Alpine Hospitality at its Best

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on April 02 2009 10:24 AM

Travel: Head up to the Wasatch Mountains of Park City, Utah andyou'll find Stein Eriksen Lodge - one of the most luxurious andprestigious mid-mountain Deer Valley resorts with the credentials toprove it!Having earned Mobile Travel Guide's Five-Star Award for thesecond straight year - the first and only Utah property to achieve thisdistinction - the Stein Eriksen Lodge is also among an elite list ofjust 44 hotels, inns and resorts throughout North America to earn thisaward. It's also one of only 32 properties in North America to holdthis award alongside an AAA Five Diamond rating.The property's Giltretind Restaurant and The Spa have alsoboth received Four-Star ratings. Indeed, the restaurant is one of onlytwo Utah establishments to achieve this rating, with the spa the onlyin Utah having earned such prestigious recognition.The lodge is designed to reflect the Norwegian heritage of itsnamesake, Stein Eriksen, an Olympic Gold Medalist. It lends itself tothe look of a rustic lodge but with so many details in thearchitecture, design, and feel of the resort that clearly make it anelite ski and relaxation destination. For over a quarter of a decade,Stein Eriksen Lodge has focused on developing a staff that is dedicatedto the highest caliber of service, and it shows.This year-round luxury ski-in/ski out resort features 180rooms, including 68 suites, as well as meeting facilities, recreationalactivities, a full-service concierge, ski valets, twice daily maidservice, rental shops, and shopping. Every room is unique in how it is arranged and designed as well asfeatures a number of comforts and amenities that make it feel just likehome, including private jetted tubs, down pillows, plush robes, MoltonBrown bath amenities, and luxurious linens. Deluxe and luxury bedroomsoffer one King or two Queen-size beds, window seats and/or balconies,satellite cable television, VCR/DVD player, multi-line telephones withvoice mail, separate shower, tea and coffee maker, CD/radio alarmclock, in-room safe, refrigerator, humidifier, hair dryer andhigh-speed and wireless Internet access. Some of the deluxe and luxury rooms also include hot tubs, decks andfireplaces. The deluxe rooms measure 375 square feet while the luxuryrooms span 700 square feet. Both sleep two to four people.The suites feature European kitchens, spacious living roomswith stone fireplaces, a dining area, and separate bedrooms (from 1 to5, depending on the suite). The suites measure 1,200 to 4,900 squarefeet and sleep 2 to 18 people. Many have hot tubs and balconies. TheGrand suites offer easy access to the concierge, restaurant and shopsas well as all offer balconies with gorgeous views of the scenery.These suites span 800 to 3,000 square feet and sleep 2 to 14 people.To accompany the premium accommodations, dining at its finestis served up at the resort's restaurant and lounge. GiltretindRestaurant offers regional American cuisine for breakfast, lunch,dinner, and weekly brunch offerings set against an elegant slope sidesetting. Online reservations are available. Besides the romanticdinners or hearty breakfasts, the après ski crowd can be found at theTroll Hallen Lounge, which features light lunch fare, appetizers, anddinners along with a wide selection of European beers and uniquecocktails. The selection at the lounge can be enjoyed next to the fireon a winter's day or on the deck during the summer season. Executive Pastry Chef Raymond Lammers also creates sinfully delightfulhouse-made chocolates that are available at the lodge. Beyond the finefood, the resort has four sommeliers who can conduct a personalizedwine seminar in its 10,000-bottle wine cellar. An assortment of diningpossibilities is available to you at Stein Eriksen Lodge. Of course,food cannot be forgotten even during a wine tasting. A cheese course orcanapé tasting can be arranged as a pairing with the wines. Guest services abound at this exceptional resort. Complimentary dailynewspapers, 24-hour room service and in-room dining, a full-serviceconcierge desk that caters to every whim, luxury private transfers,same-day laundry and dry cleaning service, a full-service ski lockerroom, secure parking in heated underground garage, room deliveries,babysitting service, and baggage storage.For those that cannot escape the rigors of business, theresort also has a business center with all the bells and whistles, suchas copy, fax, and computer services; audio/visual services, equipmentrental and setup, notary public, and package shipping and express mailservice. Business meetings and events are also given that extra specialtouch. Groups can be accommodated up to 440 people with three executiveboardrooms, the 1,600 square foot Flagstaff room, and a 4,000 squarefoot Olympic Ballroom with six breakouts. Each meeting and event areais equipped with high-speed wireless Internet and state-of-the-artaudio/visual resources. The resort also has destination, secretarialand security services as well as event planners and catering on stafffor events and weddings.When business can be put aside, there are a range ofactivities that will provide hours of entertainment and relaxation. Theski locker room provides warm ski boots and assistance from ski valetsthat guide guests to the Sterling Express lift and see them off with awarm beverage or glass of water. The resort offers many summertimedelights as well, such as golf, hiking, fly-fishing, horseback riding,alpine coaster rides, mountain biking, and hot-air balloon rides.Nearby, Park City provides culture in the form of the Sundance FilmFestival, Kimball Arts Festival, Park City Wine & Food Classic,Celebrity Ski Festival and performances by the Utah Symphony at anearby outdoor amphitheater.When the skiing is done or for those who want something a bitmore down-to-earth than hitting the slopes, the award-winning spa atthe Stein Eriksen Lodge can be pampered from head to toe in an intimateand sensual European setting. Health and wellness services includehealing wraps and therapeutic deep tissue massages to facials, bodytreatments, nail artistry, and other services designed to revitalizeyour body, mind and spirit. Treatments for men and women can bereserved on an a la carte or package basis. The Spa also carriesseveral lines of skin care products that provide relief and refreshmentfrom the high altitude and dry climate.Also on-site at the lodge is a top-of-the line fitness center,including an outdoor heated pool and tub, fitness equipment, yoga,aerobics, Pilates, and relaxation lounge. The Spa also has privatelockers, sauna, whirlpool, steam room, showers, personal careamenities, and waters, teas and tonics.* For the avid shopper, three on-site shops provide high-ends sportsapparel, equipment, and rental equipment as well as the latest alpineapparel or men, women and children and gifts, sundries, and brandedlodge items.Winter rates are offered at value, regular and peak pricing(season time periods are broken down on the resort website) with deluxebedrooms starting at $510 per night on the value level and going up to$2,255 per night for grand suites during the peak winter season. Winterrates require a four-night minimum stay on weekends. Summer daily ratesstart at $185 per night for the deluxe bedroom and go up to $585 pernight for the grand suites. These rates are all starting at rates, sothey can be priced higher at the discretion of the resort or by thetype of room with amenities that is selected. Rates do include acomplimentary buffet breakfast but do not factor in 10.45% state andlocal taxes.

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