Wondering where to stay in Keystone? We’ve got a few hints. First, you need to decide what is important to you and your friends or family. Is it ski in ski out, or would you be happier with a garage? Would you like the quick and easy access of River Run Village, or would you rather take the shuttle and get more space for your money and more ammenities like a garage and exta bedroom? Here’s the top 5 questions to ask before you select lodging options at Keystone Resort.
- What is your budget? (Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum rated property)
- Number of bedrooms and sleeping arrangements? Murphy Bed OK? Sofa Sleeper OK?
- Do you want quick access to lifts or do you mind taking the shuttle?
- Is customer service important to you? Are restaurant, spa, shuttle and others discounts important?
- Book online and save time
Let’s take a look at #1 above-What is your budget. Ski in Ski out condos are available at Keystone but are some of the most expensive lodging options available. Condos at LONE EAGLE and THE TIMBERS are located on Dercum mountain and also part of the River Run Village. These are similar to Platinum rated Ritz-Carlton and Four Seasons properties and can’t be beat. The ammenities include 5-star decor, indoor/outdoor heated pool, private ski lockers, sauna, steam room, fitness center, heated parking. In sum, the best of the best with the best location—ON THE MOUNTAIN. You are paying for location, convenience and luxury. The Timbers has been considered the best building in Summit County since it was built in 2002. Expect to pay up to $500 per night during peak ski season for a 1 bedroom and up to $650 for a 2 bedroom.
Next, decide your desired sleeping arrangements. If you have 5 people with kids, for example, you may be able to rent a 5-star 1 bedroom that boasts a King Bed, Murphy Bed and Sleeper Sofa. If convenience comes first, this works for some people.
Lastly, look for companies that have their own website. This way you can view pictures and browse the current inventory of vacation rentals. Some sites also offer the ability to book lodging, flights, and rental cars on the same website. Unlike websites like Priceline.com, Expedia.com, and Orbitz.com who only rent hotels, work with a company that has those same offerings but offers vacation rental condos and homes. You receive a much better value for your money on vacation rentals rather than hotels.
Thirdly, decide if you want quick and easy access to the lifts, or if you don’t mind taking the shuttle. If you book vacation rentals that are away from the village (no more than 5 minutes in any part of Keystone), you instantly receive less expensive rates and 95% of the time, you get an extra bedroom for the money. Quite possibly, a garage will be included. A good example, Settlers Creek Town Homes in East Keystone. These are the newest vacation rentals at Keystone and are also rated as Platinum. The free shuttle arrives every 30 minutes and drops you off 50 yards from The Gondola.
If customer service is important to you, book with a reputable property management company. Such companies offer discounted ski rental equipment, restaurant discounts, spa incentives and ski lessons. If you contract with a personal property owner, you may only receive your keys in the mail and not be eligible for all the incentives.