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Where to Stay in Salt Lake City
Whether you're looking for exciting adventure travel or a chance to experience the best cultural attractions in Utah, Salt Lake City has a hotel for you. Those looking to take to the slopes will find an assortment of ski resorts in the nearby Wasatch Mountains. During the warmer months, these same hotels provide visitors with easy access to the mountain range's rivers and hiking trails. Those looking to take in the breathtaking natural vistas of the Great Salt Lake can find a number of budget hotels and inns just a few miles north of the city. If you're visiting friends or relatives at the University of Utah, book reservations at one of the hotels near campus, just east of the city's downtown. Those traveling with children will want to search for accommodations in the Gateway District. Located adjacent to downtown, this multi-use district is home to a planetarium, a children's museum and a number of shops and restaurants. To see the heart of Salt Lake City, choose form one of the national chains or local boutiques near Temple Square. With its close proximity to the city's convention center, it's also a great location for business travelers.
Salt Lake City Hotel Tips
For those that want to ski down the snow-capped peaks of the Wasatch Mountains, consider booking your trip between the months of November and April. This is the prime skiing season for the Salt Lake City region. Since the city hosted the Winter Olympics in 2002, the area has seen a sharp increase in wintertime travelers. This means you should search for discount flights to Salt Lake City and hotel accommodations well in advance of your trip. If you'd rather spend your outdoor time hiking, fishing or sailing, make your hotel reservations for the warmer months when ski season has waned.
To experience the local arts scene, plan your trip for late June. This is when the city plays host to the Utah Arts Festival, the largest outdoor multi-disciplinary arts event in Utah. The event has gained international recognition and welcomes more than 130 visual artists, 100 performing arts groups and 18 culinary artists. More than 80,000 people attend the event each year, so make sure to secure your hotel rooms early.
Salt Lake City Hotel Recommendations
Located just a few blocks from Temple Square and the Salt Palace Convention Center, the Metropolitan Inn offers an alternative to the many big chain hotels that populate Salt Lake City's downtown. Guests looking to take a ski excursion to the nearby mountains can book a trip through the boutique. The hotel also sets up guided tours of the city's historical sites. After enjoying a good night's rest on the guestroom's Tempur-pedic mattress, guests can fill up on the hotel's complimentary breakfast. Meanwhile, business travelers can take advantage of the hotel's business amenities, which include a fax machine, high-speed Internet, and postage, shipping and copying services.
Or search for vacancies at one of downtown Salt Lake City's most exclusive hotels—the Peery Hotel. Located in downtown Salt Lake City, this environmentally conscious hotel is a member of the National Historic Registry. The boutique's interiors feature elegant public areas and equally lavish guestrooms. Upon arrival, the hotel offers guests complimentary Starbucks coffee and herbal teas. Other amenities include a complimentary business center and 24-hour state-of-the-art fitness center. Additionally, the hotel's prime location makes it easy to walk to the convention center, Temple Square, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and theaters. There are also two onsite restaurants as well with nearly 100 more to choose from within a two-mile radius.
Those looking for a snowy getaway can stay just outside of Salt Lake City at the Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort. The luxurious resort offers guests a wide selection of accommodations, from hotel bedrooms to one-bedroom studios. Many of the rooms feature fireplaces and full kitchens, and every room has a private balcony, providing spectacular mountain views. The hotel's cozy lobby is furnished with a center fireplace and a baby grand piano, making it a great place for guests to lounge and relax. Complimentary wine and cheese receptions are held four evenings a week, while board games, books and children's movies are provided upon request to entertain the kids. Be sure to hit up the lodge's bistro for a taste of French-inspired American cuisine.
Salt Lake City Transportation
Salt Lake City features a 19-mile light-rail system called TRAX. The system features three lines. The first travels south from downtown to the nearby community of Sandy. The second travels east from downtown to the University of Utah campus. The third travels directly from the university's campus to Sandy. Additional lines are in the works. The city also operates an extensive bus system. Each TRAX station is connected to several bus routes, making it easy to reach destinations not located directly off the train stop. The buses also provide service to the city's nearby ski resorts. In addition, the city is known for being very car friendly. If you don't want to depend on public transportation, renting a car can be a convenient option.