Feb032015

St. Regis Deer Valley, Park City Utah

Last week I checked out St. Regis Deer Valley while I was in Park City for the Sundance Film Festival. The location of St. Regis Deer Valley is less than two miles south of historic Main Street, Park City. Free bus service is frequent between the hotel and town.

First impressions of the hotel were great as someone arriving on the Park City bus. There is a large ski area parking lot at the base of Deer Valley Resort. The first step to reaching St. Regis Deer Valley Resort is walking across the street to the funicular for a self-starting ride up the hillside.

St Regis funicular-1

The funicular ride is missed if you arrive at the hotel in a car with the road wrapping around the opposite side of the hill to the hotel entrance.

Funicular base camp is the first step into luxury at St. Regis.

St. Regis funicular lodge     St. Regis funicular-2

The funicular platform is on the second floor level. There are stairs and an elevator. At the top of the stairs is a big dog sculpture.

St Regis big dog     St Regis funicular room

The second floor room at the top of the stairs is one of many spaces in St. Regis Deer Valley where a person can sit and relax in the hotel. And I had not even reached the hotel yet. For that, I needed to get on the funicular.

St Regis funicular sign     St Regis Funicular seat

I rode two funiculars in 2014 on Mount Floyen in Bergen, Norway and in Dubuque, Iowa where the funicular design was from the 1903 Chicago World’s Fair and I sat on a wooden seat. St. Regis funicular is state of the art.

St Regis funicular buttons

The St. Regis Deer Valley funicular is self-starting. Later on as I sat in a car waiting to come down the hillside, people in the car wondered when it would start? The car starts when you press and hold the Start button. Duh. There are two cars on separate tracks.

St Regis Deer Valley view

At the top of the funicular, the car doors open directly into the hallway with the St. Regis bar and outdoor patio entrances nearby.

St Regis Funicular-2

The hotel location and funicular entrance to the hotel impressed me. Can you tell? Ten pictures and I have not even shown the hotel yet.

St Regis Deer Valley, Park City Utah

St. Regis Deer Valley has 181 guest rooms, including 66 suites. Rooms start at 410-435 sq. ft. for Superior category and 440-485 Sq. ft. for Deluxe and Grand Deluxe rooms. That sounds kind of small for luxury hotels where rooms tend to average 500 to 550 sq. ft. The main suite categories are Astor Suite at 800 sq. ft., Deluxe and Luxury Suites average 900 sq. ft.

The hotel was packed. I did not visit any rooms. I stayed over an hour at the property checking out different areas.

The outdoor dining area was popular with the mid-40s brilliant sunshine of a January winter day about to change with clouds over the mountain peaks of the Wasatch Range.

St Regis patio dining

The view from the patio deck is the best view I saw while in Park City.

St Regis pool-2

Skiers walked from the patio deck to the slope. I read about ski in – ski out hotels in the descriptions of Park City lodging. This hotel is where I saw that kind of skiing.

St Regis skiers

There is a large ice sculpture off the patio dining area. The lighting was not conducive to a good photo.

The hotel from the front entrance looks like it was carved out of the mountain.

St Regis building

West facing rooms seemed like they have a better view looking over the pool and ski slopes. The other side of the hotel offers grand vistas into the distance, but far less sunshine in winter.

I walked by the main restaurant J&G Grill and saw the table that I had seen from ThePointsGuy.com instagram photo earlier in the day. Brian Kelly was at St. Regis during Sundance while I was at the Hyatt Escala Lodge. I thought he was showing a table from his suite.

St Regis grand dining

I was surprised that staff were friendly and welcoming about letting me take photos at St. Regis Deer Valley.

St Regis wine vault

Several times at St. Regis San Francisco I have been stopped by security from taking photographs in the hotel, even when staying as a guest at the hotel.

St Regis dining room

This is one of the private rooms in J&G Grill. The main area of the restaurant was busy with diners. The windows of the restaurant look out to the best views from the hotel location, the same view seen in the pool photo.

There is a Remède Spa at the hotel. I did not visit the spa. I picked up some 2.4 oz. shampoo and conditioner Remède products from some luxury hotel stay last year. I can’t remember which hotel.

Remede Spa

The St. Regis Deer Valley main lobby is larger than Waldorf Astoria and much larger than Hyatt Escala Lodge. My impression is St. Regis had the most inviting and comfortable lobby for hanging out of the hotels I saw.

St Regis Deer Valley lobby-1     St Regis lobby-2

There were several seating spaces, a couple of fireplaces and a library room.

St Regis lobby fireplace     St Regis library

The front of the hotel reveals why I said the St. Regis looks like it was built into a cut on the mountain.

St. Regis retaining wall

The north side of the hotel is a large wall.

St Regis hotel front

The views are not as attractive from the front of the hotel on lower facing floors.

St Regis east view

Some rooms on the east side, front entrance to the hotel will have this view. The west side offers the better views.

St Regis entrance

St. Regis Deer Valley, Park City Utah is a luxury hotel. This category 7 SPG property will set you back 30,000 points or 35,000 points in peak season. I was surprised to see the hotel was not peak season rates for Sundance Film Festival. Although, the published rates were priced like peak season rates.

Midweek rates next week are $1,297 per night after tax for a Deluxe room.

Rates for a Luxury Suite are $1,700 per night after tax for a midweek stay in late February.

There are only 9 dates available today for points in February and March and no more than two consecutive nights during that period. That will put you into a Superior room. There are no Cash & Points dates available.

St. Regis Deer Valley is a fine looking resort. The St. Regis property is currently ranked #9 of 58 Park City hotels on TripAdvisor.com. Locals I spoke with mentioned Montage Deer Valley (#2 TripAdvisor) and Stein Eriksen Lodge Deer Valley (#4 TripAdvisor) as two other must-see hotels in the area. I did not make it to those two other hotels.

About Ric Garrido

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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