Best Resorts in Salt Lake City

Utah's Best Resort Hotels Nestled in and Around the Wasatch Mountains' World-famous Ski Areas

If you're looking for true resort-style hotels, you're going to have to broaden your search beyond the perimeters of Salt Lake City proper. In fact, you're going to find all of the area's prime resort hotels nestled at the bases of – or mid-mountain on – the great ski areas of the Wasatch Mountains.

The town of Park City, just 30 minutes east of Salt Lake International Airport, with its three world-class ski areas, has the single highest concentration of resort hotels in all of Utah. With Deer Valley Resort, Utah's poshest ski and summer resort, The Canyons, and Park City Mountain Resort all within 10 minutes of each other, it's no wonder this vibrant mountain town has an extremely dense collection of top-notch, full-service lodging options. Park City, with its excellent skiing and cool, high-elevation summer temperatures, is an excellent destination in any season.

If you're looking for the same quality of lodging, but in a slightly lower-key atmosphere, consider heading a bit south of Park City to the Swiss-German town of Midway. Though it stands slightly afield Park City's major ski areas, this small town offers beauty and solitude difficult to find elsewhere along the Wasatch Range. Here the Zermatt and Homestead resorts both offer excellent resort amenities in all seasons – and a minimal drive to Deer Valley and Park City.

Those preferring the Wasatch Front (i.e. the Salt Lake City side of this range) will find themselves looking at lodging  at the four major ski resorts in Big and Little Cottonwood canyons. 


10 Village Condos Solitude The Condos at Solitude Village is located at the top of the scenic Big Cottonwood Canyon at Solitude Mountain Resort. Approximately 45 minutes from Salt Lake International Airport, these condos range from one- to three-bedroom units. Each has a full kitchen, cable TV, internet access, a fireplace and balcony. All guests enjoy access to hot tubs, a heated outdoor pool, children's entertainment center, billiards tables, a fitness room, laundry facilities, a sports shop, daily room service, concierge, a ski storage area, and spa services. The Wasatch Mountains make these condos a perfect destination in any season; they are surrounded by world-class skiing in winter, and amazing, cool-weather recreation in winter.

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Located in Midway, this Swiss and German resort stands only an hour from Salt Lake City's airport and less than 20 minutes from Park City. Midway, a quiet and highly scenic town, was founded in 1860 by Swiss immigrants – today it retains this Alpine theme. At this resort, you can select your accommodations from the Hotel der Baer, a four-story Swiss chalet with 226 guest rooms, or the Chateau Villas, 126 condominium-style homes available in one, two and three-bedroom suites. Zermatt features two restaurants: Schneitter's, a formal dining establishment, and Matty's Bistro, a casual eatery with a brick oven and a full-service bar. Guests can relax at The Spa at Zermatt, a 17,000-square-foot spa featuring an indoor/outdoor heated pool, wellness center, and a full range of European inspired spa treatments and services.

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The Waldorf Astoria Park City stands at the base of The Canyons Resort – within casual driving distance of Deer Valley Resort, Park City Mountain Resort, the town of Park City itself, Kimball Junction with its many shops and restaurants, I-80, and Salt Lake City. But location is far from the only perk of the Waldorf Astoria. This 7-acre resort has its own Waldorf Gondola accessing The Canyons' 4,000 acres of terrain, a heated pool, whirlpools, outdoor firepits, The Golden Door Spa, and The Crave Cafe (offering s'mores and gelato). Those interested can make reservations for any number of treatments at the Golden Door Spa, or join classes at the on-site fitness center.

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Hotel Park City enjoys a central location in the historic downtown of this vibrant mountain town. This 100-room, all-suite hotel has a AAA four-diamond rating, a health club, a heated outdoor pool, fitness classes (including yoga, Zumba, and Pilates), in-room dining, and ski valet. If you feel like enjoying a meal in a restaurant, Hotel Park City has two: a Ruth's Chris Steakhouse and the seasonal Bandanna's Bar & Grill. Those who feel like venturing farther afield are within easy walking distance of Park City's enormous selection of restaurants, bars, and clubs. Check out their spa for a massage, facial, or package of treatments.

