Some may not peg Park City, Utah as a prime travel hotspot. They’d be wrong, of course. Thanks to the Sundance Film Festival and world-class skiing, Park City is sitting pretty in the travel department. To accommodate this well-to-do traffic, a new boutique hotel has opened in an unlikely building. The Washington School House Boutique Hotel occupies a restored school house that was originally constructed in 1888, and now stands as Park City’s most desirable hotel.
The Washington School House boutique hotel presents 12 rooms and a collection of shared spaces that are heavy in design inspiration. Washington School House is a member of the Design Hotels portfolio, a group that emphasizes design experience in desirable locales. Its interior is inspired by a Swiss chalet experience, with antiques from Switzerland and France that exude a vintage charm. Despite the vintage elements, the design as a whole feels progressive, clean and inviting. Like the powder on the slopes outside, the interior sports white walls, ceilings and painted stone that feels clean and elegant.
The rates this time of year start at around $340 per night for two guests, one room. This climbs toward $500 amidst the high season, where travelers arrive in high demand for winter sport lodging. Guests are met with spacious rooms with high ceilings and a variety of views. Some provide a sweeping overlook of the city, others face inward toward the property itself. Most of a guest’s time will be spent in public spaces, like the rooftop pool and sauna, the fireplace in the lounge or the hotel’s dining facility.
Normally, a winter sports fanatic would resent the end of the day, when the slopes close and it’s time for rest. At the Washington School House boutique hotel, there’s plenty more to look forward to. Carving up powder is half of the enjoyment of a trip like this. The other half is a microbrew by the fire, or perhaps a brandy and hot cider if the weather demands it.