Nice Lodge, great service A review of Keystone Lodge & Spa
Dec. 9th - 13th, 2005 We checked in on a Friday evening when the Lodge was near capacity due to excellent ski conditions. The Lodge overlooks a large pond/small lake. It appears to be 30 - 35 years old but is very well kept. There is a conference center here so there are business functions and business travelers as well as families. Our room looked to have been recently renovated. The bath had granite counter tops and the room furnishing were nice. There isn't alot of storage space for a long stay though, so take note of that (i.e. no closet in my room, 2 small bedside dressers, and a large piece of furniture in front of the bed that had 2 closets, and drawers underneath the TV for clothing. Thre is a small balcony with 2 chairs which we used to air our ski clothing out at night (after visiting restaurants). Please note that there are condo's and some larger rooms (with a bunk bed setup and spiral staircase) at the property. We had a single room with a king sized bed. We are very sensitive to hallway noise and had asked for a room at the end of a hallway (most hotels ignore this request but this hotel took note and honored our request...we couln't have been happier for this as there were alot of families with children and some slamming of doors). We were happy that we had taken our travel fan to muffle the hallway noise. The decor was dark but tasteful. We had rented a car and could not have been happier with the bell staff and valets (brushed the car off and warmed it up in the morning). The hotel is not along the lines of a Four Seasons or Ritz but ...more like a nice Hyatt if you had to compare to major hotel chains. We did not eat at any of the hotel restaurants but did have room service one morning...quite tasty. There are restaurants in some of the other buildings that surround the lake if you want to take a short walk. For foodies, our fine dining experience was at The Keystone Ranch. The food was quite good (probably the best in the Keystone, Silverthorne, Dillon area)but not as good as French Laundry, Inn at Little Washington, Charlie Trotter or other such destinations. We did drive to an italian restaurant in Silverthorne called TiAmo Ancora (somehow related to the one in Vail) and loved both the food, service and the Italian host (only in the states for 5 years). If you like Bolognese sauce, try it...I thought it was among the best I've eaten. Don't go without a reservation during the season as they fill up. If you like authentic Mexican, one of the ski instructors told us about a place called Hacienda Real near the Safeway (we did not get to visit but he says it is authentic and indicated that the people who work and cook there were not born in the US, usually a good sign that the food will be more authentic than americanized Mexican restaurants).We thought the food at Mi Casa was tasty but too salty. Liked the Snake River Saloon for a good steak and great home made blue cheese dressing. We ate at Paisano's at the bottom of River Run and found the food to be tasty (had a margerita pizza and salad). We would definitely return to The Keytone Lodge. It is a nice hotel in a nice ski area and the staff went out of their way to make us feel welcome.