An elite handful of local establishments with a variety of flavors

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.

Alta Peruvian Lodge
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If you're looking to book a hotel in Little Cottonwood Canyon, you'll find the Peruvian to be one of the area's most charming and historic lodging options. In operation for more than 60 years, the Peruvian opened its doors in 1948. Since that...  Read More

Lodge at Snowbird
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Snowbird Resort is perhaps the most famous of all in the immediate vicinity of Salt Lake City. This resort - with 2,000 acres, 3,240 feet of vertical rise, and a tram covering nearly this entire stretch in one shot - is a powerhouse of varied...  Read More

The Cliff Lodge Snowbird
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This incredible and enormous hotel dominates the Snowbird Resort base area. With numerous restaurants, spa facilities, and shops, this is a virtual city in and of itself. Its most famous restaurant, the award-winning, Aerie, occupies its 10th...  Read More

Alta's Rustler Lodge
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Guests looking for boutique accommodations outside of the city should consider booking at the Rustler Lodge. Located at the base of the world-famous ski area, Alta, this stands near the very top of the beautiful Little Cottonwood Canyon. This...  Read More

Metropolitan Inn Salt Lake City
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One of Salt Lake City's newer boutique hotels, the Metropolitan Inn is a tiny, locally-owned budget hotel just a few blocks south of Temple Square. For its location, the price is hard to beat. One of Salt Lake's quirkier hotels, this three-story...  Read More



Whether you're coming to Salt Lake to check out Temple Square, to visit friends, or to do business, the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel has an ideal location for your trip, right at Temple Square. By design, this is the very center of Salt Lake City,...  Read More

The Peery Hotel an Ascend Hotel Collection Member
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The Peery Hotel first opened its doors in 1910. Though this was just more than a century ago, the Peery's first guests arrived in Salt Lake City for completely different purposes than those of today. They came, not for ski vacations, but to take...  Read More

Little America Hotel Salt Lake City
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Standing immediately across the street from its sister, the Grand America, the Little America Hotel does not stand out. However, its plain, red brick exterior is just a front hiding the four-diamond accommodations and superb guest services...  Read More



Hotel Monaco is a rather unique phenomenon in the hotel industry - particularly that of Salt Lake City. Combining top-end luxury with funky, modern fun, this hotel provides its visitors with the best in guest services and accommodations, while...  Read More



Grand America is Salt Lake City's ultimate luxury lodging, and its only five-diamond hotel. Built in the tradition of fine European hotels, this locally-owned establishment cuts no corners when providing its guests with a splendid and opulent...  Read More


Meet Christine Balaz

Christine Balaz began her unexpected writing career in Salt Lake City with her first book on Wasatch Skiing and Travel in 2006. On the subject of Utah, Christine has written numerous...  More About Christine