UT Travel Guide
Josh Flagg / Montage Hotels / Ski Hotels / Hotel Pets / Hotel Bowling Alleys / Hotel Smores / → All Tags
Our resident celebrity hotel hopper, Josh Flagg is about to invade your living rooms again when the fifth season of Million Dollar Listing premieres on Bravo on June 6. But life isn't all "house" work for Josh. As soon as filming finished, he packed up and resumed his whirlwind travels. Here's what he thought of the Montage Deer Valley.
Back in March, I had the pleasure of staying at the Montage Deer Valley. It was one of the best ski-in, ski-out hotels I have ever stayed at.
Not only does the hotel have it's own in-house pooch, Monty (short for Montage) and heated outdoor swimming pool, but they also have a firepit blazing everyday from 4 to 5pm a fire pit where all the rich people get together and make s'mores. It's the only place I know where people paying $700 a night for a room get together to roast marshmallows!
The hotel also features it's own bowling alley (see the photo below.) Needless to say, this is a must-stay for a winter getaway.
You can read more on the Montage's indoor bowling alley and Daly's Pub right here!
There's a new hotel opening in Park City later this month but with only 12 guest rooms in the middle of downtown, you can forget about booking it for the Sundance. That said, when the ski season and film festival fervor dies down a bit, the Washington School House will be a cool place to stay.
The hotel is, as its name implies, one of the last original school houses in the United States, originally built in 1889 with quarried limestone. It's even listed on the National Historic Registry. Yet approval was given for a hotel to be created within its original structure and the result is 12 shishi guestrooms with crisp white Pratesi linens on the beds, fancy antique furniture and heated bathroom floors.
Usually, we aren't talking hotels for the Sundance Film Festival until Santa Claus has made his way down the chimney but we realized now might actually be a good time to book your hotel room.
The festival is happening this year from January 19-29 as always in Park City, Utah. The festival's website is encouraging guests to book through their site and save up to 25 percent off on lodging. The festival is also offering a Best Rate Guarantee meaning if you see a better rate, they promise to match it. And if you book through them, they will give you two free movie vouchers with each room booking.
So what's on offer?
Checking rooms for January 19-25, we found some really good options. There was the Yarrow Resort (one mile from Main Street), a popular spot for after parties and meetings and such, at $489 a night. The Sky Lodge on Main Street was open too but at an eye-watering $1,700 a night. That's because it's the official hotel of the festival. But hey, availability is availability right? And we can't forget about their waterfall bathtubs.
While hanging out in Park City this week, we spent a few nights right in the heart of town at the The Sky Lodge and got the chance to luxuriate in one of their freestanding waterfall bathtubs...and you know how we love a good bathtub.
We reported on the opening of the deluxe Montage Deer Valley in Park City back in December, and since then we’ve told you why it’s on of the best ski-in ski-out hotels in the country, but we actually paid the mountaintop retreat a summer visit to try out activities like mountain biking, hiking, archery on the Grand Lawn, and chillaxing at the sprawling spa. However, thanks to a veritable cornucopia of bar games and a hearty menu of American classics, one of our favorite features at the hotel had to be its gastropub, Daly’s Pub & Rec.
When Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt need a romantic getaway, they head to Utah. Yes, Utah. Hey, sometimes you have to go to someplace remote for peace and quiet when you live with six kids. The couple cleared their schedules and left the kids with a sitter for some nookie at the Amangiri resort.
There, the two embarked on a 27-hour romantic rendezvous in the desert. After checking into the hotel, the lovebirds had a late dinner and jetted off on their private plane over Lake Powell the next morning. Maybe Angelina has found her latest kinky sex hotel?
Ski Hotels / Lake Tahoe Hotels / Park City Hotels / Hyatt Hotels / Presidents' Day Hotels / → All Tags
Lake Tahoe last week, from the Hyatt Regency
The ultimate ski weekend of the year is almost upon us, with Presidents' Day fast approaching on February 21. And while the slopes are almost always packed—and some hotels we checked are already fully booked—we managed to find a few deals still floating around.
Ski.com reports that Park City, Utah's Courchevel, part of Deer Valley, has rooms discounted from the usual $325 to $260 when you book at least four nights. The Best Western Landmark Inn in Park City has rooms for the weekend for under $200 with a non-refundable internet booking rate. And Park City Crash Pads, an achingly hip management company that's putting hotel-style branding on area rentals, has rooms for as low as $109 a night.
The Golden Eagle Resort in Stowe, Vermont has rooms for $199 over the holiday. Killington's Greenbrier Inn has rooms for $156 a night while the Snowed Inn (ha) is at $192 a night for the long weekend.
Hotel Openings / Hotel Opening Rates / Montage Hotels / Ski Hotels / Park City Hotels / Hotel News / → All Tags
Lookie here! A hotel that opened earlier than expected!
Rates are still very high at $695 a night for this weekend but we've noticed this rate is a special Montage Memories rate which aside from a room includes breakfast daily for two (a $50 credit) and nightly valet parking. Not keen on making Montage Memories? You can opt for the regular rate of $675 a night but that would be foolish as the Memories rate is a better deal.
And yes, the hotel is still sold-out for Sundance.
Did you watch That Martha Stewart Show yesterday? If not, you missed all the usual hilarity of Martha inviting over a guest who isn't all that adept at cooking, and this time it was American fashion designer Michael Kors.
Kors and Stewart baked his grandmother's pineapple upside-down cake and chatted about various things, from horses to must-have items for fall. But perhaps the biggest revelation was Kors' influence for his Resort 2011 collection.
Hotel Opening Rates / Hotel Openings / Hotel News / Ski Resorts / Park City Hotels / Sundance Hotels / Montage Hotels / → All Tags
Well it's a Montage Hotel, did you really expect lower room rates?
The Montage Deer Valley has stayed true to its December 2010 opening date and in hitting up the hotel's website today we see that the luxury ski resort in Park City will open on December 15 with rooms starting at $675 a night for a Resort king or two queens.
Prices go up from there but only the view changes as all of the standard rooms start at a generous 600sq.ft. with separate sitting areas, gas fireplaces, deep soaking tubs in the bath and heated floors. A Vista room gives you views of the resort grounds and mountains for $755 a night while the Peak rooms give you panoramic views of the ski slope or valleys for $835 a night.
But once you enter the suite category, that's when the rooms jump to a whopping 1,050-1,200sq.ft. with living and dining areas, fireplaces and 1.75 baths. Those start at $995 a night on December 15.
Imagine this room is gold, and that the guy at the bar is Orlando Bloom.
So, Sundance started today. If you’re a movie buff, stalker, fashion publicist, or a member of the paparazzi, you probably knew that. If you don’t happen to be au fait with the Sundance tradition of screenings, glam ski gear, swag, and parties, let us fill you in: it’s all pretence. Even the parties are playing make believe this year. Case in point, Sunday night’s “Funday” party at Park City’s Sky Lodge.
The "casting couch" at the Dakota Mountain Lodge will cost you close to $1,000 a night during Sundance.
Nevertheless, celebs and film makers are still headed to Park City for the festival on January 21st. And we got a request from a reader to find a reasonably priced room for Sundance for two people for the first weekend.
Sadly, we don't have great news. As usual, The Park City Marriott, the festival's official hotel, and the popular Yarrow Hotel, are sold-out. And there are now only two hotels that are listed on the film festival's website as having availability:
· Fox Point at Redstone : Rooms start at a steep $439 a night but if you book a rezzie for four nights or longer, your last night is free (will be credited at check-out.)
· Chateau at Silver Lake: Located in Deer Valley but only a few miles from Main Street, rooms are a hefty $599 a night.