Old World opulence in Salt Lake City

379 Rooms / 396 Suites

Travelers may come for northern Utah’s breathtaking grand peaks (visible from downtown Salt Lake City), but equally remarkable is the towering presence of the 24-story Grand America Hotel. The massive white-stone building is a landmark in downtown Salt Lake City, punctuating the urban skyline while reflecting the dusky purple high desert sunsets from the windows of its 775 rooms.

The hotel’s rococo opulence matches its mass. Everything from the lobby to the individual stalls in guest bathrooms is lined with Italian marble in every candy-like hue. Whether as a small sconce or the thematic chandelier showpiece in a ballroom, hand-blown crystal glimmers and highlights heavy furniture with rich upholstered patterns and leather detail. An inner courtyard features colorful manicured gardens in which to catch a quiet moment or partake in a celebration.

Business travelers and family vacationers both value The Grand America for its array of amenities, the former utilizing the 77,000 square feet of conference space, complimentary Wi-Fi and concierge service to guide them to the city’s best local restaurants — which are all within walking distance of the hotel. The latter can travel lighter with in-room crib delivery, lobby pastry shop, family-friendly pool, and kitchen suite options in guest rooms.

The hotel is famous for its Sunday brunch service in the aptly named Garden Café (situated next to the interior courtyard). Seven stations craft everything from sizzling crepes (with fillings of your choice) and omelets to paella and carved meat right before your eyes. Chilled seafood, a luxurious pastry display and sushi, though less showy, are equally decadent.

The Grand America Hotel’s afternoon tea service (with 1 and 3:30 p.m. seatings daily) maintains the very civilized ritual of high tea with an abundant menu of delicate savory sandwiches, bite-size pastries (petits fours, tartlets) and loose-leaf tea brewed in porcelain pots and poured into proper cups and saucers. The dark wood interior of the Gibson Lounge, meanwhile, is a favorite among professionals looking to unwind during happy hour, though to experience the neighborhood’s nightlife, allow the concierge to direct you to the numerous bars highlighting the talents of Salt Lake City’s burgeoning craft cocktail scene.