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Carlton Hotel
Ranked #50 of 75 Hotels in Salt Lake City
Corvallis, Oregon
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40 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“Great stay in older, budget hotel”
Reviewed July 28, 2013

I'll be honest, I wasn't sure I would like this hotel. I ended up staying here for a convention because the hotels near the convention center were sold out. I decided to make the best of the situation, but I found I really liked the hotel. The people who work there make the property shine. I am sure I could find fault with the hotel had the people not made me feel so at home.

For the negatives, the hotel is older. The elevator is small and comes to a hard stop when landing on 1st floor. It also doesn't land evenly on other floors. I found I prefer to use the stairs. As far as the room is concerned, mine was small. After reading reviews here, I expected something a bit more spacious. This room reminded me of one in a large city where space is at a premium. The TV is vintage, but I rarely used it so it didn't matter. The curtain rod fell off the wall for no apparent reason. My room had a view of the side of another building (ie-there was no view,) but I could still open the blinds to let some natural light into the room. There was a nice long closet storage area just inside the room. It was great for getting luggage out of the way. In the closet, here was a light with a pull cord and the whole light moved a bit every time I turned it on. Since I could see black wires behind an area on the wall, I decided maybe it was best not to use that light and tried to turn it on as little as possible. I think the worst part of my room was the lack of water pressure. People with short hair will fare better when getting ready in the morning. It took a long time to wash shampoo and conditioner from my long hair. I might have drawn a bath and dipped my head in the water, but my room only had a shower and no tub.

Despite all those "flaws" I loved this hotel. The staff treated me like family. Larry, who drives the hotel van, took me anywhere I wanted to go, which was much appreciated in an area with few taxis and excessive daytime outdoor temperatures. The hotel is just steps away from the food court end of the City Creek Center mall, so it was easy to walk there. It was also easy to walk to a neighborhood grocery store on the same block. My room had a microwave and refrigerator which came in handy for snacks. Each morning I went to the basement for a free cooked-to-order breakfast. I liked being able to get food prepared to my liking instead of having to get it off a buffet line. One day I got there too late for breakfast and they allowed me to eat a bowl of cereal, so I was appreciative. This hotel is old, but somehow it does not have that "old-hotel" smell that other hotels have. The beds & pillows were very comfortable and allowed me to sleep very well. Perhaps I slept well because this hotel was also quiet. It's not a "party" hotel and I think I only saw one or two children the entire week. The patrons are mostly older adults who are in town for specific purposes (family history research or conventions.) I think it would be a good hotel for people traveling on business because of the services provided, but I didn't see any "suit-types" staying there during my stay.

The hotel is very inexpensive at $79/night for 2 of us. When you combine all the free perks (local transportation, breakfast, wi-fi, parking) with such a convenient location and friendly folks, you end up with the best hotel in town! Despite the negatives, I have to give it a 5* rating because the good really outweighed the bad. I will stay there again.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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Williamsburg, Virginia
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Reviewed July 26, 2013

Booked this hotel based on Tripadvisor reviews and the price for our over night stay in Salt Lake City. It's easy walking distance to Temple Square and an indoor shopping mall with plenty of restaurants. It is an older property and the door keys are metal, and not plastic cards. The exercise room only held two older exercise bikes, and an attendant needed to unlock the door. The room was large and each of the three windows held an older model air conditioner. One was too loud and we turned it off before going to sleep. The bed was comfortable, but the best feature of this hotel, is the made-to-order breakfast included in the price. Delicious!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Baltimore, MD
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
Reviewed July 8, 2013

Had two separate, one-night stays here in May 2013. Parking here is either on the street or in a very small garage, but we did not have parking problems. The property is not modern. E.g., the elevator is small, and there are short stairways w/o ramps. There are window-mounted air conditioners, and our room required stepping up into the bathroom. With that said, for the price, this property was perfectly fine for our needs. It was reasonably clean, and the staff were great. The little dining room (for breakfast only) looks at feels like someone's basement den, but for the money, the breakfast choices, quality and service were great. Location is an easy walk to the Temple complex. Would stay here again.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Ct
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45 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed June 18, 2013

Booked this hotel sight unseen as a stopover on our way from southern Utah to Yellowstone NP. We were pleasantly surprised! The staff was extremely friendly and welcoming. There is parking behind and in a small garage underneath which was nice. The hotel is older, but very clean. Our room was huge and had a full kitchen. The window didn't lock, but we were high enough up not to be too worried. It was nice to have laundry facilities here and we did take advantage of them. Enjoyed a complimentary breakfast the following morning before checkout. The dining room is a bit dated, but again, clean enough. The area seemed to be very safe. All in all this is a great value for a stay in SLC.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Sayre, PA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
Reviewed June 16, 2013 via mobile

Save your money and stay at a very clean economical hotel that includes a full made-to-order breakfast. This is a basic hotel and didn't include a hair dryer but we had absolutely no complaints and were happy to save on the room rate. And it was in very close proximity to Temple Square so we could walk over and walk around the grounds before heading out.

  • Stayed June 2013
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SeaTac, Washington
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33 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed May 25, 2013

We just spent 5 nights here, and enjoyed the hotel greatly. We were there for a family reunion, and wanted to stay close to all the activities and family. This place is very quaint, simple and understated. Different from many of the hotel chains I am used to staying in. It was clean, nicely appointed, and had a fridge and microwave, something we value when we are away from home. We never did make it to breakfast although I kept hearing about it the whole time we were there. It almost had a "homey" feel to it. What I found interesting, is that it is an old and small hotel, but it has been very well cared for. We will definitely go back next time we are in SLC. And when I got the bill, I was so surprised. It was a very reasonable place to stay!

Room Tip: We didn't choose which room we wanted, but it was nice and quiet where we were on the 2nd floor.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Lansing, Kansas
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42 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed May 23, 2013

This was the first place we stayed on planned trip to the National Parks in Utah. We were traveling with some dear friends from France. The first few days were spent touring the Temple Square in Salt Lake City. The rates are very reasonable and included a very nice breakfast. Everything was made fresh and to order. The staff were extremely courteous, and helpful. It is an establishment to be visited many times. It is particularly good for those genealogists who use the facilities in the Temple Square.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Property: Carlton Hotel
Address: 140 E South Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84111-1186
Location: United States > Utah > Salt Lake City
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
#3 Best Value Hotel in Salt Lake City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 35
Also Known As:
Carlton Hotel Salt Lake City, Utah

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