The hotel is located essentially at the foot (okay, a few miles West) of the entry to one of the ski (Cottonwood) canyons. You can also get quick access to the other Cottonwood Canyon, so hotel is very well positioned to do 4 resorts in two canyons. We took the shuttle for our 4 days of skiing in them. Except on President's Day (which we Canadians had not known about!), the shuttle was pleasant, and timely. We even had it to ourselves a couple of times on the ride home, which was nice (although the Utahans are friendly...nice to chat with on the shuttle). We bought a combined ski and shuttle (and SLC transit) pass from the front desk and it was all very convenient, although initially they had not heard of the pass. Got a CAA (equivalent to AAA) discount on the room: better than the rate offered through the SLC ski site.
Later on in our stay, we rented a car and hopped on the freeway to go to Snow Basin area for 2 days skiing; no real way to get there otherwise. I would stay in Ogden area next time: much quieter, cleaner air...but low key (probably rent a private condo would be the way to go). area reminds me of Alberta foothills....gorgeous!
Anyway, the big daily free breakfast at Sandy Residence Inn was also a high point. Lots of choice including some healthy options such as fruit and cooked cereal, yogurt, but also eggs, meat spuds, pastries etc.
Yes, lots of military so...say hello!
The "Free beer and wine" promoted on hotel website (I complained to Marriott about this) turned out to be social nights on the earlier days of the week...cocktail hours essentially. We turned that into dinner a couple of times as there were lots of snacks two nights. but otherwise, no free beer and wine (husband knew it was "too good to be true"). Free coffee, pop, though and a vending machine for snacks.
The shuttle to cottonwood canyon ski hills is maybe .5 mile away, but the van service from the hotel over to the shuttle base was very reliable and prompt, so they whisked us there and picked us up right away from the station. That same bus/shuttle station is end of line for the light rail transit for salt lake city, so we were able to head into town for dinner (phenomenal pizza at Settobello) & to the tabernacle on Sunday a.m. (Stupendous music!) Get yourself a timetable for the LRT and ski shuttle.
Nice large grocery store nearby, also good wine/liquor store and again, the hotel van guys can pick you up and take you there and back pronto!
Not much else in Sandy, unless the soccer season is on. Bunch of chain restaurants...ginormous shopping mall, tiny nice aquarium for kiddies.
The room (1 bdrm studio) very nice and clean. Comfortable king bed, nice large kitchen to cook in. There is a BBQ outside and they even let us use it in winter! So, we did well for in-house cooking, especially since we discovered Whole Foods on the transit line and brought home some healthy food!
free internet access in lobby.
biggest downer was: we arrived sleepy from voyage and didn't get a firm answer when I asked, does room face the freeway? Gal at desk said, "it faces into courtyard" but she forgot to mention "but you can see the freeway". Awoke 3 a.m. in morning hearing freeway sounds, most nights. I live in downtown Toronto and have a cottage/cabin literally in "the bush" up north of toronto so we were disappointed with the freeway noise. Together with being at a hotel in the suburbs of a gigantic urban sprawl, this was not a "get away from it all' vacation: the only nature was on the ski hill, as it were; it seems the valley itself has poor air from the cars and mining ops etc., but that may be more so in the winter (inversion?). We had to move rooms finally, to get away from the freeway noise and view, and we ended up on 2nd floor with what seemed like a large family in the room directly above, running around from morning til night all excited I guess (kids). My husband had to get aggressive in his complaints at front desk before they quietened down and stopped jumping, so noise does seem to carry up/down. Ideal room would NOT face freeway, and would be on the 3rd/top floor. see if you can book that and have fun skiing! We went end of Feb//beginning of March and saw no Ontario powder (ice) at all, just nice snow. really enjoyed the steep groomed stuff at Snow Basin espec. the olympic runs.
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