The Sky Lodge is a crowded spot during the Sundance Film Festival because itís smack dab in the middle of the town of Park City itself on the corner of Heber and Main Streets, has two of the area's most popular restaurants nearby, the hotelís own Easy Street, and Zoom right down the block, and the Japanese-inspired Amatsu Spa on the ground floor. Its sprawling three-bedroom Penthouse Suite with a wraparound balcony that has two fire pits and two jacuzzis is one of the hottest private party venues in town. Despite being in the middle of town, itís also a quick walk to the ski lift up the mountain, and a short drive to The Canyons in one direction and Deer Valley in the other.
The rest of the rooms are extremely spacious as well, with a loft-like sensibility that brings city living to the heart of ski country. All 33 rooms at The Sky Lodge are suites, and we snagged a 1,200-square-foot one-bedroom on the fourth floor (out of six) just down the hall from the hotelís happening bar, Sky Blue, which has a jacuzzi out on the deck overlooking Park Cityís Main Street. Though we didnít use it since we had our own private deck with a jacuzzi tub to relax in after a hard day of outdoor activities.
We were pretty impressed by both the size of the suite, which includes a full dining room, kitchen and living room, plus separate bedroom and full bath, but we were even more impressed by the little touches. For instance, the specialty dual-zone wine refrigerator in the kitchen, the Bose sound systems hooked up to the two HDTV flat-screen televisions, two gas fireplaces, and Aveda bath products.
The feature that took our fancy more than any other, however, was the freestanding waterfall bathtub holding pride of place in the bathroom (also seen before at the Hotel 1000 in Seattle.) The tub itself was a beacon of relaxation in the center of the room, but imagine our progression from confusion to childlike delight when we looked for the spigot, turned the hot water handle, and witnessed a stream of water cascading down from a faucet in the ceiling! We thought it was so cool, we even took a video of it, which you can check out below, and from now on, forget the rainfall shower heads, itís all about the waterfall bathtubs for us.
Rates at The Sky Lodge in August start at $299.
Full disclosure: Eric Rosen spent two nights as a guest of The Sky Lodge, but all opinions expressed are entirely his own.