The Stein Eriksen name is an illustrious one in the ski world. The man was a Norwegian, a pioneer of skiing in America, a world champion, an Olympic gold medalist. He moved to the USA in the 50s to make his mark on the sport and died in 2015, a director and resident of Utah’s Deer Valley Resort. He founded the Stein Eriksen Lodge, known now for providing the highest quality of accommodation for visitors in one of the very best outdoor activity areas in the world, both in summer and winter.
The Stein Eriksen Lodge and Residences are located in the heart of Deer Valley, mid-mountain, and are surrounded by trails and pistes. There’s over 1,000m of vertical drop and 200 acres of skiable terrain and together with the resorts of Park City and Canyons, all of which are linked, it’s the biggest ski area in America. The Stein accommodation? Ultimate 5 star experience in a top-end mountain town hotel.
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Deer Valley is one of America’s most exclusive mountain resorts. It has a traditional and old-world charm (if ever there was one in the mountains away from Switzerland and the likes of St Moritz). Valets are everywhere to carry your skis, there’s hot chocolate for all, a lift-ticket limit so the slopes remain perfectly social and heated pavements for easy strolling.
In fact, the resort has even roughened up it’s rep in recent years. It works closely its neighbour, the ultra-cool Park City. Both are luxurious, but where Deer Valley is impeccable, traditional deluxe, Park City balances it out by being the more bustling, hipster “downtown”. So what do you get when you visit Deer Valley? Unparalleled service, comfort and ease, access to a world-class mountain playground and cream-of-the-crop accommodation.
There are four Stein properties. I stayed at the newest in the collection, the Stein Eriksen Residences. The Stein name denotes luxury, but where the Lodge is intimate and homey, the Residences are elegant and modern. The Residences are just a five-minute drive from the Lodge, so you can head up for more buzzy, cosy apres. The Residences are 15 homes and 39 condos, privately owned but run just like a hotel. If you prefer a little more privacy on your holiday, the Residences are the way to go. As you drive up Royal Street, out of Deer Valley, and onto Silver Lake Drive, winding steeply upwards, Alpine-style, you know the views across the valley are going to be sensational.
The Residences are Scandi in style – an homage to the inspiration – a nice change from the popular American five star opulence. Fitting in to the environment was not overlooked during the design, and the stone and refined wood used works wonderfully, set in the unique and impressive Utah mountain-scape. Entering the enclave, it’s quiet and peaceful. You drive past the beautifully designed individual homes with what are believed to have to be the best views of the entire valley and surrounding peaks. Pull up to the main entrance and a valet will nip out to sort your car and luggage – and into the light lobby with a floor to ceiling window-wall that looks out over the infinity pool to the vista beyond. Again, it’s all so cool and calm in here. No manic, in-your-face welcome, just serenity and views.
The Stein Eriksen Residences are all contemporary designs with clean lines and are simply decorated using high grade materials and beautiful furnishings. Though the layout isn’t like a hotel, you’d hardly know it wasn’t one from the plush dressing gowns, Molton Brown toiletries, mini bar and antler sculptures and chandeliers (somehow made light and modern), as well as all the services a five star hotel would provide. Windows throughout are floor to ceiling.
The Resort Room is the most affordable option and has everything you need, as long as you’re not planning to cook (why would you in such a foodie hotspot?). An enormous super king bed with the softest mattress and sheets with the highest thread count dominates the room. There’s a flat screen Smart TV and a huge, luxe bathroom that includes a steam shower and jetted bathtub and marble or limestone basins and tops. The Luxury Suites have elegant, open plan lounges with ultra-mod kitchens, fireplaces, multiple bathrooms and private balconies (with hot tub).
A sleek gym with everything you could need looks towards the indoor part of the indoor-outdoor heated infinity pool. There are two outdoor hot tubs heated to different temperatures, for those that don’t have one on their terrace, and outside lounge areas with fire pits. The spa has steam rooms and saunas and various lounge areas for time alone. It’s all about complete and sophisticated relaxation. The refined facilities blend in perfectly with the surrounding nature and active lifestyle on offer for those looking for a pampered, authentic alpine living experience.
I stayed on the top floor of the main building, accessed by a private lift. I didn’t catch a look inside the homes, but you can see the natural stone veneer and reclaimed wood siding, keeping it all contemporary. You can’t, however, help but peer in through the 18-ft floor-to-ceiling windows to the lush interiors and inviting, warm lighting. If you can imagine it, the Stein Eriksen staff can handle it. Guests of the Residences can take advantage of a variety of services, including professional child care services, grocery delivery, a knowledgeable concierge and on-demand, complimentary shuttles that can pick you up and drop you off anywhere you’d like in town.
The Residences are the next generation of the Stein Eriksen properties. If I haven’t made my point enough already, it’s chic, mountain-contemporary at its best and completely bypasses the dated ‘modern-cool’ you tend to find in many ski resorts attempting to update themselves now. Essentially it’s everything you’d expect from a high-end residence, but better. It’s class, everywhere: Simple and sophisticated. It’s Stein re-envisioned. The hospitality is unintrusive and the space allows you to relax, enjoy the outdoors, and reconnect with nature, as Stein Eriksen intended. It’s one of the finest luxury retreats I’ve visited in North America in, might I add, one of the best locations.
