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Sundance Resort
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   8841 N Alpine Loop Road, Sundance, UT 84604   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Sundance
Orange County California
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74 reviews 74 reviews
18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
“Wow. Better than anticipated.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

My daughter (27) and I spent 5 days solely at the Sundance Resort this summer. It was everything the website stated, and more. I was prepared to deal with some unpleasantries mentioned in some other trip advisor reviews, and I never encountered anything except a very high level of professionalism from every single resort employee, no matter their position.

The nuts and bolts: The rooms are very comfortable, spacious and nicely decorated. Our bed was comfortable, with nice linen, no lumps or pits. They give you plenty of pillows, and even extras in the closet. Our room was one of the farthest out, and was a walk to get to, but we were also able to park very close if we chose to drive. Plus, the resort has drivers who can pick you up and take you to your room almost instantly. The longest we waited for a ride was about 5 minutes. I've waited longer in larger hotels. We enjoyed walking, but if you have mobility issues, there are a lot of stairs, but there are plenty of options.

The restaurants were top notch. I liked the flexibility of the dining as a whole. They cover it all, from deli to fine dining, and everything we ate was beautifully prepared. The decor is beautifully done, and no matter how many times we ate in the same room, we found something new to look at. The Owl Bar is the resorts bar/pub, and I highly recommend that a casual evening be spent there. My daughter and I had the pleasure of meeting some great folks, and got to enjoy live music from a fantastic local band.

The Art Shack. Truth be told, it's the resorts art shack that brought us to Sundance. My daughter is a research scientist, but relaxes by creating jewelry. The art shack has a jewelry silversmithing class, and since the purpose of our trip was to just relax, why not spend it learning something new. She ended up making 4 gorgeous rings. The instructors were very professional and kind. They spent quality time explaining the art and process. It inspired us to take one of the other art classes that they offer, pottery. We had such a good time, and were taught so well, that we've decided to buy our own potters wheel. The art shack also offers drawing/painting and photography. We will definitely do those upon our return.

We took advantage of the spa and got much needed massages. The massage therapists we had were very good. They both were cognizant of our needs. I can confidently say that the experience was exceptional for both of us. One of the best massages that both of us have ever had.

A local gentleman suggested that we get our lunch from the deli and take the ski lift on a round trip to have the best view any lunch can offer. He was right, and we will never forget that one of a kind view of Utah. The ride is an hour round trip and worth a day trip to the resort for that very reason.

We purchased a package that included horseback riding and mountain biking with our nightly rate. The horseback ride was one of the nicest I've ever done on a vacation. Our trail guide was kind, professional and was clearly meant for this line of work. It was the highlight of the trip for me. The downhill biking was nice. We were fitted on two cruisers and we spent the morning following the Provo River. When we finished, the resort sent our guide, Owen, to pick us up. He was a very kind and professional gentleman.

The grounds are beautiful and maintained at a very high level. It is easy to see why so many creative types of people visit. It's truly inspirational. You never feel as if you're in a big resort. It's creatively laid out to give the impression that it's intimate. Well done.

It seemed as if the resort genuinely wanted us to have a good time. We were constantly asked if we needed anything, and if we did, there was no hesitation. Our Concierge, Kimberlee was very helpful. She even called us prior to our visit to prearrange our activities so that we didn't waste a moment while at the resort. That was very impressive and only further demonstrates their high level of service.

I highly recommend that you visit this resort, no matter what the season is.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tucson, Arizona
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18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 49 cities Reviews in 49 cities
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

Probably best known for its founder, Robert Redford and the annual indy film festival which it co-hosts with nearby Park CIty Utah, and for it's fabulous skiing mountain every winter, Sundance is a great bet for a getaway in the summer as well. The rooms are like mini cabins, many designed around a mountain stream which provides the perfect backdrop of cool and quiet. Beautifully designed for the guests complete comfort, there's a serenity unlike similar world class resorts, and with designer kitchenware, art and furniture. The rooms are all differently arranged...no two even remotely alike. Some even have hot tubs above the babbling brook for hikers in need of a place to end the day. Comfortable and classy.
The rooms are a staging area for the many nature trails up and down the mountains amidst the birch and pine forests and beautiful seasonal wild flowers.
The intrepid will want to take the ski lift to the top of Sundance and look over the Great Salt Lake basin...easily 40-50 miles on a clear day. As you ride down a steady stream of mountain bikers zoom along below only to catch the lift next to the YURT at the bottom again and again and go down the various trails.
The shopping, for those unacquainted with the catalog, is spectacular. Clothing, furniture, much indian inspired along with beautiful jewelery, designer elements, cutlery and props.....an enlightening array of objects that would improve any room anywhere.
The walls of the hallways of the main building are covered with memorabilia from the film festival where Redford has entertained practically every majore star and producer/director over the past three decades.
Then there's the OWL bar which was moved hook line and sinker from Wyoming; with its gorgeous rosewood bar legend is that this was a favorite of Butch Cassidy's Hole In The Wall Gang.
The main dining feature is the fabled TREE ROOM, an exquisite haute cuisine experience with candle light, subdued settings, all serving as a backdrop for native american art from across the west. Oh----and there's a huge tree around which the dining room was constructed. The food is terrific. The service outstanding. The price reflects the atmosphere, cuisine and service perfectly.
The grill room provides a lovely luncheon/brunch setting, while the deli is perfect for taking a HUGE sandwich out on the trail. There's no need to ever leave Sundance.
The variety of service personnel from the greeters at reception to the drivers who take your luggage to your room to the ski lift operators and jewelery/yoga/art instructors are all devoted to the guest. Top drawer.
We've seen mid size corporations and organizations using the state of the conference center which sits along the lake in the middle of the resort.
Hikers, conventioneers, foodies, skiiers, film buffs....it's all there for the picking. And during summer live musical productions are an extra added attraction.
Sundance is not to be missed.

