Could learn a few things from less-expensive hotels A review of The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch

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.

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The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch
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