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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.
One of our favorite vacations ever was the "Saints & Sinners" tour of 2006 when we drove from Central Cali to Las Vegas for two nights of indulgence and debauchery. From there, we drove to its polar opposite destination, Southern Utah, and went off the grid, car-camping for a week. Thankfully, we packed enough vino to overcome Utah’s wackadoodle liquor laws.
In a stroke of genius, the fine state of Utah relaxed ‘em slightly this summer, banning the state’s stupid private member club only system after a 40-year run of complete and utter absurdity.
LDS and liquor laws aside, there are few places in the country as naturally stunning as Utah. So, we soaked up every second of leaf-changing beauty when we were in Park City last weekend. We checked out the hotel scene of course, but we thought it was important to let you know this first: construction is moving along a-okay at the Montage Deer Valley and all signs say "yes" for its December opening. As in December 2010.
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A suite at the Dakota Mountain Lodge.
The Waldorf-Astoria Collection has been snapping up and renovating properties left and right but now the first new hotel has opened, The Dakota Mountain Lodge in super swanky Park City, Utah. Detes on the guestrooms come courtesy of the press release we just got:
Guestrooms are finished with custom designed furniture, natural colors and rich interiors to create a casual yet sophisticated retreat. Available in king or queen rooms, each room is designed with a gas fireplace, 42” HDTV, spacious bath with jetted tubs and/or steam showers, and private patio or balcony. Suites are one-to-four-bedroom, some loft style, and feature large gourmet kitchens with stainless steel appliances and granite countertop.
We headed over to the hotel website right quick and sadly saw that the website was sort of malfunctioning. (It's now working properly.) Thus we called the reservations line at 1-866-279-0843 and the reservations agent gave us a quote of $139 a night for a king bedroom tonight. There's also a $25 resort fee, but this one actually seems to give you something for your money. It includes in-room internet access, free coffee and tea in-room, access to the Golden Door Spa fitness center and group fitness classes, complimentary parking and complimentary ski and golf valet service.
We don’t usually think much about ski season in July, except maybe when it’s so hot and sticky that we try the ol’ “think cold” mind trick game to cool down. But we hear the new St. Regis Deer Crest Resort is inching closer to a fall opening, which is exciting enough to convince us to look ahead to ski bunny time.
Just last week, the fancypants Deer Valley resort installed a 500-foot-high funicular — reportedly the first and only at a North American ski resort — to scale the vertical space between the resort’s Snow Park Building at the mountain’s base and the primary hotel building. Flown in from Switzerland, the funicular cabins were installed using a 500-ton crane. And get this: The ride takes just 90 seconds, proffering quick-as-a-flash panoramas of the valley.
St. Regis Deer Crest assures us that it’s “bound to be the most well-appointed mode of transportation at any mountain resort.” We’re sure it will be, considering the resort is Utah’s first five-star branded luxury resort. Lucky for all us non five-star guests, the funicular will be free for guests as well as non-guests. Of course, they’d just love it if you stuck around and explored Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s new J&G Grill, or maybe the 14,000-square-foot Remède Spa, or the 3,000-bottle wine bar.
Every year when the Sundance Film Festival rolls into Park City, Utah, we get an email from someone within the Marriott Summit Watch on Main Street offering up their time shares for the week. And this year is no different.
Two bedroom villas are available for four nights for a rather good price of $600. These villas can sleep eight people and are located at the base of the Town Lift, right near all the Sundance events.
On site amenities include an indoor/outdoor heated pool, four whirlpool spas, an organized and comprehensive activities program for children and adults, a restaurant, and an exercise facility.
The villas are available from January 16-25. If you're hard up for a Sundance rental, contact Jim Swartz at email@example.com.
The Yarrow Resort, an official Sundance Hotel, has rooms open on the tail-end of the festival from Jan. 21-23 at $229 a night for a deluxe king guestroom. Also available for the same rate is a deluxe double queen room. So if Sundance still matters to you, there is a way to get there.
Sundance Film Festival is right around the corner (January 15-29), and if you were planning to hit up Park City to take it all in, there may still be hope of finding a room even this far out. The LA Times reports that occupancy has been down 15% to 25% in PC this winter which means bad things for Park City and its hotels, but it could mean good things for you in terms of deals and availability.
According to LAT, the brand new upscale Newpark Resort, the community's newest upscale hotel, is offering flat room rates all the way through the end of March #151; including the dates of the film fest. Standard rooms are going for only $129 a night, and one-bedroom suites (including a hot tub and kitchen!) are going for $169. For real.
