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Two Deer Valley hotels make ‘best’ list

by Andrew Kirk, OF THE RECORD STAFF

Travel + Leisure magazine’s August issue was released Friday with lists of the "World’s Best." Stein Eriksen Lodge was named the second-best resort hotel in U.S. and Canada and the St. Regis Deer Valley was named the 10th best.

In the list of top 100 hotels in the world, Stein Eriksen Lodge was No. 27, St. Regis Deer Valley was No. 71 and Sundance Resort is in an eight-way tie for No. 99.

The rankings are the result of average scores from a questionnaire given to magazine readers. Respondents identified as members of the tourism and travel industries were excluded, the publication’s website said. Accuracy, integrity and confidentiality were ensured by ROI Research Inc. The voting took place Dec. 15, 2010, through March 31, 2011.

According to the website, the hotels’ scores are the indexed averages of respondents’ rankings based on a list of characteristics. For hotels, those included rooms/facilities, location, service, restaurants/food and value. Each area was given a score between 1 and 5.

The fact that two hotels in Deer Valley and three in Utah made the lists have many excited.

"This is an enormous honor not only for The St. Regis Deer Valley and Stein Eriksen Lodge, but for Deer Valley Resort, for Park City, and for the state of Utah as a whole," said Stan Kaminski, general manager of The St. Regis Deer Valley in a written statement.

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"Having two resorts named to Travel + Leisure’s ‘World’s Best’ list further establishes Park City as a world-class destination," said Michael Zaccaro, managing partner of Deer Crest Janna, that owns the hotel.

St. Regis Deer Valley staff was particularly excited because the hotel only opened a year and a half ago.

"To achieve this accolade so quickly is simply unheard of. Our strong rating is a testament to the consummate level of customized service provided by our staff, and to the thoughtful, welcoming design of the resort," Kaminski said.

Stein Eriksen Lodge was contacted but was unable to provide a comment.

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