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Grand America Hotel
The Grand America Hotel is a large, ornate hotel somewhat reminiscent of the Plaza Hotel in New York. A Four Star Forbes Travel Guide recipient, The Grand America is replete with Victorian styling, gilded wall paneling, and antique furnishings. It also is the only Utah hotel we know of that provides art tours of the hotel for the guests. The hotel services include complimentary wireless Internet access, airport transportation, a pool. There is a Grand Spa and many places to eat, especially the Garden Café. For those with a sweet tooth, La Bon Vie is an on-property patisserie whose French macarons are exceptional. Even though the decor is formal, the service is very friendly.
The Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City is a Kimpton property,with large guest rooms, flat-panel TVs and Nintendo gaming systems. This hotel also hosts daily wine receptions, and the Bambara Restaurant, one of the best in town, is on property. And if Bambara looks vaguely familiar to old-time Salt Lake visitors, it is because the restaurant is in the renovated, historic Continental Bank lobby. Its bar/lounge is called The Vault. The renovation won a Utah Heritage Foundation award for its innovation and beauty. In winter, the Monaco's on-site ski concierge can arrange for equipment rentals and lift tickets.
The Peery Hotel
This is a century old hotel located in the center of everything, mainly because it was here FIRST. It is the only Utah hotel that's on the National Historic Registry, and it is within walking distance to the Convention Center, Temple Square, the Energy Solution Center where the Utah Jazz ( the Basketball team) play. The Peery has 73 rooms, all non-smoking, has Tempur-Pedic beds, flat screen TVs, and a Macaroni Grill on property.
The grand dame of Salt Lake City Hotels is the Forbes 4-Star Grand America, in the heart of downtown, with oversized luxury rooms, full spa, large fitness center and two restaurants. Several nights a week they host live music in their bar. The Hotel Monaco Salt Lake is another winner, with Kimpton’s trademark afternoon complimentary lobby happy hours, friendly service and well-appointed contemporary rooms. It is also home to Bambara, perhaps the best fine dining restaurant in the city. Otherwise, most downtown hotels are convention oriented, including the Marriott, Sheraton, and Hilton. But the epicenter of Utah’s luxury lodging is in nearby Park City, home to the Forbes 5-Star Stein Eriksen Lodge and the 4-Star Montage Deer Valley, St. Regis Deer Valley and Waldorf Astoria Park City.