I 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.