The resort itself is nestled at the foot of the Canyons Ski Resort Area, just a few miles North of Park City itself. Park City is a year-round destination, with world class skiing/snowboarding in winter (it held the most mountain-based events during the 2002 Winter Olympics), and amazing camping, hiking, and outdoors activities during the Summer. The shoulder seasons of Spring and Fall offer slightly chillier temperatures, but with the changing colors during Fall, this area is an amazing display of Nature at her best.
So we arrived there on a bright and sunny Saturday afternoon, just before the 4:00PM check-in time (the drive from our home took just under an hour), but that was no problem. The valet quickly and efficiently offloaded us and sent us on our way in while he parked the Volvo. The front desk is not your standard front desk setup. It is quite simply, two executive office desks set off to one side of the grand and picturesque main lobby. My Dad looked around asking "What are we doing here?". I had to suppress a smile as I got us checked in and on our way, with expert and extremely courteous and friendly assistance from the front desk agent.
Once we got our luggage delivered and settled in, we let the housekeeping staff do their thing with the nightly turndown service while we headed into Park City for dinner. Upon our return (after gawking at the vintage Ferrari's that had pulled up to the Valet and taking Buddy, our Cocker Spaniel, for his evening constitutional) the room was dressed down for the evening and we unwound on the balcony (some of us later than others) and in the living room.
After my folks went upstairs, Susie and I took Buddy for another adventure, exploring the hotel and what it has to offer. Off to one side of the Grand Lobby you have the Palette Gift Shop for last minute wearables, a few select Waldorf branded items, and often forgotten sundries. Crossing to the other side of the expansive lobby and its massive fireplace, you have the Powder Restaurant. We didn't get a chance to eat here during our stay, but I will go up and try it out here soon with some buddies on a day trip up the mountain. Heading out the doors to the balcony that wraps around the double sided fireplace you get a breathtaking view of the resort and the valley behind, NOT a bad view to wake up to. Going down the stairs you are greeted by the warm flames from the firepit (wheres s'mores are constructed, toasted, and devoured nightly from 7:30PM to 9:30PM). The heated pool and whirlpool are on the other side of the gate, and there was quite a crowd there that evening, despite the chill in the air.
Checkout the next morning was a snap and we were on our way in 5 minutes, with fresh cut roses for my Mom, and bottles of water for the ride home, and another treat for Buddy.
Photos by the author or by the Waldorf Astoria Park City Resort.