This hotel is on our company's list of preferred-rate properties. It is in an excellent location, directly across from the Salt Palace Convention Center and the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art. Temple Square is a block away and the new City Creek shopping complex, which opens March 22, is adjacent to the hotel. It is also only about 15-20 minutes to the airport.
The staff is very friendly and my check-in took less than two minutes. My room on the 12th floor had incredible mountain views in both directions. It was exceedingly clean, had two double beds (though I requested a king), a comfortable work station, a flat screen TV (standard now in most hotels), and plenty of closet space. The bathroom was small, but again, very clean. The bed, while comfortable, should have its mattress turned occasionally. I was asleep in the “rut” where people get into and out of the bed.
I only had breakfast one of the four mornings of my stay and it was a typical Marriott brunch, tasty with many selections and really good orange juice, though pricey at about $20. I noticed the restaurant closed before 2 p.m., which I thought was too early, since I would like to have had lunch there the day I arrived. There is a Starbucks off the lobby, with a gracious staff including one barista who gave me two free packets of the “blonde” coffee when I remarked how much I enjoyed it. There is also a small bar and plenty of places to sit throughout the lobby, though the most popular seats were around the warm and inviting gas fireplace.
The small gym was well-equipped with three elliptical machines, two stationary bikes and four treadmills. The hotel provides headphones for the cardio-theater screens and there are plenty of small towels and a water cooler in the room. There is a separate weight room and a small indoor pool that is not attended by a lifeguard.
With plenty of below-ground parking, self or valet, and the Marriott’s location, it's easy to walk around the city or get to the interstates and ski resorts.
My one major beef with Marriott is the charge for Internet service. I can stay at a Courtyard or Fairfield Inn, both lower-end (though still nice) properties that are part of Marriott, and not pay for Internet, yet I must pay for it at a Marriott or Ritz Carlton. I bring an air card instead and the service is usually better than Marriott’s iBahn anyway.
There are many restaurants within a short walk of the hotel, including a top-notch sushi/Japanese bistro called “Naked Fish” right across the street. Two steakhouses, one in the Hilton and a Ruth’s Chris, are within three or four blocks. An additional two or three blocks farther and you have your choice of a brewpub, P.F. Chang’s, Italian fare, and others, including one of the best gelato shops outside of Italy – Capo Gelateria. The Joseph Smith Building, owned by the LDS Church, is around the corner and has a small cafe on the first floor and a rooftop buffet restaurant. You can walk anywhere and feel safe.
This is a convenient, above-standard hotel to which I would return on future visits.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Salt Lake Marriott Downtown at City Creek features an excellent fitness center and pool, and many other outstanding amenities. Our hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah offers an exceptional location adjacent to City Creek Mall and across the street from the Salt Palace Convention Center. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Marriott Salt Lake City Downtown Hotel Salt Lake City
- Salt Lake City Marriott
- Salt Lake Marriott Downtown At City Creek Salt Lake City, Utah