THE DEAL: WASHINGTON SCHOOL INN, PARK CITY, UTAH
WHY IT’S A CONTENDER: The inn was originally a limestone schoolhouse that was built in 1989. It was converted in the 1980’s to a luxurious 15-room inn. There are high, vaulted ceilings, cherry wainscoting, and a grand staircase. The inn certainly fits the definition of "warm" and "intimate," with comfortable beds, high quality European linens, overstuffed furniture and a staff that’s inclined to pamper. The living room has 20-foot ceilings and a fireplace. It’s Victoriana updated with 21st century creature comforts.
THE ROOMS There are 12 rooms and three suites. Expect handwoven area rugs, tile-and-stone flooring, claw-foot tubs, and, in some rooms, four-poster canopy beds. Throughout, there are both bona fide antiques and reproductions. Two suites have wood-burning fireplaces.
MORE REASONS TO STAY There’s a small sauna and hot tub.
THE DEAL: Rates, which include a full breakfast for two, start at $275 per night through March 25, 2007 and drop to $175 per night between March 26 and April 8, 2007.
INSIDER TIP: The full breakfast might include Belgian waffles or Swiss spinach quiche. And save room for the oatmeal cookies at the front desk in the evening.
CAVEAT: Some of the rooms are on the small side
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION: The best in town. You can walk to the Park City Mountain Resort lifts. And you’re two blocks from Main Street, with its bounty of restaurants, bars and shops.
THE DETAILS: 800-824-1672; www.washingtonschoolinn.com