The hotel zones of Salt Lake City are quite easy to figure out. There’s the airport, there’s downtown, and then there’s the sprawling suburbs beyond. If you’re coming to be near the Mormon temple or you’ve got business at the Salt Palace Convention Center, the hotels in downtown Salt Lake City are probably the only ones you want to consider.
Rates are surprisingly high in this city, frequently topping $250 per night for many of the big hotels in the center, more than $300 when they get full because of a convention–which seems to happen quite a lot. So plan as far ahead as possible when booking and take time to read the online reviews if the place looks sketchy for the price.
Hotels Near the Salt Palace Convention Center
You can walk from your hotel to the convention center in ten minutes or less from a variety of large and small SLC hotels. The best one for travelers who want something with character is probably the Kimpton Monaco. Then after that you’re mostly looking at big chain hotels. There are two Marriotts, an AC Hotel by Marriott, a Residence Inn by Marriott, a Courtyard, a Fairfield Inn, a TownePlace Suites, and a Sheraton–all run by the same company.
There’s also a Hyatt Place and a Hyatt House, then a Hilton, a Doubletree by Hilton, a Hampton Inn, and a Hilton Garden Inn.
The Red Lion is now called “Hotel RL” instead. Salt Lake City also has a high-rise Radisson.
There are still a fair number of independent hotels in downtown Salt Lake City. There’s the towering Grand America, then the smaller Little America. There’s The Peery very near the convention center, plus Crystal Inn and a couple more.
Salt Lake City Hotels on the Edge of Downtown
There are a variety of newer hotels that have sprung up more than a few blocks away from the action, but close enough that you can walk it if you’re not in SLC when it’s below freezing. There’s even a hostel called Avenues if you’re really on a budget.
The blocks in Salt Lake city are quite long, however, so pull up Google maps or something else to see how far the hotel truly is from where you need to go. Even the Hyatt Place is at least a 15-minute walk away from the temple or the convention center. When you look at The Kimball or Anniversary Inn, add another 10 minutes at least.
Hotels Between Downtown and the Airport
It used to be that is you were outside of walking distance from the downtown Salt Lake City hotels, you had to rely on taxis, Lyft, and Uber to get where you needed to be. This was especially true in winter, when you would freeze your butt off going more than a couple blocks.
A few years back though, the city completed a light rail line that goes between the airport and several parts of the city, however, including the convention center. That train happens to run along the main artery coming into town from the airport, which suddenly made the cheap motels along the road more of a value. They’re all basic chain motels so you shouldn’t expect much, but if everything else is full or overpriced, settle for one of those.
The Econolodge has seen better days, but it’s the closest of the cheapies to downtown. There’s also a Holiday Inn Express, a Motel 6, and a Ramada.
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One last option? You could stay in Park City and get into SLC in less than an hour. Then head back early and hit the slopes! Otherwise, stick around and check out strange things to see in Salt Lake City.