Waldorf Astoria Park City Rating: 4.5 Pearls
The Waldorf Astoria is luxurious in every way, starting with the beautiful lobby -- crystal chandeliers hang from the high beamed ceilings, antlers protrude from the walls (a must in Park City), and leather and dark-wood accents give a dramatic but warm feel. The restaurant and rooms are similarly cozy and upscale, with all rooms featuring fireplaces and large marble-and-granite bathrooms. The pool area is gorgeous as well, boasting magnificent mountain views, but access to it isn't technically free -- it's included in the daily resort fee, as are other "freebies" such as Wi-Fi and parking.
Sundial Lodge at Canyons Resort Rating: 4.0 Pearls
A nice choice for families, the Sundial Lodge features rooms and one- to two-bedroom suites with mini-fridges, microwaves, and toasters. Though the somewhat drab lodgelike decor can't compare to that in the more ultra-luxe sister Canyons' hotels, like the Waldorf Astoria, the rooms are large yet cozy, with warm colors and wooden accents (and many rooms have fireplaces). A small heated pool, a rooftop Jacuzzi and a basic fitness center are popular amenities, but those looking for a ski-in/ski-out location may consider the comparable Grand Summit.
The Grand Summit at Canyons Resort Rating: 4.0 Pearls
The 358-room Grand Summit features rooms and suites outfitted in typical Park City style -- warm colors, Western patterns, and mountain-themed artwork -- but the decor never crosses the line into kitschy (even if it can't be described as "elegant" either). The hotel's location -- right in The Canyons village with a ski-in/ski-out location -- is the highlight, but amenities like a heated outdoor pool, fitness center, nail salon, spa and various shops make it a nice choice for guests looking for more to do than hit the slopes.
Bear Hollow Village Rating: 3.5 Pearls
Bear Hollow Village is a neighborhood-like resort featuring three-bedroom condos and three- and four-bedroom townhouses. The individually owned condos and townhouses vary in decor and modernity (some do not have flat-screen TVs or Wi-Fi) but all feature fireplaces, washer/dryers, and modern, sleek kitchens. As a condominium property, the hotel lacks amenities such as housekeeping and a spa, but the Clubhouse features a small fitness center (with just a few machines), a business center, and an outdoor pool (open during the summer).
Park City Peaks Hotel Rating: 3.0 Pearls
The 131-room Park City Peaks is a budget hotel just a short drive from the slopes in Park City. Rooms have comfy beds and typical chain hotel decor in several shades of beige. The hotel lacks amenities like a fitness center and a spa, but the indoor/outdoor pool and Jacuzzi have mountain views, there is free parking and a free ski valet, and the on-site restaurant and sports bar are convenient spots for a quick bite before hitting the slopes. The numerous freebies -- free breakfast, a free shuttle, and even free hot chocolate delivery -- add value, though some are available only in winter.