The slopes are red-carpet worthy as celebrities, filmmakers and movie buffs fill Park City for the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, taking place January 19 - 29 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. Park City’s newest hotel, Washington School House, caters to the affluent traveler with the ultimate level of service and high-end amenities – let's start with the favorites:
- Heated pool and spa tucked into the hillside surrounded by aspens, spruce and boulders
- Outdoor fire – a steel Olympic torch from the 2002 Winter Olympics in Park City
- Unpacking and packing taken care of
- Chic ski lounge exclusive to hotel guests. Private chef. Private dining.
- Private antique and art collection
- Hearty mountain breakfast and fabulous apres-ski fare – complimentary, of course
- Ski valet
- In-room massage
- 24-hour concierge
- In-house lift ticket purchase
- Apothecary Boutique offering custom silk scarves designed for Washington School House by New York Designer Jonathan Cohen
Washington School House, a historic landmark built in 1889, recently unveiled its finishing touches on a stunning eight-month renovation that has transformed the school house into Park City’s most exclusive luxury boutique hotel. Old school is the new cool at this National Historic Registry landmark, one of the last surviving original school houses in the United States.
The recent renovations respect the building’s historical integrity while re-imagining the stunning interior. It is truly a brilliant feat of design savvy. The design team of Paul and Shannon Wehsener of Paul Allen Design and architect Trip Bennett crafted 12 spectacular suites and rooms within the original structure, creating breathtaking spaces.
Standout suites include the Lofted King Suite, with double-height, lofted 16-foot ceilings. The downstairs offers a king guest bed and a cast iron spiral staircase that leads to a lofted den with additional sleeping room for two. The Penthouse Suite has magnificent 270-degree views of the town of Park City stretching 500 miles to the High Uinta Mountains. Set apart with a private elevator entrance, the 775-square-foot Penthouse offers a galley kitchen, full living room, dining space with a 19th century French wine table, fireplace with antique mantle, a sleeping den with a queen size bed and a private king bedroom.
Stepping inside, guests will first be awed by the striking historic living room with 16-foot ceilings, commandeered by a roaring fireplace punctuated by original antiques and art including a 10-foot-tall antique mirror from an opera house in the south of France and a one-of-a-kind massive antler chandelier – lacquered in white and layered with crystals. The dining room hosts intimate meals or dinner parties for guests, catered by the hotel’s private chef. Breakfast is served daily, featuring hearty mountain cuisine, with French press coffee delivered directly to guest rooms for those who need to linger just a little longer.
Hitting the slopes is simple with Park City Mountain’s Town Lift just steps away. After a day of snowshoeing, skiing or boarding in the winter or mountain biking and hiking in the summer, guests can end the day by following the hotel’s recognizable belfry as their guide to navigate to the back of the hotel off the mountain. In winter, the ski valet will greet them to take care of their equipment so that guests can head straight to the chic ski lounge where fabulous après-ski fare is served. In-house lift ticket purchase, in-room massage and a 24-hour concierge eliminate the need to lift a finger. Reservations can be made by calling 800-824-1672 or at www.washingtonschoolhouse.com.