Trading Places International (TPI) had Bonus weeks on their last minute exchange page, which we could request 45 days ahead of a planned departure. We found two hotels in Park City, Utah. Looking at Trip Advisor, we discovered that our best bet would be the Park Regency, as it had free parking & positive reviews of the staff.
The Park Regency Resort Condos complex is situated just outside the main part of Park City. This hotel/resort is situated in a small retail/business park just off highway 248. There are two restaurants, a chiropractor office and a pilates gym at that location, but the parking lot is large, and hotel guests have free parking. The Park Regency must have been a business suite hotel in the past that was subsequently converted to condos that are now run by TPI as a timeshare. It consists of a single large building with the check-in desk located in the lobby adjoining the parking lot. The lobby has two computers with Internet access for use by guests free of charge, a coffee/tea/cocoa dispensing unit, also free, and seating around a large screen TV. They have luggage carts for guest use, which makes loading/unloading much easier. There is only one elevator that accesses the 3 floors. When we arrived, it was early evening, and there were two staff people on duty. There obviously weren't that many guests, as we ended up being offered 4 different rooms. The interesting thing about the process is that while they asked us which floor we would prefer, they never offered a choice of views. So, we first picked a 3rd floor room, which we took all our luggage up to, just to discover that the room was in need of significant maintenance and with views of the parking lot and business park below. Going back to the desk, we asked for a better view. They gave us a 2nd floor room, which turned out to be in better shape, but the view was of the street and the parking lot across the way. The next offer was for a 3rd floor room that wasn't cleaned yet, or a 2nd floor room with a view over a green park area. We finally were given two key cards for the latter, resort rules, and a hotel map showing the layout of the hotel building. The staff was pleasant and friendly throughout the check-in process, but it was just strange that they didn't offer a better description of the room choices in the first place.
The hotel was set up so that all room entry doors faced the center of the building, which was open to the sky. The walkways overlooked the glass-enclosed pool and jacuzzi area, and the neighboring BBQ area with 4 gas powered BBQs and 4 picnic tables. The pool hours were 8AM – 11PM, and the front desk and fitness room hours were 7AM – 11PM, The small fitness room contained a treadmill, stationary bike, stair climber, and a pulley weight machine along with two rows of free weights. The room also had an attached restroom and towels available for use. There were exit stairways in all 4 corners of the building, but only the one elevator. Toiletries and packages of tea/coffee/cocoa were in the room, and the front desk also refreshed them as often as needed. The Resort has a shuttle that operates M-F to all the ski areas, downtown, and a new shopping/outlet mall about 6 miles away at the I-80 interchange. In the shoulder seasons, fall and spring, when there are less guests, the shuttle schedule is very flexible, and the driver will take guests anywhere within a 10 mile radius.
Each pair of two 1-bedroom suites share a small corridor with a door that blocks the cold outside air. Upon entering our suite, we found ourselves in a small entryway with the kitchen/dining/living area to the right, the bedroom to the left, and the bathroom straight ahead.
The bedroom contained a soft queen-size bed, a wardrobe, 2 night stands with a drawer and cupboard area, a TV on top of the wardrobe, a phone, a lamp over each night stand, and a main ceiling light with a fan. The wardrobe was on its last legs and had 4 glass fronted drawers (one with a broken track) and 2 normal drawers on one side and a full length closet door on the other side with a hanger area on top and 2 shelves at the bottom. The door for the closet side did not close completely. There was a large window looking right out onto the walkway circling the pool area but had good blinds to give privacy. There were two raggedy terry cloth robes on the bed for our use, but no others were supplied for the supposed 2 other people that could sleep in the unit.
The bathroom had a single sink vanity with very little counter space, a toilet that had been installed at a slight angle, and a tub/shower combo. There was a cabinet over the toilet with glass doors that held tissue paper and extra toiletries, and there were towels for 4 people, although only two towel racks, one a small one only adequate for a hand towel.
There was a utility closet in the entry hall, which held an ironing board and iron, more blankets, a safe, 4 folding metal chairs and more space for hanging clothes.
