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Alta's Rustler Lodge
10380 East Highway 210, P.O. Box 8030, Alta, UT 84092-8030   |  
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Alta
Milwaukee
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“Ski Vacation”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

The staff is Five Star.
Relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Good food. Good Spa.
Convenience of full service ski rental and lift tickets is great. Staff seems to genuinely care about you. Breakfast and dinner included with stay offered very goodand well prepared dishes.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Marblehead, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

If you are a serious skier, you owe it to yourself to ski Alta. And when you do, the one place to stay on the mountain is the Rustler.
Our group is just back from our ninth annual trip (some of us number this in the 30’s!), and while 34” of powder may have influenced our opinions a bit this year, Alta never has disappointed. Nor has the Rustler.
The rooms are modern, clean, spacious, and all have views of the mountain. The food is world class and the bar a warm and fun place to unwind. That is, if the pool, hot tub, and steam room haven’t already put you in a great state of mind. The staff treats you like family – there are no finer hosts than managers Tom and Kate, while Meg and John will make sure that you are well fed and beveraged.
We’ve already made our reservations for January 2014. You should too!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Montclair, New Jersey
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

Hotels can be fancy schmancy, over-decorated tacky emporiums, and they can be shabby, threadbare and depressing. It's rare I find an establishment that is neither flea-bag flat nor garishly sharp. I'm picky. Really picky.

Alta's Rustler Lodge is pitch perfect. The rooms may not be pimped out, but hey, this is Alta. It's for skiers. Serious people looking for the consummate skiing experience. And you get that experience in spades when you stay at the Rustler.

The beds are really comfortable. I've stayed there about 7 times for a week at a time and every night I look forward to bed-time.

The food is top-notch. I love the breakfast buffet with all kinds of berries, granola (the best I've ever had), pancakes, eggs and bacon. I take a little bit of everything, sit in the dining room, and within 10 seconds one of their friendly young staffers is asking if he or she can pour me a cup of coffee, (which is also good stuff. I'd like it a little stronger, but still, it's darn good.)

They also have great salads for lunch and dinner. And a pork dish I had was unbelievably good. Hey Rustler! Keep the chef.

The amazing thing is that it's so friendly and low key. There seems to be a culture in the air, an atmosphere of easygoing, elegant simplicity. Nothing is fancy. Nothing overdone. And nothing is less than nearly perfect, including the snow, lhe staff, the ski shop, the apres-ski snacks, and of course, the private chair lift that takes you directly from the slopes to your home in the powdery blue skies: Alta's Rustler Lodge.

Room Tip: I have only stayed on the the 5th floor and I like it.
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Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013

My husband and I recently had a week of skiing in Alta Utah USA. We chose to stay at Rustler Lodge and did not regret our decision one bit . The whole place had the most amazing ambiance from our first step into the lodge , the views were to die for , the staff could not have been more helpful and the FOOD well that was 5 star dining in our opinion . We thought each night that our meal could not get any better but it did and the staff were expertly trained . Our whole experience was amazing , also the wine list was terrific and the bar area was just gorgeous with a beautiful welcoming fire to relax by . After our day of skiing we used the heated outside pool it was totally awesome and just what we needed after an excellent days skiing . Ski hire was made so easy and we were given skis that were appropriate for the conditions and the slopes ,well , snow board FREE what more can we say .We have rebooked for next year that's how good it was , we do not have anything negative to say , it was truly an amazing week .

Room Tip: Book early and request bed configuration
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Nashville
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

Everything about the Rustler is top notch. The customer service is exceptional! Every single person on staff is dedicated to making your vacation a trip to remember. Both the breakfast buffet and the dinners were delicious - we could not decide which meal was the best. And it was so easy to ski in- ski out. This was our first trip to the Rustler but we will be returning (hopefully) every year!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New York City
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

My recent stay at the Rustler was a wonderful experience from beginning to end. The reservationist I spoke with when booking was gracious and professional, and took the time to determine what my particular needs might be during my visit. The entire staff was thorough, professional, friendly, courteous and responsive. The hotel arranges transportation from the airport, and I had a cordial and prompt driver. Hotel vans are also made available to help guests get around Alta, which was helpful. I was traveling alone and felt very comfortable in this hotel setting. The Rustler hosts guests traveling alone to a family-style dinner table which is fun and relaxed. Meals were consistently delicious and varied, from the multi-course dinners to the yummy breakfasts with something for everyone. Having a ski shop (Powder House) on site was super-convenient, with a friendly and very knowledgeable staff. The spa staff was equally good. Now I know why the Rustler has so many repeat guests. This delightful stay was my first visit but I will definitely plan to return!

Room Tip: Ask for a room facing the mountain; lovely views!
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

Once again the Rustler shines! It's unusual to return to a "des tination resort" and find that's it has improved, sans major renovations, each & every year. The Rustler is very much the same as it has been for the last 30+ years, but remember, God is in the details. And it is in the details that Kate & Tom enhance the experience: best food in the greater area (and plenty of it), best steam/spa anywhere and the massage therapists are top notch, super friendly staff with a major "can do" attitude, clean as a whistle in all aspects, and of course the best ski-in/ski-out access to Alta's finest pow around!!
If you want glitz- go to Aspen. If you want a casual, friendly, awesome ski experience- try the Rustler. Oh, yes we have tried every other establishment in the greater SLC area; no one else beats Alta/Rustler.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 10380 East Highway 210, P.O. Box 8030, Alta, UT 84092-8030
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Location: United States > Utah > Wasatch Range > Alta
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Ski-In / Ski-Out Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Alta
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Number of rooms: 85
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
When you stay at Alta’s Rustler Lodge, you'll experience the cozy atmosphere of a mountain lodge along with superb services and Alta's finest amenities. Our 85 rooms range from luxury to modest accommodations. Daily room rates include full breakfast and dinner and FREE WIFI. The Rustler, while elegant, is congenial and relaxed, the way we feel a ski lodge should be. ... more   less 
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