Hyatt Centric Park City Review and Tips

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I was lucky enough to grow up in a middle class East Texas based ski-loving family. That reality meant that as a kid we would drive all through the night once or twice a ski season to get to the mountains in Colorado or New Mexico. Obviously it was worth it, but as the one who is now the parent, I am just not super interested in driving all through the night to get to snow, though I do still want my daughters to grow up with the chance to love the mountains as much as I do. Luckily, miles and points make it possible for our family to ski on budget, just as my parents did, without us having to sacrifice too many conveniences or drive all through the night.

My snow girl!

My snow girl!

Selecting the Hyatt Centric Park City

I try to pick our ski destinations largely based on where my miles and points will stretch the farthest, factoring in where the snow is historically at least decent during the time of year we hope to visit. On-mountain resorts and hotels are infinitely more convenient than having to drive in to the mountain each day, especially when small kids are involved, but they can also be extremely pricey at $500+ per night. I don’t have $500 per night in my budget, but I do have hotel points. One of the best ski values on hotel points for the past several years has been the Hyatt Centric Park City in Utah.

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We booked the hotel last year when the hotel was just 15,000 points per night before the annual Hyatt category changes, but even now as a Category 5 property at 20,000 points per night it offers a very solid return for your Hyatt points (or Chase Ultimate Reward points transferred to Hyatt), with an on-mountain location in the Canyons section of Park City. It is very common for paid rates during the winter at this resort to be in the $500 – $600 per night range for a standard room, so 20,000 points is a no-brainer during the peak season.

Hyatt Centric Park City

Mommy Points in Park City Travel Video:

I’m going to give tons of info and tips about the Hyatt Centric Park City and skiing at Canyons in this and one subsequent post, but if you are at all considering a similar trip I encourage you to check out a video we made of our weekend at the hotel and skiing at Canyons/Park City!

Getting to the Hyatt Centric Park City

In decent weather, Hyatt Centric Park City is about a 40 minute drive from the the Salt Lake City Airport. Salt Lake City is a pretty great airport since it is served by so many different airlines, thus giving you tons of choices when it comes to pricing out paid flight options or using your airline miles. We flew in on a fairly priced Delta nonstop flight from Houston, and then got an Uber from the airport to Park City. Our UberX SUV was about $50 each way before any discounts to Park City, though a rental car also could have also been a decent option since parking is included in the resort fee at the hotel.

Using Points at the Hyatt Centric Park City

The standard rooms with two queen beds at the Hyatt Centric Park City are 20,000 points per night, and ring in at a pretty decent size for a family at around 380 square feet. Those rooms have a kitchenette with small refrigerator and microwave. I highly recommend you book your award rooms as early as possible because standard rooms here can be a bit scarce in the winter months.

In my case I actually reached out to the hotel as I saw a standard room for sale for one of our desired nights, but it was not available for points. They helped make the award reservation for that final night we needed when I reached out (via @Hyatt_Concierge), so don’t be shy to ask for help if you see a standard room for sale on cash and not points. It is also worth a mention that the hotel has recently gone through a bit of a renovation, so the rooms were a bit fresher than in some older photos I had seen on previous reviews.

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One-Bedroom Suite at the Hyatt Centric Park City

If you are after a suite at the Hyatt Centric Park City, I don’t blame you. Since this hotel is also a time share residence-style property, it actually has a fair number of suites relative to standard rooms. If you are a top tier Hyatt Globalist with a confirmed suite upgrade to burn, this property is a great place to use it as you can get a true one-bedroom suite with a full kitchen, large living room, etc. This would be ideal set-up for a family looking to stay multiple days and save some money on food costs while skiing during the day and relaxing in the hotel at night. Even just packing some sandwiches for lunch every other day could save a family of four hundreds in food costs on a week long ski trip since everything is pricey on the mountain. The suites also have washers and dryers available, so you don’t have to wear your old stinky ski gear multiple days in a row.

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I have top tier Hyatt status, so we lucked into a space available suite upgrade on our stay, which was an awesome surprise. If you don’t have top tier elite status and/or just want to book a suite on points, you can do so for 32,000 Hyatt points per night, availability permitting.

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Amenities at Hyatt Centric Park City

The Hyatt Centric Park City has a fun heated outdoor pool area with two hot tubs, as well as a larger pool that my (crazy) daughter jumped in and said wasn’t too cold. I can’t personally vouch for that one, but I do love being able to soak in an outdoor hot tub after a day of skiing.

