A wide range of accommodations within walking distance of Salt Lake's business center

People come from around the globe to visit Salt Lake City for diverse reasons. Some come for business trips, others to research their genealogy at the Family Research Library, and still others to attend the conferences of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. And many guests come for the area's fantastic skiing, mountain biking, and golfing. Whether you're staying at a Hilton or at the Peery, you'll discover that Salt Lake's hotel industry knows how to serve any type of traveler.

Salt Lake City's downtown hotels span quite a price range, and contain both national chain options and locally owned, boutique establishments. You'll immediately recognize many of the city's hotels as belonging to national and international corporations, yet will also find a handful of family-owned hotels in the mix.

Hotels in the downtown district range from rather basic, roughly $80-a-night establishments, up to ultra-deluxe, as-expensive-as-you-could-imagine accommodations. Most stand somewhere in between these extremes, providing mid-level and high-end accommodations for moderate prices.

Though Salt Lake City does offer public transportation, you may want to keep in mind walking distances between your hotel and various attractions or conference centers when making your reservation. Given Salt Lake's large city blocks, a hotel standing only eight city blocks from a destination sits more than one mile away from it. And for those driving: though parking in Salt Lake City is not nearly as challenging as in more major cities, it can still prove tricky to tackle efficiently during business and peak dining hours.  


Holiday Inn Express Salt Lake City Downtown
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Shilo Inn stands immediately to the south of the Salt Palace Convention Center. It is therefore one of the busiest hotels during major trade shows taking place at this enormous, indoor arena. The Shilo itself is one of a few dozen around the nation, and offers 200 guest rooms, business center, and airport shuttle. The Shilo specializes in affordable, yet high-quality accommodations. Children under 12 stay free at the Shilo Inn. Dogs are welcome there for an extra charge. If you happen to come during the Summer Outdoor Retailer Show (which usually takes place in August), you might get to catch a major rock climbing competition taking place on the top level of the Shilo's parking garage. The Shilo has hosted this competition for several years running.

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Hampton Inn Salt Lake City - Downtown
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The Hampton Inn provides one of the best options for low-cost and central, national brand lodging within Salt Lake City's center. Though a few blocks southwest from downtown bull's eye of downtown, it nevertheless stands within completely reasonable walking distance of all attractions for almost every pair of legs. Slightly smaller than many of Salt Lake's major hotels, the Hampton Inn has just fewer than 160 guest rooms. Earning three diamonds from AAA, this hotel features handsome furniture and d--cor, taking the blandness out of its lodging experience. The Hampton Inn offers both in-house breakfast and breakfast to-go, but does not have a lunch or dinner restaurant. However, it sits within close distance of dozens of Salt Lake City's best eateries.

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Radisson Hotel Salt Lake City Downtown
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Originating in Minnesota in 1909, the Radisson Hotel brand has grown to encompass more than 420 locations in over 70 nations around the world. Salt Lake City's high-rise Radisson invites you inside via a handsome and modern lobby lined with hardwoods and black and white tiles. Though not an over-the-top, luxury outfit, the Radisson nevertheless adorns its rooms with sophisticated color schemes and handsome, if simple, furniture. Rooms and suites offer comfort and stylishness without overindulgence. The Copper Canyon Grill House & Tavern is the Radisson's in-house, full-service restaurant. Serving contemporary American cuisine, the restaurant utilizes local and organic ingredients whenever possible. Room service is also available.

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The Salt Lake City Plaza Hotel represents an excellent lodging choice for tourists and business travelers alike. Located immediately at Temple Square, this hotel offers minimized walking distances to the Square itself, as well as the Family Research Library, LDS Conference Center, and Salt Palace Convention Center. Within the hotel, all of its guest rooms boast handsome d--cor accented with overtones of classic European style. The hotel has a family-style, full-service restaurant on its grounds, and stands within walking distance of more than 80 others. The Plaza Hotel lies immediately adjacent to TRAX line. Salt Lake City's light rail service, TRAX connects you conveniently and cheaply to other downtown locations and the University of Utah.

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Hilton Salt Lake City Center
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Hilton has earned itself a name around the world for high-end, full-service hotels and resorts. This particular installment is just one of more than 530 Hilton hotels, spread out among 78 nations. With an emphasis on catering to business travelers, Hilton ensures a quiet, professional atmosphere with ample meeting spaces and access to state of the art communications technologies. Additionally, Hilton makes many efforts to operate in an environmentally friendly manner. This Hilton has two on-premises restaurants, one steakhouse and one breakfast eatery, as well as in-room dining. All guests enjoy overfilled down comforters, wireless internet, and 38-inch televisions. Pets are welcome at Hilton Salt Lake City Center.

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Salt Lake Marriott Downtown at City Creek
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Marriott is one of the most widely spread hotel brands in the nation. Offering a reliably high level of service and accommodations, this chain hotel has earned itself a spot as one of downtown Salt Lake City's most popular hotels. Located at 75 South West Temple Street, it is one of the most central lodging options available, standing blocks closer to Temple Square and the Salt Palace Convention Center than almost every other hotel in town. A business-friendly hotel, Marriott Downtown offers more than 20,000 feet of meeting space. No slouch, this hotel has maintained a AAA 4-diamond rating for more than three decades.

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The Peery Hotel an Ascend Hotel Collection Member
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The Peery has been a figurehead of the Salt Lake hotel industry for more than a century. In fact, it is the only hotel in Utah listed on the National Historic Register. Constructed in an era when Salt Lake City's VIP guests were mining magnates, frontiersmen, and railroad moguls, The Peery has seen ever-changing generations of clients. Though today it is fully modernized to host any business person or sightseeing tourist, the hotel still maintains its original historic splendor. The Peery shares its location with Romano's Macaroni Grill. However, if you wish to expand your horizons a bit, there are nearly 70 restaurants within two blocks of the hotel.

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Placed anywhere in the world, The Grand America would stand out as a top-crust, luxury hotel. And in Salt Lake City it undeniably holds first place as the most grandiose and deluxe lodging option. The 24 stories of this structure contain Salt Lake City's only five-star guest rooms. Created in the tradition of fine European hotels, The Grand America utilized the talents of Frank Nicholson, designer of the Ritz-Carlton, to outfit the entire premises in resplendent detail. Each room and suite has been outfitted with Italian marble bathrooms, handcrafted Richelieu furniture, and original art pieces. Located in the southwestern sector of downtown, The Grand America stands literally 10 minutes from the Salt Lake International Airport.

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If trying to predict the type of accommodations you'll find at Hotel Monaco, you must only think of the hotel's namesake country to rightly prepare yourself for the style of this establishment. Offering central downtown lodging with colorful sophistication, this hotel creates a feeling of fun within the context of high-end guest services. Surprisingly enough, pets are allowed at the Monaco. In fact, if yours has been unable to join you, the staff will bring a goldfish to your room as a stand-in. The ground floor of the Monaco is occupied by a new American restaurant, Bambara. This award-winning restaurant offers the similar style of pizzazz and level of quality as the Monaco.

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Little America Hotel
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When compared with its across-the-street sister, the Grand America, the Little America does not immediately stand out. However, once you walk past the bland brick exterior and in through the front doors, the Little America suddenly transforms into one of Salt Lake City's finer boutique hotels, utterly shattering your expectations with exquisite European-style d--cor. Offering fine luxury and excellent guest care with a lesser price tag than that of the Grand America, Little America can rightly be considered a budget-friendly luxury hotel. This large, four-diamond hotel offers a steakhouse, coffee shop, breakfast, and lunch. Additionally, Little America offers extensive business and fitness facilities.

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