PARK CITY, UTAH, March 14, 2014 – The Sky Lodge is a fabulously exotic boutique luxury hotel perfectly located in the center of Park City, right in the middle of Main Street. Cosmopolitan and highly stylish, it is like a sophisticated Soho architectural loft space transported into the heart of a quaint mountain ski town.
With its’ excellent location, the superb Amatsu Spa on the premises, and the fine dining restaurant Table One, The Sky Lodge is a rising hotel brand changing the face of luxury accommodations in Park City. The Sky Lodge dominates the lower reaches of Park City’s fabled Main Street where the luxury property is literally steps from dozens of restaurants, bars, clubs, shops and the center of the action. It arches skyward with 6 stories of integrated steel, brick, wood, and glass, a grand visual statement.
The top floor is a jaw dropping three bedroom penthouse.
Its 33 exceptionally spacious individual suites all have balconies, outdoor hot tubs, kitchens, lovely living areas and a dining room, along with a beautifully furnished separate bedroom and stately bathroom. The units have the feel of luxury apartments, with elegant furnishings and thoughtful touches everywhere.
The exclusivity of the surroundings begins in the lobby, comfortably open, lovingly furnished, in front of a roaring fire, with a staff that is as attentive and thorough as they are discreet. This is a first class operation, with the white glove feel of what a Four Seasons boutique hotel would look and feel like if it was in the middle of a rollicking ski town.
Indeed, the new management of the The Sky Lodge brand comes to its Park City operations from a lengthy stint in Telluride, after an extensive background of many years with the Four Seasons. Little wonder the attention to detail and the maintenance of impeccable standards, both of which are constant and refreshing.
The view from The Sky Lodge suite is priceless, from the fulsome lower stretch of Main Street, to the towering snow covered hills, to the colorful restored Victorian cottages pressed up against the ski slopes of Park City Mountain Resort. The Town Lift for skiing at Park City Mountain Resort is a mere one block away, and the center of the ski resort is a short hotel shuttle down Park Street.
With the snow is falling hard, several feet over several days, Park City is the perfect winter wonderland with plenty of promising fresh powder in the morning. Snow piles up a good eight inches on the balcony railing and the hot tub cover. For a while the room is a cozy window on a wintry tableau, before Main Street beckons us outside to explore its exceptional night life on a snowy Thursday evening.
Park City Mountain Resort is an expansive ski area with fantastic slopes for all abilities, as well as some of the most challenging expert skiing terrain in Utah. Whole areas of double diamond chutes ring the less death defying and more mortal runs. The site of many of the events at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics, it is both a highly popular public and family resort and a center for training for many members of our national ski team and untold numbers of adventurous expert skiers.
The snow falls in a blizzard and the intermediate, double blue, and black runs in the center of the mountain are ablaze with fresh powder. The day goes by quickly with run after exciting run down spectacular slopes off the King Con and Silverlode Lifts before cascading down the back side of the mountain to the bottom of the Town Lift, and walking the one short block back to The Sky Lodge.
Skis and boots come from Black Tie Ski Rentals, a concierge ski rental company, known for its personalized service and equipment, that is wildly popular at ski resorts from Telluride and Crested Butte to Park City. Black Tie Ski Rentals delivers and fits the latest ski equipment at the hotel room, in this case Atomic 176 parabolic skis, picking them up when the ski trip is over.
At the end of a day of skiing nothing soothes the soul more than a couple’s massage. Amatsu Spa is a sensational but compact Japanese themed spa on the lower level of The Sky Lodge with a massage treatment regimen combining amenities and style with serious attention to detail.
Wooden singular Japanese soaking tubs lead to a couple’s massage of exceptional depth and brilliance, a loving combination of a Zen-like atmosphere and genuine massage excellence. Throughout two hours of soothing tranquility, Amatsu Spa, relatively modest in size, leaves a big impression where it counts, with the service.
The snow still falling, a fabulous massage and some downtime in the room spent looking out from the balcony, it is time for dinner downstairs at the exceptional Table One. This flagship restaurant of The Sky Lodge brand is a distinctive, upscale, fine dining culinary serenade of spectacular cuisine.
Executive Chef Christian Ojeda has fashioned an array of dishes at Table One that highlight local sourcing, imaginative styling, moderate portioning, and cutting edge originality. Short rib tortellini is delightful and wildly creative, while pan seared scallops are perfectly cooked, crisp and firm. A crusted Utah lamb loin is a succulent joy of tender sweet flavor, and each of many courses is matched this night by an inspired pairing of wines.
The hours meld into a seamless evening as Table One gives way to a brisk walk through the snow outside and a strategic romantic retreat to the fireplace in the cozy suite at The Sky Lodge.
A ski trip to Park City in the midst of a blizzard has been transformed into an unforgettable luxury boutique hotel experience. The Sky Lodge is a brand to watch as it adds its special touch to Park City and graces us all with the chance to stay there.
Suites start at about $900 a night.
Joel Berliner is a travel writer based in Los Angeles.
All photos by Alison Reynolds.