How to Choose Your Sundance Film Festival Hotel
Get an A-list worthy hotel even without the A-list status
For ten days in January, the Sundance Film Festival takes over the small mountain town of Park City in a grander fashion than robots taking over WestWorld. These days, there’s even theaters in Salt Lake City and at Sundance Mountain Resort. With so much going on, pinpointing the center of the action is like trying to get a clear shot at Ethan Hunt. To save yourself from running around in a state of disarray for a week and a half straight, here’s the lowdown on booking your Sundance Film Festival hotels & lodging based on what you want to see and do while you’re here.
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If you want to be in the heart of the Festival, stay on Main Street
Boasting the Festival Village and surrounding sponsor events during the day and a wide variety of invite-only parties and popular bars at night, Main Street is known to be the heart of the Sundance Film Festival. There is a selection of fine-dining restaurants, most of which require reservations during the Sundance Fim Festival, several art galleries, and even a ski lift. The hotels on Main Street tend to be on the pricier side, but have all the access and luxury you could ever dream of.
If you want to geek out on films, stay in the surrounding downtown Park City area
With eight theatres within a three-mile radius of Downtown Park City, you’ll be able to sprint from one theatre to the next to be able to catch every premier and showing your heart desires. Then, you might even be able to catch a few ZZZs after the midnight film and before the morning show. The downtown area stretches from the top of Main Street to Kearns Boulevard and from this location, all the best of Park City is accessible via a short walk or free city bus ride. Booking a hotel just off Main Street will save you big on lodging without making you sacrifice access. In addition, you’ll have your choice of delicious eats throughout the downtown area. Check out some of the local favorites: Boneyard Saloon & Kitchen, Blind Dog Sushi, El Chubasco and Windy Ridge Café.
If you want unbeatable luxury, stay in Deer Valley
Like something out of a Christmas movie, Deer Valley is filled with Park City’s most prestigious hotels. The ones that really roll out the red carpet for your stay. If you’re looking to lay back and relax in an overly-plush bed in a quieter location after a day filled with Sundance festivities than this is your place. Many of the hotels boast restaurants and ski-in/ski-out access, but there isn’t a lot else in the area. From lower Deer Valley, Main Street is just over a mile away and accessible via the free town bus or some of the hotel’s offer private Sundance shuttles. Both the Lodges at Deer Valley and Silver Baron Lodge are a quick jot away from the hub of Sundance and are still available at an affordable rate. The more prestigious properties are tucked into the mountains in upper Deer Valley, but they still offer plenty of ways to get to the Festival.
If you want to ski and watch films, stay in Canyons Village
Outside the days of the Festival, Park City is known for its vast ski resorts and phenomenal snow. Even if you’re strictly here for movies, we recommend spending at least one day on the slopes of the two in-town mountains: Deer Valley and Park City Mountain Resort. However, if Sundance is the one time of year you get your snow-fix in and you want to spend the vast majority of your time in the powder, then stay at Canyons Village. Located with either ski-in/ski-out access or a short walk to the slopes, these properties will have you on the mountain within minutes. Plus, you’ll be just outside the hustle and bustle of the Sundance Film Festival. All the theatres and attractions of Main Street are accessible via a twenty-minute bus ride. Even if you're not planning to ski, Canyons Village offers phenomenal luxury while avoiding the high price point of downtown.
If you want affordability, stay in Kimball
You shouldn’t have to plan an Ocean’s Eleven, Twelve, Thirteen or Eight worthy scheme to afford your Sundance Film Festival hotel and lodging. If you’re looking for a more affordable getaway, stay in Kimball Junction. This Park City neighborhood is located right as you get off i-80 coming from Salt Lake City. It’s seven miles away from Main Street but still accessible by either the free city bus or a quick Lyft ride. These selections of condos and classic brand-name hotels tend to be available at a more affordable rate. In addition, there are several cheap-eats within walking distance including Mod Pizza, Vessel Kitchen, Maxwell’s Pizza and Smith’s Grocery.
If you want a different perspective, stay in Salt Lake City
You don’t need to stay in Park City to get the complete Sundance Film Festival experience. If you’re looking to see a few films while experiencing Utah’s unique city life, then staying in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City is a solid option. Plus, it's the most affordable lodging you'll be able to find. The heart of downtown Park City is still only a forty-minute drive if you want to check out the hub of the Festival. But, there’s plenty to do in the surrounding area, including trying a variety of delicious restaurants, catching a live performance at Eccles Theatre, or seeing either a Jazz or Utes game.
If you’re on your way to the Sundance Film Festival, check out 11 Tips from a Sundance Film Festival Insider and Dos and Don’ts of the Sundance Film Festival so you can navigate your time in Park City like a pro.
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