The Grand American Hotel is worthy of every praise and is a destination in itself. We set aside days just to enjoy the hotel's many grand venues. We simply won't stay anywhere else in Salt Lake City. You can read other reviews to get a better feel, but I'll clue you in on a few extras.
All dining venues are worth patronizing. The Sunday Brunch is popular and at first pricy, until you see the quality and quantity of offerings. If you are choosy, you CAN make it pay (fresh oysters on the half shell anyone?) There is a bakery on the premises with artisan bread, delightful deserts and gelato. The toy store is as eclectic and fascinating as they come. The pool area is a delight and during our visit, an adult oasis -- no bratty screaming kids.
As expected in an LDS community, booze is expensive and often hidden from view. There is a state wine store several blocks from the hotel, but generally alcohol is discouraged. There are some venues in the hotel where one can enjoy a cocktail is that is desired, but while we didn't imbibe, we found the Gibson Girl Lounge a disappointment. It seems an intimate place to share a beverage with a friend, until one spies the huge screen TV blasting football games. The male employees of the lounge congregate to watch TV and ignore patrons! The TV is incongruous and totally tacky. The lounge isn't a sports bar by any stretch of the imagination. Note to management: get it out of there and tell the boys to get back to work!
While the hotel is elegant and convenient to the Trax light rail, don't ever -- and I mean EVER -- think it is in a safe neighborhood, particularly after dark. There is a nasty side to Salt Lake City that few talk about, but believe me, it is there. Police presence isn't. Graffiti, criminals, druggies, drunks and mean streets are but a block away in any direction from the Grand America. Pedestrians cross streets at their peril while drivers run red lights and aim for pedestrians lawfully in a crosswalk. Again, don't ever be deluded into thinking SLC is crime-free. Stay in the hotel at night, it's safe, elegant and has plenty to do.
Go to the concierge desk and ask for the self-guided hotel art tour. It is a little secret and the art and antiques in the hotel are amazing. You can do it in one day or in several, and you are certain to be delighted.
Another little secret is that from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. appetizers are half price ("Appy Hour") in the Lobby Lounge/Café. You can dine on half price crepes, shrimp cocktails, antipasto, sandwiches, soups, and still enjoy all of the amenities. On some days you may need to wait for a table as the 3:30 p.m. seating of afternoon tea may be still in session, but for half price goodies, it is worth the wait. We enjoyed several times and never had a bother or a wait.
On a last note, some rooms are noisier than others and sometimes there are service failures with staff. Don't stew about it and then gripe when you get home. Go straight to the front desk and let them work any problems. We did and they did, and we are totally satisfied.
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Grand America
- Grand America Salt Lake City
- Grand America Hotel Salt Lake City, Utah