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The Westin Riverfront Resort and Spa, Avon, Colorado
126 Riverfront Lane
Tel: 970 790 6000
The Westin literally adds a new dimension to Beaver Creek, expanding the ski resort's sphere of luxury to the banks of the Eagle River (the Riverfront Express gondola whisks you to the Lower Beaver Creek Mountain lift in three minutes). Everything about this nine-story, 210-room Westin is oriented toward the site's stunning view of Beaver Creek Mountain, and despite its large footprint, it's done well enough to create a warm ski resort feel. The lobby's expansive floor to vaulted ceiling window wall frames the vista, and everything from the plush leather sofas to the five-foot-tall grand fireplace are aligned to maximize the effects. There's a stylish efficiency to the rooms: Closets have plenty of room for ski gear, spacious bathrooms are equipped with double-headed showers, stocked kitchenettes allow for a spot of tea at any time, and timer-operated gas fireplaces mean instant ambience. The room is packed with mod cons (iPod/iPhone dock, Bose audio system, humidifier), and if you need a taste of mountain air, step out onto your small deck. Staff take the schlep out of skiing, with attendants waiting at the bottom of the gondola at day's end to take your gear. Save some energy for the après-ski scene, which is always hot at the fire-pit bar at Restaurant Avondale
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