With a magical fire bench in the entry and a snow-white mountain view framed by windows in the bar, Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort & Spa makes a statement from the moment a guest arrives. A few weeks ago, I was an invitee to a Park Hyatt media dinner featuring the property’s new executive chef, Santosh Koradi.
The hotel is at Beaver Creek Resort in Avon, Colorado, about 15 minutes west of Vail along Interstate 70.
This was a one-night trip with the dog in tow and it was Fritzi’s first experience at a full-service hotel. She didn’t seem to mind in the beginning, however, she was a bit incredulous about the man who took all our stuff away on a luggage cart just before check-0ut.
Everything about a stay at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek is top-notch and the property is incredibly family-friendly. As a ski-in/ski-out property, there is even staff on hand to help put on ski boots. If you’ve ever tried to help little ones put on their ski boots while clomping around in yours, you’ll know why parents love this place.
Our dog-friendly room had a balcony looking directly at the slope. In fact, Fritzi spent a good amount of time watching skier after skier coming down the hill. While this was her first full-service experience, it was also her first time being in a room that was slopeside.
This was our first time staying in Beaver Creek. We hadn’t ever been to the village, and in fact, didn’t even know it existed. In Beaver Creek, which is in Avon, I usually stay down the mountain.
That’s why I can say with great certainty that Loaded Joe’s is a fun and yummy place where we always end up, even during this trip.
Park Hyatt Beaver Creek was built in 1989, just 9 years after the resort was opened. It is a jewel in the resort’s crown and takes up a large portion of the slopeside area and the village. The village isn’t large and has a lot of sculptures. I love the goggle seat and ice rink. The area is strewn with high-end art and galleries, including one inside the Park Hyatt.
In addition to being slopeside, Park Hyatt Beaver Creek has a beautiful spa with multiple roman baths and all the luxurious amenities of spa life. There are also five outdoor hot tubs, yes five, and a huge pool. We spent some lovely time there before we left the property.
The media dinner was a multi-course, themed extravaganza. Purple being the theme, beets featured prominently, even in our cocktails. While formerly apathetic about beets, after this dinner I was a convert. Think Purple Beetroot Hummus served with a Beetroot Coulis with mint and Grand Marnier. This may sound odd, but it was a favorite of the entire table.
Held at the Park Hyatt’s own 8100’ Mountain Bar & Grill, I didn’t get any great photographs because it was a bit dark. But Koradi is a creative chef and delightful human being. He will be an excellent addition to the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek.
While I never had time to belly up to the expansive bar, Ryan dined at the Brass Bear Bar in the grand lobby area. He ordered a burger and a nice tequila cocktail. Be aware that staying in Beaver Creek will be a little more spendy than at other places in Colorado. If I was not media, for instance, my delicious seafood Benedict would have been $35.
However, perhaps it is worth the splurge if you want the level of service that comes with ski boot attendants. Or, if you’d really like to impress your significant other, or if you are just looking for a luxury ski getaway in Colorado. Full-service may be unfamiliar to many of us, but I’m sure even Fritzi would get used to it after a while.
Thank you to Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort & Spa for a wonderful introduction to Chef Koradi and for hosting this experience.