Where to Stay in Park City
Where to stay in Park City? The different sub-neighborhoods of Park City can be pretty confusing if you haven’t been there before. The main thing to know is that there are two separate ski hills: Park City Mountain and Deer Valley Mountain.
Park City has two base villages: Canyons Village, where we stayed this trip, and Mountain Village. There are also 2 more base lifts on Park City Mountain that go to Main Street, and the Silver Star area. Deer Valley has tons of separate resorts, many with ski-on ski-off access. Deer Valley is ski only (snowboards are not allowed.) The resorts are generally more expensive per night, and there are a lot of very high end resorts.
Check out the map below to see where each of these neighborhoods are, and read on to determine where to stay in Park City based on what your priorities are during your time there. This post includes affiliate links to each business’s TripAdvisor page, and if you use my link, I make a small commission at no cost to you.
A huge thank you goes to Visit Park City to hosting me on this trip, from January 18-21st 2019. Visit Park City provided my hotel, the Grand Summit, skiing on Park City Mountain, and cross country skiing at White Pine Touring. Meals were provided at Twisted Fern, The Farm at Canyons Village, the Seafood Buffet at Deer Valley Resort, Park City Provisions, and Vessel Kitchen. I also visited Park City on my own, in January 2017, so some of my suggestions are from that trip as well. Read on to find out where to stay in Park City!
Stay near Main Street if skiing is not your only priority on the trip. Main Street is where most of the restaurants, bars, and shops are. It has an atmosphere of its own, it’s not just a shell city built to cater to tourists while they’re off the slopes. This is where I would gravitate towards and where I stayed my first time in Park City.
In terms of ski access, the north end of Main Street is best, because it’s connected to the mountain via “Town Lift.” To get from the mountain back to the base of the lift, you actually cross a snow-covered bridge over Park Avenue, which runs parallel to Main Street! The one hotel there that allows ski-on/ski-off access is the 4 star Caledonian. The Town Lift base is also close to condos and apartments that are rented out on Main Street.
To me, a non-avid skier, this mix of easy access to the lift, and walking distance to food, drinks, shopping, and general après-ski would be perfect.
Where to stay in Park City for après ski? Main Street.
Photo by Megan Zink of Moderately Excited
Stay in Canyons Village if skiing is your top priority and you’re looking for a one stop shop to ski on/off lift access, restaurants, bars, and luxurious resorts. If you’re staying at Canyons, there’s no need to leave the village for anything. You can uber to and from the Salt Lake City airport and not have to worry about a rental car your entire trip, which is a huge plus for me.
You have to accept that Main Street is not close, but you can still choose to take Uber or Lyft there, or take a shuttle provided by your hotel or resort (but you have to sign up in advance) or take the public busses (but you have to walk about 15 minutes to get to the stop from Canyons.) Foodies need not fear though, because one of the best meals I’ve had lately was from The Farm inside Canyons Village. Read more about our experience at my post here, and make sure to order the Foie Gras Crème Brûlée and the Farm Cheese!
We stayed at the Grand Summit, pictured here, a luxurious resort with an outdoor pool and three hot tubs, and ski-in ski-out access. They have an assortment of options, from formal rooms all the way up to apartments with a kitchen and one, two, three, or four suites. It would be the perfect place for a group trip!
Where to stay in Park City for a relaxing, transport-free, ski-focused weekend? Canyons Village.
If you just read the descriptions of the two neighborhoods above, and are thinking damn, I love aspects of both, what do I choose? I have your solution! Mountain Village has the self-sufficient all you can need ambiance of Canyons for days when all you need is to ski all day and grab a bite on the slopes before falling into a post-ski coma. They also have the easy proximity to Main Street via a 15 minute walk, 4 minute Uber, or a 6 minute free bus.
I really think it’s the best of both worlds, and this is where we stayed last time we visited Park City. One of the only budget options is Chateau Apres, pictured here. The rooms are basic, but it puts you in walking distance to the lift and Main Street, and has a nice breakfast buffet and communal seating in the lobby.
Where to stay in Park City for someone who wants to ski during the day and explore Park City once or twice? Mountain Village.
Deer Valley is the high end option in Park City. The rooms are expensive, and everything is very luxurious. There are lots of ski-in ski-out options, all with gourmet restaurants. Reminder – Deer Valley is a ski-only resort, no snowboarding.
We visited three restaurants during our visit, the first was the Seafood Buffet at Deer Valley Resort. For $75, you can fill up on crab legs, oysters, poke bowls, mussels, and more. Then we returned to check out the Veuve Cliquot Yurt at Montage Deer Valley. After visiting the Veuve winery in Reims, France, I had to add this experience to my list as well! But to reinforce the expensive side of Deer Valley, a glass of champagne was marked up about 350%. We also visited Burgers and Bourbon , where we had a snack of truffle fries and Joe enjoyed a bourbon flight. The lobbies and properties we saw were very luxurious, and this is definitely where we would stay if money was no object.
Where to stay in Park City if you’re a skier for high end luxury and relaxation? Deer Valley.
Kimball Junction is the first neighborhood off the highway from SLC (I-80.) It is the cheapest place to stay in the area, and is a great budget option for people who want to be close to Park City for skiing, but don’t need a fancy resort! There are some great dining options, such as brand new Hearth & Hill, and health-conscious Vessel Kitchen, pictured here. If you’re looking for something to do in the area off the slopes, visit the Utah Olympic Park, leftover from when the winter Olympics were hosted in Salt Lake and Park City in 2002. There’s also an outlet mall in the area for anyone trying to get in some shopping, and even my current gym of choice, Orange Theory.
Where to stay in Park City for someone on a budget? Kimball Junction.
I hope this guide helps demystify Park City’s various neighborhoods, and gives you an idea of where to stay in Park City on your next vacation! For me, choosing the location of my hotel is always the hardest part of planning a vacation in a new city, as I love to be within walking distance to as much as possible. If you’ve been to Park City before, let me know in the comments below which neighborhood you stayed in, and why. If you’re all booked and ready to move on to the next step of planning where you decide what you’re going to DO, check out my friend Megan’s Winter Weekend Travel Guide to Park City, Utah on her blog Moderately Excited!