by Diana Lambdin Meyer
The Sundance Resort has 96 guestrooms and suites along with 10 mountain homes, all artfully tucked away in small clusters around the property. There’s nothing cookie cutter-like about this property, so each unit and home are a little different. Because Redford’s goal is to minimize impact on the landscape, some of the units have more steps than others. If you have toddlers or others in your party who might have concerns with steps, ask for accommodations in either the Pines or Mandan cottages. The River Run cabins, while beautifully tucked up against a creek bank, have more steps than others.
Each unit is quite rustic and decorated with many of the items found in the Sundance catalogue. Only the standard rooms do not have fireplaces. The Mountain Loft Suites are fun for kids who may enjoy climbing a ladder to the loft for their bedroom. There’s no additional charge for cribs, but a $15 per night charge for rollaway beds applies.
The spa offers a special “younger set” menu that includes mini-facials and massages. The Sundance Herbal Scrub and Massage is a real treat for adults.
And each night, enjoy a movie at the Screening Room, one of the venues used for the Sundance Film Festival. The selection varies greatly, as Sundance aims to introduce new artists to the public, but many weekends, it will be a Robert Redford film festival.
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by Cynthia J
Wonderful atmosphere and service. Limited food but good and hearty. Salad, Sandwich, Beverage all good~ Pleasant staff! We will be back again to try out different choices as the setting is very special.
by David G
The Utah mountains in August are gorgeous, so my wife and I were excited to visit Sundance for the 1st time. As part of an extended road trip, we arrived close to midnight after having called earlier to make sure that was okay. Upon arrival, the front desk person was about as welcoming as a postal clerk late in their shift. Not a great start.
We had reserved a Mountain Suite (best available). After checking in, we were led in our car by following an employee. The on-property route took us through back parking lots which seemed odd, but oh well. Turns out that is the only way to these suites, right past the resort laundry, back of a kitchen, commercial trash bins and the like - and this is a 5 star?
A customer-friendly attitude is sorely lacking, from management to service personnel. I've seen this act before, one where you're not a local, and having you is an imposition if not an intrusion. My wife wandered into the fly fishing shop and asked how fishing was. She got a curt response and tried again asking if there were good spots despite the low river flows. Again, she didn't get much of response and concluded the "buying signals for book a day of fishing" were of no interest to them. Guess they didn't want a booking.
The suite itself was really dated (check out the pics I posted). Rustic, cozy is one thing, but dark rooms, 1980's kitchen appliances and the most basic bathroom (with mold in the shower) isn't rustic and cozy, it's just dated and a little gross. At least the bed was comfortable.
Have to mention - Sundance has a green, eco-friendly reputation as most everyone knows. We found it ironic that they had no where to charge our electric vehicle. This was the first 4 or 5 star we've stayed at in several years that didn't offer some way to charge our vehicle. They didn't seem the least bit concerned about telling us they offered no options.
Perhaps wintertime is different if the skiing is great, but about all Sundance has to offer in the summertime is the gorgeous wilderness surrounding it, and resort staff that rather you not be there.