Hotel Review: Staying at the Alta Peruvian Lodge

I’ve stayed at several hotels around Alta Ski Resort in Utah and the Alta Peruvian Lodge is one of my favorites. Read my hotel review to learn why!

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Alta Ski Resort has a special place in my heart. It’s where I learned how to ski as an adult and it’s where I met my partner, Ryan, on the ski lift. The passionate Alta ski community adds to its charm, making it one of my favorite winter destinations.

So when I had the opportunity to spend the night at the Alta Peruvian Lodge, a ski-in/ski-out hotel on the slopes of the mountain, I was stoked! The lodge boasts a rustic and cozy ambiance, with wood-paneled walls, stone fireplaces, and comfortable common areas. It’s the perfect place to unwind after a day on the slopes.

If you’re thinking about a ski vacation and looking for a place to stay in Alta, here is my full review of my experience at the Alta Peruvian Lodge.

First Impressions

The Alta Peruvian Lodge is located at the far end of the Alta parking lot next to the Wildcat and Collins chairlifts. A 7-minute walk gets you to the lift. For those who don’t want to waste their energy walking, the hotel also a free shuttle that runs nonstop to and from the lifts.

A skiier on the slopes near the Collins Lift at Alta Ski Resort in Utah
Alta Peruvian Lodge is just a short 7-minute walk to the Wildcat and Collins chairlifts

When I walked into the main lobby of the Alta Peruvian Lodge, I was greeted by huge windows overlooking the mountain with tons of comfy couches, a fireplace, and a couple of chess boards. The homey atmosphere and friendly staff made me feel as if I was staying at a friend’s (big) log cabin up in the mountains. Like many of the hotels at Alta, the guests at the Peruvian are like family, many of whom return every year.

Large windows at the Alta Peruvian Lodge looking out onto a snowy landscape
The main lobby features huge windows and comfy couches where you can unwind after a day on the slopes

Some of the highlights of my stay included:

  • Watching live music at the Peruvian Bar (one of the liveliest establishments at Alta)
  • Chilling in the outdoor hot tub
  • Stuffing my face with the best steak I’ve had in a looooong time
  • Getting a wonderful night’s sleep in my cozy bed.
  • The all-inclusive amenities, which includes all snacks and meals. (The food is delicious!)

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Rooms at the Alta Peruvian Lodge

The Alta Peruvian Lodge has a variety of rooms spread across three floors that accommodate anywhere from 2 and 6 people.

I stayed in one of the Alpine rooms located on the front side of the hotel on the third floor. All the rooms I toured were simple. I loved the old ski posters and the fact that there were no TVs. After all, you’re not up here to hang out in your room. You’re here to ski, take the occasional nap, and make the most of the Peruvian’s amenities.

Photo of one of the Alpine rooms at the Alta Peruvian Lodge
The rooms are rustic and no-frills, but very comfortable (note the lack of a TV!)

The major differences between the various room types are the number of people they sleep, the view, and the location of the bathroom. Some rooms have full bathrooms ensuite, while some rooms have shared shower facilities.

Tip: If you are traveling with a group of friends or family, the Alta Peruvian Lodge also has male and female dorm rooms that are the most economical option if you are looking to travel on a budget.

Amenities at the Alta Peruvian Lodge

Signs showing the amenities at the Alta Peruvian Lodge: Dining room, ski shop rentals, and pool, sauna, bar

The pool and 2 outdoor hot tubs: The air was pretty cold the day I was at Alta, so I stuck to the hot tub. But, there were people in the pool who said it was a very comfortable temperature. Grab a towel robe from the lobby on your way down, and if you fancy a beverage while you soak there is a bar just inside the door from the pool. They were also rockin’ the Grateful Dead on the stereo when I was in the hot tub. Someone must have read my mind. 🙂

Outdoor pool at the Alta Peruvian Lodge in winter
The heated outdoor pool
Bartender pouring wine at the downstairs bar at the Alta Peruvian lodge
Grab a drink from the poolside bar

Sauna: Don’t miss the lovely indoor wood sauna. It’s tucked away behind the dining room on the ground floor and is open 24/7.

