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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Utah Hotels Ranked Among Best In The World By Travel + Leisure Magazine

The August issue of Travel + Leisure Magazine has this article listing the best hotels in the world, as ranked by its readers. Four Utah properties make the list. The Salt Lake Tribune has this report about the rankings. Below are excerpts.

The highest reader accolades went to Deer Valley’s Stein Eriksen Lodge, which was rated the second-best resort property in the two countries (US and Canada) in the magazine’s 16th annual reader survey, according to the August issue of the magazine.

Two other Utah lodging establishments joined Stein Eriksen in the rankings.

The St. Regis at Deer Valley came in 10th, while Sundance Resort off of Provo Canyon tied for 18th. In a global ranking of resorts, the magazine put Stein Eriksen in 28th place, St. Regis 71st and Sundance 99th.

Travel + Leisure’s survey also ranked Salt Lake City’s Grand America Hotel as the 32nd best large hotel (100 or more rooms) in a U.S. or Canadian city.

Below are excerpts from the original Travel + Leisure report.

Honing in on the World’s Best Hotels is no easy feat. Each year, T+L readers vote on thousands of hotels based on rooms, location, service, food, and value. The top-ranked properties had impressively high scores. The entire Top 100 received scores above 92.00—a T+L record that’s a testament to how properties around the globe are raising the bar.

Stein Eriksen Lodge: A Norwegian-style chalet halfway up a peak at Deer Valley ski resort. When you drive up, valets will unload your skis from your car. Free guides will show you around the mountain. Ski magazine's readers have consistently voted it the best ski resort in America. The comfy-luxe hotel evokes holidays from a century ago. Sip mulled wine by the fire in a lobby decorated with Norwegian sleds, skis, ice skates, dolls, and elves. If you order a tree for your room, it'll be trimmed while you're on the slopes.

St. Regis: The hotel features a Jean Georges restaurant, a sprawling spa, stone pillars, and a fleet of bellhops referred to as "butlers."

Sundance Resort: Robert Redford's rustic-luxe retreat, on 6,000 acres 45 minutes from Park City; a wilderness mecca with superior outdoor activities.

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