People have been coming to ski at Deer Valley Resort for decades. And those snow-seekers need a place to stay. Yes, there are swish rentals galore, but many who just want to hang up their boots after skiing or snowboarding prefer to post up at a hotel so as not to have to lift another finger. Goldener Hirsch, Auberge Resorts Collection is both the takeover of an existing inn and the creation of a brand new residence-style hotel. That means that whether you prefer something nostalgic or modern, it’s all up for grabs—and at the base of the mountain no less.
Ages ago, the Eccles took a trip to the Austrian alps and fell in love with a ski lodge called Goldener Hirsch. The prominent Utah family was so head over heels for this slice of peakside paradise that they decided to open a sort of homage in their own backyard.
Spread across four floors, the original inn oozes old-world ski chalet charm. It has 18 generously-sized rooms and suites with hand-painted antique chests and wardrobes, wood-burning fireplaces, and arched doorways. Views of the village or mountain up the alpine allure. The common areas also feel super warm and communal. On the ground floor, the Bavarian-style restaurant serves up hearty classics made with fresh, local ingredients. The outdoor terrace really impresses on a nice day.
Connected by a ski bridge—actually three to be exact as is the signature of architect Tom Kundig of Olson Kundig—sits the contemporary portion of the property. An entirely different vibe, one that’s sleek and modern, permeates the modular buildings with giant windows. The one-, two-, and three-bedroom residences are some of the most state-of-the-art accommodations in all of Park City—and that’s saying something given the stylish stays in the area. Each pad features a gourmet chef’s kitchen with Wolf appliances (like you could legit cook a Thanksgiving spread here), a huge open-plan living/dining space with a marble fireplace, in-unit washers/dryers, furnished balconies, and ensuite bathrooms with soaking tubs.
Don’t feel like cooking? Fuel up with a hearty breakfast on the patio or grab some fresh-baked pastries and coffee at The Kitz.
The perfect aprés-ski spot, the cozy Antler Lounge features a roaring fireplace that’s complemented by the comfy seating, plush checked carpet, and photographs of native woodland animals like elk and moose. If your crew is taking a while to get ready, the lobby offers an inviting space to wait. Because things really pop off during the snowy season, there’s even a stylish area downstairs with lockers for winter gear storage. Ideal for post-slope relaxation, the rooftop flaunts an infinity pool and hot tub overlooking picturesque peaks.
The better-than-home perks don’t end there. The hotel is also set to launch a new lineup of exclusive amenities under the seasonal Snow Angel program this winter. Think: pre-arrival services—including luggage shipping and grocery shopping to stock the kitchen—curbside check-in, ski outfitting at the local Gorsuch store.
Oh, and don’t sleep on the other seasons. Park City is an awesome leaf-peeping destination and wows with a plethora of outdoor activities in the spring and summer, too.
Location: Park City, Utah
The Vibe: Half old-school Austrian ski chalet, half modern alpine lodge.
Food + Drink: The Restaurant, which is located on the inside, marries Bavarian flavors and local products like meat sources from nearby pastures. Across the way, you’ll find the Antler Lounge, an atmospheric spot to grab an aprés cocktail or do a little work by the fire, as well as The Kitz for grab-and-go coffee, tea, and house-baked pastries.
Amenities: concierge; restaurant; cafe, lounge; gear storage; fitness center; rooftop with infinity pool and hot tub; spa treatment suites; ski valet; meeting space
Our Favorite Thing About the Hotel: Whether you’re drawn to nostalgia or contemporary trappings, it’s an appealing ski-in/ski-out option.
5 Nearby Attractions: Deer Valley Resort, Park City Museum, Town Lift, Park City Mountain Resort, Bloods Lake
Any Personal Neighborhood Recs? Go shopping along Main Street in downtown Park City. Burns 1876 is *the* store if you’re keen to add some western flair to your wardrobe. Grab a bite (and a bottle of wine) at Courchevel Bistro.
Rooms: 18 charm-filled rooms at the inn and 40 brand-new residences
Pricing: Rooms start at $899/night
Closest Airport: Salt Lake City International Airport
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