Hotel Talisa will become Grand Hyatt Vail
Resort was known as the Vail Cascade until 2016
VAIL — Hotel Talisa in Vail will be rebranded as Grand Hyatt Vail as of July 24, Hyatt officials said Wednesday.
“We are excited to bring the luxury Grand Hyatt brand to the iconic community of Vail, Colorado, and see great potential to set a new standard for luxury hospitality in the area with Grand Hyatt Vail,” said Mark Hickey, senior vice president of Hyatt.
The 285-room hotel was just rebranded as the Hotel Talisa in December 2016. It was previously the Vail Cascade Resort and Spa.
As the hotel transformed from the Cascade to the Talisa, it underwent a $65 million renovation, with construction starting in April 2016. The hotel celebrated its grand reopening in November 2017. The renovation was originally slated to take about six months with a price tag of $35 million.
Officials said the renovation aimed to elevate the hotel to a higher level, on par with the Four Seasons or Sonnenalp.
The Grand Hyatt Vail will be operated by Hyatt. It will no longer be affiliated with Marriott.
Hotel Talisa had joined Marriott’s Luxury Collection as of September.
All reservations, including Marriott Bonvoy member redemptions, will be honored for future dates, Hickey said in a statement.
In October, Hyatt Hotel Corp. announced that it was buying Two Roads Hospitality, the company that managed Hotel Talisa, as well as other properties, including the Manor Vail Lodge.
As of January, the Hotel Talisa was managed by CoralTree Hospitality Group, a group led by several former Two Roads executives.
The hotel is owned by Vail Hotel Partners LLC, which shares an office address with Laurus Corp. in Los Angeles. Laurus announced the acquisition of the Cascade in 2016. It later announced the rebranding to Hotel Talisa.
Change at the top
Hickey said he had no information to share regarding future renovations at the hotel.
Asked how current employees would be affected, Hickey said Hyatt is “working closely with the hotel’s owner in an effort to ensure a smooth transition for colleagues.”
Hickey said he was unable to comment on how the hotel’s existing leadership team will be affected. Contacted via text, John Garth, managing director for the hotel, said his last day with the hotel is July 23.
Normal business operations will continue through the transition, Hickey said.
“We are working closely with the hotel’s management team to ensure a smooth transition for all,” the statement said.
Second Hyatt in valley
The hotel has a ski lift that connects to Vail Mountain, plus 40,000 square feet of meeting space, a ballroom that can hold 900 people, a spa, and a restaurant called Gessner. It also has a 58,000-square-foot adjoining athletic club, The Aria Club, which will also be managed by the Grand Hyatt Vail.
Summer room rates at the Grand Hyatt will start at $199. Ski-season rates for January through March will start at $699.
Hyatt has another hotel in Eagle County, the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa. Hickey said that Hyatt does not plan to share services or employees between the two hotels.
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