Types of Accommodations
With incredible contemporary design at every turn, Stein Eriksen Residences caters to the traveler who craves a refined space with the utmost attention to detail in finishes. A fusion of imported marble, stone, and refined woods mark an architectural aesthetic inspired by a blend of contemporary and traditional design.
The 5- or 6-bedroom private homes have floor plans ranging from 4,100 to over 6,000 square feet of opulent space with jaw-dropping mountain and valley views. All private homes include full luxury hotel services and amenities, including access to the concierge team and onsite restaurant and spa. Each private home may vary in decor, square footage, and in-home features and amenities.
The 5-bedroom home offers five levels with stunning Park City views. The main level has a great room with a wood burning fireplace, outdoor deck, modern fully equipped kitchen, and separate dining area for 10. The master bedroom has a plush king bed, outdoor deck, and private bathroom with soaking tub and separate steam shower. There are three additional spacious bedrooms – either three king bedrooms or two king bedrooms and one queen bedroom – all with private bathrooms.
The final bedroom features captain bunk beds with a private bathroom. There is an additional living room with a ski locker room with double laundry and ski-out/ski-in patio with hot tub on the mid-level. The lower level offers a private theater room with projector, large screen, and plush seating. Room configuration and décor may vary among homes. The 5-bedroom private homes are approximately 5,772 square feet.
The 1- to 5-bedroom lavish suites range from 1,400 to 5,020 square feet and offer selections to suit a range of lodging needs. All suites feature a fully equipped kitchen, welcoming living area with gas fireplace, and an outdoor deck, as well as a luxurious master bedroom furnished with a plush king bed and private bathroom. Each suite varies in decor, square footage, and in-room features and amenities.
The premium 1-bedroom suites are approximately 1,400 square feet with a luxurious master bedroom that is furnished with a plush king size bed, linear gas fireplace, and spacious private bathroom. The suite features an inviting, fully equipped kitchen and welcoming living area with linear gas fireplace and half bath. This suite also features a washer and dryer and an outdoor deck with hot tub.
The 2-bedroom suites range from approximately 1,675-3,500 square feet with fully equipped kitchen, separate dining space, welcoming living area, linear gas fireplace, half bath, a washer and dryer, and an outdoor deck with full or partial mountain views. The master bedroom is furnished with a plush king bed, and linear gas fireplace. Both bedrooms have spacious private bathrooms. Some suites include a hot tub on the deck and grand mountain views. Resort, Premium, Platinum, and Junior suite options available.
The 3-bedroom suites offer approximately 2,000-4,000 square feet of luxurious space with fully equipped kitchen, separate dining space, welcoming living area, linear gas fireplace, half bath, a washer and dryer, and an outdoor deck with full or partial mountain views. The master bedroom is furnished with a plush king bed, and linear gas fireplace. All bedrooms have spacious private bathrooms. Some suites include a hot tub on the deck and grand mountain views. Resort, Premium, Platinum, and Junior suite options available.
The 4-bedroom suites provide approximately 4,300-5,000 square feet of well-appointed space with a fully equipped kitchen, separate dining space, welcoming living area, linear gas fireplace, half bath, a washer and dryer, and an outdoor deck. The master bedroom is furnished with a plush king bed and a linear gas fireplace. All bedrooms have spacious private bathrooms. Some suites include a hot tub on the deck and grand mountain views. Platinum suite options are available.
The 5-bedroom suites range from approximately 3,500-5,020 square feet with fully equipped kitchen, separate dining space, welcoming living area, linear gas fireplace, half bath, and outdoor deck with full or partial mountain views. The master bedroom is furnished with a plush king bed, and linear gas fireplace. All bedrooms have spacious private bathrooms. Some suites include a hot tub on the deck, grand mountain views, and a washer and dryer. Premium, and Platinum suite options available.
Spacious Single Rooms
Stein Eriksen Residences offers three single room options: Platinum Rooms, Premium Rooms, and Resort Rooms. These rooms range from 460 to 850 square feel and all feature a plush king bed and spacious private bathroom. The rooms are appointed with a kitchenette that includes a sink, mini-refrigerator, and microwave for convenience. Each room type may vary in decor, square footage, and in-room features and amenities.
The Resort Room features a king bed with plush bedding and a spacious private bathroom. The room offers courtyard views and is appointed with a kitchenette including a sink, mini-refrigerator, and microwave for convenience. Room configuration and décor may vary among rooms. Approximately 460-590 square feet.
The Premium Room features a king bed with plush bedding and a spacious private bathroom. The room offers full or partial mountain views and is appointed with a small sitting area or desk and a kitchenette including a sink, mini-refrigerator, and microwave for convenience. Room configuration and décor may vary among rooms. Approximately 500-615 square feet.
The Platinum Room features a king bed with plush bedding and a spacious private bathroom. The room offers full or partial mountain views, a linear gas fireplace, and is appointed with a kitchenette including a sink, mini-refrigerator, and microwave for convenience. There is a king sofa bed in the small sitting room or a complimentary rollaway is provided as needed. Room configuration and décor may vary among rooms. Approximately 720-850 square feet.
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