Lodging Review: The Stonebridge Inn, Snowmass, CO

stonebridge-inn-signI didn’t set out to stay at the Stonebridge Inn.  When I learned my ski club was doing a trip the first week of January the timing worked out well for me.  The catch was that it wasn’t on our normal Saturday-Saturday schedule since the first Saturday would have been New Year’s Eve and no doubt quite expensive.  So we were running a Monday-Sunday trip.  I noticed that there was an IHG property in the area and thought that would be a good use of the free night certificate that comes with the Chase IHG MasterCard each year.  So I booked myself a flight to get to Snowmass a day early and used the free night certificate.  Unfortunately a couple of months later I was notified that by January the property would no longer be under the IHG umbrella so my reservation was cancelled and the certificate was restored to my account.  Not wanting to part with number of SPG points required, I was able to get a room at the Stonebridge Inn for one night.  I paid with my Chase Sapphire Reserve and the $200 annual travel credit covered the majority of the room charge.

My flight arrived just after noon so it was no surprise that my room was not ready.  But the friendly counter folks kept watch over my luggage while I walked up to Snowmass Village for some lunch and shopping.  They gave me a call less than an hour later to let me know my room was ready.

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The lobby is on the 4th floor and my room was on the 5th floor.  The bell staff brought my luggage up for me which was so helpful because I have two large bags (one with skis) with me and it’s very awkward if I have to maneuver them both myself at the same time.

I received a room with double beds.  I assume there are king rooms and I really would have preferred that but I wasn’t going to make a fuss since it was only for one night.

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Across from the beds was chest of drawers with the large TV on top and beside that a couple of chairs with a small table in between them.  The chairs are a good feature because trying to put on/take off ski boots while sitting on the bed is tough as it’s just a little too high for most people.

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Mine was a connecting room and the connecting door was immediately on the left when entering from the hallway. The large closet was located a step or two into the room.  Inside was a safe, a suitcase stand and extra pillows and blankets.

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Across from the closet was the vanity and sink, which was separated from the bed area by a half-wall.  The vanity had reasonable counter space for two people.

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NEST toiletries were lined up on the sink.  I liked that there were large pump dispensers for the shampoo, conditioner, body wash and lotion.  It meant less waste of unused product yet they weren’t wall-mounted, which seems cheap.  The hand soap was a small square bar. The vanity and sink were nice and tall, which I like, however since there was no makeup/magnifying mirror it made it awkward to lean over towards the mirror.  Those of us near-sighted folks may have a hard time with this.  The area would also have benefited from a soap dish.  The hand soap stuck to the counter, making it hard to uproot it, especially in the middle of the night.

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Below the sink was the fridge and a storage area.

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The hairdryer was wall-mounted and could really use an upgrade.  My hair’s not all that thick and it took longer than usual to dry, despite the dry climate of the mountains.  I can only imagine how long it would take for someone with thick hair.

Behind the door on the right of the sink was the bathroom.  It featured a tub/shower and the toilet.  The shower head was adjustable so the stream could be more direct or more gentle but even at its strongest it wasn’t very powerful.  I suspect that’s by design to help save water.  Doesn’t mean I have to like it!

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The Stonebridge is part of a complex of buildings that share a hot pool and exercise room in a central area between the buildings.  I did not visit these.

The room could use some more soundproofing.  I’m not sure if the voices I heard were in the hallway or through the connecting door but it was something that was noticeable compared to other places I’ve stayed recently.

The room was also WARM.  There was a thermostat on the wall and even though the temperature was set extremely low, the current temp indicator hovered at 90F.  I don’t believe it was that warm so the thing may have been broken.  I ended up cracking one of the windows just a smidgen but that did bring outside noise in.  I ended up closing the window as I slept but did wake up in a sweat several times.  I tend to sleep hot and the room was just too warm.

I ate both dinner and breakfast at the hotel’s restaurant.  Dinner was a little on the pricey side, but this is normal for ski resorts.  I had a large piece of trout that went for $32 including two veggies and the sauce of my choice.  Breakfast was a buffet and was about $15.

For the price, this worked out fine for me.  But I’m so used to staying in condos and having extra space that I can’t imagine spending several days cooped up in a hotel room.  The location is nice and with the shuttle service, getting around both Snowmass Village and Aspen is not an issue.  There is a charge for parking at the Stonebridge Inn, so be aware if you’re bringing a car.

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