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Joseph Smith Memorial Building

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Joseph Smith Memorial Building

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15 E South Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84150-9002
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Go sightseeing in Salt Lake City with ease on this 4-hour coach tour. You’ll see some of Utah's top urban attractions like the Mormon Trail, Temple Square, Old Deseret Village, the State Capitol Building, Fort Douglas and sites from the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. Plus, purchase lunch at the Lion House, the former home of pioneer Brigham Young, and take in a live recital at the renowned Mormon Tabernacle.
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Hermes_NL 🇳🇱 wrote a review Mar 2020
Amsterdam, The Netherlands19,817 contributions35,054 helpful votes
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The Joseph Smith memorial building, formerly known as the hotel Utah, is meant to impress and in all candor, it is impressive. Was built between 1909 and 1911 and used as a hotel until 1987. There are still three operational restaurants in the building. The manicured garden and pond in front of it on Temple Square are nice if you like a highly controlled landscape.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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homesafe60 wrote a review Mar 2020
Salt Lake City, Utah84 contributions55 helpful votes
Wonderful building but why name it after a man who has never stepped foot in Salt Lake - let alone this building. Just weird. I wouldn't go again.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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nickx51 wrote a review Feb 2020
Co. Down43 contributions62 helpful votes
Our tour operator organised an evening meal in this fabulous restaurant. Situated on the top floor of this building, we had a beautiful view of the sun setting over Salt Lake. Food was buffet style with plenty of choice. Note that this is a church run facility and no alcohol is served. Would definitely go here again.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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LuckyBarber wrote a review Feb 2020
Toronto, Canada29 contributions11 helpful votes
To reiterate the subject title, the Joseph Smith Memorial Building is an extravagant, luxurious, posh Building to behold; a treat for your visual senses. Indeed, the Joseph Smith Memorial Building is sublimely beautiful both in it elegant exterior design, as well as for its noble, high-class, epicurean interior decor, design, and amenities. We were told by its internal Guide that in its glorious, century-old past, it served as a hotel, and hosted USA Presidents, and assorted entertainment-industry celebrities. Today, the Joseph Smith Memorial Building is a public venue and lounge, and an "active museum" of sorts. When you visit the Joseph Smith Memorial Building, please make it a point to go to the top floor. You will thus be treated to sublime, uninterrupted views of the Temple Square, and of the Temple itself. The view is spell-binding; it will render you speechless and breathless. Moreover, the panoramic view of the top floor affords you the vista of the expansive downtown Salt Lake City core. When you properly plan your itinerary -- and to mark any special personal occasion that you desire to bless with lush gallantry -- you may elect to dine at the top-floor "The Garden Restaurant." You may dine at a window-side table that extends to you the aforementioned beautiful view of the Temple, Temple Square, and downtown Salt Lake City. The Garden Restaurant on the top floor of the Joseph Smith Memorial Building renders an experience at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building truly unique and special. The Joseph Smith Memorial Building is exclusively beautiful and calming, and most assuredly worthy of your time to visit, behold, dine, and experience. I will return to the Joseph Smith Memorial Building as my personal "go to" venue whenever I am in Salt Lake City to dine at The Garden Restaurant with my girlfriend to further treat her like a Princess, and to properly set the regal mood of my sojourn to Salt Lake City.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Mixa's Travels wrote a review Dec 2019
Oldsmar, Florida2,284 contributions511 helpful votes
After breakfast in the Nauvoo, a cafe in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building, the volunteers gave good suggestions for activities. They explained the Giving Program - where you purchase an item in a vending machine and it is sent to a needy person. Additionally, with the Christmas Holidays they explained changes in the usual schedules in some buildings. Local high school choirs were performing in various buildings in Temple Square area. We thoroughly enjoyed the panoramic views from the 10th floor. There are two upscale restaurants there too. Then we arrived in time to watch a local High School Choir perform. They performed from the balcony which made it hard to both see and hear them. There are a variety videos available in the building. Sorry our schedule didn't allow time to see some of them.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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