LAT's Sundance article also mentions Silver King Hotel, offering a free pair of Rossignol skis, poles and bindings with the purchase of a seven-night stay.
And finally, if you're desperate, allow us to point you toward an offer we found on good ol' Craigslist for the Park City Marriott (which, as far as we can see, has no availability for at least the first weekend of Sundance right now):
1 room at the park city marriott for the first weekend of the sundance film festival. checkin january 16th 2009, checkout january 19th 2009. two queen beds. for $500, i will transfer the room to your name. you will be responsible for the normal room charges (approx $450/night) and obviously any other charges during your stay.
Just a friendly reminder to always check out the room scalpers on Craigslist as a last resort you may find some gems.
Park City, Utah during The Sundance Film Festival is typically one of the hardest places to find a decently priced hotel room. Last year, Jaunted Editor Paul Brady crashed on a couch. Usually the only people getting good rates are the actors, studio heads and members of Robert Redford's family. The rest of us schmoes have to fork over the the bucks with minimum nights requirements.
Except this year, Conde Nast Traveler tells us we might get a break. Much like other hotels around the world seeking to boost their occupancy rates in a flailing economy, Canyons Ski Resort is cutting some deals.
The Canyons Ski Resort is now offering a 20% discount on rooms in its Grand Summit Hotel, the Sundial Lodge, and the Silverado Lodge for the duration of the festival--that's as low as $264 per night for a studio with kitchenette! The resort requires a four-night minimum booking, but our sources say that's flexible.
Dude. That is amazing. Book it now as the rooms won't last for long.
The Sundance Film festival begins January 15th. Check our stories from past years here.
2008 has been a killer year for The Sky Lodge in chi-chi winter haven Park City, Utah. Tapped for Conde Nast Traveler's 2008 Gold List the resort has maintained it's rep as one of the top destinations in North America with intimate offerings like this summer's Monthly Vintner Dinners at their fine dining restaurant Fin.
Beginning on July 18th, guests can experience five-course dinners paired with the visiting winery's selections for a set price of $125. The first two dinners are hosted by Oakville Ranch on July 18th and Judd's Hill Winery on August 28th.
This is a great opportunity to mingle with the wine country elite, ask questions, and drink full strength booze in the lovely state of Utah!
Park City has been a bastion of the well-ski-heeled for eons and now their crown jewel property, The Sky Lodge, has been recognized by Conde Nast Traveler as one of only 20 properties in North America to make the annual 2008 Gold List.
To celebrate this honor, The Sky Lodge is offering a Sky Hot Ultimate Escape package, which includes two nights accommodations, complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast daily, choice of an Amatsu ultimate facial or Koi stone massage, and food & beverage credit of $100 per person, amongst other amenities. The package starts at $589 per person, based on double occupancy for a one bedroom.
As we told you last week, the Dakota Mountain Lodge in Park City, Utah was picked to be the first ski resort in the Waldorf-Astoria Collection which includes the original Waldorf in NYC, the Beverly Hilton, the Arizona Biltmore and the Grand Wailea resort in Maui. The resort will be a part of The Canyons, Utah’s largest ski and snowboard resort.
However, the hotel is still under construction. This here is a rendering of what the place will look like from the slopes once completed in 2009. In fact, that's the The Canyons’ new Frostwood Gondola, which is also under construction and will be adjacent to the Dakota Mountain Lodge. Now that's a true "ski-in" ski-out" type of place.
The green hotel's studio units offer up condo-like amenities--balcony, kitchens, separate seating area--right in the heart of town. To get to Park City Mountain Resort, it's an easy walk downhill to the Town Lift which will haul you right up to the slopes.
If the apres is just as important to you as the ski, Treasure Mountain is ideally situated on Main Street. You're basically across the street from the Wasatch Brew Pub, and more bars and music venues are just down the street.
· Sundance Hotels: Slamdance at Treasure Mountain Inn [HotelChatter]
· Hotel Video Tour: The Yarrow Hotel [HotelChatter]
We were just out in Park City, trying our hand at celeb spotting during Sundance. Oh, and there were some films on, too. Rooms were tight all over town, but we managed to score a basic double at the Yarrow Hotel.
On first glance room 148 didn't impress us too much. In fact, it sort of reminded us of a suburban Comfort Inn. But it was pretty big and there was a large minifridge in the room, which is key for a ski town hotel.