If you’ve ever watched a western or road trip movie, you’ll recognize the sun-scorched and iconic rock formations of Utah – from the stone arches of Arches National Park to the hoodoos of Bryce Canyon. For winter sports fans, there are also some world-class mountain tops to try out – within easy reach of hubs such as Salt Lake City. Not sure where to stay in Utah?Explore this picturesque state with a stay at one of these hand-picked hotels, where lagoon-like pools, palatial bathrooms and full-service spas await.
Look out across the rooftops of Salt Lake City and across to the mountains that seem to hug this metropolis. The Grand America is something of a landmark – with its distinctive 24-story white tower, featuring guest rooms with expansive floor-to-ceiling windows. Inside, picture gleaming crystal chandeliers, original works of art and Italian marble bathrooms. All of the major ski resorts in Utah are less than a one-hour drive from the hotel, making it an easy base if you want to hit more than one slope.
Get your skis on, or get ready for a day of hiking followed by a soak in the hot tub. Located within the largest ski resort in North America, the location of the Waldorf Park City means there are some of the best runs in the US on your doorstep in winter – as well as hiking, biking, fishing, golf and boating galore, come summer. It’s a 10-minute drive to the historic downtown, but a dedicated gondola takes you to the heart of the ski hills. Rooms come with whirlpool baths or a bi-level suite with Viking appliances and a balcony.
With feature mural walls of sweeping landscapes, trees and rustic touches – such as rough wood furniture, raw cotton and clawfoot bathtubs – the decor at the Advenire is intended to speak to the rich pioneer heritage of the surrounding area. St George – located in southwestern Utah – is known for its towering red rock formations that draw climbers and bikers. Explore the dunes, trails and sandstone cliffs of the Zion National Park and Snow Canyon State Park, both within a one-hour drive.
Lap neon-blue pool waters, and look out across the town to the mountains beyond. Located atop the red cliffs of St George – as the name may suggest – the funky Inn on the Cliff has spectacular views from most rooms, all of which feature a private balcony. Pick the Grandview suite for – you guessed it – the best views from an oversize balcony. Want breakfast in bed? Free breakfast boxes are delivered to each room daily.
Ask the hotel staff for their favorite hike recommendations, and you’ll be treated to some of the most beautiful treks around the surrounding Capitol Reef National Park and beyond. Capitol Reef itself is an almost 100mi (160km) long dip in the earth – featuring cliffs, canyons, domes and bridges. At night, it’s unbeatable for star-gazing. The hotel recommends a two to three-night stay to truly see it all. All of the simple, earth-toned rooms include a mini-fridge and microwave, for those that prefer to simply self-cater. Traveling as a group? The spa suite sleeps six.
Mid-century modern in the mountains – located within Park City, home to the largest ski resort in North America – Park City Peaks is a Utah design hotel perfect for those looking to explore the great outdoors. Special touches include old-style radios in the rooms, alongside design classic retro chairs and luxury bath products by Malin + Goetz.
With less than 200 people, the scenic town of Torres is a true getaway. Situated just 8mi (13km) from the west entrance to Capitol Reef National Park, the town is dominated by beautiful red cliffs, rock formations and lush green meadows. But the Capitol Reef Resort – at 58 acres (23ha) – is big enough all on its own to get lost in. Yes, of course, you could sleep in its perfectly lovely hotel rooms, but why would you when there are cabins, teepees and Conestoga wagons to choose from? Fear not, there are private bathrooms with all amenities. Simply light a fire, and sit under the stars.
Don’t miss a minute on the slopes. Another of the mega-resorts in Park City, St Regis stands out for its ski-in, ski-out access in the winter months – complete with a private ski valet. Relax those weary muscles at the Remède Spa, or sip on cocktails at one of the four restaurants. Book a suite or luxury room for a fully equipped kitchen if you’d rather self-cater.
Located just 10 minutes from Arches National Park – in the center of quirky Moab, with its bars and boutiques – the Hoodoo is perfectly located for exploring Utah’s spectacular scenery. And Canyonlands National Park is just 30mi (48km) away. With a slight business-travel vibe, this Utah hotel includes an outdoor pool bar and restaurant and a full-service spa. Earth-toned rooms include palatial bathrooms, so soak in and while away the time.
A secluded resort favored by the celebrity elite, this uber-luxurious, architecturally distinct abode appears to meld with – and emerge from the desert landscape around it. At the heart of it, a lagoon-like pool hugs a huge natural rock formation. Languidly swim as you look out across the canyons, mesas, ridges and gorges of the valley. Get back to nature with a stay at the resort’s Camp Sarika. 10 canvas-topped pavilions – each with a private plunge pool – share a lounge, restaurant and pool area. Start your day with an outdoor yoga and meditation session, and finish it with drinks beside the campfire.
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