The Grand America Hotel in downtown Salt Lake City (SLC) exudes a calm elegance, even from the street. Top-hatted bellmen scurry to open doors and retrieve luggage under the covered portico. Upon entering the lobby, glittering chandeliers, tiled floors, mahogany walls and marble- and granite-trimmed doorways announces with certainty that luxury is at hand.
On a recent stay, check-in was efficient and the suite was as elegant as the lobby. A sitting room contained a sofa, desk and minibar disguised as a credenza. The bedroom held a king bed with an abundance of down pillows and a flat screen TV. The bathroom was comprised of a series of rooms starting with the dressing room with sink, the main bathroom with separate tub, shower and sink, and lavatory with toilet. The marble and granite on the bathroom walls and floor as well as the trim in the bedroom was extensive, much of it imported from Europe but evoking images of the endless granite quarried in nearby hills. The view from the balcony of the 16th floor faced those hills and greeted the sun as it rose in the mornings, flooding the city below with welcome light.
Located less than a mile from the Grand America Hotel is Salt Lake City’s most famous tourist attraction, the Church of the Latter Day Saints (LDS) Temple. It’s easily walkable, passing by many cafes, restaurants, shopping and museums along the way. The Temple grounds are open to the public, with gardens, strolling paths and statues commemorating important events in the Mormon religion. The free Church History Museum further illustrates LDS history as well as the history of the forty-year effort to build the temple. LDS pioneers who settled in SLC struggled to grow crops and survive at the same time that they contributed time and energy to carving granite from the mountains by hand and transporting the heavy blocks by cart.
Numerous diverse restaurants populate SLC but the Garden Cafe, right inside the Grand America, serves delectable dishes. The author enjoyed appetizers of grilled, spicy octopus and a colorful yellow and red beet salad. Dinner consisted of miso poached salmon that was perfectly cooked and served with rice cakes infused with delicate flavors of coconut.
The Grand America Hotel is a full-service establishment that has an indoor and outdoor pool, complete spa, a large gym, conference facilities, a lobby lounge and bar. At night a large outdoor space with a fountain is magical with tiny white light illuminating the surrounding trees.
Trax, SLC’s efficient light rail system runs right outside of the Grand America so access to downtown and the airport is easy using public transportation. In addition, private shuttles and the Ski Bus offers options for getting to the nearby ski resorts. Alta and Snowbird, located in Little Cottonwood Canyon, as well as Park City and Big Cottonwood Canyon resorts are just 45 minutes away. Several private companies have shuttle services from the airport and SLC locations, including Canyon Transportation and Alta Shuttle, among others.
Whether attending a conference, conducting business, skiing or hiking in the area, the Grand Amercia Hotel is a luxurious hotel that provides many amenities, and is ideally situated.
Grand America Hotel
555 South Main Street
Salt Lake City, Utah 84111
Flights are less than two hours from SFO, Oakland or Reno airports. Delta flies non-stop from Oakland to SLC three times a day for about $250. See Google Flights for more options.