Need to know
Twelve, including four suites.
11am; check-in, 3pm. Both are flexible, depending on availability.
Double rooms from $430.00, excluding tax at 13.02 per cent.
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.’
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.
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.