It’s not uncommon for the downtown SLC hotels to be completely booked or raise their nightly rates to some ridiculous amount. I was scheduled last minute to work at UofU and searched for my best lodging options near downtown. I came across an array of Bed & Breakfast (B&B) alternatives and read many reviews. I was instantly drawn to the Ellerbeck Mansion and decided to book my stay online. The website is very easy to navigate and the photos of each room are very accurate.
Upon my arrival, the mansion was located in the Avenues section just a few blocks from the heart of downtown. Lodged in a beautiful neighborhood with classic old houses surrounded by lovely mature trees and changing colors of fall foliage; the mansion is located on a corner lot with a small parking lot but plenty of street parking on a quiet one-way road. An old iron fence encases the unforeseen charm and character of this old home.
As you make your grand entrance into the seemingly humble home, you are greeted downstairs in the living area, which displays vintage furniture set around a fireplace. The two largest bedrooms are located off that main room on the first floor. There is a lovely staircase with a wall of stained-glass windows leading upstairs to four bedrooms and a common seating area centered around another fireplace.
I reserved two nights in the “Calm Seas” room. I very pleased as it was a comfortable, corner suite with small private bathroom. The room was decorated with calming, darker colors and the large windows were covered with wooden shutters. Be sure to open them after you awake to allow the refreshing morning sunlight to shine through. The room was decently sized, and although it was not a pressing issue for me – the shower stall was very small.
The breakfast menu included 3 choices: 1) egg option 2) bagel & fruit 3) yogurt granola parfait. Each guest can choose anytime between 7 -9:30 for their breakfast to be served in the dining room. I do wish that room had a little more flair. It is the most lacking room in the mansion, yet responsible for creating the second-most important experience of it all – breakfast. Luckily, the food was so delicious and plentiful that you forget about deficient dining room décor. Breakfast is an enjoyable opportunity to chat with the other guests.
Debbie, the Innkeeper, was so personable and welcoming from the very first minute. She takes great care of the mansion and lives on-site, and is available if needed. She proves herself to be very respectful of each guests’ privacy while making you feel welcomed and at-home.
I assume it depends on the other guests, but overall, the nighttimes are very quiet. I enjoyed my first two nights so much, that I cancelled my hotel reservation and asked Debbie if I could stay another night. The “Calm Seas” room was booked, so I chose to stay in the “Autumn Winds” room – and I’m SO happy I did! This suite was just gorgeous and picturesque, meticulously decorated with lovely hand painted leaf borders. The spacious suite included a nice-sized private bathroom, very comfortable four-post king bed, and beautifully decorated fireplace. By far, my favorite suite – definitely provides a more luxurious stay!
Room rates are very reasonable and match the value of each room. Every room has its own private bathroom; however, two of them are detached but bathrobes are provided. The rooms are also equipped with flat-screen TVs with a great variety of cable channels.
It is hard not to find the charm and charisma within each suite. There are so many personal touches that make each room special. The Ellerbeck Mansion is definitely the most pleasant and enjoyable stay in Utah. I absolutely cannot wait to come back!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Ellerbeck Mansion is conveniently located at the corner of 3rd Avenue and B Street, in a quiet residential neighborhood just five blocks from the center of downtown Salt Lake City. Guests can walk to Historic Temple Square, museums, Family History Library,downtown shopping and dining. The mansion isa short fifteen minute drive from the Salt Lake International Airport and just 30 to 45 minutes from our famous ski resorts. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ellerbeck Mansion Bed & Breakfast Salt Lake City, Utah