I was torn on the rating. I think for the very reasonable price, the place has a lot to offer. An included cook-to-order breakfast was a nice break from the standard "free" breakfast at chains. I discovered that I could order off menu as well; a very agreeable kitchen. Comparing the hotel to European hotel seems accurate. My "view" was a very narrow alley and a very close apartment building from whence I heard loud x-rated sounds at one point in the evening, followed by another angry tenant yelling obscenities at the woman clearly enjoying herself. It cracked me up, but I realize I'm pretty open-minded.
It's great that they have free-parking, given that it's downtown and parking is at a premium. However, it's a tricky parking situation, down the narrow alley, into a tiny underground parking area that fills up and/or is locked at a certain time. You can always find someone to unlock it, though the first time this happened, no one was answering at the front desk and I found myself trying to back up the alley to escape. When the underground parking is full, they'll guide you to another offbeat/alley/sort of place to park.
The hotel has the old, musty feel to it that a very old hotel is likely to have. Offbeat floor plan, with various stairways leading to doors, not connecting to the next stairway. It all tickled me, but you have to be the kind of person who likes this kind of thing.
Staff have been there for ages and are all nice and helpful, quickly responding to any of my questions/requests. Wifi worked fine. The location is wonderful, walking distance to all of downtown.
If you are most comfortable in pristine, predictable chain hotels, this may not be the place for you (you would probably rate the hotel as a 3). If you like the unusual, places with a distinct history, give the Carlton a try!
- Also Known As:
- Carlton Hotel Salt Lake City, Utah