Room Tip: Ask for rooms near or ON the mountain stream on the first floor.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Jupiter, Florida, United States
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56 reviews 56 reviews
40 hotel reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

When you come here in Summer, the rooms (which are very nice) don't matter at all. Just plan to live outdoors where wandering trails go along the side of picturesque brooks and wildflowers in bloom everywhere. Grassy knolls dotted with college kids picnicking took me back to my own college days. The ski lifts take you to gorgeous running, hiking and mountain biking trails. And down the street is a 13 mile Provo/Jordan River trail that was a fun run. Everything is accessible - not self-important. I really wish my wife and kids had been with me on this trip - what a place to be with the family.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

We stayed for 4 days in Wildfllower cabin with our party of 7. The stay was a highlight of our 3 week road trip. The cabin was incredibly comfortable, nothing was overlooked, the hot tub on the deck was wonderful after a day of hiking. We enjoyed the Sunday Brunch, food was superb, leave space for it all! We also enjoyed the bar, wonderful setting, great service. The spa treatments were great. Our hike to nearby waterfall was brilliant ( lots of different trails can be accessed via Sundance chairlift) , be warned the water is freezing but walking under the waterfall is exhilarating! The staff at Sundance could not be more helpful and informative, the shuttle service was great. The hotel prices for what we got were great value. We will definitely return!

Room Tip: If there is enough in your party go for Wildflower Cabin, its fantastic
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  • Stayed July 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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Dallas, Texas, United States
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24 reviews 24 reviews
22 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013 via mobile

I have stayed here many times over the last year and none before. But it is already my favorite place to stay. The customer service is second to none. Each room is individually done. None that I have stayed in are close to the same, but all are amazing. The staff remembers you and you likes. Even down to the cookies and diet coke in the fridge. It is the perfect place for families. If you are looking for a resort without all of the crowds but all the amenities then this is your place.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

Sundance in general is simply beautiful. Small enough to feel intimate but classy enough to feel like a resort...
but mainly I want to recommend the Sunday buffet brunch at the Foundry Grill. Do it. So amazing. But pace yourself. Go hungry, get some breakfast foods (maybe the apple pie oatmeal or a personalized omelette), digest slowly, head back in for more lunch-type foods, digest slowly, and hit it again for dessert. You could spend a good 3 hours on this meal and you won't regret it. Delicious!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Carefree, AZ
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

Overall, we loved Sundance. The layout is perfect in that the accommodations are somewhat hidden from view, making our walks around the grounds more like being in a lovely park. We reserved a regular room for 2 nights and were pleasantly surprised to be upgraded to a studio with fireplace, refrig, microwave in the River Run section. After figuring out how to cool down the room without turning on the A/C -- we opened the windows above our bed -- the room was very comfortable. Our only complaints were the lack of comfortable chairs in our room for relaxing in the evening and the fact that there were lots of stairs to climb to get to our unit (they are built on a hill). We didn't mind the stairs so much as not being told there were any and that you'd have to park a ways from your unit, meaning you had to haul your luggage a bit of a way. This could really be a problem for someone with disabilities. The grounds are gorgeous, the tram ride was perfect, meals delicious and the staff welcoming and helpful. We didn't get to hike all the trails around the resort but we will definitely be back again to do that.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 8841 N Alpine Loop Road, Sundance, UT 84604
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Location: United States > Utah > Wasatch Range > Sundance
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Ski-In / Ski-Out Spa Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Sundance
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Sundance Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 105
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Founded by Robert Redford in 1969, Sundance Mountain Resort is a year-round luxury mountain resort dedication to conservation, the arts, and community. We offer lodging accommodations ranging from a standard room to a four-bedroom home. We also have award-winning restaurants, shopping outlets, conference and catering services, and much more. Our Resort offers the following year-round activities: • Fly fishing • Art classes • Spa treatments • And more. We also offer the following seasonal activities: • Downhill skiing and snowboarding • Cross country skiing • Hiking and mountain biking • Horseback riding • Summer Theatre and Bluebird Cafe Concert Series • And more. "Sundance is an arts community, a recreational community, a community of people who appreciate the beauty of nature and feel the responsibility to preserve it... As you'll see, Sundance has many shapes, many moods, and many possibilities. Somewhere in our community awaits an experience which belongs to you and we are committed to helping you find it." -Robert Redford ... more   less 
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