Lodging across the state of Utah is overwhelmingly dominated by run-of-the-mill, mid-level, national chain hotels. However, Salt Lake City offers its guests quite a lot more to choose from, with respect to variety and luxury of accommodations. In addition to its plentiful national brand options, it offers a generous handful of excellent boutique hotels, each with their own flavor.
The Grand America (555 South Main Street; 801-258-6000) provides the most luxurious guestrooms in the entire Salt Lake Valley, in the traditional style of Europe’s finest hotels. When imagining this hotel, think of hard woods, chandeliers, handmade Richelieu furniture, Italian Marble, and posh robes. This offers high-end opulence in the traditional fashion.
Little America Hotel (500 South Main Street; 801-596-5700) stands just west of the Grand America Hotel and would likely go unnoticed if not for word of mouth and online praise such as this. Much less sensational than its sister, this hotel has quite an inconspicuous and bland exterior. However, on the inside, it provides an extremely high level of class and comfort to its guests. Don’t let the plain red, brick surface dissuade you from enjoying the first-class service and splendid rooms of Little America.
Hotel Monaco (15 West 200 South Street; 801-595-0000) sits right in the heart of downtown and, of all the Salt Lake hotels, has the freshest and hippest style, providing its guests impeccable service and accommodations with a funky flair. Whether you need an extra long bed, or a pet goldfish to keep you company, your needs will be met in this establishment whose namesake country hints at its theme of affluence and fun. This hotel shares its first floor with the new-American Bambara Restaurant (801-363-5454), and equally capricious, gourmet Salt Lake City classic.
Peery Hotel (110 West Broadway; 801-521-4300) has been in operation since 1910, in the days when it serviced mining aristocrats, railroad moguls, and frontiersmen. Like the Grand America, the Peery also draws from the classic European style of décor. However, this much smaller establishment has only 62 rooms (as opposed to nearly 800 at the Grand America). With new, Tempur-Pedic beds, designer toiletries, and plush linens, this downtown hotel provides an historical and elegant temporary home in the immediate heart of downtown Salt Lake City.
The Plaza Hotel (122 West South Temple Street; 801-521-0130) stands on the edge of Temple Square and accommodates the needs of business travelers and tourists alike. With rooms outfitted in the “Cherry Provincial” theme, The Plaza offers stately class and excellent services –even providing complementary airport shuttle services for its guests. This hotel embodies one of Salt Lake City’s best values when considering quality of accommodations, locations, and price.