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Salt Lake Valley, like most of the Intermountain West, has a vast amount of national brand, and oft mundane hotels. But what about those wishing to find something unique or locally-owned? And those who want to break away from these mundane guestrooms and faceless lobbies? Amongst its prolific chain hotels - packed together, and lining the interstates – Salt Lake City nevertheless holds a collection of boutique establishments. And, though they're fewer and farther between than their familiar, nationally-owned siblings, they do exist. A word of warning, though: the Salt Lake Valley itself only contains about half a dozen of these. But supplementing these is a number of wonderful and varied hotels, situated at the ski areas of the Wasatch Mountains.
Those preferring to stick to the valley floor will find that the entire collection of Salt Lake City's boutique hotels is centrally located downtown. If you're looking for the highest level of fine, European-style lodging, the Grand America should be your first choice. Salt Lake's only five-diamond hotel, this offers the finest in guestrooms and guest services. If you're good with “just” four diamonds, and think you might want to save some cash, head across the street to its sister, the Little America. Those looking to break away from traditional décor and services should head a bit north to the Hotel Monaco. This fun and funky hotel provides petless guests with a goldfish to keep them company.
And don't discount the hotels at the mountain resorts. These fabulous options enjoy gorgeous surroundings and, because of the interstate beltway encircling Salt Lake City, they stand just 20-30 minutes away.