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The Cliff Lodge & Spa
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Snowbird
Certificate of Excellence
Birmingham, Alabama
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“Great place to ski and relax”
Reviewed March 22, 2014

My wife and I stayed at the Cliff Lodge in March where I was attending a conference. Our check in was easy and convenient. We even got early check in after getting in SLC at around noon. We took Canyon transport directly up the the lodge. Our room was spacious and comfortable. We had the mountain view on the 5th floor which looked over pines to the backside of the lodge and a vista of the Wasatch. The double queen beds were very comfortable and housekeeping did a very nice job. The hotel is all concrete and the interior design is that of the unfinished concrete slabs, which can seem a little cold, but is actually quite functional and makes the walls look pretty cool. There are several choices for dining from the Aerie on the roof to the mexican place downstairs and a few more in the nearby Snowbird village. The cost of everything, sundries, water bottles, gift shop, snacks is however quite high as they have a monopoly. It is the only ski on ski off facility.

There are locked cabinets for each room to store skis/boots/equipment which is much nicer than lugging up to the room and much less messy. Boots and skis on you simply ski down the bunny slope to Snowbird center where the gondola and major lifts take you up the mountain! Coming back there's a small bunny lift that takes you back up to the hotel. Apres ski the several outdoor hottubs and and outdoor heated pool are a must!! The pool is even long enough for laps if you don't mind the warm water, but swimming outdoors surrounded by snow covered mountains is incredible! There's a pool upstairs in the spa for a daily entry rate, but frankly the one on level three is just as nice. If you want to use a nice gym, you'll have to pay for the spa, because the one included with your room is a few free weights and a few exercise bikes, but is clean. And frankly if you're going to be skiing full days at altitude you probably won't need additional exercise.

I recommend going to the Aerie from 5-6 and making your dinner a combination of the multiple delicious appetizers which are half-priced for happy hour!

Overall a comfortable if somewhat overpriced, but you are paying for the location/ski on and off at Snowbird!

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled on business
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Southampton, New York
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Reviewed March 22, 2014

This is a great choice if you are going to ski Snowbird and/or Alta and you only have a few days. Nothing trumps the location. The staff is great. Everyone from the parking attendant, room maids, bell staff and spa workers is first cabin. The hotel is a sprawling concrete bunker from the 70s. A lot of that is driven by the avalanche proof architecture that is necessitated by its location, so I get it. But, the public spaces and the rooms are just used to plain worn out. My beds were not comfortable. While the room was clean with a good TV and a great view, it was tired and made me depressed. So, stay here is you are all about skiing and convenience. But, you will not want to linger in the room...

Room Tip: Ask to be on the side of the hotel that faces Snowbird mountain. It is extremely dramatic.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled solo
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Rowayton, Connecticut
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Reviewed March 18, 2014

Great staff, good rooms and good location. Slightly less convenient than The Lodge condos because you have to either walk up the hill or take a small lift at the end of the day. However, if you're looking for all of the services of a hotel, The Cliff is the place to stay. Good restaurant, pool, shops. Would be nice if they had at least a small refrigerator in the room. But all around, our favorite place to stay at Snowbird.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed March 17, 2014 via mobile

Stayed a week here in March in "suite" (two adjoining rooms facing the ski slopes) and would not recommend a stay here or anywhere in snowbird despite solid skiing.


First the positive: 1) it is a nice mountain with great snow and he ability to go over to altar vastly expands the skiable terrain, 2) guides are knowledgeable and generally the ski experience is good, 3) the proximity to Salt Lake City airport (45 minutes) is incredibly convenient, 4) cliff lodge has easy access to slopes and convenient ski lockers with every room, 5) spa is decent

The bad: 1) the last time we were here was 13 years ago and cliff lodge has literally has been frozen in time they invested nothing in the holt properly except for the aerie restaurant. Gym is pathetic. It is incredibly dated and for $850 for a suite very mediocre, 2) beds and pillows were uncomfortable, 3) a la carte breakfast may have been worst bfast experience we have ever had everything was awful, 4) the only halfway decent restaurant was the aerie with a nice view and nice wine list (but may be decent because everything else is so bad) there are 9 or so "restaurants" total and they are all owned by snowbird and they know you don't have a choice so everything is expensive (as in vail/aspen) expensive including $4 medium water as an example.. I have no problem paying up at vail or aspen but you can find high quality food and wine here you feel like you are at a movie theater and just getting hosed, 5) I knew this going in but just a reminder there is nothing to do here besides ski.. So if you want to take a day off it is pretty much spa or outdoor pool.

