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Vail Resorts continued its recent growth spurt in Park City with the announcement that it will dip its hand into the hotel scene. After acquiring two ski hills in Park City, Canyons and Park City Mountain Resort, Vail decided to combine the two and form the largest ski area in North America. Now, they have acquired their first off-mountain property in town, The Yarrow Resort Hotel & Conference Center.
The Yarrow, a Doubletree by Hilton in downtown Park City, completed a full interior makeover of all 182 guest rooms and public areas, adding a larger bar and coffee shop. It's 12,000 square-feet of meeting and event space is probably attractive to Vail, but no specific plans or changes have been announced.
Vail Resorts is known nationally as the country's largest ski operator, but it is no stranger to the hotel industry. This is the second partnership it has had with Hilton, first joining forces in a 2011 agreement for the DoubleTree in Breckenridge. It manages three properties at Canyons Resort - the Grand Summit Hotel, Sundial Lodge, and Silverado Lodge - and others near and far, including Half Moon in Jamaica and Grand Teton Lodge Company in Wyoming.
The St. Regis Deer Valley, one of Park City’s most chi-chi properties, announced it has partnered up with Volant Skis, a brand known for constructing its skis with stainless steel caps. In doing so, it becomes the only resort in North America where guests can rent these high-tech skis.
And of course, where there's a new partnership, a new package is not far behind. Indeed, St. Regis has just launched the “Glamour of Skiing” package that includes accommodations, lift tickets, and a ski demo package of Volant skis, which themselves go for about $1,000.
We love to see these kinds of ski packages from hotels. They make the whole idea of a ski vacation much easier, simplifying the process of obtaining accommodations, rentals, and lift tickets. But in this case, unfortunately, with a four-night minimum and a starting rate of $1,250 per night, the Glamour of Skiing is something we won’t be able to experience.
Remember your first retail or fast food job you were told part of your wages would go to your unattractive polyester uniform? Remember the collective "Oh, hell naw!" heard around the world? We know. BTDT. But perhaps the drama wouldn't have been that wide, if you'd been working for Washington School House?
See, the Park City, UT hotel just announced their staff will now wear designer winter uniforms by J Crew, including blingy jewelry and Ariat or Aquatalia riding boots, an outfit all said to be worth $500 (which they get to keep!).
Hmph, Burger King sure never put out that kindness into our threads. No, sir!
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
While most of the hot celeb action for Sundance went on over the weekend (and our bro Jaunted was there to cover it all), there are still films being shown throughout this weekend. And we just heard of a last-minute lodging option at the Marriott Summit Watch Hotel.
MaryDean writes to us:
I've got a 1 bedroom suite available at Marriott Summit Watch on Main Street Monday Jan 21st to Friday Jan 25th.
No word on how much but we did notice a few going last week for $600 a night. If you are hard up for a room, send us a line and we'll put you in touch with Mary.