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The Hyatt Place rooftop pool
We are admittedly not really hotel people these days—we’re more apt to book an Airbnb for family trips—but we truly enjoyed our stay at the Hyatt Place Lehi (3700 North Outlet Parkway, Lehi, map), particularly the outdoor rooftop pool and hot tub overlooking the heart of “Silicon Slopes,” as the bustling IT- and shopping mall-heavy area is known, with mountains stretching in the not-so-far distance. We appreciated the separate sleeping and living areas, as our family of four was able to spread out a bit over the two queen beds and pullout sleeper sofa. There’s a good breakfast buffet and a small bar with some good local Utah beers in the lobby. Shoppers will love the huge outlets next door (also beer drinkers, because there’s a new outpost of Straptank Brewery there) and families will love the proximity to the museums and shops of Thanksgiving Point. It’s very well-located for exploring the Utah Valley. Two queen beds from around $129 per night.
Right across from the Hyatt is the Courtyard by Marriot Lehi at Thanksgiving Point (2801 West Club House Dr., Lehi, map), with similar location benefits plus an indoor pool and fire pit. Two queens from around $99 per night.
Hands down the best accommodation in this area? The Sundance Mountain Resort (the award-winning property founded by Robert Redford in 1969. This stunning resort is nestled in Provo Canyon with easy access to Mt. Timpanogos and all the wonderful outdoor activities that accompany it. It’s a true mountain resort—all wooden cabins, aspen trees, and burbling streams—but it embodies “rustic modern luxury” in every detail, from the world-class restaurants to the handmade soaps in the bathroom, and furthermore shines the spotlight on conservation and the arts. We visited in summer and were treated to an outdoor theatrical performance and incredible hiking just off its ski lift. Winter is surely a spectacular time to come too. From approx. $218 per night; includes 2 ski lifts per day and free morning yoga/meditation.
Disclosure: We were guests of Explore Utah Valley and received complimentary accommodations at the Hyatt and at Sundance Mountain Resort in order to experience the destination. All opinions are our own.
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