Montage Deer Valley Rating: 5.0 Pearls
The Montage in Deer Valley is a large, luxurious resort with a ski-in/ski-out location. The rooms feel like upscale apartments, with warm wood accents, chandeliers, high-end artwork, fireplaces, and marble bathrooms complete heated floors, soaking tubs, and separate showers. The hotel has a massive spa (with free access to its pool, steam rooms, and saunas) and several restaurants, one with fine dining and another with a bowling alley -- but pricey hotels have pricey extras, and everything from spa treatments to kids' club activities to Wi-Fi is expensive.
The St. Regis Deer Valley Rating: 5.0 Pearls
The St. Regis offers a true five-star experience for year-round visitors to Park City. The expansive, well-maintained property has a spacious fitness center with personal trainers and a yoga and Pilates studio, a high-end spa, a spacious heated outdoor pool and Jacuzzi, a fine-dining restaurant, and elegant rooms with modern amenities and spectacular views. The property swells with A-listers during Sundance (as do the prices), which is no surprise thanks to its on-mountain location in posh Deer Valley. If you decide to venture away from the pampering service, downtown Park City is only an eight-minute drive away.
Stein Eriksen Lodge Rating: 5.0 Pearls
The luxurious 170-room Stein Erikson Lodge offers ski-in, ski-out access to Deer Valley Resort, and has a design style that could be described as "wilderness chic." Rooms are spacious with lodge decor, comfortable bedding and clean bathrooms with Molton Brown toiletries. Besides the highly reputed spa, the two restaurants (make sure to try the Stein burger) and year-round outdoor pool with a large fireplace add to the lodge's popularity. The nearby St. Regis is the only property in the area that compares.
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.
The Sky Lodge Rating: 4.0 Pearls
The Sky Lodge is upscale from top to bottom, featuring chic boutique-y decor melded with homey mountain style. The suites and residences are massive and high-end, sporting working fireplaces, kitchenettes or kitchens with modern appliances, private balconies (many with hot tubs), and washer/dryers. Bathrooms in the residences are palatial, with two sinks, double showers and soaking tubs (some even have flat-screen TVs). The central location makes getting around Park City and hitting the slopes easy, but you'll have to pay extra for the resort fee and valet parking.
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.