Every January, filmmakers, storytellers, and cinephiles (not to mention a slew of celebrities) come together at the Sundance Film Festival, a showcase of the year’s most competitive independent films, spanning short films to full-length feature movies.
Hosted in Park City, Utah, Sundance is the largest independent film festival in the United States and one of the “Big 5” among prestigious film festivals (followed by Venice, Cannes, Toronto, and Berlin). Over the years, the festival has brought acclaimed favorites further into the public eye, such as “Little Miss Sunshine,” “Whiplash,” “The Witch,” and more.
As the main hub of the action, Park City’s snow-covered streets bustle with a star-studded guest list and thousands of movie lovers for the duration of Sundance’s 10-day event. Screenings are held in a number of venues peppered throughout the Wasatch Mountains, spanning Park City, Sundance Mountain Resort, and theaters in Salt Lake City.
Looking to attend this year’s red-carpet festival? Once you have your ticket, the next step is finding a place to stay. Our list will help you find the best nearby cities and resort condos offering vacation rentals with private hot tubs, fireplaces, and more, so you can enjoy celebrity treatment too.
Canyons Village is the second base area of Park City Mountain. This resort village is where you’ll find the bulk of lodging options, as it’s comprised of several Park City hotels and condos like the Hyatt Centric, Sundial Lodge, and Red Pine Condos — each offering a different way to savor the mountain peaks. If you’re looking for the full experience, you’ll be sure to find it here. Enjoy numerous amenities where you stay, plus the village’s ample supply of fun activities, like ice skating, live performances, fire pits, restaurants, shopping, and a spa. While it’s a bit farther from Main Street, you can get easily get around with the village’s complimentary transportation service, Canyons Village Connect.
Located in Canyons Village, Lift provides a luxury alpine lodging experience with boutique hotel amenities. Choose condos ranging from cozy studios to the spacious 5-bedroom penthouse, with stylish living rooms, soaking tubs, and ski-in/ski-out access. Amenities include ski valet, covered parking, a fitness center, an outdoor pool, two hot tubs, a club room with kid-friendly entertainment, a steam room, and more.
If you’re interested in hitting the slopes between screenings, Deer Valley Resort might be the perfect choice. For the 10th year in a row, Deer Valley has won the title of “United States’ Best Ski Resort” by the World Ski Awards, and with a record like that, you’re sure to be in for a treat. The resort includes several hotels and resort condos, including Montage Deer Valley, Snow Park, Silver Lake, and Empire Canyon — all of which are just a 10-minute drive from theaters and nightlife in Old Town Park City. While amenities change from lodge to lodge, you can enjoy ski-in/ski-out access, heated outdoor pools, hot tubs, and on-site dining from most of the resort’s lodgings.
For those looking for more privacy after a day of crowds and film festivities, BlackStone’s secluded 1-3 bedroom stays might offer quiet reprieve. Located in Canyons Village, you can take advantage of convenient access to nearby downtown thrills or unwind at your home base with BlackStone’s resort-style amenities. Cozy up by the fireplace, keep the movie marathon going on the living room’s flat screen, or relax with a dip in the pool or hot tub.
Park City spans several neighborhoods tucked within the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains, so you can stay as close to the lights and action as you choose. In Old Town, you’ll be within walking distance of Main Street to hop from theater to theater during Sundance. Further out by Summit Park, you can keep some distance from the crowds for a breath of fresh air. City limits stretch 19 square miles, so you’ll never be more than a quick drive from catching the next show.
This ski mountain town is located just an hour from Park City, offering a much quieter escape from the city’s crowded streets. Here, you can easily get to and from theaters without skimping on mountain views, luxury offerings, or fun on the slopes. After the credits roll, hit the spa or indulge in a night of fine dining in town.
Heading out to Sundance with a big crew? Brighton is an hour's drive from Park City, Utah, but is worth the trip for its spacious and stylish vacation homes, if you’re looking to skip the condo route. Lounge out with plenty of room, fully-equipped kitchens, and privacy with the slopes nearby.
Sundance Film Festival is an annual film competition and event showcasing the year’s leading independent films, spanning short films to full-length feature movies. It is the largest independent film festival in the United States and is one of the “Big 5” among prestigious film festivals (followed by Venice, Cannes, Toronto, and Berlin).
The Sundance Film Festival runs from January 18 to January 28, 2023, for a total of 10 days.