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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.
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.
New York Times writer Christopher Solomon recently checked in to the Hotel Park City to take a closer look at the newly expanded property. The resort-ish hotel just added 46 "cottages," one of which gets the once-over this week.
Says Solomon:"the hotel aims for a Legends of the Fall feel, by way of Ralph Lauren" where you can see "everyone from Fortune 500 C.E.O.'s...to stars dropping in for Sundance" who will likely be staying in a suite "dressed in a Zane Grey" and featuring a "Bose Surround Sound system."
And you thought product placement was bad on The Amazing Race! Unfortunately, it doesn't sound like the brand-name focused hotel has the service to match. Room service huevos rancheros and a glass of OJ show up late and cost just under $25. Folks at the front desk didn't know the ins-and-outs of the spa. And the shuttle that takes guests off-property didn't wait for Solomon, even though he called to say he would be on it.
For $600 a night, we'd expect a bit more.
Photo: NY Times
· Check-in, Check-Out: Hotel Park City [NYTimes]
Where there's a party, there's Tara Reid. Fresh off promoting some parties in Australia, Tara Reid is slated to attend the Picabo Street 3rd Annual Ski Challenge at the Sundance Film Festival.
However, Tara's partying here will go for a good cause--the proceeds will go to the Natinonal Children's Alliance, a charity that benefits abused children. And we will give Tara some credit for not looking as scary drunk as she used to.
The two-day event will take place on the slopes with a VIP Reception Dinner Party on Friday at the Hotel Park City which still has at least an executive suite available during the week for $699 a night, and no cancellations. (Thanks Courtney May!). Other celebs expected at the party are Kate Walsh of "Grey's Anatomy", the newly engaged Giuliana DePandi and Apprentice winner Bill Rancic, and celeb watcher/reporter Billy Bush.
Image via MollyGood
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· Hotel Park City Still Has Rooms [HotelChatter]
Those of you still looking for last-minute rooms and don't want to share with a girl or stay in Salt Lake City, might have some luck at the Hotel Park City.
Based on their website, the hotel has a variety of rooms left from an executive suite to the Penthouse Suites which sleeps up to eight people. Much like the Marlin Hotel in Miami, Hotel Park City isn't posting the room rates on their site, you have to call the reservations number at 435-200-2000 for prices.
So let's say you get past that hurdle or want to visit Park City not during Sundance, what can you expect here? We found a review that pretty much sums up the experience:
Large spacious rooms with sweeping views of the mountains. Nice pool area, nice putting green and very helpful staff memebers. Clean! Loved having a washer/dryer in the room and a fridge. Also nice the large jettub in the bathroom and the marble shower (needs more water pressure). Hotel grounds are nice but don't waste the $ on the valet service when you can park outside the front door for free. Lobby was not really functional but the location is great and the staff was very nice.
Other reviews echoed the blandness of the lobby which lacks a bar or place to have an after-skiing snack. So stick to the Sundance parties.
· Hotel Park City reviews [TripAdvisor]
The 2005 Sundance Film Festival may be winding down, but the winter snow sports season is just getting started. Now that all those stars are leaving town you can get yourself a room and enjoy Park City.
If our film was picked up during the festival, we would spend the check on a weekend at Hotel Park City. This two year old all suite hotel was designed to look like the homestead in the 1994 film Legends of the Fall. Now we never saw the movie, or fell asleep during it, or just don't remember cause it was over ten years ago, however, this place does look ultra swank.
Furthermore, the service at Hotel Park City gets rave reviews, and the 8,000 square foot spa should help you recover from a tough day on the slopes. Add a heated outdoor pool to the growing list of bene's.
This place isn't cheap. Rates start at $299 a night, and there is some sort of ski/spa package for $699 a night (two lift tickets included). If you can find a way to swing the bill you will be in good company. Sean Penn and Robin Wright Penn, and Robert Downey Jr. have enjoyed a room with a view at the Hotel Park City in the past.
The Sundance Film Festival is well underway and will continue until January 25.
Here are three hotels recommended on the Sundance Film Festival web site:
Check them out.
In Park City, Utah, during the festival, you never know who'll you'll bump elbows with.