The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch Beaver Creek
Be selective on your room
The hotel is great. Rooms are spacious and well kept and service was great. People very friendly. They also accepted my dog and treated him and other dogs like kings. Couple hints...1. The mountain view rooms are overrated and noisy...pool, hot tub, firepit. Valley view actually nice, be sure to ask for a room AWAY from the entry courtyard...doors slamming all night, not my way of enjoying a nice trip.
2. Skip the restaurant at the hotel, overpriced and not that great.
Can't wait to go back for more!
I took my family to the Ritz shortly after they opened in 2002. It was PERFECT! The staff, the facilities, the food, the pools, the spa, the room, the ski valet, the location, the snow, absolutely everything was PERFECT. After being disappointed at 2 other resorts we ALL wanted to go back to Batchelor Gulch so I looked for deals on their website and found their "early winter ski package". Central reservations said it was sold out:( but knowing how the staff is trained to accommodate every request, I called the resort directly. I got the deal I wanted, on the dates I wanted. $255 per night and that included 2 lift tickets! If you want a deal, they'll give you one. If money is not a concern, they'll give you even more. And if Santa really lives at the North Pole then his house must look like this Ritz Carlton. See you there from 11DEC to 18DEC. I'll strictly review our 2nd trip when I return.
Could learn a few things from less-expensive hotels
My husband and I planned a long weekend of spa and relaxation at the Ritz.
We stay at a lot of hotels due to the fact that we travel for our business and we've seen them all - from the middle of "Nowheresville" Super 8s to swanky downtown suites and those in between. So suffice it to say that we know a good hotel when we see one.
That being said, I wasn't extremely impressed with the Bachelor Gulch location. Seeing as how we didn't want to "break the bank" for a Mountainside suite, we opted for a Valley view room which turned out to be a somewhat smaller room then we had expected for a Ritz hotel with not much of a view (northwest). Below our window were hotwater tanks (I think) that were noisy, but the double-paned windows helped out with that. The bathroom was elegant with a super deep tub, but unfortunately the walls were way too thin. The women next door to us could not stay off the phone and by the time we checked out we knew her entire life story. The beds were comfy but too high for us (a mini-trampoline might come in handy) so if you are about 5'6" or shorter or have a disability this can be an issue. I know that they do have foot risers that you can ask for (I had to find out on my own since no one told us this at check-in), but it would be nice if they just put them under the bed by default.
Another item that they could learn from other hotels is to have more information about the hotel published in the room. I couldn't believe that they didn't have any sort of a diagram map of the hotel layout. I had asked the concierge for one and he mentioned that we could just ask anyone if we had a question. Well, I felt like I was calling them 50 times just for basic info that could have been answered with a more thorough explanation in the in-room hotel services book (simple things like hotel check-out time, restaurant and spa hours, etc.).
Also, valet parking (which is the only parking) will cost you $20 (the valet guy told me $20 per day, but I was only charged once for two days). Last, but not least, as with most hotels, the prices for food items are super expensive (small bottled water was $6 on up), so I recommend bringing snacks and water with you (those of us in CO know that you can get really dehydrated at high altitude, so be careful).
Good things about the hotel were that it did not feel overly crowded (this may be different for the ski season) despite being a busy weekend and that everyone who worked there was genuinely nice, friendly and helpful. The decor of the hotel is rustic and lodge-like and we loved the squishy, leather chair in our room. It was so comfy! You could also roast marshmallows outside at night which the kids staying there seemed to love.
I suppose if money were no object, then you could really enjoy yourself here. If you're a bit more frugal like we are, then plan ahead to save some costs during your stay. NB: If you have never been to the area, please know that nearest services will be in the hotel. Other outside restaurants and shops are about a mile away in the Beaver Creek/Avon area. They do have a group shuttle area that can take you down to the village or to other parts in Vail or the valley.
Over the past few years i have stayed in a number of ski hotels( i.e. the ST REGIS APSEN) and can say without a doubt this hotel was the best of them all. THis brand new hotel is designed remarkably giving a vistor a true taste of rocky mountains. It offers a very causal yet by all means luxerious entrance in its humble check in/ lobby area. The quality of the SPA and HEalth Club are unheard of for a mountain hotel. THe rooms are a bit small but nice. The location is great for skiiers ( ski in ski out). The club level is worth the 150 extra per day. All in all a fantastic hotel.
My wife and I just had a wonderful 6 nights at the property. From the moment we arrived until we departed for home the service was the highest quality.
The room was spacious and very nicly appointed. Remmington's restaurant was excellent with a nice variety of entrees.
The public areas were some of the best we have seen at any of the hotels we have stayed. We highly recommend this property. You will not be disappointed.
My husband and I Just returned last night from our trip to Vail, CO. We stayed two nights at the Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary. We enjoyed our stay very much. The hotel is beautiful and the service is top notch. When we drove up, the valet took our car and wished us a happy anniversary. Nice touch!
We were given a corner room with beautiful views and later in the day we returned to the room and found a nice bottle of champagne and chocolates with a note from the hotel staff wishing us a happy anniversary.
We had a package which included breakfast and valet parking.
The hotel is wonderful. It is a little remote and is perfect for a romantic getaway. We also stayed in Vail Village for four nights and liked that location a little better, but this was great for our anniversary celebration.
We had dinner in the dining room (Remington's) and had a wonderful meal. It was a little more casual than I would have liked for our anniversary dinner (my husband was the only man in a sport coat), but it turned out okay. It's a casual setting.
We enjoyed our stay very much!
Great hotel, lousy food and ok service
Stayed here in April....great ambiance and decor.....lousy food...and nondescript service....
Better pull your socks up, Ritz....the Ritz in Buckhead, ATL and Tyson's Corner can show you a thing or two on how to treat guests right!
This is the most beautiful resort, what a place and the nicest people you'd ever want to meet. Very relaxing. What a place to kick up your heels and have have a wonderful getaway.. This is an amazing place.
Can't wait to return. Strongly recommend a romantic hidaway....
The Ritz Carlton Bachelors Gulch in Avon, Colo is a great get-a-way for those who just want to "chill!" Rustic, yet resplendent, this property is one of the best resorts around. For those that want to work on their fly fishing, golf, or spa game this is the place. As a June guest one can only imagine how beautiful this Ritz is during the winter and ski season. Service is great from the time you arrive. The dining is also excellent-not one disappointment. I am already planning a return trip. Commercial air access puts guest only thirty minutes away.Highly recommended !
What a Place To Visit
Truly a remarkable stay at this newborn for The Ritz-Carlton Family. This hotel has it all. If you want a romantic getaway for two or a fun filled family this is the rocky mountain getaway. By the way, the skiing was great!
TripAdvisor Reviews The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch Beaver Creek
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