My husband and I like to try different ski resorts so this was our first trip to Steamboat. Not knowing exactly how conveniently located the various condos were to the gondola (the Steamboat.com map was terrible!), we figured we were safe going with the Grand.
With the exception of our airline tickets, we booked everything through central reservations. We used Alpine Taxi to get us from the airport to the Grand - which was a great ride. I would recommend them to anyone. Check in was a breeze, the bellmen were quite helpful.
We booked a one bedroom condo. The kitchenette was tiny - which was okay because it was just the two of us. However, the stove top was quite dirty, the coffee pot leaked, the ice-maker wouldn't quit making ice, the refrigerator froze everything no matter how much we turned it down. The main room was enormous but sparsely decorated. The "fireplace" did not work. The bedroom was very spacious as was the bathroom. Don't forget your toiletries because there are less amenities in the room/bathroom than you would normally find at a less expensive chain hotel (Holiday Inn Express, Hampton Inn, etc.). The heating system in the room was a nightmare! Apparently there is a heating system in the floor as well as central heating. The floor system had no way of being turned off or down. It was very uncomfortable. Because they tell you not to leave the balcony door open, we had to turn the air-conditioner on to cold in order to cool down the room. Sleeping was miserable because of the heat. The only thing maintenance did was to turn the air-conditioning colder.
On the plus side, the Grand is conveniently located to the gondola and slopes. The storage facility near the gondola was very nice. We used a ski delivery service which actually came to our room to fit our boots to skis. With the exception of a tip to the guys who brought our skis, the price was the same as with any other ski rental shop. It was very convenient. The shuttle service at the hotel was also very nice. The drivers were very accomodating and personable, they did everything they could to make you comfortable. That was, quite possibly, the best part of this resort.
This is a lovely facility, but certainly, in my opinion, not worth the price of a full-service hotel/condo. Next time we will look for a simple condo without all the bells & whistles of a luxury resort that actually lives up to our expectations.
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- Steamboat Grand Springs
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