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Waldorf Astoria Park City

There are about 60 hotels in the Park City area of Utah spread out over more than a dozen miles along the eastern slopes of the Wasatch Mountains, referred to as the Wasatch Back. There are three primary ski areas with Canyons closest to Interstate 80, central Park City a few miles south of Canyons and Deer Valley a few miles south of Park City. Most of the ski resort hotels are located in these three areas. I stayed at Hyatt Escala Lodge and checked out Waldorf Astoria Park City and St. Regis Deer Valley while in town.

Waldorf Astoria Park City is located at Canyons, a large ski resort area with several timeshare resorts, Sunrise Lodge Hilton Grand Vacations and Hyatt Escala Lodge. A new soon-to-open Wyndham Resort is in final phase before opening across the street from Waldorf Astoria Park City.

Google maps Park City Utah

Canyons ski area is isolated within Park City with only a 7-11 store at the base of the hill at the intersection of Route 224. There are shopping center areas to the north three miles at Kimball Junction with Whole Foods and a shopping center three miles south in Park City. Main Street Park City is the old part of town 4.5 miles away.

Click on maps to see full size. Google maps shows the ski lifts and trails.

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Waldorf Astoria Park City, Utah

My site visit to Waldorf Astoria Park City during Sundance Film Festival 2015 allowed me to check out the location and interior of the hotel, but no rooms. The hotel was full with guests Sundance when rates were around $1,000 per night. Room rates in other peak ski season weeks average $600 to $1,400 per night.

Tuesday-Thursday Feb 3-5, 2015 rates: There are some basic rooms at 300 square feet with a balcony. Best Flexible Rate on Hilton site $629 or 80,000 points for a Standard Reward.

Midweek one bedroom suites with kitchen or kitchenette start at $584 nonrefundable with free parking were offered on third party sites like Expedia.

Weekend rates Friday to Sunday Feb 6-8 only show two bedroom suites at $1,434 per night. Tax and $35 nightly resort fee additional.

WA Park City 2BR suite

Sleeps 8 sounds like a family holiday in 1,230 square feet. I can see a family of four or five spread out in the space comfortably and that is $1,500 daily lodging expense. That is a ski holiday vacation outside my ball park.

Got One Million Points?

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498,240 points per night this week for the 2 Bedroom Whirlpool Suite for 1,230 square feet of vacation space.

That is basically one million points for a last minute 2-night HHonors Premium Room Reward this coming Tuesday to Thursday Feb 3-5, 2015.

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Rooms have balconies. That was a feature of the hotel I was able to see when I stepped out of the lobby for a view of the central courtyard of Waldorf Astoria Park City.

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The complex is set up in circular wings around the pool courtyard with an opening to the mountain side from the lobby view. The largest pool in the Canyons area is heated throughout winter.

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The lobby is an inviting space in the Waldorf Astoria. A grand staircase near the front door to the second floor is an eye-catching feature of the lobby.

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The main lobby seating area looks out to the courtyard opposite from the front door of the hotel.

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The hotel restaurant Powder and bar are left of the lobby. A high end ski wear retail shop to the right. The lobby was a bit brighter than the chandelier photo depicts.

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Hyatt Escala Lodge has less lobby space than Waldorf Astoria and St. Regis Deer Valley is largest of the three with the most seating.  These are the main loyalty program points ski resort hotels. Marriott has properties in the business areas in downtown Park City.

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The story I was told is this Waldorf Astoria Park City fireplace is around 300 years old and installed to be a signature piece of the hotel with the two flanking bronze stags.

If you want more details on designers and furnishings, check out this JetSetter review of Waldorf Astoria Park City.

There is a good size fitness room.

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Waldorf Astoria Spa is one of the highlights of the hotel.

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The space offered a relaxing environment with fountains, fireplaces and a green wall.

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The Waldorf Astoria shuttle offers complimentary scheduled service into Park City a few miles away.

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Waldorf Astoria Park City and Hyatt Escala Lodge are in same Canyons ski area; one of the main ski areas of Park City. Hyatt is about one mile away at the higher end of the main Canyons mountain road. This ski area is not within walking distance of any Park City facilities, except a 7-11 store and gas station on the Park City road. The hotel shuttle offers direct service into Park City or free public buses can be reached in less than five minutes walk on the Canyons route and run every 30 minutes all day.

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Waldorf Astoria Park City

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Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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  1. Marriott also has a ski in/ski out property, MountainSide, at the base of the Park City Mountain Resort. This particular property had been in business the longest of any of the properties mentioned in this post.

  2. @ Larry D. – There is talk about connecting miles of ski resorts all along the Wasatch Back to create a mega ski resort area. Vail Resorts is big news for the area.

    @Eric – I missed Marriott’s MountainSide. I was in their two hotels in Park City with the one at Prospectors Square serving as HQ for Sundance Festival and Vacation Club property by Main Street.

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