East of Downtown
There aren't many lodging choices in this part of the city, but this is a pleasant residential area without the distinct urban jolt of much of the rest of central Salt Lake City. This is also where most of the city's bed-and-breakfasts are located. Salt Lake City contains a wealth of beautiful residential architecture, especially in the historic neighborhoods east of downtown and near the capitol. Early politicians, Mormon leaders, and wealthy merchants especially favored South Temple Street, east of downtown. Many of their mansions have been restored, and some are now high-quality B&Bs.
Note: Most B&Bs have a range of room prices, so the rates are just a guideline; most have suites at a higher price.
The Avenues (one mile east of Temple Square, on the corner of 107 F St. and 2nd Ave., 801/363-3855, www.saltlakehostel.com, $17-38) offers dorm rooms with use of a kitchen, TV room, and laundry. Information-packed bulletin boards list city sights and goings-on, and you'll meet travelers from all over the world. Beds are available in the dorm (includes sheets) or in private rooms (only half have private baths). Reservations (with first night's deposit) are advised in the busy summer travel and winter ski seasons. From downtown, head east on South Temple Street to F Street, then turn north two streets.
The Armstrong Mansion (667 East 100 South, 801/531-1333 or 800/708-1333, www.armstrongmansion.com, $119 and up) is a Queen Anne mansion converted into a comfortable B&B. Each of the 14 rooms has a private bath and is decorated with full Victorian flair.
The Anniversary Inn (460 South 1000 East, 801/363-4900 or 800/324-4152, www.anniversaryinn.com, $129 and up) caters to couples and newlyweds interested in a romantic getaway. All 32 rooms are imaginatively decorated according to a theme: Beds may be in a covered wagon or a vintage rail car, and bathrooms may be in a "sea cave." Chances are good that your room will have its own private waterfall. You get to pick your suite from choices that include "the lighthouse," "the opera house," "South Pacific," and "Venice." These rooms aren't just filled with kitsch—they are luxury-class rooms, with big-screen TVs, hot tubs, stereos, and private bathrooms. Rates vary widely according to the room. If you'd like to check out these clever theme rooms before signing up, call the inn for information on early afternoon tours, which are held Monday-Saturday. There's a second Anniversary Inn at 678 East South Temple Street.
Right in the University of Utah's research park, the Marriott University Park Hotel and Suites (480 Wakara Way, 801/581-1000 or 800/637-4390, www.marriott.com, $139 and up) is one of the city's best-kept secrets for luxurious lodgings in a lovely setting. You can't miss with the views: All rooms either overlook the city or look onto the soaring peaks of the Wasatch Range, directly behind the hotel. Rooms are very nicely appointed—the suites are some of the best in the city. All rooms have minibars, refrigerators, and coffeemakers; there's a pool and exercise room, and bicycles are available for rent.
A block from the commercial development at Trolley Square is the Chase Suite Hotel by Woodfin (765 East 400 South, 801/532-5511 or 800/237-8811, www.chasehotelsaltlakecity.com, $109 and up). All rooms have separate sleeping and living spaces and come with full kitchens—just the thing if you're in town for a few days or traveling with a family. There's also a pool, hot tub, and sport court.
© W.C. McRae and Judy Jewell from Moon Utah, 9th Edition