Taking a trip to Salt Lake City? Utah’s capital is a magnet for sports fans, Mormon heritage buffs and skiers heading to the cloud-capped Wasatch Mountains that tower over the city. Whatever your reason for visiting, choose from some of these top Salt Lake City hotels for prime mountain views, supreme facilities and star downtown locations.
Towering 24 stories high, the Grand America Hotel stands proudly downtown against the jagged Wasatch and Oquirrh Mountains. Inside, its soaring ceilings and 17th-century Flemish tapestries certainly make a grand impression, as does the decor in its 775 rooms and suites. Each one is adorned with handcrafted furniture, Italian marble bathrooms and leather-topped desks. Spend an afternoon at the award-winning spa or relaxing by the Mediterranean-style outdoor pool.
Little America is set just across from the Grand, its partner hotel. The four-diamond property boasts a cavernous chandelier lobby-lounge, English wool carpets and Richelieu furniture, along with a rooftop and courtyard pool. Stay in a chic tower room in the red-brick high-rise for windows that showcase mountain peak or city skyline views. The deluxe garden rooms have terraces that overlook manicured grounds and a decorative fountain.
Part of the Red Lion Hotel chain, this property enjoys a stellar location just five minutes from Temple Square. Expect contemporary rooms and suites with floor-to-ceiling windows and monochrome nature murals on the walls, plus flatscreen TVs, coffee makers and stone-topped desks. There’s an outdoor pool and fitness center, as well as eco-friendly touches like free bike rentals and sustainable toiletries.
In typical Hilton Style, this hotel offers classy, minimalist rooms in a central location. The 18-story building overlooks Temple Street and is close to key sites like the Salt Lake Temple and Eccles Theatre. The most extravagant, top-floor suites have killer views of the Wasatch range, and there’s an indoor pool, hot tub and seasonal sundeck. Sink your teeth into a juicy, hand-cut steak accompanied by a fine wine at Spencer’s for Steaks and Chops, the Hilton’s multi-award-winning restaurant.
Crystal Inn Hotel and Suites has a more intimate feel, with welcoming touches like a free airport shuttle, indoor pool and expansive breakfast buffet. Choose from a variety of bright rooms and suites, decorated with light wood furnishings. The lavish king suite even has its own jet-tub. The Crystal Inn lies downtown, not far from the Salt Palace Convention Center and religious attractions in Temple Square.
Splash out on the top-floor rooms and suites at the Radisson, which show off the twinkling city skyline and the mountain peaks. Guests have access to the heated indoor pool, hot tub and fitness center and are just a block from Salt Lake’s convention center. The Radisson’s popular Copper Canyon Grill House and Tavern is loved for its no-nonsense American cuisine. Try the Western Burger for juicy Angus beef topped with bacon, pepper jack cheese and all the trimmings.
The red-brick Sheraton Hotel has a sunny outdoor pool deck dotted with loungers, as well as a state-of-the-art fitness center. Rooms are simple and fresh – think crisp white linens, stone-tiled bathrooms and flatscreen TVs. For more character, stay in one of the suites, which have lounge areas with leather sofas and flickering fireplaces. There’s a full-service Starbucks in the lobby, perfect for a grab-and-go coffee as you head out to explore the central sights on your doorstep.
If you’ve come to ski, check into the Cliff Lodge and Spa. Set on the outskirts of Salt Lake City near Little Cottonwood Canyon, the lodge overlooks Snowbird’s famous ski slopes. There’s ski-in, ski-out access and a decadent spa with a heated pool, three outdoor hot tubs and a yoga studio. Indulge in a Mountain Healing treatment or traditional Thai or stone massage after a day on the slopes. Opulent spa-level bedrooms include full access to the Cliff Spa.
Check into Kimpton Hotel Monaco if you’re after a change from cookie-cutter chain hotels. The four-star boutique hotel lies in a historic bank building from the 1920s, as evidenced by the original teller windows and marble furnishings in the Vault Bar and Bambara Restaurant. The decor is all drama, with velvet armchairs, bold patterned carpets, swirly mirrors and high ceilings. Enjoy the evening social hour where guests are served wine and snacks.
Come to the Marriott in Salt Lake City for newly renovated guest rooms and suites. The accommodation features perks such as coffee makers, terrycloth robes and views of Gallivan Plaza or the mountains. Take a dip in the indoor heated pool and spa, which is surrounded by potted plants, lounge chairs and skyscraper views. You’re located right in the heart of downtown.