The Movie Room: Plop down on that plush couch, grab some free popcorn, and settle in for the nightly flick.

The on-site ski shop: The ski shop at the Peruvian isn’t quite as extensive as the other ski shops at Alta, but they can certainly help you with the basics.

The main lobby: Cozy up by the fireplace with a ski magazine and cup of hot tea or challenge another guest to a game of chess.

Ski lockers: Each guest is assigned their own ski locker to store their skis and poles. The lockers are in the basement right near the backdoor that leads out to the slopes.

Chess game set up in the the lobby at the Alta Peruvian Hotel
The main lobby is a great place to play games or curl up with a book

Wining and Dining

Pace yourself… all the food is included during your stay and it is gooooood.

The dining room at the Alta Peruvian Lodge
All of the hotels at Alta include breakfast and dinner in the rate, but the Peruvian is the only one I’ve stayed at that also includes lunch. 

Breakfast and lunch

Breakfast and Lunch are buffet style with open seating. Breakfast had all the usual items, including a made-to-order omelet bar, while the lunch buffet had sandwich fixings, grilled cheese, tomato soup, burgers, and more.

Dinner

For dinner, you need to make a reservation and expect community-style seating. I was seated with a couple from New York, a family from Connecticut, and two high school girls who were on spring break. It was a blast getting to know the group, and it was an ideal scenario for me as a solo guest.

Make sure to come hungry with room for 4 courses. For the main course, options included a lobster pappardelle pasta and a gorgonzola filet. I rarely order steak, but that night I had the urge and was so happy I did. It was perfectly cooked and really flavorful.

Note: alcoholic drinks are not included, but they have a full selection of beer, wine, and cocktails that you can charge to your room.

The Peruvian Bar

Otherwise known as the P-dog among locals, the Peruvian Bar is THE hot spot at Alta. On any given day you can find a handful of skiers and Alta Athletes mingling.

Alta athele Leo Ahrens
Enjoying a drink with my friend Leo Ahrens who is a rippin’ skier, an artist, and makes some pretty sweet ski videos.

When you check in, make sure you ask what’s going on at the bar. When I was there Jasper Groff – the guitarist from Moab-based band called Stonefed – performed a killer après set. The bar also serves some light snacks in the afternoon, but be warned, they go fast!

Live music by Stonefed at the Alta Peruvian Lodge

Final Thoughts

My stay at the Alta Peruvian Lodge was a total blast and I felt that the hotel was made for mellow travelers like myself who want something different from your typical, generic hotel.

I loved the rustic, yet cozy, atmosphere and it was really nice that all the food and amenities were included, so the only thing I needed to worry about was relaxing and enjoying my stay!

Old skis mounted to a wall inside the Alta Peruvian Lodge in Alta, Utah
I loved the cozy ambience at Alta Peruvian Lodge
The Alpine room at the Alta Peruvian Lodge. Click the image for more pics and a full review

FAQs about staying at Alta Peruvian Lodge

How much do rooms cost at the Alta Peruvian Lodge?

The cost of a room at the Alta Peruvian Lodge can vary depending on the time of year, the type of room, and the length of your stay. Generally, during the ski season, rates tend to be higher. Standard rooms typically start around $300 to $400 per night during the peak ski season.

Are meals really included?

Yes, breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks are all included during your stay. Alcoholic beverages are not included.

How far away are the lifts?

The Wildcat and Collins chairlifts are a 7-minute walk from the lodge or you can take the shuttle, which runs continuously between the lodge and chairlifts.

Is the Alta Peruvian Lodge kid-friendly?

Yes, the Alta Peruvian Lodge is kid-friendly and welcomes families.

Is the Alta Peruvian Lodge pet-friendly?

No, the Alta Peruvian Lodge does not allow pets.

Where can I book a stay at the Alta Peruvian Lodge?

You can book directly through the website or on Booking.com.

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Have you stayed at the Alta Peruvian Lodge? What was your experience like? Is this a hotel you’d like to check out? Leave a comment below!

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