Grand Hyatt Vail
Rocky Mountain High
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What it is
A 285-room ultra-luxe resort that’s reportedly the only ski-in, ski-out property in Vail.
What it isn't
Rustic. Expect glimmering chandeliers, faux fur throw pillows and floor-to-ceiling windows at every turn.
What we think
Unlike Colorado’s other tony ski towns (Aspen, Telluride), which started out as mountain towns before evolving into Vacationlands, Vail was built in 1966 for one thing: skiing. So it comes as no surprise that it perfectly suits the sport (note its storybook “village,” which looks straight out of Switzerland). The newly rebranded Grand Hyatt Vail (formerly Hotel Talisa) is every bit as tailored. Tucked with its own ski lift under the frosty caps of Gore Creek Range, it’s home to a blissfully warm infinity edge al fresco pool that peeps out on the forest, three whirlpools, a topnotch spa for soothing post-slalom aches, and three locavore eateries. Don’t miss sunset cocktails by the grand piano in the Fireside Lounge as fresh snow frosts the evergreens beyond the windows.
You're here because
You’re unashamedly #alwayshungry, and the resort has its own on-site food and beverage market that opens at 6 a.m.—ideal for a pre-lift fuel up.
There’s nothing you love more than an upgrade, and this time, you lucked into a Grand Suite. Shuffling in exhausted after the drive, you decide it’s aptly named, from the deep soaking tub to the towering diamond tufted king-size headboard. You throw on a pristine white robe, throw open the mountain-facing french doors, and inhale the exultant high-mountain air. Honey, you’re home.
Restaurants & Bars
Gessner - Tradition cuisine.
Fireside Lounge - Cocktails
The western edge of Vail, just five minutes from Vail Village, home to the Colorado Snowsports Museum and Hall of Fame—currently exhibiting 100 Years of Ski Fashion and Function, with snow bunny looks dating to 1910.