Unassumingly situated just off Park City’s Main Street, the Washington School House Hotel eschews the typical mountain rustic style for a pared-down, flea market–chic aesthetic. This 1889 former schoolhouse educated the children of miners and was a dancehall for the local outpost of Veterans of Foreign Wars before it was stripped to the studs in 2011 and reimagined as a design-oriented inn. The limestone building is on the National Register of Historic Places. Inside, the hotel is anything but traditional, starting in the whitewashed living room with 16-foot ceilings, an antique 10-foot-tall mirror from a French opera house, and a white, lacquered antler chandelier. A heated pool has been chiseled into the hillside and is lined by aspens and boulders, and the fire pit is a steel Olympic torch from the 2002 Winter Games.
Each of the 12 guestrooms and suites is unique, with reclaimed oak barn wood floors and crystal chandeliers reflecting light from tall windows. An artful collection of European antiques and vintage paintings add a boho vibe. Ice-white marble bathrooms have heated floors, walk-in showers, clawfoot tubs, and period fixtures; they’re stocked with plush hooded robes and topnotch Molton Brown toiletries.
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This is Park City’s premier perch for foodies to swoop in on the town’s tony boutiques, restaurants, and bars. Start at Jans for high-end ski demos and stylish gear, including Shred Optics Stupefy Goggle designed by Olympic gold medalist and Park City homeboy Ted “Shred” Ligety. If you’re not prepared for Main Street’s mountain couture, hit up Flight Boutique for stylish looks by For Love and Lemons and boots by Dolce Vida. Dinner at Talisker on Main is a must for plates that use heirloom produce and herbs grown on the restaurant’s rooftop gardens, as well as local meats including Koosharem Steelhead trout and Willis Farm lamb. The Wasatch’s freshest sushi is prepared by chef Bob Valaika at Shabu, and the restaurant’s walls feature the found-metal sculpture of local artist Scott Whitaker. Whether you’re in heels or snowboard boots, sidle up at the bar at No Name Saloon for the town’s best buffalo burger and local craft beer by Uinta Brewery.
Need to Know
Rooms: 12 rooms and suites; from $250. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: 11 a.m. Dining options: There is no on-site restaurant, but a private chef prepares a hearty mountain breakfast and tasty après-ski treats; a full bar is available in the stylish ski lounge. Spa and gym details: There is no spa, but en suite treatments can be arranged, and there is an outdoor heated pool.
Who’s it for: Design-forward travelers who like to mix style and skiing. Romantics looking to snuggle away the day. Foodies who want to hit up a different gourmet restaurant on Main Street every night. Our favorite rooms: Perched on the top floor, the Pool King Room offers privacy, mountain and pool views, a high-pitched ceiling, and exposed beams. Delicious amenities: All food and drink (breakfast and après-ski canapés) is complimentary, and the hotel concierge can snag reservations anywhere in town given enough advance notice.