or check in. We didn’t even know how to reach the check in desk. When we checked in, the staff didn’t explain any of the amenities, and didn’t even tell us how to connect to wifi. When you’re paying a high resort fee, this is something you would expect. The entire resort felt understaffed throughout our stay. The rooms were noisy with little sound insulation. The linens were dirty; however, the staff delivered clean ones promptly. The mini fridge was barely cold enough to keep beverages cool. Finally, the shuttle service took much longer than anticipated. The many times we took it, we ended up having to wait about 20 minutes, which in the aggregate is a lot of time wasted. The hotel is too far away to walk to anything, so they should have had more than just one shuttle running.