Central downtown location, near the Tabernacle and Family History Library
Homey rooms with flat-screen TVs, microwaves, mini-fridges, and balconies
Seasonal outdoor pool plus an indoor hot tub and small gym
Casual restaurant with a buffet and family-friendly dining
Gift shop sells souvenirs and snacks
Computers, printer, and ATM in lobby
Laundry room and underground parking (for a fee)
Five meeting rooms, a library lounge, and event catering
Free Wi-Fi throughout
Free airport shuttle service
Decor is bland
Free airport shuttle has limited hours
No bar at the hotel
The 150-room Salt Lake Plaza Hotel at Temple Square is a straightforward mid-range property that's located beside the Family History Library, a destination for travelers researching their genealogy. Homey rooms feature classic earth-tone furnishings and balconies overlooking the city, though finicky air-conditioning units in rooms can be a problem. Dining on-site is a casual, family affair and there's a gift shop selling snacks, but no bar. The hotel also has a seasonal outdoor pool plus an indoor hot tub and small gym. Six meeting spaces with over 5,000 square feet of space are available for business travelers, and a free airport shuttle runs throughout the day.
Standard, three-pearl hotel with clean, straightforward interiors
The Salt Lake Plaza Hotel at Temple Square is a mid-range property that offers affordable rooms and modest interiors that are clean, but lack character. This 13-floor hotel is standard in appearance with a boxy concrete exterior, stamped with a large red “Plaza” logo at the top. A driveway at the hotel’s entrance allows guests to pull up directly to the straightforward lobby, where guests check in at a small white front desk. Comfy sofas and homey furniture are in the lounge, and photos of Mormon dignitaries hang on the lobby walls. The light rail stops across the street from the hotel but the atmosphere is nonetheless quiet, and has an especially family-friendly vibe. Guests here are a mixture of tourists visiting for genealogical research at the Family History Library, travelers passing through town, or business guests working in the area.
The hotel is in the center of Temple Square, a convenient location for travelers in town to do genealogical research at the Family History Library, which is next door. Deals are provided through the hotel for family history consultations. Beautiful gardens, fountains, the North Visitors Center, and the spectacular Mormon Tabernacle all line the square as well. The light rail throughout the city stops right outside, making trips to the airport in 25 minutes (otherwise a 15-minute drive). This location is five minutes on foot from the Salt Palace Convention Center, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, and City Creek Center. The Utah Jazz play at EnergySolutions Arena, a seven-minute walk from the hotel, and The Gateway shopping mall is a 10-minute walk. The Red Butte Garden and Arboretum, near the University of Utah, is a 15-minute drive away.
Homey rooms with mini-fridges and balconies that overlook Temple Square
The gold patterned carpeting, neutral striped curtains, and taupe wallpaper give rooms here a homey quality. Everything is clean and well kept, but the overall ambience is a bit bland, and the wavy gray accent wall doesn't match the otherwise standard patterns and mid-tone wood furniture. Rooms include several nice extras, like coffeemakers with free coffee, mini-fridges, and microwaves plus flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, and laptop-size safes. King Rooms have sitting areas -- with love seats and coffee tables -- by beds. Full-length mirrors are on bathroom doors, and bathrooms with patterned wallpapering feature shower/tub combos and mostly spacious granite vanities. All rooms have small balconies some of which offer mountain or city views, but expect parking lots in the foreground in some rooms.
Outdoor pool, indoor hot tub, small fitness center, and family restaurant
For a mid-range downtown hotel, there is a nice range of features here for leisure and business travelers. An outdoor pool, open seasonally, offers lounge chairs and access from the deck to an indoor hot tub. To keep active, a small gym features cardio machines and mounted flat-screen TVs. Four coin-operated washers and dryers are in the laundry room. There’s also an ATM in the lobby by a business corner with two PCs and a printer, and souvenirs and snacks are for sale in the gift shop.
Hearty American-style meals -- breakfast, lunch, and dinner -- are served in a casual family-friendly restaurant with high chairs for kids and booth seating. Breakfast is not included in most room rates. Owing its proximity to the Family History Library, the hotel provides discounts on genealogy services and consultations. A library lounge is casually furnished and can be rented for 35-person gatherings. Five other meeting rooms -- fitting a total of 265 people -- and catering menus are also available. Secured paid parking is accessible from the driveway. Wi-Fi is free throughout.
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