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
- 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
When my sister booked the hotel there was nothing on their website that said the hotel was doing some upgrades/construction to the pool & hottub areas so that was unavailable but could use the athletic club connected to the hotel. Wasn't even mentioned at check-in! It wasn't until we were walking around the hotel and asked that we were told it was all being worked on. UGH!! Nothing has been done to the athletic club in yrs (since it was the old Vail Cascades). My sister asked for an early check-in since we had spa treatments at another hotel. We were able to get an early check-in but the room was in the basement (room 141) with the mechanical rooms, day care center and down the hall from the spa. There are only about 4 rooms in that area so it felt a little creepy ... Not an ideal location. Considering it's shoulder season you would have thought we could have gotten a room that wasn't secluded in the basement. Valet parking was $38 in shoulder season. Seems a little steep for off season. The hotel has no mtn feel to it that the old Vail Cascade did. This very modern feel feels out of place in a mtn community. The staff in restaurant, valet, shuttle drivers and bell hops were all nice and helpful. Front desk staff didn't even ask how our stay was upon check-out. :-( Rooms were nice, shower was big but with marble floors it gets slick when wet. Beds and comforter were nice and comfy. Not sure if I'd stay here again ... just not the feel I look for when heading to the mtns.
Gorgeous suites. Terrific food. Nice location. Beds are so comfy and down filled that you will sweat even with the heat turned down to its lowest, so be sure to open your windows and let in the cold mountain air.
As a Globalists i was impressed with the treatment I received at the hotel. At check in, I was upgraded to a 2 room suite. The hotel was beautiful. They are still working on the Pool and the Hot Tub, but once that is completed the hotel will be perfect. Actually this is a good time for the Hotel to be working on the Pool and Hot Tub as it is not busy at the Hotel. We did have access to the athletic club near by, but it's hot tub was also out of order.
I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone visiting Vail!!