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Daniels Summit Lodge
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Heber City
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47 reviews
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“An upgraded Motel 6?”
Reviewed October 12, 2012

I'm so torn how to review Daniels Summit Lodge. The lodge was beautiful, the common area was grand, everything was very nice, until we experienced the room. We paid for an upgraded room, which gave us a king sized bed and a view to the forest in the back (which was better than facing the highway in the front) with rocking chairs on the porch. Everything looked beautiful, but it seemed all the niceties were purely superficial. 1st, the spa was too hot, couldn't even sit in it for more than a minute or two (along with all the other 10 people there-not just me). Next, the room - the shower temperature was extremely touchy, freezing cold to burning hot with a 1/4 inch turn and nothing in between, when the heater would come on in the middle of the night it was loud and would wake me up, the TV selection was poor at best - 3 different ESPN's and a couple of local stations. If you were interested in enjoying your warm drink in the morning enjoying the view, be prepared to enjoy it with every other room-there was absolutely no privacy. The balcony next door is probably 2 feet away from yours. Then there were the "notes" in the room from hotel management - these weren't bad, but there were so many it became quite comical. Ex. if cleaning your face, use the brown towel....be sure to set the room temperature to this degree during this season...no cooking in the room...be sure to do this and be sure to do that....like I said, not a problem, just a little odd for a "nicer" hotel.

The good: The bed was comfortable, the views were beautiful, the staff was kind. The breakfast at the restaurant was excellent. We also went on a 2 hour guided horseback ride. The guide was excellent and the views were beautiful (it was fall and the colors was blazing).

Room Tip: If you're going, I would go for one facing the forest in the back. The front is fine pretty as...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Kearns, Utah
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Reviewed October 12, 2012

The room was very nice. The staff was very pleasant and friendly. We got a king room with a jetted tub. The room was well furnished and had a gas fireplace. The patio had rocking chairs and faced the mountains and forest. It was a very nice and quiet weekend get away

Room Tip: The rooms on the backside of the lodge are the best to get. You are looking into the mountains and...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Provo, Utah
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Reviewed October 5, 2012

Daniels Summit Lodge is about 30 minutes outside of Heber, Utah on Highway 40. It's sits alongside the highway, pretty much by itself, nestled into the mountains around it. In addition to the Lodge, there's a restaurant and a small store, but we ever used either one. Our room has a great king-sized bed and a small deck that provided a great view of the fall colors (aspens and maples). My wife and I were there for a workshop, so meals were provided, and they were tasty and plentiful, but the best part of the lodge isn't the lodge itself but its location. We were within a hundred yards of some excellent trails that led up into the mountains and gave us great views of Strawberry Resevoir in the distance and the mountains in all directions.

OK, but the lodge itself is more than fine. It's clearly a western decor in its architecture and decor, lots of wood, lots of outdoor scenes, a roomy lobby. The rooms have flat screen TVs and comfortable bathrooms. The bed, linen, towels, were all what you would expect, but I'm still dreaming of that crisp, cool mountain air and those stunning autumn vistas!

One downside---the workout room is little more than a closet, and the equipment is in terrible condition---so plan on getting your exercise outside.

If you're looking for a quiet mountain getaway, this is the place.

Room Tip: Get a room on the backside of the lodge, away from the highway. They're much quieter and offer...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
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Park City, Utah
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Reviewed August 27, 2012

Recently US 40 was closed by the Whisky Fire. Our car was near the front of the line as we drove west, when state troopers closed the road, so we opted to have dinner at the Daniels Summit Lodge restaurant. The meal was fine, the restaurant service above average.
Access to the restrooms was not so fine, as you might expect, lots of others followed our lead, and stopped for either a meal or use of the restrooms, as the road was closed for hours. A line ensued. Many restaurant patrons tried to go use the facilities in the Summit Lodge adjacent to the restaurant. The manager on duty (I wish we had gotten his name) opted to leave his facilities closed.
A poor decision. Based on what I would consider poor public relations, I would not patronize this facility.

Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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Dousman, Wisconsin USA
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Reviewed July 17, 2012

This was exactly the type of accommodation we were looking for as we were sightseeing in this area of Utah. It was "off the beaten" path so there were no dining options other than at their restaurant but the restaurant was quite nice and not unreasonably priced. Visiting in the summer, it was almost like we had the place to ourselves.

The room was very large and comfortable with two comfy chairs, a king size bed, a fireplace (the kind you flip the switch to turn on but it does provide some heat) and a balcony overlooking the wooded hillside. The bathtub was huge and deep and was great for a relaxing soak. There was also a pool and hot tub but we did not use those facilities.

Mostly I enjoyed the ambiance of the lodge, decorated with wooden carved bears (life size or larger). There were a lot of gathering spaces in the lodge for those who were traveling with others.

There was a 3 mile trail from the lodge that my husband explored and enjoyed. It is probably used much more as a cross country ski trail rather than a hiking trail however.

When we checked in and when we checked out, the only person on duty was busy on the phone so it took a while to be waited on.

Room Tip: Ask for a room facing the woods
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Kentucky
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
Reviewed June 29, 2012

Daniels Summit Lodge is located about 20 minutes from Heber City on Route 40. It consists of a large hotel-style lodge (with conference rooms), some nearby cabin-style accommodations, and a restaurant with general store. Service is minimal, but they will help you arrange for some activities which in the summer time includes horseback riding and ATV rentals. Restaurant is OK - about Cracker Barrel level in quality - and the store has a few gifts plus some essentials (food, toiletries).

I've stayed here a couple of times now and just am not impressed by this place. The staffing is not particularly adept, the facilities feel a bit worn, and the rooms are not particularly comfortable. Air conditioning was not very effective and our room smelled like a gym locker. Cleanliness of linens was below par.

In addition, there is not really a lot to do on the property, even in terms of walking/hiking. So to me, it doesn't really make sense to use this as a base of operations for this area as there are nicer places less than an hour away.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled on business
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Berkeley, California
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Reviewed May 27, 2012

Stayed here for a conference of about 50 Episcopal clergy. Rooms are very nice, clean, spacious and comfortable. I had one facing the highway, but highway noise was pretty minimal. Rooms away from the highway had a lovely view of a stream and aspens. Lodge itself is nicely laid out, and conference rooms worked great. Decor is what I call "imagined Western," meaning lots of logs, antlers, and vaguely Native American-looking rugs. The food was good. The pool is small, but fine. The "workout room" consists of a treadmill, an elliptical glider, and a recumbent bike crammed in a tiny room, that's my only critique. Otherwise it worked great. Our group wound up rebooking for the next year's conference, so I think it is a great conference spot within very reasonable driving distance of Salt Lake City.

Room Tip: Ask for a room away from the highway.
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled on business
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Property: Daniels Summit Lodge
Address: Hwy 40 Daniels Summit Pass, Heber City, UT 84032-0240
Location: United States > Utah > Wasatch Range > Heber City
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Heber City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Daniels Summit Lodge 3.5*
Number of rooms: 48
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