Explore Utah’s dynamic capital without breaking the bank with Culture Trip’s selection of top budget hotels in Salt Lake City.
Salt Lake City may be known for its Mormon heritage, but the buzzing metropolis has much more to offer. Aside from its turreted temple and domed tabernacle, the city has a thriving sports, dining and shopping scene as well as prime skiing opportunities in the surrounding Wasatch Mountains.
The family-run Carlton Hotel stands out from Salt Lake City’s chain hotels with its European façade. The 80-year-old building makes for an intimate hotel, with just 25 rooms set within walking distance of Temple Square. You’ll be welcomed into the bright lobby and shown to one of the compact rooms, which comes with a fridge and microwave. There’s also a substantial breakfast buffet with made-to-order options.
Set adjacent to the University of Utah and Rice-Eccles Stadium, Marriott University Park lies just minutes from downtown. The chic rooms and suites come with views of the Wasatch Mountains, and there’s a fully equipped fitness center on site. The Marriott has its own Starbucks for your morning coffee, as well as fine dining at the Thistle and Thyme restaurant. Try the lobster ravioli in sherry cream or the 12oz (340g) New York strip steak in truffle butter.
The Hilton offers its usual up-market comfort in this 18-floor hotel overlooking Temple Street. Top-floor suites have the best mountain views, and there’s a pool, hot tub and seasonal sundeck for relaxing. Conveniently, there’s also an Avis Rental Cars in the lobby. Don’t miss dinner at Spencer’s for Steaks and Chops, the Hilton’s award-winning restaurant, where you can feast on a hand-cut, seared steak and choose from the extensive wine list.
If you’re looking for a great hotel close to Salt Lake City Airport, Fairfield Inn and Suites fits the bill. The hotel is located across from the airport and offers free 24-hour shuttle service, seven days a week. Rooms and suites are simple, but there’s a substantial hot breakfast on offer, as well as an indoor pool, hot tub and fitness room.
La Quinta has a tropical vibe, with a yellow exterior and red-tiled roof. Inside, there are potted plants, green accents in the soft furnishings and an indoor heated pool. Located off the I-80, the hotel runs a free airport shuttle service and is close to the University of Utah and Convention Center. Enjoy the fluffy breakfast waffles, in-room coffee maker and flatscreen TVs.
Check into Homewood Suites for self-catering breaks in Salt Lake City. Managed by Hilton, these contemporary studios and apartments, some pet-friendly, have kitchens and comfy living areas with sofas. There’s a refreshing outdoor pool with a communal BBQ area on the patio if you want to dine al fresco, as well as an evening social Monday to Thursday. Homewood Suites is located in the city center near Vivint Smart Home Arena.
If you need somewhere close to the Rio Tinto Stadium or Mountain America Expo Center, Springhill Suites is ideal. Downtown Salt Lake City and the airport are also a 30-minute ride away, which you can access via the hotel’s shuttle service. The suites belong to the Marriott group, so they’re reliably modern, with work desks and mini fridges. Stand-out features include the outdoor firepit and seating area, as well as a small outdoor pool.
Coming to Salt Lake City for a ski break? The Hyatt Place is perfectly positioned in the Cottonwood area near the slopes, with views of the towering Wasatch Mountains. Rooms are decked out with marshmallow-soft Hyatt Grand beds and have separate Cozy Corner living-and-dining areas. Take advantage of the fitness center, heated pool and jacuzzi, which are great for soaking after a ski day.
The Marriott City Center is set right in the heart of Salt Lake City. Its freshly renovated rooms and suites have a premium feel thanks to the skyscraper views, marble bathrooms and soft robes. There’s a 24/7 fitness center at your disposal, as well as a serene heated pool and spa area, which is surrounded by lounge chairs and potted plants.
Enjoy neighborhood-style living with Towneplace Suites, perfect for a self-catering break. The private units feature separate living areas and full kitchens complete with granite counters and sleek appliances. The apartments are set in a pet-friendly park area with a pond and running trail, plus there are more than 20 restaurants and a Cinemark movie complex within walking distance. Operated by Marriott, Towneplace is set 20 minutes’ drive from downtown Salt Lake City.