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The Stein Eriksen Lodge is one of the most famous lodging options in the Park City area, and among the finest in all of Utah. Located mid-Mountain at the very prestigious Deer Valley Resort, in the Silver Lake Village, the Stein Eriksen Lodge offers ski-in, ski-out mountain access. A AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five Star accommodation, this is arguably the final word in Utah luxury accommodations. Needless to say, guestrooms at the Stein Eriksen Lodge are exquisitely appointed, and range in size from deluxe bedrooms to grand suites. Guests may enjoy Regional American cuisine at the Four Star Glitretind Restaurant with a 10,000-bottle wine cellar – at which guests can enjoy a personal wine seminar conducted by one of the restaurant's four sommeliers.

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Located in Midway, the Homestead Resort enjoys the beauty of Wasatch Mountains' eastern slopes, and the simultaneous solitude afforded by its location in that small town – just south of Park City. The Homestead offers a variety of on-site lodging accommodations at this cottage-style resort. 19 separate buildings are connected by scenic walkways meandering through gardens and lawns. Each room and suite is individually decorated, and has its own outdoor entrance; many have private patios. Beyond the lodging, the Homestead Resort offers an 18-hole championship golf course, horseback riding, AVEDA Concept Spa services, indoor and outdoor pools, sleigh ridespools, hot tubs, tennis, a fitness center, an activity center, and games. .A completely unique feature of this resort is its 55-foot-tall, limestone crater filled with naturally heated water; guests can swim, snorkel, and even SCUBA dive in this Homestead Crater.

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The Canyons Grand Summit Hotel is a AAA four-diamond establishment located in the heart of the Canyons Resort Village. A massive hotel, the Grand Summit has 358 guest rooms and suites ranging from hotel rooms, through single-, double-, and tripple-room suites, all the way up to luxury penthouse options. The Grand Summit aims to keep its guests as happy and comfortable as possible, providing three on-site dining options (The Farm, First Tracks Cafe, and the Red Tail Grill) and its own Grand Summit Spa. Guests of the Canyons Grand Summit Resort Hotel are offered high speed Internet access, cable television, valet laundry and dry cleaning, room service, local telephone service, working space, a 24-hour front/travel desk, a fitness center, swimming pool, restaurant, and a bar and lounge.

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2BR Newpark Resort Townhome w Hot Tub by RedAwning
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Newpark Resort and Hotel is nestled in Kimball Junction – just north of Park City and in the heart of Utah's famed Wasatch Mountains. Conveniently located just 30 miles from the Salt Lake International Airport (and immediately south of Interstate 80), Newpark Resort maximizes your time on the snow. Minutes from Park City Mountain Resort, Deer Valley Resort, and The Canyons Resort, this hotel is a walk a walk away from Kimball Junction's many shops, galleries, and restaurants, and the 1200-acre Swaner Nature Preserve with miles of hiking and snowshoeing trails. Guests at the Newpark Resort enjoy on-site childcare at the Kid's Clubhouse, in-house massage treatments at Massage Envy, and access to Park City's network of free public transportation.

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Guest lodges at the AAA four-diamond Hyatt Escala Lodge at Park City are large and luxurious, offering private balconies, wireless Internet access, several cable televisions, daily housekeeping, and whirlpools. All guests have access to a swimming pool, several hot tubs, a ballroom, business facilities, 24 hour front desk reception, and a fitness center. The Hyatt Escala Lodge has ski-in, ski-out access to The Canyons Resort, and easy commuting distance to downtown Park City, Deer Valley Resort, and Park City Mountain Resort. Quite near I-80 and therefore an easy drive from Salt Lake City and its airport. However near it is to these popular attractions, it nevertheless enjoys a separation from their bustle, and the rarefied air of The Canyons. Those without a vehicle needn't worry, as complimentary shuttle service is offered to and from the downtown area and local lodges.

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Guests at the Westgate Park City enjoy the the comfort of a fully furnished home – a fully furnished home with Utah's largest indoor/ outdoor swimming pool, a tennis court, basketball court, game room, pool tables, laundry facilities, a playground, fitness center, hot tubs, and bicycle rentals. Additionally, the property has two full-service bars and its own restaurant, the Westgate Grill, which is open for three meals a day, every day. A Pizza Hut Express meets the demands of late-night cravings, and The Marketplace stocks all of the items you may have forgotten at home. If you're unfamiliar with the Park City area, you can sign up for any of the many schedule activity programs the Westgate offers its guests.

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Meet Christine Balaz

Christine Balaz began her unexpected writing career in Salt Lake City with her first book on Wasatch Skiing and Travel in 2006. On the subject of Utah, Christine has written numerous...  More About Christine