They own two, four-diamond AAA rating hotels in Texas. Now, Hotel ZaZa is eyeing Park City. Though the deal isn't finalized, a big Hotel ZaZa sign appeared in the window of the defunct Claim Jumper Hotel on Park City's Main Street in time to advertise to the Sundance Film Festival crowd. Hotel officials apparently like the Park City area, but their hotels in Dallas and Houston are much bigger than what they could do with the Claim Jumper, considering the limited space and the historical landmark restrictions.
The building first opened around 1882 as the Park City Hotel to serve the new money, upper class involved in ranching and mining in the area. The brick structure was remarkably one of the few left standing after the epic fire of 1898 and then changed hands in 1913 to open as the New Park Hotel. It became The Claim Jumper in 1973 as Park City felt the boom of powder mining.
MidFirst Bank presently owns the company that bought the building at a trustee's sale last December for $7.25 million and put it back on the market. Hotel ZaZa owners have apparently yet to see the property or give any idea about future plans for a hotel. If they do open a Hotel ZaZa, you could expect a yet another restaurant and bar on Main Street with condos above. The building is four stories high.
Currently, the Claim Jumper is torn up inside; but if it's renovated and reintroduced as ZaZa, it would join the ranks of the St. Regis, Montage, Escala Lodges, and the Dakota Mountain Lodge (a Waldorf-Astoria hotel) as yet another luxury property to swoop down on Park City in the last decade.