Park City, United States

Washington School House

Rates from (inc tax)$380.00

Price information

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Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (21USD), via, using today’s exchange rate.


A lesson in luxury


Scholastic ski chalet

Plans to spend every waking hour on the slopes may be thwarted by all the cushy features at Park City’s Washington School House hotel, a 19th century school that’s been converted into a dreamy ski chalet. The 12 rooms are filled with gilded antiques, crystal chandeliers and enough white marble to make even a presidential bust blush. Then there’s the outdoor heated pool – take a dip, whether you visit in January or July. 

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Need to know


12, including four suites.


11am; check-in, 3pm. Both are flexible, depending on availability.


Double rooms from $380.00, excluding tax at 10.95 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD421.61), via, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates include breakfast, afternoon snacks and a 24-hour beverage service. Order tea, coffee, soda, juice, wine, beer or cocktails anytime.


With so much more than run-of-the-mill sundries, the on-site shop next to the ski lounge stocks exclusive goods, like silk scarves by New York designer Jonathan Cohen. Pick up a mini oil painting of Mr Washington himself, or grab an organic cotton tee with the hotel’s favourite saying: ‘Old School is the New Cool.’

Hotel closed

Seasonally, 20 April to 20 May 2015 and 18 October to 18 November 2015

At the hotel

Heated outdoor pool and spa, outdoor fire pit, onsite parking, free valet, laundry, packing and unpacking service, and free WiFi throughout. In rooms: a flatscreen TV, DVD player (on request), Tivoli clock/radio with iPod dock, air conditioning, Pratesi bed linens, hooded bathrobes, slippers and Molton Brown bath products.

Our favourite rooms

Ever lived in Switzerland? Have you called the French Alps home? No bother. Staying in the School House’s apartment-style Lofted One-Bedroom Suite – with its first-floor seating area and upstairs boudoir – will give you a taste for residing near a posh piste, if only for a few days.


The heated outdoor pool, which cuts into the hillside below towering blue spruce and aspen trees, is open year-round. There’s also a hot tub to soothe weary muscles after a day spent snowshoeing in the winter or mountain biking in the summer. But what alpine aficionados might appreciate most is the nearby fire pit, which is actually a steel Olympic torch from the 2002 games in Park City.

Packing tips

Leave iPads and iPods at home. The School House has both (loaded with movies and music, respectively) for you to borrow. Anyway, you’ll need the extra space in your carry-on for ski goggles and mittens.


No need to lace up your boots and trudge to a spa. Guests staying in one of the suites can book an in-room massage.


Pups up to 50 pounds can stay for $150 per night. The School House has dog beds and dishes, but you’re on the hook for your pet’s grub. See more pet-friendly hotels in Park City.


Pint-size skiers are welcome. Kids 13 and up are considered adults in terms of booking rates. For little ones, there are Pack ‘n’ Plays, safety gates and baby cots free to borrow. Also, the ski lounge has board games, video games and DVDs for kids.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Can’t get enough of that crisp mountain air? Enjoy your après-ski snacks by the pool. Or, lovebirds can head to their room to nibble on a charcuterie plate.

Dress Code

Take a cue from the stars at Sundance, where parkas paired with dark shades and statement fur trapper hats reign supreme.

Hotel restaurant

There’s no restaurant, but the School House serves up a hearty mountain breakfast in its living room each morning. Pancakes, omelettes, bacon, granola and more should provide ample fuel for the start of the day. As for lunch and dinner, there is a private chef for hire. Create a custom menu and incorporate fresh-from-the-market fare. 

Hotel bar

Reserved for guests only, there’s a lower-level ski lounge with a roaring fireplace, cosy couches, a TV and a regal portrait of America’s most famous founding father (plus the hotel’s namesake). Order up hot buttered rum, white Russians and Irish coffees to your liking. After all, cocktails are included in the hotel’s 24-hour beverage service. 

Last orders

Breakfast ends at 10:30am.

Room service

Though there’s no room service, the hotel does dish out après-ski snacks gratis. From 4:30pm to 6pm each afternoon, expect treats like cheese, cured meats, soups during winter and home-made sweets.


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Washington School House
543 Park Avenue
Park City
United States


Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) is a 45-minute drive from the hotel. There are direct flights from major US cities and connecting flights from international destinations. Private jets fly into Herber City Municipal Airport (36U) just a 25-minute drive from the hotel.


If planning to explore beyond town, having wheels to get around these wide open spaces is essential. There are several car-hire desks at the airport and valet is free at the hotel. Be sure to check the hotel’s website before plugging coordinates in the GPS: directions to the hotel differ slightly in summer and winter.

Worth getting out of bed for

A one-time silver boomtown, Park City is no longer in the mining business but it still draws adventure-seeking crowds west for its rich natural beauty. Best known as a winter wonderland, Park City in Utah’s Wasatch Mountains is home to one the world’s premier ski retreats and the training centre for the US Ski Team. The town lift for Park City Mountain is just two blocks from the hotel, so grab your skis or snowboards and pound the powder on 50 groomed trails or travel off-piste for a heli-skiing excursion. Explore the snow-flocked surroundings on cross-country skis, snowshoes or in a dog-led or horse-drawn sleigh. Zip down the mountain at high speeds on a bobsled ride at Utah Olympic Park or glide through aspen glades on the Alpine Coaster, a two-person toboggan on an elevated track.

In both summer and winter, embark on guided mountain tours to learn about the town’s silver-plated past, cast lines for fish in area rivers and streams and hike the limestone Homestead Crater for a soak in a natural hot spring. Once the snow has melted, swap skis for rock climbing gear, mountain bike area trails or paddle down a river in a kayak or raft over mild rapids. There are also several golf courses all with jaw-dropping mountain views. 


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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this boutique hotel in Park City and unpacked their designer moon boots and mohair sweaters, a full account of their luxury ski break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick postcard from Washington School House…

There’s something about Washington School House that inspires one’s athletic ambitions. It’s not just the authentic Olympic torch that’s been salvaged from the 2002 Winter Games and repurposed as a fire pit by the outdoor pool (Is it safe to assume Apolo Ohno sat near this same steel structure? Without the pinot grigio, though, no doubt). It’s not even the hotel’s easy access to a ski lift, just a five-minute walk away.

It’s the charcuterie plate. Yes, that’s definitely got something to do with it. What better reason to race downhill at breakneck speed than to get back to the School House and indulge in complimentary cured meats and cheeses? The hotel’s when-you-want-it, how-you-want-it cocktail service also helps. A well-deserved drink is perfection after a mountain hike or snowshoeing excursion. And finally, the promise of a post-ice skating soak in the Town King Room’s claw-foot tub would get any slouch on the move. Yes, alpine activities are suddenly so much more appealing.  

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