The Grand America Hotel
What We Love
- Comprehensive spa and fitness renovation adds elaborate his-and-hers locker rooms, yoga and personal training studios, and free outdoor weekend yoga classes for guests
- Very family-friendly thanks to kids programs, toy boutique, welcome gifts and a laundry list of available in-room children’s accessories
- Live jazz in lobby lounge every Friday and Saturday evening
What To Know
- Very popular for weddings and conventions, with lots of large groups, name tags and a sometimes impersonal atmosphere
- There's a fee for overnight valet parking — convenient self-parking is available but has to be sought out
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Beaux Arts. With an architectural style reminiscent of New York’s Grand Central Terminal, this huge (1.2 million square feet) building is clad entirely in white granite, with elaborate bronze accents including arched window frames and vintage-style lanterns. Inside, the theme is stately European grandeur, with Murano glass chandeliers, ornately sculpted brass elevator doors and lots of antiques. In active, outdoorsy Salt Lake, the decor can come across as a little over the top, so be prepared for the indulgence.
Bed and Bath
Every room is slightly different, but all are very generous in size (at least 700 square feet) and luxe, with imported English wool carpeting and cherrywood Richelieu furniture from France, Carrara marble bathrooms, usable balconies and floor-to-ceiling windows, many with mountain views. All rooms feature nightly turn-down service, free WiFi and free overnight shoeshines. Shining rose marble bathrooms have gold fixtures, oversize mirrors, deep soaking tubs, glass walk-in showers and Gilchrist and Soames amenities.
The newly rebuilt spa is a big improvement, with souped up men’s and women’s locker rooms, couples treatment rooms with experience showers, and a new salon. The redone fitness center has top-of-the-line modern equipment, personal training and yoga classes. Add to that indoor and outdoor pool complexes, several boutiques, two lobby bars and a patisserie, and you’ve got a self-contained resort feel. Be sure to join the locals who flock to the lavish Sunday brunch and elegant afternoon tea.
In the Area
The city’s marquee attraction and Utah’s most visited sight is Salt Lake City’s answer to the Vatican, Temple Square. The world headquarters of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has 35 acres of gardens, museums and the huge temple, with weekly performances by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. A $5 billion downtown investment around the Grand America has added nearby City Creek Center, a partially open-air shopping mall/park hybrid with more than 90 stores and restaurants, including some only-in-SLC retail and dining. Also within walking distance are two new major museums, both opened in 2012: the Natural History Museum of Utah, complete with dinosaurs, and the Leonardo, a high-tech interactive science and technology museum.
How to Get There
People kept asking, “why are you going to Salt City?”They answer was to have a damn good time, and that we did.
It was a short pleasant 15 minutes or so ride from the airport to the Grand America and for a change our hotel described itself perfectly. Even the address, 555 South Main, brought a smile to our British lips. We have such boring addresses!
With 775 rooms The Grand America is not exactly small, but it is a genuine 5 star property, with a lovely specious entrance, a warm welcome, and and an efficient check-in procedure. We were up in our high-floor Premier Corner King room in no time.
The room was classically and rather ornately decorated, but there was a large amount of space and everything was well appointed.
We had a very pleasant seating area, lots of cupboard space and a particularly large and spacious bathroom, which was at the end of a short corridor with separate bath and shower cubicle and two basins.
We used the hotel’s large pool area extensively during our stay. We were very well looked after there, despite there being a high-powered US Governors conference taking place in the hotel which made the pool particularly busy. Not by the 28 State Governors I hasten to add, the Governors were hard at work and one doubts they even had time to sample the sumptuous food, large selection of liquor and the hotel’s many other facilities, for goodness sake!
We had a few small hiccups. Among which we had to ask a few times to get the jammed drainage in one of the sinks fixed. We also found the service in the bar poor, our waitress asking us if we still wanted “Sapphire Mumbai” and failed to bring os much as a peanut.
Joan on the Concierge Desk is a gem who helped us immeasurably with bookings, suggestions and sundry other silly requests.
The Grand America is not cheap but for us it was worth every penny. If you find yourself IN SLC enhance your visit by staying at The Grand America, you will not regret it.
Really nice hotel. Rooms feel a little dated in design but very comfortable. Grounds very nice and staff very helpful.
Great location near the center Andy the scooters outside make it easy to get around.
I was in SLC for business and stayed here for 3 nights. The complex and rooms themselves were huge. I hadn’t seen rooms this big since I stayed at the Venetian in Las Vegas and I think the rooms at the Grand America were a little bigger. Turn down service, slippers, giant bathroom with multiple sinks all made for a great stay. Good location near a light rail station with free rides in the city. SLC isn’t exactly a great walking city, so that made it easier. The staff were excellent and friendly, visible and invisible as necessary. I didn’t see hallways full of housekeeping in the mornings, yet everything was immaculate when I got back in the afternoon. Meals were great during our event. Get a room high up and get great views of the city and mountains nearby. Great base for whatever you are doing in SLC.