The Best Cheap Hotels in Salt Lake City, Utah

There are plenty of options for a quality budget stay in Salt Lake City
There are plenty of options for a quality budget stay in Salt Lake City | © Zoonar GmbH / Alamy Stock Photo
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20 October 2020

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 Carlton Hotel

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.

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Free WiFi
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Smoke-free property

Marriott University Park

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.

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Free WiFi
Breakfast available (surcharge)
Restaurant
In-room accessibility
Express check-out
Conference space
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Terrace
Bar/lounge
Smoke-free property

Hilton Salt Lake City Center

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.

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Free WiFi
Breakfast available (surcharge)
In-room accessibility
Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)
Express check-out
Conference space
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Limo or Town Car service available
Fitness facilities
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Terrace
Bar/lounge

Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott Salt Lake City Airport

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.

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Free WiFi
Restaurant
In-room accessibility
Express check-out
Conference space
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Smoke-free property

La Quinta Inn and Suites by Wyndham Salt Lake City Airport

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.

Everything you need to know

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Free WiFi
Express check-out
Conference space
24-hour front desk
Fitness facilities
Multilingual staff
Smoke-free property

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  • Homewood Suites by Hilton Salt Lake City-Downtown

    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.

    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    In-room accessibility
    Express check-out
    Conference space
    24-hour front desk
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Multilingual staff
    Smoke-free property

    SpringHill Suites by Marriott Salt Lake City-South Jordan

    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.

    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    Outdoor pool
    In-room accessibility
    Express check-out
    Conference space
    24-hour front desk
    Fitness facilities
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Terrace
    Smoke-free property

    Hyatt Place Salt Lake City/Cottonwood

    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.

    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    Outdoor pool
    Breakfast available (surcharge)
    Restaurant
    In-room accessibility
    Express check-out
    24-hour front desk
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Terrace
    Bar/lounge
    Smoke-free property

    Marriott City Center

    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.

    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    Breakfast available (surcharge)
    Restaurant
    In-room accessibility
    Express check-out
    Conference space
    Concierge services
    24-hour front desk
    Fitness facilities
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Multilingual staff
    Bar/lounge
    Smoke-free property

    Towneplace Suites Salt Lake City-West Valley

    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.

    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    In-room accessibility
    Conference space
    24-hour front desk
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Smoke-free property
    These recommendations were updated on October 20, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.