Little America Hotel
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Little America Hotel is in the heart of Salt Lake City, walking distance from Eagle Gate College and Salt Lake City and County Building. This 4-star hotel is within close proximity of Salt Lake City Public Library and The Leonardo.
Make yourself at home in one of the 850 air-conditioned rooms featuring LCD televisions. Complimentary wired and wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming provides entertainment. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include safes and desks, and housekeeping is provided daily.
Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities
Be sure to enjoy recreational amenities, including an outdoor pool, an indoor pool, and a spa tub. Additional features at this hotel include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and ski storage.
Food & Drink
Enjoy a meal at one of the hotel’s dining establishments, which include 2 restaurants and a coffee shop/café. From your room, you can also access room service (during limited hours). Relax with a refreshing drink at one of the 2 bars/lounges. Buffet breakfasts are available for a fee.
Business & Travel Amenities
Featured amenities include complimentary wired Internet access, a 24-hour business center, and limo/town car service. Free self parking is available onsite.
How to Get There
I've been staying regularly at Little America since June 1974. When I first visited the property that year, they hadn't yet built their tower, there was still a grand movie theater on State Street, and on-street parking meters still took pennies in case you just wanted to run into a store for 3 minutes. I always looked forward to staying at the oasis in the midst of the city - a full city block of two story motel buildings which had excellent between-room insulation, luxurious furnishings, and a top-notch coffee shop.
The big tower went up in 1975 but I continued to stay in the motel buildings, generally the 5100/5200 block which was most convenient to the pool. There were little changes over the years: the big keys with the penguin on them transitioned to little nameless digitized keys and then to keycards. The coffee shop was redesigned several times over the years. The payphones were removed from the hallway off the main lobby. All just keeping up with the times. But the rooms remained luxurious for an excellent price.
The past couple of years here have been disappointing ones. The spruce trees which surrounded the property, and which kept up the branding as an oasis in the midst of the big city, were pulled up and replaced with deciduous trees. So now, for half the year, we just have dead-appearing trees and we look out onto a streetscape. And for the other half of the year, the start of the leaves is high enough that walking around the motel is no longer a nice way to exercise with the feeling that you're in a special place. Instead, you're just walking along a busy city street. A sad loss overall. And this year, I suddenly arrived at a parking gate. One of the best experiences here has always been the on-site free parking. That's one reason I kept using the motel-style lodging rather than the tower. I used to come and go as I please rather than paying each time. Now I just keep my car across the street (less expensive city parking lot). (And I don't buy the chain's excuse that this is to make it easier for hotel residents to find parking - I never had problems finding parking, and that could have been accomplished by having a windshield sticker good for your stay).
I tried out the restaurant. The pricing there is still excellent, and the food quite good, but the service could have been warmer and friendlier.
As for my room, it was comfortable, with a great shower that had lots of water pressure, and a reasonably quiet HVAC system. The rooms remain large and well furnished. Internet service suffered in the evening as overall throughput isn't quite what it needs to be to service the entire facility. In the mornings and during the day, it was quite fast. Everything is a little glitzy, but that's always been Little America's style. It's part glitz, and part vintage, and therein lies the charm.
But I wonder if Little America's management recognizes that those of us who love the motel styled buildings are a different audience than those who love Grand America across the street, or even the Little America tower. We want the 1950s feel, with all that encompasses.
So...price is still good, and my overall rating remains fairly high, even taking into account the added parking expense, and service is good, but we're on a downhill slope now in terms of the overall feel of the property.
Most important is their policy of allowing the maid service to beat on your door at 8 am to see if you want maid service. I've NEVER had that happen before at any other hotel, especially not at 8 am. I reported it to the management and they said I should have had my DO NOT DISTURB sign on the door. I explained that this was my vacation and I had hoped to sleep in for once. They couldn't have cared less and offered my absolutely nothing to offset my disappointment. The management is clearly not interested in customer satisfaction and I think their policy of knocking on doors at 8 am is ridiculous. They should warn you about this policy when you check in.
The good: Room was spacious, clean, and for being a "garden room", it was attached to the building so we didn't have to go outside to get to the lobby area.
The bad: We reserved this hotel because of the free parking. Come to find out they now charge $15.00 per night for this. The fridge was in the bathroom right in front of the toilet. Not too sanitary. And it leaked water the whole time. Might want to get that fixed. Also, most hotels give a complimentary breakfast. Not this one. We asked one of the housekeepers how to get to the lobby. He looked at us and immediately ducked into a room so he wouldn't have to answer. Ok, they don't speak English. Every housekeeper we tried to speak with couldn't understand us. I will probably go somewhere else next time for less $$.
The only thing good about this experience was the wait staff at the buffet Sunday morning. The food there was also good but for $22 I would expect more options and some more desserts.
Where to begin? My wife had read a couple of reviews that were bad but I convinced her to ignore them. After all, we had stayed here before on the couples getaway in a tower room and it was a wonderful experience. They raised the prices significantly so this time we got a garden room. They now charge for parking, $10-15/night. After paying that, they had events at the hotel so we had to park 2 buildings and 2 lots away from our room. If they are going to charge to park, they need to reserve the parking places for guests that are actually staying in the hotel, not attending a party.
When we got to the room, it smelled like an old man that hadn’t had a bath in a week or two. The decor was almost funny; old blue tile in the bath, a very old tub, a wicker chair, fridge in the bathroom, and awful colors. The water pressure in the shower was terrible and to move the tap 1/8 of an inch would freeze or nearly burn you. The tub didn’t drain well and by the time I had showered and washed my hair, I had ankle deep water. There was still 2 inches of water after I had gotten dressed.At checkout, I informed the girl at the desk and she simply asked me if I had called to report a problem. Not much good that would have done after I had showered. I guess we are supposed to check all that prior to showering so they can fix it before we shower. Who knew??
The toilet is absolutely the lowest I have ever sat on. Hard to get up from it and for an elderly person, impossible. The remote control was worn out and difficult to get it to work. Overall, $230 for a bad experience. Will never be back. Way overpriced for what you get!! Oh wait, the lobby is really nice.
From the professional valets standing out front under the expansive covered entry to the four friendly and fast front desk people in the ornate and expansive lobby, the Little America hotel stood out as an oasis. Our stay was short and we elected for one of the value priced “apartment” style rooms located around the vast hotel property surrounding the flagship hotel tower where you check in. We were able to get the room for just over a hundred dollars and it was warm, welcoming, elegantly decorated and spotlessly clean. We ordered Uber Eats from a local Thai food restaurant and they promptly delivered steaming hot food right to the door. The shower was spa-like. Lots of hot water and pressure. Check in and out was super fast and authentically friendly. We will stay here again and hopefully have time to enjoy one of the large swimming pools, gym, or restaurants.