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Just recently, our new TPG Chief Operating Officer, Leigh Rowan, descended like a welcome snowfall on the powdery slopes of Park City, Utah to attend the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. While in the area, he stayed at the Silver Baron Lodge, a condo-resort set at the base of the Deer Valley Resort—and here is his review.
In mid-January, I had the chance to stay at one of Park City’s rustic-chic luxury chalets, the Silver Baron Lodge, during the Sundance Film Festival as part of the Chase Sapphire Preferred Sundance package—which The Points Guy also purchased last year. Though I was primarily going to Park City/Sundance for meetings (how boring does that sound?), I wanted to make sure I was in comfy surroundings during my short stint in the snow.
The Silver Baron is one of the Deer Valley Lodges, a collection of timber-frame, three- and four-story hotel and condominium buildings on the east side of Park City’s secluded Deer Valley. The Lodge is a blissfully quiet five-minute drive from the relative chaos of downtown Park City’s Main Street during Sundance; during other times of the year, the removed location may be less desirable for those who want access to more than a handful of restaurants (read on for that info) and nightlife. (The Lodge is also a stone’s throw from The St. Regis Deer Valley, which The Points Guy will review soon.)
In addition to standard hotel-style rooms with a bedroom and bathroom, the Silver Baron has one- to four-bedroom condo units with kitchens, living areas and private hot tubs (or spas, as the Lodge calls them). Room rates start at $119/night in the low season, and can go up to $379+ during high seasons.
My Condo Unit
My two-bedroom, third-floor condo unit opened immediately to a large, bright and open kitchen, a spacious living room, and an attached dining room with a table that could seat eight people—which seemed a little excessive for just me! The unit also featured a large covered outdoor deck with gorgeous valley and mountain views, replete with a four-person hot tub that was perfect for that evening soak after a long day on the slopes. In addition to daily room cleaning/refreshing, the Lodge has a spa technician who visits daily to take temperature and chlorine readings of the spa. Soaking in a warm, clean spa after a long day out was a great way to unwind!
The upstairs bedroom was locked by the property owner during my stay, so the only dedicated sleeping space available to me was a cavernous master bedroom on the first floor. As I was traveling solo, the lack of a second bedroom didn’t bother me, but it may be helpful to confirm with the property in advance of your check-in exactly what you’re getting when you sign up for a two-bedroom unit.
Since I was in town for the film festival, I didn’t get much of a chance to use the ample and well-stocked on-site kitchen. (In fact, the only thing I managed to do at the giant kitchen table was type e-mails from my laptop using the blazing-fast free WiFi!) However, for those who do plan to cook while staying here, be aware that the Silver Baron Lodge doesn’t feature an on-site market for purchasing groceries or sundries. For those, you’ll have to head down the street to sister property The Lodges at Deer Valley, where a small grocery store stocks basic kitchen goods.
Hotel Perks and Quirks
As I mentioned, the property is situated a bit outside of the main commercial hub of downtown Park City, so if you’re not cooking for yourself or dining at the Deer Valley Lodge’s limited restaurant options, you’ll need to get downtown for a meal. Those without wheels can rely on the hotel’s on-demand shuttle service, which whisks you to Main Street in a little under 10 minutes (with traffic). As we were there during Sundance, the shuttle was in constant demand and service was spotty. Be aware that there’s also a (free) Park City public bus that stops directly in front of the hotel and runs regularly to downtown and other destinations.
The hotel also features an ample daily skier’s breakfast on the second floor. Though the breakfast room isn’t anything to write home about from a presentation perspective (imagine folding tables, a toaster, some jars of jam, and other items laid out in the corner of a small dining room), the tasty continental breakfast, complete with a yogurt bar, bagels/breads, meats, cheeses and egg dishes, was in fact quite lovely.
There are some other cool perks at the hotel as well, including a weekend wine class with local sommelier, daily yoga classes, and even children’s classes. I didn’t have a chance to partake in any of the classes, but I imagine that during non-Festival seasons, they are welcome additions for the sore skier or tired mountain biker/golfer.
I would recommend staying at the Silver Baron Lodge during snow season for its warm ambience and proximity to ski slopes, and during the summer for easy access to bike paths, golf courses, hiking trails, and more. You can check rates for an upcoming at the Silver Baron Lodge via Orbitz. With great transfer partners like United and Hyatt, 2x points on travel & dining and a 50,000 point sign up bonus, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is a great card for those looking to get into the points and miles game.
With great transfer partners like United and Hyatt, 2x points on travel & dining and a 50,000 point sign up bonus, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is a great card for those looking to get into the points and miles game.