Nestled at 6,900 feet above sea level, this was my first visit to the famous ski resort made famous, since 1970, for its crystalline powder slopes by alpine ski racer Billy Kidd. But despite an absence of substantial snow to ski (it was May), Billy not being seen this Memorial Day weekend, and the threat of a very crowded town our visit was as pleasurable as can be. Following an easy 3 hour drive from Denver, Steamboat Springs offered a getaway that dreams are made of.
The Steamboat Grand is a large, modern and well maintained ski resort. It is located within 5 minutes of downtown with convenient free shuttle bus service. Staffed by well groomed quasi college age ski bums, the staff was incredibly accommodating, pleasant, and efficient. Our suite consisted of a two bedroom -two bath which comfortably slept 6 but could have easily had 8. The master bedroom was a king and had a small porch facing the mountain. It could have used some black out curtains so we didn't have to get up at the crack of dawn but we did want to get an early start to the day. Our bathroom was just outside the bedroom and served as the common bathroom for the suite. The space within the room was cramped with a tight squeeze to get into the master closet, but we were travelling light for the weekend so no biggie. A flat screen TV, ample drawer space, and a comfortable chair with ottoman rounded out the room. The second bedroom had a queen bed with it own bathroom, closet with a safe, and flat screen TV. This was commandeered by our 9 year old. (Guess we were just a little too slow at making our selection!)
The main living area boasted 2 built in day beds and a queen pull out sofa bed. At the suggestion of the front desk staff, they added an extra foam crate to each of these beds to make it more comfortable. When we arrived in the room, a staff of 3 came up immediately to fix the room just as we wanted, repaired 2 of the three telephones, and provide an extra outlet strip for our electronics. The staff couldn't have been nicer. A dining room table for 6 and a good size kitchen with a full size refrigerator topped off the suite. More than we needed...but felt like home for the weekend.
There are two eateries on site: one is the "Grand Cafe" a casual fast food "take and go" and the other a standard restaurant "The Cabin". The Take and go actually had well prepared food and was more of a snack bar. My breakfast favs were the bacon frittata and the bagel and lox. Other options included a delicious yogurt parfait, breakfast pizza, and biscuits and gravy among many other choices. Lattes, capuccinos , and baked goods rounded at my breakfast experience. The main restaurant had a breakfast buffet which was reasonably priced but somewhat disappointing as it was placed in the back hallway from the restaurant. Despite the omelet station, the rest of the fare was somewhat uninspiring and blah. We were not around for lunch or dinner but I was told that the food and service at 'The Cabin" was incredibly good.
There were several options for parking all of which were reasonably priced and easy to access. Bell men were always available to help move luggage, which is not always the case in many of the mountain resorts, especially in the off season. The downtown area was modern, well kept, and had numerous dining options from simple to elegant. You couldn't go wrong. The pool and spa were comfortable, had 2 hot tubs, and a bar and "Pool Side Bistro" within 20 feet of the pool. The pool was packed with families and well attended by some hard working wait staff.
Overall, a great lodging choice especially at a ski resort. I would highly recommend the Steamboat for its value, convenience, and services.