The living room/dining/kitchen area makes it obvious that this was more of a hotel suite before it was turned into a timeshare. The main living space is quite small for the amount of stuff that has been crammed into it. The kitchen runs along the wall adjoining the bathroom, about 10 feet long, and has an old small sized refrigerator/freezer that runs constantly to maintain temperature, a mini-dishwasher, and a 4 burner stove with oven, inside of which were stored the pots and pans because there was nowhere else to store them. The total counter space was 2 feet deep and 3 feet long ending in a sink with garbage disposal. There were cabinets along the wall stocked with 6 sets of dishes/glasses, along with a blender, coffee maker, colander, mixing bowls, sieve, and two large casserole dishes with mismatched tops, one that didn't fit at all. There was so little storage room that the silverware was in a box on the counter, and the cooking utensils were stored in the cabinet above the dining table where the TV and DVD player sat. It was impossible to prepare anything more than spaghetti with pre-made sauce. Mini-kitchen would be a more appropriate name for the food prep/storage area.
The dining area consisted of a table that was pushed up against the wall with a wall cabinet containing the TV above it. In this position, only 2 people could sit at it for a meal. If the table was brought out away from the wall, then the coffee table in the “living room” area needed to be pushed up flush against the sleeper sofa and there would still be barely enough room to fit 4 people around it. Next to the dining area was a fireplace in the corner, which basically took up valuable space that could have been put to better use. In the “living room” area, seating possibilities were limited to the pullout sofa bed (slightly worn out and soft), 4 metal folding chairs, and the 3 chairs for the dining table. However, there was not nearly enough space in the room to put that many chairs out. In short, you had to “put away” the dining room before using the living room and vice versa to eat.
On the positive side, there was a sliding door that provided access to a small balcony that overlooked a park area with mountains in the distance. The balcony could fit 2 chairs and a small table for sitting/dining in pleasant weather, and there was enough light in the living area to read by when the sun went down.
All in all the condo was not one of the better places we've had the pleasure to stay in through our exchanges, but since we spent most of our time out enjoying the wonderful environment surrounding Park City, the layout was not as inconvenient as it would be for someone that wished to spend a good portion of their time relaxing at the resort. In short, the complex is in need of an update and additionally, this unit is truly just an over-sized studio apartment that accommodates no more than 2 adults comfortably and should be advertised as such. All that being said, the resort staff was wonderful throughout our stay and deserve praise for doing all they could to make our stay enjoyable.
Although activities at the resort itself are rather limited, there is plenty to do in and around the area of Park City. For the culture/shopping seeker, the town's main street is lined with art galleries, antique shops, tourist gift shops, restaurants, bars, clothing stores, candy stores, and a museum. There are interesting residential streets with old houses, a main park with skateboarding, picnic tables, sporting field, and benches to watch the world go by. Nearby, there are two main outlet shopping areas. On top of that, Salt Lake City is only 25 miles away with its own plethora of historical buildings, museums and architecture along with venues for college and professional sporting events, symphonies, plays, and of course, the world famous Mormon Tabernacle and Choir. For the more physically active types, there are hiking and mountain biking trails at all of the nearby ski resorts, along with skiing in the winter. Nearby in the National Forests, one can also go hiking, mountain biking, fishing, river rafting, and horseback riding. We ended up hiking at Deer Valley Ski Resort on the multiple hike/bike trails they have. We also went hiking on some of the National Forest trails. Fresh air and gorgeous views make outdoor activities in this area a great way to spend a vacation.
For eating in, there are 4 Supermarkets in Park City. The closest Costco is in Salt Lake City, just off the highway to Park City from the SLC airport. For eating out, there are plenty of restaurants offering many different types of cuisines from around the world, as well as just plain American traditional meals. During the “shoulder” seasons there are a lot of coupons for 10-15% off meals, and free companion meals, or desserts. During warmer weather, many restaurants offer outdoor dining areas.
All in all, we had a wonderful time in the area and would definitely return. We would probably try to book at a different resort, though.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in Prospector Square, Park Regency is minutes away from all of Park City's summer and winter activities. Relax in cozy one- or two-bedroom suites and enjoy on-site amenities such as an indoor pool, whirlpool spa, and exercise equipment. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Regency Park City
- Park City Regency Hotel
- Park Regency Hotel Park City, Utah