The capital of Utah has an extraordinary setting, with a backdrop of mountains and dramatic canyons. A buzzing city full of restaurants, bars, shops and Mormons – it was founded by Mormon leader Brigham Young in 1847 – it is also a center for mountain sports. Salt Lake is home to some top hotel spas, where you can indulge in anything from soaks in hot tubs with mountain-range views to oxygen or CBD (short for cannabidiol) therapies. Read on to discover Culture Trip’s contenders for the best spa in Salt Lake City.
The Grand America Hotel building is magnificent, built in the 21st century but closer to a 19th-century 5th-Avenue pad with its sea of granite. Rooms have rich carpets, marble-clad bathrooms and big views. Four stories high, this is the best spa in Salt Lake City; it was given five stars by Forbes 2021 and has an indoor and outdoor pool, saunas, steam rooms, and 18 treatment rooms. Treatments such as CBD (short for cannabidiol) massage reduce stress, muscle aches, and inflammation.
Little America’s best rooms are either in the hotel tower or overlooking the gardens. Tower rooms have big views, while garden rooms, in two-story blocks, are surrounded by lush greenery, with mature trees, blazing with flowers in summer and sparkling with decorative lights in winter. The hotel also has an impressive spa offering a range of massages and beauty treatments, with an onsite hot tub and sauna to boot. There’s a large rooftop pool with indoor and outdoor sections, plus a less busy indoor pool surrounded by conservatory-style windows.
The Holiday Inn Express is a reliably spic and span spa hotel in Salt Lake City, located in the heart of downtown. It has a well-equipped spa, where you’ll have the chance to relax in the large indoor and outdoor pools, indoor hot tub and dry sauna. A large block-like building, it has rooms that are minimalist and contemporary in style, with downtown views, and the restaurant serves up burgers, salads, chicken, and a decent choice of local beers and wine.
The City Midvale is a Lego-like contemporary building and a reliable and smart 3-star hotel. The rooms feature statement, royal-blue walls, comfortable beds with soft linen, and big-city views. After working up a sweat in the hotel fitness center, you can relax in the hotel’s spa and wellness center, which comprises a hot tub and indoor swimming pool. A hot breakfast is served and there are plenty of restaurants within walking distance.
If you want to find a good – if basic – spa in Salt Lake City, look no further than Homewood Suites by Hilton, a laidback hotel right at the airport. The design features creams and neutrals, soft lighting, and wood-lined kitchenettes. Take a dip in the inviting indoor pool and hot tub, to relax before or after your flight. You’re also within an easy drive from the scenic surrounding canyons, and there are ski and snowboarding facilities and equipment hire nearby.
For a superb spa in Salt Lake City’s hinterland, head to the 9th and 10th floors of the fabulous, mountain-ringed ski hotel, the Cliff Lodge. Rooms here offer pared-down style and all comforts, decked out in neutral hues. There’s a superb outdoor heated pool and hot tub, surrounded by heated decks and snowy mountains, 21 treatment rooms offering a range of massages, a yoga studio and fitness center with mountain views, and a eucalyptus-infused solarium. You’re within easy reach of the area’s ski and snowboard fun.
A former 1800s mining building converted into a wow-factor ski retreat, this spa in Salt Lake City is set into Little Cottonwood Canyon, a stone’s throw from myriad superb skiing and snowboarding runs. After a long day on the slopes, the hotel’s well-appointed Snowpine Spa will ease any aching muscles. Take your pick from the hot tub and steam rooms, try oxygen therapies, join yoga sessions, or enjoy a facial or massage in one of the six treatment rooms.
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