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On our way to the pool we also noticed a kid’s activity room as well as a steam room in the restroom nearest the gym and pool.

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Hyatt Centric Park City is technically a ski-in and ski-out property with an on-site ski valet and rental shop. You can leave your skis at the front of the property in some bins at the end of the day, or you can use the official ski valet area off the back of the hotel where you can technically ski-in.

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View from Hyatt Centric ski valet

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However, I must caution you that novice skiers will not be able to really utilize the ski and out feature as there is simply no green route all the way down the Canyons side of the mountain and to the hotel. In fact, the lack of lots of beginner runs is the one true drawback to Canyons in general.

You truly must be an intermediate skier to be able to get all the way down to Hyatt Centric without having to take the gondola mid-mountain back down to the base and then either walk the 10 minutes back up the hill to the Hyatt Centric, or utilize the Hyatt’s shuttle. We walked each day and used the ski valet at the base of the mountain to hold our skis at night. This was free for us since we rented our gear next door, but otherwise it is $7/night. They will not hold your boots overnight in the mountain ski valet, so you either need to rent a locker or carry them back and forth.

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Half of the walk from the hotel to the mountain base

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Eating at the Hyatt Centric Park City

By the end of each ski day we were officially beat, so despite my best intentions we never made it into true Park City on this trip and instead stayed in the Canyons section near the hotel. The Hyatt does have a free shuttle to Park City for those with more available time or energy than we had. In Canyons there aren’t tons of food options, so we ate at the Hyatt restaurant on two of our nights, and ordered delivery via the Mountain Express service for the other night. If the whole family had been with us it would have made sense to get some groceries and cook since neither option was especially budget friendly.

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The hotel’s restaurant wasn’t crowded on any of our visits, but it did have live music on some nights in the early evening. The service was prompt on all of our visits, but the prices aren’t particularly budget friendly other than the kid’s menu.

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You can order much of the same menu as a take-away from the attached market, which is what we did for dessert most of the nights.

The Hyatt Globalist free breakfast benefit can be taken from this same restaurant or through room service via the market…that gets their food from the restaurant. The convenience of room service in the morning was obvious, but the food selection and quality was better getting it fresh from the restaurant than in the containers sent up via room service.

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If you opted for the buffet it also came with pancakes or french toast + a visit to the omelette station.
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If you are lazy like we were, then ordering from Mountain Express can be great as you can then have tons of Park City’s restaurants food brought right to your bed. My tip is to order early as they can get very busy as the evening rolls on. There was a $5.99 delivery charge + tip, but our delivered Momo Sushi order still came out cheaper than eating another night in the hotel restaurant…and my daughter loved eating in bed!

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If you want to use Hyatt points to stay in the Park City area but either want to spend fewer points, or don’t have Hyatt elite status and prefer to avoid a resort fee and still get free breakfast, then you might want to consider the nearby Hyatt Place Park City. This hotel is about a 5-10 minute drive from the Hyatt Centric and the base of the mountain, but it is a Category 4 that goes for 15,000 points per night.

Overall Impressions of the Hyatt Centric Park City

I thought the hotel was great for what we paid, and it is convenient for a long ski weekend near the mountain. Obviously our suite didn’t hurt my impressions, but even without that extra space I think the hotel is a great mix of value (on points), service, and convenience. Its location isn’t as convenient as say the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek, but it also isn’t as high of an award category. Those staying on points won’t pay the $30 per day resort fee, but still get access to all of the amenities, making it a solid redemption value.

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I’ve mentioned this already, but do be aware that beginner skiers will still need to walk or take a shuttle to the base of the mountain from this resort, but even my seven year old was able to handle that short walk without much of an issue. If you like to ski the Park City side as opposed to the Canyons side then also factor in that this location is not as convenient for that side of the mountain. I very much intend to return here again for a future family ski trip as I think the Hyatt Centric Park City is a winner, even at its new points rate of 20,000 points per night.

If you have stayed at the Hyatt Centric Park City, or even the nearby Hyatt Place Park City, I’d love to hear your thoughts and tips!

Editorial Note: The opinions expressed here are mine and not provided, reviewed, by any bank, card issuer, or other company unless otherwise stated.

