Keystone Resort is another ski area in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. I tried to stay again in Breckenridge, but the Marriott Residence Inn I used to stay was sold out and other places were just too expensive. I already suspected something like this for the Memorial Day weekend. I searched for alternatives and not too far from Breckenridge. I found the Hyatt Place in Keystone. Because it was “Mud-Season” during my stay. The hotel was barely utilized by other guests. I booked the room through the app not knowing that there would be a resort fee. I just wish hotels would put a note during reservation there, that a resort fee gets added. I didn´t expect a resort fee in general for this place, so I was surprised when I found out at check-in.
After the drive from Denver to Keystone, it was already dark when I arrived. The Hyatt Place is just off Highway 6 but I didn’t see it right away as there are one hotel and resort after the other. I finally found it and pulled right up to the main entrance. Once inside the lobby, I had to wait for a while for someone to show up at the front desk to check me in. The receptionist was able to upgrade me to a King Suite and explained the layout of the hotel to me. I got some brochures about the Keystone area and my parking pass for the vehicle. Everyone checking-in gets a free voucher for an activity. It could be Golf (only available on the night of your check-in), Tennis or a Yoga session. This is a pretty nice offer for a hotel. It’s just sad, that Gold is only limited to the day of your check-in. The other activities can be done on any day during your stay. After receiving my room keys, I parked my car in the parking garage on the lower level of the hotel. The hotel has two small parking garages directly underneath the building and a small outside parking area. It’s easy to get to the elevator from every location. Valet parking is available up front.
1 Bedroom King Suite (Room 636)
My room was on the top floor of the hotel and just a few rooms down from the elevator lobby. Thanks to the location on the top floor I had an amazingly high ceiling living room which will you recognize right away when you enter the suite. On your way in you will find a closet to your left with a safe and to your right the guest bathroom.
The living room has a sofa bed with a flatscreen TV on a small closet adjacent to it. There are several windows going all the way up to the ceiling to get a lot of light into the room. However, during the night there are just a few smaller lights stands in the room, which is not enough to light the room up well. The curtains are a bit harder to close in the living room as they go all the way up to the ceiling and you have to pull a bit harder.
The living room has a small dining table which I used as work desk as there is no other table in the whole suite. The regular rooms actually come with a work area and an office styled chair. Next to the table is a small area with a closet in which you can find the refrigerator and on top of it the coffee maker. Above the counter is another empty closet to store items.
Close by is the connecting door to the bedroom. The bedroom has a lower ceiling as the living room. The bed is centered against the wall adjacent to the door and has lights and a nightstand on either side. One has an alarm clock on top of it while the other one has a phone.
Across from the bed is another flatscreen TV on a small closet with storage space. The bedroom is very spacious with a lot of room between the bed and the TV. There is another area on the inner far corner of the room with another big closet with double doors to store your luggage and clothing. From there you can access the master bathroom. The master bathroom is a touch bigger than the guest bathroom but both come with a shower.
The air conditioning controls are on the inside wall of the bedroom. The bedroom and living room have both a small window which you can open to get fresh air in. From the windows in both rooms, you get a great view of the wetlands (during summer), the Snake River and Mount Dercum, one of Keystone Resort’s three ski mountains.
As with most hotels, the lobby is located on the ground floor and the front desk is to your left from the front entrance and easy to recognize. Next to the front desk is a small market which offers all kinds of useful items from snacks to some medicine. The elevators are adjacent to the front desk.
The lobby area offers plenty seating space. There is a “business center” located inside the lobby with two workstations, print and copy services. The outside wall has plenty of windows to get a few of the wetlands, Snake River and the mountains.
In the middle of the lobby area is a U-shaped bar counter which serves food 24/7. Behind the bar area is the breakfast/dining area with plenty of seating but it could get busy here when the hotel is full and people come at the same time for breakfast. The dining area has a sunroom-styled area to give you even more views of the mountains and on sunny days you get a nice and warm light onto some of the tables.
Valet parking is out front and free of charge here. The self-parking is either in one of the two small garages underneath the hotel on the lower level or out back. It’s great that the hotel offers plenty of covered parking which is great in the winter time. This saves you time in the morning to remove snow and ice from your car and windshield.
Inside the hotel building on the lower level is a locker room with many lockers to use to store your ski gear. Outside, near the back entrance of the lower level is a covered hot tub. Two more hot tubs can be found on the fifth and sixth floor of the hotel. The hot tubs on floor 5 and six are located outside the building on a small patio. They offer great views of the mountains as well.
As the hotel as no pool itself, you are allowed to use the pool at their sister property the Keystone Resort & Spa. Their outdoor pool can be used by you when you are staying at the Hyatt Place. The pool has even an indoor portion where you can access the pool and swim outside. Inside is also a hot tub. You can also use their big fitness center 24 hours a day.
The Hyatt Place has a small fitness center as well, which is located kinda hidden behind the front desk. You can find it by walking down the hallway between the front desk and the market and you will find it on your left-hand side.
There is so much to do in the Keystone Resort area. See the official map on the Keystone Website. From behind the hotel, you can access a trail through the wetland and you can cross the Snake River via a small bridge. Don’t forget to check out the area around Lake Keystone, there is even a small sandy beach and you can rent boats to boat the lake. Check out the Adventure Center on Lake Keystone for more activities. To get back and forth between the areas in the Keystone Resort area, you can use the free Resort Shuttle. Because of the mud season, the shuttle was on call only. The number is noted at the sign at the bus stop and you just call them and the shuttle will come to pick you up and drive you to one of the other stops. The bus stop for the Hyatt Place is out to the front entrance right on US-6 just a few feet from the hotel.
The Hyatt Place offers a complimentary breakfast buffet to its guest. There are daily rotating breakfast items to mix it up a little bit. However, the breakfast was nothing really special and I expected a bit more. For example, there was no cream cheese for my toast or no flavored creamer for the coffee. Maybe it’s because of mud season but that shouldn’t matter to what the hotel offers their guests. Other than that the breakfast was pretty good and I can’t complain anymore.
The Gallery Menu and Market are both available 24/7. No matter what time you crave food just come down and get some of their bar bites. You can even call ahead and they will let you know when your food is ready. The Gallery Market offers a good grab-and-go selection from salads to sandwiches and bottled beverages. While the Coffee to Cocktails Bar is open from 6:00 a.m. to 11 p.m. and offers Starbucks coffee and cocktails during their opening hours. Check the hotel website for more dining information. During summer you can enjoy the beautiful patio and dine outside with great views and fresh mountain air.
Check out also one of the many great bars and restaurants in the Keystone Resort Area. You can use the free Resort Shuttle to get back and forth between them. Another good spot would be one of the many restaurants around Lake Keystone.
The Hyatt Place is a great place to stay in the Keystone Resort Area. Especially great are the partner benefits with their sister property the Keystone Resort & Spa as well the free activities they offer for your stay. I just wish the would offer Golf for a different day as just your check-in day. The staff at the hotel is absolutely great and Amy from the front desk went above and beyond for guest satisfaction. She followed up proactive on my requests regarding dry cleaning. A great benefit is the free valet and self-parking. However, you will pay a hefty resort fee of $25+tax per night. I hate resort fees and it’s a shame how hotels try to show a “lower” room rate without easily showing that you have to pay resort fees.
Hyatt Place Keystone
Pool and Spa8.0/10
- Great and friendly Staff
- Outdoor Patio with Mountain Views
- Ski Locker
- Complimentary Valet/Self Parking
- Free Keystone Resort Shuttle
- some covered parking spots
- No on-site swimming pool
- Resort Fee
- Breakfast could be a bit better
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