Welcome back to Beautiful Spaces—a series of posts in which I talk about the places where I stay during my travels. It all started in 2013 when I realized that my contentment on the road is directly connected to how much I love where I’m living…and so made a commitment to find beautiful spaces to call home along the way. This is one such space. The hotel was kind enough to provide a comped room in exchange for this review, but as always, opinions are my own.
The second stop on this year’s epic road trip was Park City, Utah. I chose it because I love mountain towns, love them for the nature and their charming downtowns, their piney smells and crisp mountain air, and also for their lodges with their stone fireplaces and hardwood exteriors and outdoorsy furnishings.
We stayed in Park City for four nights and the first two were spent at one of the most luxurious places I’ve ever stayed in my life: Stein Eriksen Lodge.
The lodge, nestled up on the mountainside, is one of those hotels that just feels homey. Comfortable. Livable. Which is probably why Chad said several times that he could imagine living in a place like this.
We were in one of the lodge’s spacious suites, with a large living area featuring a stone fireplace, large TV, four-seater table, window seat, and a second bed hidden in what looked like a cabinet. There was also a second bathroom and a fully-equipped kitchen, which we took full advantage of by cooking most of our meals while there.
The cozy bedroom was complete with gas fireplace (lit with the push of a button), a massive bathroom with two separate rooms, one for the his and hers sinks and the floor length mirror and large closet and the other for a standing shower, toilet, and enormous bathtub complete with jets.
Oh, and we had our own private patio with a hot tub that overlooked the top of the mountain (which was pretty and lit up at night).
As soon as we arrived and were shown around the suite, we knew we wanted to spend as much time there as possible. That night, we made ourselves dinner and took a long soak in the hot tub, talking about what it would be like to live in a place like this.
The next day was a workday. While we’re on the road, we’ve set aside two days a week (Mondays and Thursdays) just for work and we’re diligently sticking to that schedule. In Arizona, we went into town and found a coffee shop on our workday, but here in Utah, we settled into the giant living area with a lit fire in the hearth and laptops in hand and hot tea at our sides.
That night, after dinner at another nearby lodge, we returned for more hot tub sitting and then a movie night with one of the many free available DVDs here at the lodge.
If you’re going to Park City, I highly recommend splurging on a few nights at the Stein Eriksen Lodge. Rooms start at $250 a night and suites like ours start at $450 a night (though spring discounts had them down to $376). There’s also a highly ranked spa on the property (though we couldn’t drag ourselves away from our own spa-like suite to try it for ourselves), as well as a fitness center, a heated pool and hot tub (for those who don’t opt for a suite with its own hot tub), a business center, a bar, and a four-star restaurant.
The hotel also offers a free shuttle into town and super speedy internet hotel-wide.
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