Comments

  1. I look forward to a subsequent post on tips about Canyons ski resort. Wife and I stayed at the Waldorf (on points) a couple of years ago, but still skied at Deer Valley since we were told Deer Valley was much more beginner/intermediate friendly. I was a beginner at the time and enjoyed the ease of their runs.

    It is easier points-wise to stay ski in-out at Hyatt in Canyons vs St Regis Deer Valley, since we don’t want to burn that many Starwood points, and we also don’t want to be trapped at the hotel since we like to go out and explore the town. This is definitely on our radar during the next few years. We’d love to stay at the Marriott Mountainside, but that’s impossible to get on points in the winter.

  2. Stayed here during 2 Sundance film festivals and stay was pleasant. I had no top tier status so got no benefits. They have very strict cancellation policy during ski season, non-refundable even on Award bookings. I had 4 night stay planned for 2017 Sundance as well. My father passed away in December and I decided to skip this year. Hyatt and the hotel worked together and refunded all the points.

    • You can bring a bubble bum as a booster, I love the Doona for the 0-1 crew, or if you are still in true car seat territory you just gotta lug it with you.

  3. We stayed there over Xmas using C&P & DSU, with 2 boys ages 5 & 7 and we all loved it! We def appreciated the room service breakfast option as (then) Diamond members. It was easy to ski-out from the resort (when the Sunrise lift was operating). If your family can manage blues, then it’s a fun adventure to ski from Canyons to PC via the new Quicksilver gondola (and back). Our boys loved Canyons/PC! We are skiing Whistler this Xmas and staying at the Westin (on pts). We’re from SF so we’ve also used pts to stay and ski at the Ritz Lake Tahoe, very nice!!

    • Sunrise wasn’t always running during our stay either, but it was very convenient the one morning I used it after taking C to ski school! Maybe we’ll see you at Whistler. 😉

  4. Outstanding review, Summer! You really capture the location beautifully!

    I’m sure SFMom and my family’s paths must have crossed over our 12/23-1/3 stay. There were 9 of us across 3 rooms, and we had an amazing time.

    The hotel staff was exceptional and really went out of their way to ensure we had the most memorable holiday stay. This was our 2nd time to the site, and it was neat to note the improvements. We had a little fun in the game room, which was a neat touch. Loved the outdoor hot tubs in the falling snow. Santa came to the Centric for photos with the kids (and brought a dog celebrating a birthday, complete with birthday cake to share), a professional dogsled team came to visit with their truckload of dogs en route to a competition in Alaska, and an owl rescue specialist from Salt Lake City came to talk about his conservation work. This was all REALLY neat and lovely touches that everyone in our party loved.

    As a green/blue skier myself, I concur on the Hyatt’s ski-in/out challenges for the beginner. It’s especially challenging on that first day when you are just getting started and whammo, that drop to the lift shocks the system. Getting back was no cake-walk either.

    My one critique would be the restaurant. For the one on-premesis full service bar/restaurant, we would have liked a bit more variety at different price points, a more robust apres ski “happy hour,” and as the only “on-site hotspot” for entertainment to be more than over the weekend. Every time we stopped in, the restaurant was empty or close to it — we were the only ones there for music one night, and we felt bad as we were leaving. We appreciate that the hotel may want to cater to a higher price point. But there seemed to be an awful lot of empty space an awful lot of the time that could produce more revenue and enhance the experience if it weren’t so pricy. It’s also a bit of a self-fulfilling prophecy — you want people in the bar/restaurant to draw more people to the bar/restaurant — so maybe mixing things up apres ski would start their evening service on the right foot. Because it was so pricy and there was little vibe, we went out in pursuit of vibe more than we would have if the restaurant offered more of it.

    Absolutely love this location. So glad to see your comprehensive review … it’s like we’re there again. 🙂

    • Thanks and agree totally about the restaurant/bar. We were also the only ones clapping for and tipping the musician one night. It was almost sad. Interesting to learn that was also true around the holidays when you would think that is as peak as it gets. I’m sure they have their reasons for not having a true apre ski happy hour type event, but you would think it could only help. Instead, the main ones there on both of our visits were tired young families like mine. Ha!

  5. Leaving in a week and staying 2 nights at the Park Centric and one night at the Park Place. Thanks for the review and tips.

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