We stayed at the Newpark Resort as a anniversary getaway, for two nights at the end of February. Its located right off the freeway, in a shopping center, and across from Wal-Mart/Olympic Park entrance, and about 5 minutes from the Tanger Outlets and 3 ski resorts.
Our first impression was "Bizarre." From the way it looked to the overall layout, this was the best word to describe it. Parking is haphazard, aside from the main lot directly in front. The entrance/check-in is not clearly marked. We ended up walking right past the front doors and in the side door, because a "Newpark Resort" sign hung there. There are two buildings connected by second story walkway with a little street running under. Our room was in the second building, which we could get to by taking the elevator to the second floor, walking across the connecting walkway and then taking the elevator up to the fourth floor, OR by walking outside, crossing the little street and using our keycard to enter and then take the elevator to the fourth floor. Confused yet? Like I said, bizarre.
We opened the door to our room, and were confused by a long hallway. *see pics* There was straight wall on the right, and lots of different doors on the left, starting with the connector door to a separate suite. Then a series of closets and a stackable washer/dryer unit. (soap & softener could be purchased from a machine on the 3rd floor) Then our room, which contained a HUGE bed, soft and comfy with crisp white linens. It also had a wall-mounted TV and a chair. I was pleased to see an iHome alarm clock on the little pedestal next to my side of the bed. Our iPhones fit perfectly into it! This room wouldve been dark and cavernous had it not been for the window in the back left corner. However, it looked right into other rooms, and when you looked down, it was just a gravel square below with no entrance/exit. Hard to describe.
The next door was our bathroom, which was gorgeous! All travertine and glass, with big, thick towels, and little packets of q-tips and cotton balls. Dont rely on using their toiletries, they suck. LOL There was ONE bar of soap, which did smell good, but stll, just one for sink and shower. There was also lotion, shampoo and conditioner all the size and circumference of a mans thumb. Not enough for multiple guests, thank goodness my hubby has no hair! If he had, though, the "conditioner" wouldve left him needing to be conditioned. LOL Wal-Mart to the rescue! Heres the annoying part, though. We were so excited to see this gorgeous shower, and when we turned it on, it TRICKLED. I HATE that! Is this what they meant when the said this is a "green" hotel? We warmed up by filling the huge, 2 person tub and taking a soak.
The living room (25 paces from the front door- I have a 32" inseam...) had a comfy leather couch, a nice chair, gas fireplace which ran on a timer, full kitchen, a table with chairs and a VERY annoying thermostat. This thing NEVER stopped. Once you set the room to the temp desired, it would go til it reached this point, then a very loud click would switch back to cold air, then a loud click again to switch back to warm air to just undo what the cold air did, and this continued on and on ad nauseum. LOL It was NEVER just quiet. We were either hot or cold, and we finally turned it off so we could sleep.
Outside our sliding glass door, our deck overlooked the shopping center and ski runs to the right, and the wildlife preserve to the left. We had 2 chairs and a little hot tub waiting for our use, and later, when the power went out (with no notice from the hotel even though it was a planned outage for maintanence work) we clicked on our fireplace for some romantic light and went outside to sit in our tub under the stars. I have to say, that was nice.
Below us wafted scents of pizza, so on Saturday night we walked downstairs to Maxwells for some late-night eats (9pm) to find they had a TWO hour wait! The maitre'd asked if we were staying upstairs in the hotel, and when we answered in the affirmative, she said they could call us when our order was ready. That was fine with us, so we crossed the little street in the meantime and got some gelato to take back and put in our freezer for dessert. About 10 minutes later, a surprise knock on the door to find the maitre'd had our food brought up for us! That was a very welcome treat, as it was about 15 degrees outside and the thought of leaving our room again made us shiver. So one yummy pizza and caprese later, we dug into our DIVINE chocolate gelato.
All in all, it was an okay experience. We enjoyed the hot tub, big comfy bed, and convienient shopping. Try the bruschetta at Red Rock Brewery located in the same shopping center, AMAZING! (theres a movie theatre too!) Also, we tried Flanagans on Historic Main Street. That was FANTASTIC! Ask for internet at check-in, its free. They give you a paper with their log on info for wireless. One last thing, ski rentals are located outside the hotel in the back, extremely convenient if you dont want to bring your own. Rent in advance online for a 30% discount at www.skirentals.com/newpark.
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- Also Known As:
- Newpark Hotel Park City
- Newpark Resort & Hotel Park City, Utah