When it comes to Steamboat’s base area, you’d have to sleep in the gondola line to stay any closer than the Sheraton, which promises to be a whole lot warmer and more legal, to boot.
What the Sheraton Steamboat option also has: renovations around every corner, with updates that carry the comforts of home… and then some. What else are ski vacations for if not spoiling yourself?
If you’ve ever gotten your ski day underway from a slopeside perspective, you know it’s all about the relaxation and luxury that comes when you’re free from schlepping gear up or down stairs in a rush to catch a shuttle, only to schlep some more and repeat in reverse come après. Instead, you get to be one of those people who saunters out of the hotel after a leisurely breakfast, calm as can be, boarding the lift at the same time as someone who started their day much earlier, from much further away.
If you haven’t had the pleasure, then you can still probably point out those skiers… you know, the ones who seem annoyingly less stressed because, well, they are? You can also do something about that: book smarter next time.
But be warned—that vacation rental is about to be dead to you.
View from Sheraton Steamboat's new Mountain Suites.
Copyright: Heather B. Fried
Upon rolling over the soon-to-be-finished radiant-heat style “snowmelt” driveway, members of the friendly hotel staff are there to greet and accommodate—whisking bags up to the room, gear down to the ski valet and giving you the option to self-park in the neighboring garage.
No matter whom you leave the parking to, rest assured your car will be secure and easily accessible when needed, which probably won’t be until your ski trip comes to a close thanks to a bustling base area mere steps in every direction and the Sheraton’s on-demand, free shuttle at your service. The town’s hottest new après spot is just a phone call and a few minutes away. They’ll even shuttle you to the local grocery store to load up on provisions in the rare event you can’t find what you need on-site.
An open and airy lobby is flanked on both sides by retail shops, proof the Sheraton Steamboat thought of most everything—so worry not if you forgot (or the airline lost) a ski necessity or two. This friendly, unassuming entryway atmosphere invites groups to gather, relax and enjoy a refreshing fruit-infused water before or after hitting Steamboat’s trademark Champagne Powder and legendary glades.
For sips and snacks beyond that, Saddles Bar & Grill sits slopeside and serves lunch, après and dinner with a mellow, mountain view. Warm up with a cocktail by the bar or take the party outside and take in a concert happening at the base below without fighting the crowds.
Steamboat's bustling base area, with concerts on tap all the time, is literally right below your balcony at the Sheraton.
Copyright: Heather B. Fried
ACCOMODATIONS & SKI-MENITIES
New for the 2013/2014 ski season, the Sheraton Steamboat’s Mountain Suites will bring modern comfort to your ski vacation, whatever the size of your entourage—with availability from studio size all the way up to a three bedroom, and options galore.
For instance, the spacious one-bedroom Mountain Suite easily accommodates a family of four with a pullout couch and separate bathroom entry. The same group could also opt for a two-bedroom. For yet another possibility, the one-bedroom/adjacent studio combo scores the kids their own room, queen beds and even a mini kitchen just a doorknob’s turn from Mom and Dad. That little bit of independence is a bonus both ways.
The Mountain Suites overhaul project boosted the hotel’s suite count by almost 30 times, from a couple units to now more than 50. And as part of that transformation, these aren’t your run-of-the-mill suites. Clean and contemporary, the rooms are rich with texture and a touch of rustic charm, from the leather-treatment on the walls on down to the design in the carpet, with decorative lamps and pillows in between.
Elegant without a trace of snobbery, you’ll want to hang out in every square inch of this spacious suite, especially on the balcony where you can watch the mountain come to life in the morning and cap off your day enjoying the new night skiing scene.
The room is trimmed with funky art that further enhances its laidback vibe and some of the most logically placed outlets—built right into sleeper’s side of the nightstand, a much-appreciated detail that few hotels seem to get right. Even the hallways are inviting, with floor-to-ceiling mountain views right off the elevator and ornate wooden wall décor lining the way to your room
Sheraton left nothing out of its Steamboat suites upgrade, each complete with full or mini kitchens with granite countertops; washer/dryers; luxurious bathrooms with Jack and Jill sinks, a separate water closet, standalone shower and Jacuzzi tub, and mandarin/mint-scented toiletries that beg to be packed and taken home. The king Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Bed manages to be both perfectly firm yet sink-into soft simultaneously—sending you instantly into pristine powder dreams.
Speaking of powder, if and when you finally bring yourself to leave the comforts of your suite to hit the hill, the convenient and accessible ski valet is one door away from gondola square.
If it’s a typical day in the Boat, then you’ll have earned the right to soothe sore muscles straight off the slopes in either the double hot tubs on the second floor or the redesigned pool that’s currently in the works. Once finished, this area will feature a double-sided fireplace, in-pool hot tub, massage cabana and snowmelt surface.
Sheraton Steamboat’s new Mountain Suites are available from studio size all the way up to a three bedroom, with options galore.
WHY YOU’LL BE BACK
The Steamboat Sheraton has always had location, location, location on all the other lodging options in the vicinity. Plus, it’s got all the class you’ve come to expect from a ski in/out stay without any of the pretentiousness. A fixture in gondola square, it’s not the newest property on the block, but if you tend to judge a book by its cover, you’re definitely going to miss out on a classic with improvements that will impress, nonetheless.
And who knows, given their number of recently completed makeovers and those on the way, a façade facelift may not be that far off. One thing’s for sure: the comfort and convenience you’ll find inside sure make it hard to head home.