I could go on but what is the point.. It is a MUCH better idea in my view to stay in park city and ski there and do a day trip or two to snowbird/alta (for the clearly better skiing) there are evidently plenty of transport alternatives from park city and while it is a longer drive from airport you have restaurants competing for your $ in park city so you get much better food, service, without feeling like you are constantly being taken advantage of. The only way I would ever return if there is new management and after maybe a $30M upgrade because it is much needed!

Stayed March 2014
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Reviewed March 14, 2014

1. This hotel increased their price over advertised original online price by 50 $, found only after the fact after doing reservation through Expedia.
2. This hotel staff then did not care at all, when we found that entire reservation was erroneously moved one day earlier, causing us to be without accomodation at the end of vacation and pay for accomodation in the beginning of the vacation which we will not use. (They could easily move the reservation, rooms were available, as we found out).

After this experience, I will make sure to avoid Cliff Lodge and all adjacent hotels in future and advise same to everyone I know. I travel extensively, and I found their disrespect of their customers disgusting. Be very careful before you make any payments.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 12, 2014

This has been one of the finest and complete resorts, I have ever visited. Located within the serene mountains in Utah and very close to Salt Lake City, it is a wonderful ski resort. Even in summer, the area is full of activities. I was there to attend a conference, but thoroughly enjoyed the locality. The rooms are big and clean. The stuffs are very cordial. There are few nice restaurants are present within the resort. I will highly recomend mountain veiw rooms.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
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Annapolis, Maryland
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Reviewed March 9, 2014

My husband and I stayed at Cliff Lodge Feb 2-7, 2014. I went for a Cardiology conference. The location of the hotel is perfect for skiers. The locker area for your skis/boots/helmets is very convenient. The staff is friendly and helpful. It was easy and quick to get a shuttle to other hotels for dinner. We ate at Wildflower which was good. Portions are large like any typical Italian restaurant. I got the lasagna and my husband got the chicken parmesan. No complaints. We liked The Aerie best. We ate there 2 nights and our food was amazing. I particularly loved the maple cured Salmon. The view is great from the bar. The Steak Pit is your typical steak house. Meals come with all you can eat salad. We enjoyed this. We made reservations every night for dinner and were seated right away at all locations. We did not use the spa or pool. I heard the spa was amazing though. The layout of the hotel was strange. It was hard to find El Chanate. My only complaint is the hotel décor is very dated. Overall, I would recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled on business
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Property: The Cliff Lodge & Spa
Address: Little Cottonwood Canyon Road, Snowbird, UT 84092
Location: United States > Utah > Wasatch Range > Snowbird
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 Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Ski-In / Ski-Out Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Snowbird
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Cliff Lodge & Spa 3.5*
Number of rooms: 514
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled in a comfortable mountain setting, The Cliff Lodge and Spa has 514 accommodation options, three restaurants, two lounges, two swimming pools, four hot tubs, extensive meeting space and Snowbird’s only ski-out, ski-in accessibility. The Cliff Lodge is the flagship of the four lodging properties at the resort. Guests of the Cliff Lodge don’t have to worry about toting their gear back to their room as each room and unit is assigned a convenient indoor locker. Lockers includes boot dryers, shelves and plenty of space for your skis and snowboard. Camp Snowbird is the resort’s comprehensive, state-licensed daycare facility with an on-premises kitchen and nursery for infants 6 weeks and older. Camp Snowbird offers a seamless integration with the resort’s renowned Mountain School to smoothly incorporate lessons on the nearby Chickadee Run and throughout the mountain with customary daycare offerings such as games, movies, arts and crafts and naps. ... more   less 
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