We stayed overnight at the Keystone Lodge & Spa in connection with a speech I was presenting at the nearby Keystone Conference Center. The Lodge was the chosen hotel for the conference; thus I had no choice about where to stay. The Lodge was well run and comfortable, with a surprisingly good restaurant for breakfast.
This was my first visit to the Keystone resort, although I have been to nearby Breckenridge and Vail many times. Keystone is not nearly as developed as either Breckenridge or Vail. I'm not sure that Keystone was ever even a real town; it appears to have sprung up as a ski resort without much history about 40 years ago. It appears to be a lower-budget alternative to the better-known nearby resorts. In fairness to Keystone, we visited during the off season in early May, after the ski season was essentially over but before summer vacation had begun. It struck me as a good place to relax and unwind, provided that you didn't expect a lot of night life and shopping options. The nearby mountains were scenic but not spectacular.
In this context the Keystone Lodge fit right in. It is nicely designed and functional, not terribly ostentatious, but then you wouldn't go to Keystone in the first place if you wanted ostentation. Reception was handled efficiently and the staff was sincerely warm in their greeting. The parking is a bit funky; the lot is on the other side of U.S. Route 6, and connects with the resort through underground tunnels and a shuttle bus. They offer valet, but in the nice May weather we didn't find it necessary to use the valet, and were comfortable going back and forth through one of the tunnels.
Our room was a "loft" unit on the top floor. There was a living area and bathroom, and a separate sleeping area in a loft that was connected via a spiral staircase. Our room was relatively quiet and the bed was certainly comfortable. The internet connection was free, extremely quick to set up, and reliable. Because we were there for only one night we didn't really have a chance to try out the TVs in the room or the spa. The restaurant did serve a nice reasonably-priced breakfast.
If we stayed there again I would not ask for a loft room. Because the bathroom is down the spiral staircase from the loft, it could be tricky if you needed to get up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom, particularly if you had too much to drink before bed. We didn't need to make a nighttime trip down, so I'm just speculating as to whether it would really be a problem. If spiral staircases make you nervous the simple solution is to get a room on a lower floor.
If I were looking for a quiet weekend in a pleasant setting that's less than two hours from Denver I would certainly consider staying again. I would not, however, schedule a meeting at the nearby conference center. Their AV setup was awful. As a speaker I had an obstructed view of the screens and no monitor, and they could not get their remote to work. The food at dinner was mediocre at best. So may advice is, go for the lodge but not for the conference center.
One final point - although my room was comped because I was the keynote speaker, I found out the price that the conference host was charged. If I had paid full price it still would have been a very nice value.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Keystone Lodge & Spa is surrounded by the majestic Rocky Mountains and thousands of acres of national forest close to Denver, making it the ideal choice for winter sports enthusiasts. Keystone Lodge is on the shuttle route, so guests can zip over to the ski lifts at a moment's notice. The Lodge also boasts easy access to a host of winter and summer activities, including skiing, ice skating, cross country, mountain biking, golf, tennis, rock climbing, whitewater rafting and more. Feel free to take a break from your adventures and luxuriate in our state-of-the-art spa with a full range of relaxing and rejuvenating spa treatments. The Lodge also includes a steam room, indoor and outdoor hot tubs, an outdoor heated swimming pool, and even an equestrian center. Treat yourself to an exceptional dining experience at the Bighorn Bistro while taking in the splendid views of the Continental Divide and Keystone Lake. Or grab a quick bite at the convenient Lakeside Deli before heading off on your day's activities. The Lodge offers 152 guest rooms, including 14 loft suites. Each room affords a spectacular view of Keystone Mountain and the Snake River. The hotel room with one king bed is a traditional hotel room with a king-size bed and a private bathroom. The hotel room with two queen beds is a traditional hotel room with two queen-size beds and a private bathroom. The hotel suite with one king bed and living room is a two-level hotel suite with one king bedroom upstairs in the loft with television. All suites also include a downstairs sitting area with television and sofa pull-out couch and one private bathroom downstairs. All rooms include complimentary in-room wireless internet, complimentary fitness center access, plush robes, a i-home alarm clock and many other extras. Other amenities include a business center, exercise facilities, massage therapy services, yoga studio, ski storage and golf course. Extend Your Stay - 7pm Check Out Instead of sitting on I-70, head back to your hotel for a soak in the hot-tub, a shower or to catch the rest of the game while the traffic clears. *Extended check out until 7pm for just $35. *Based on availability. Ask for extended check-out at the Front Desk. Getting to the mountain is easy with the Lodge's Gondola Express shuttle service. Our private van will whisk you from the front of the Lodge to the base of the gondola. Plus, as a Lodge guest you receive free ski check at the base of the gondola and a complimentary Fast Pass which allows you to use the ski school line prior to 10am. How convenient is that? ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Keystone Lodge And Spa
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