Thanks to the infamous Delta “Christmas Sale” we were able to book an unplanned ski trip to the Park City area for this year’s MLK long weekend. When booking the flight I didn’t think to check hotel availability and only realized after booking that this was the same weekend as the Sundance Film Festival, so almost all hotels were sold out or had long minimum stays. With some digging around I was able to book us three nights at the new Hilton Sunrise Lodge which is a Hilton Grand Vacations (timeshare) property, using Citi ThankYou points. I booked us in to a 1 bedroom suite which turned out perfect for our needs.

Location

The property is located at the base of The Canyons Resort. It is just off of the main “village” area next door to the Hyatt Escala Lodge, at the base of the small Sunrise lift which just gets you high enough the mountain to ski down to the main Gondola and Orange Bubble Express lifts at the “real” mountain base. The map below highlights the location, and compares the location of the other Hilton group property, the Waldorf Astoria, which we had an excellent stay at last year:

CanyonsMap

Checking In

We were greeted on arrival by the very helpful and efficient car valets (parking is valet only at $15 a day with full in and out privileges) who took care of our bags while we checked in. The property has an attractive and welcoming lobby with a nice towering fireplace at it’s center

Check in was quick, I had added my Hilton number so at to get Diamond benefits, and we were given our two bottles of water. However we got the exact room we paid for, a base level one bedroom suite. No surprise there given the property was sold out.

Apres-ski warm up

The Suite

Our suite, on the ground floor, was again a very impressive one bedroom, two bathroom suite with brand new furnishings and a kitchen with new, high end appliances. While the style was definitely more rustic than the Waldorf Astoria we stayed at last year, the rooms were bigger, more open and accessible and frankly more practical.

Kitchen View

Kitchen View 2

More of that nice kitchen…

Lounge area, nice leather sofa-bed

Another view of lounge

Very nice master bedroom

Master bathroom with Jacuzzi tub

Second bathroom with walk in shower

The master bedroom had a an outside terrace, we did not make much use of it as we were out skiing pretty much the entire trip, but it gave a good view of where the ski “valet” put skis out and the walk up to the Sunrise Lift. The walk really is nothing, but that said the guys in the Hyatt Escala Lodge above definitely have it right on their doorstep.

View from balcony – ski storage, Hyatt at top left and Sunrise lift next to it

Facilities

While you can see the suite was pretty fabulous, it is not a “full service” hotel. There is no restaurant or food of any description. This really was not an issue for us as we got all our food at Walmart (along with a few money orders LOL) and cooked in the suite. But if you want full service, stay at the Waldorf instead.

There is a ski “valet” service but it’s pretty basic. We only used it one day on our weekend as all the other days we were skiing outside of Canyons so just left all our gear in our car. But we used it on the last day. Basically they store your skis and stick them out on a rack in the morning. That’s about it. You keep your boots yourself. It’s perfectly functional, but again not “luxury”.

From the rack it’s a quick walk up the hill to the Sunrise lift. The Sunrise lift just takes you up the hill a little bit so you can ski down to the main resort center and pick up the main lifts. My best tip here is to take the awesome Orange Bubble Express lift. It is always quieter than the main Red Pine Gondola, which is prone to breakdowns, and has heated seats and a very trippy Orange perspex cover.

Sunrise lift

Trippy view from the Orange Bubble Express

If you didn’t get enough of a workout on the slopes you can hit the gym which is well equipped with new, modern equipment

Modern gym

Well stocked

More gymnasium…

Of course no ski resort could do without an outdoor pool with hot-tubs, and the Hilton Sunrise Lodge did not disappoint on this front. My kids are avid swimmers and had a lot of fun in the pool. They told me it was very warm and nice! It certainly looked good:

Kids having fun in the pool

Should have brought some hot dogs!

Conclusion

The Hilton Sunrise Lodge worked out very well for us on this trip in that we were just looking for high quality accommodation in the middle of the Park City ski area. The suite was fabulous, and while the style was more rustic than the Waldorf Astoria, overall it was more practical and useful.

With that said anyone visiting needs to understand it is not a full service hotel, and if you are looking for all the trimmings and pampering of a high end hotel, you won’t get it here. There is no on-site dining, room cleaning service is quite basic and there are no extras like an on-site spa. If you are looking for high end “self-service” accommodation, this is a great choice. If you want something more luxurious, you are probably better looking at the Waldorf Astoria.

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  • Trojanfan

    Nice review, but I shudder to think how many ThankYou points this must have cost you during Sundance. Next time, plan ahead and use Hyatt points at the Escala Lodge.

    • MilesAbound

      LOL yes I purposefully left out how many points it cost! On the plus side, the cost was less than one month earnings using MS on my 5x card 🙂 And we are going again (!) in March for a two night weekend stay and this time we will be staying at the Escala Lodge, so I can write a full comparison. They look very similar room-wise and believe they were built at the same time by the same developer

  • Ramsey, World’s Foremost Authority

    thank you for not posting toilet bowl pics

    • MilesAbound

      LOL. I do have some. Sure you don’t want me to post them? 🙂