Our trip began during a winter storm.
We did have chains with us, but in case someone would like to know:
On highway I 80 you will be pulled over to make sure you have chains.
You can have chains installed on your car for $30.00 or do it yourself.
You can then have them removed for $15.00
After struggling to remove our chains, next time we think $15.00 is a bargain to have them removed if you are not accustomed to doing this.
The Ritz is one of the most lovely large scale resorts we have ever tried, so our experience with larger resorts is limited, that is just for your reference.
Things to know about the fees here:
1. If you travel with a dog it is $125.00 one time pet fee.
2. There is a daily fee for your car of $35.00
3. There is a daily resort fee of $25.00
4. Spa treatments, for your convenience, have a 20% gratuity added, BUT you can adjust that fee up or down depending on your experience.
On our third day we did discover that room service would deliver an order from the Manzanita restaurant. (Highly recommend).
For those who prefer their bed a little softer, housekeeping was more than happy to add another feather bed to our bed. Worked like a charm.
Now some things to consider, our room was at the far end and next to the Gondola pad and ski area. At night the snow machines do run and are very loud. If you are a light sleeper this maybe something to discuss about your room preference.
I have two requests to leave with the hotel:
1. Spa food on their in room dining menu.
2. A pet sitter or an area with kennels or a place for you to kennel your dog on the property. Since you cannot leave your pet alone in a room, which we understand, and it is far too cold to leave your dog in a car, you will be with your pet all the time. Since we love traveling with Edward not an issue for us.
And in the end…we loved our time here and the spa was all a spa should be and then some. The staff is everything people have commented on, they are caring and friendly. This was a perfect winter experience for us.