I have wanted to stay at the Stein Eriksen for years. Based on recommendations from friends, its general reputation, and lofty price, I brought high expectations. Overall I cannot say they were met. It is a fantastic location in perhaps the best ski resort in the world. The service, particularly in the ski locker, is superb. Their vision is consistent, but not one I embrace. The Stein Eriksen aspires to be the height of 1980’s European outdoor elegance. That makes for an interesting experience, but it is not my style. Here are a few useful things to know.
Rooms vary greatly. I was there for a conference and we all paid the same rate. Some in our party raved about their rooms – views, fireplaces, hot tubs, etc. My room was small and dark. The one window looked at the foundation and ductwork of the building 10 feet away. The bathroom was so small you had to walk sideways between the sink and the shower. The toilet seat was broken and a light bulb was out. I asked for a better room and was given a polite “no” although the hotel was one third empty.
They are under construction. They are currently building a new conference center. There is noise, a crane overhead and much of the facility is blocked off. They should have mentioned that at reservation time.
Prepare to walk. The lodge has few rooms. The bulk of the rooms are arranged condo-style on a large campus. From my room to the conference center was up 2 full flights of stairs, a 200 yard walk, then 2 flights of stairs down. Same for the ski locker. Same for the pool but a 100yd walk. The walks are outdoors with no awning. Steps have some ice and the railing are snow covered. I found myself walking 45-60 minutes a day just getting from one place to another. I would have rather spent that time skiing or working.
The elevation is 8,100 feet. Nearly everyone in our party was affected.
Nothing cool here. The common areas are well maintained but from the 80’s. The staff is well trained, but wearing uniforms from the same era. Unlike the photos on the website, this is not a beautiful people place.
The food is rich. They love cheese, sausage, potatoes, and sauced beef and pork. Fruit, vegetables and lean proteins are hard to find. Eriksen is Norwegian, but the food is Russian/German.
Some of the service is ridiculous. Turn down service includes fresh ice, robe, slippers, and a white linen bedside mat. Not things I want and what about the ecological cost?
Tip – bring skis and a boot bag and have them delivered to the complementary ski locker. Then you can wear normal shoes for the long walk to the ski center. On the last day leave a change of clothes in your locker. After skiing you can shower at the spa for free and have a happier plane trip home.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Stein Eriksen Lodge is Utah’s only Forbes Five Star/ Five Diamond resort. We are centrally located at Mid-Mountain Deer Valley. Only steps from all the activities that Deer Valley has to offer and only a short shuttle ride to Historic Main Street, Park City. We are North Americas premiere mountain destination. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Stein Eriksen Hotel Park City
- Stein Eriksen Park City
- Stein Ericksen Lodge
- Stein Eriksen Lodge Deer Valley Park City, Utah