Penny-Pinching "Papa John" Has Property, But St. Regis Park City's Selling Specials
When you first pull into Deer Valley, you'll probably notice the funicular cruising up the hillside. Most devices of the sort found in Park City are centered around skiing, but this one doesn't service any bunny slopes or extreme terrain -- it's how guests of The St. Regis Deer Valley access the hotel.
We suppose the grandeur makes sense given that the current rates for the St. Regis start at over $1000 a night (or 25,000 Starpoints) for a Superior room. That's some serious coin!
The hotel consists of 67 condo suites available for rent and 26 others that are privately owned. The residential units are on the top four floors and accessible via private elevator. Who makes their (second) home at the St. Regis? John Schnatter, better known as Papa John of Papa John's Pizza. We're not sure what he paid, but perhaps this investment is a reason why he's pinching his pizza pennies these days.
If you're like us and crying about a 14 cent rise in pizza prices, you certainly can't afford to shell out a grand for a night at the St. Regis. But if you're willing to wait until after the ski-season rush, the rates get better. From April 1st through December 5th, a "Sunsational Savings" promotion knocks the rate down to $424 a night, with a third night free if you book two. That puts the price at under $300 a night, which seems more reasonable for such a plush property.
There should still be snow if you go in April, and be sure to book a day with ski ambassador Shannon Bahrke, who won the silver medal in moguls in the 2002 Olympics, held right in Deer Valley. Save six hundred some dollars and spend a day on the slopes with an Olympic medalist?
Now we're talking.
[Photos: Starwood Hotels]