11 Best Places to Stay in Salt Lake City: Hotels, Hostels, and Rentals

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After a day of hitting the slopes, enjoying an amazing outdoor adventure, or exploring the many museums, shops and restaurants the area offers, you’ll be ready to put your feet up at one of Salt Lake City’s many lodging options.

WITS Utah, an annual travel creator summit designed for women, was held in Salt Lake City in April of 2024. Women from all over met up to network, learn, and explore Salt Lake City together. The host hotel for the event was the Salt Lake Marriott Downtown at City Creek, but women chose lodging options all over the city depending on hotel brand preference, price, location, and more.

This post provides an over and review of some of the best places to stay in Salt Lake City, including hotels, hostels, and rental properties. Either myself or one of my fellow WITS attendees stayed at each of the options below, providing a first-hand experience and review.

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Best Places to Stay in Salt Lake City:

Salt Lake Marriott Downtown at City Creek 

75 S W Temple St, Salt Lake City, UT 84101

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View of Seating Area - Salt Lake City Marriott

The host hotel for the WITS 2024 conference was the Salt Lake Marriott Downtown at City Creek. As a Bonvoy Member, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to stay and earn nights and points. I was even more excited to learn that the hotel directly connects to the beautiful City Creek Shopping Center. 

The hotel has been recently renovated and is located across the street from the Salt Palace Center and just down the street from Temple Square. There’s a Starbucks in the lobby of the hotel, along with another full Starbucks at the end of the block. 

I was upgraded from a standard room to a deluxe corner room on the 10th floor with beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. Some of the rooms even have balconies. The room was spacious, clean, and perfect for both working remote and relaxing at the end of a long conference day. The second floor of the hotel has a great gym for your workout needs.

Bonvoy Elite Members have access to a lounge on the 15th floor that has breakfast Monday through Friday and snacks and dessert Monday evening through Thursday evening. The lounge is a great place to relax and get some work done while enjoying a snack and complimentary soft beverage. 

Breakfast, lunch and dinner can be enjoyed at the Salt Stone, the hotel’s on-site restaurant, while the Destinations Lounge provides drinks each afternoon and evening. 

Holiday Inn Express Salt Lake City Downtown 

206 S W Temple St, Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Conference-goer Pia of the Cosmopolitan Epicure (@cosmopolitanepicure) spent a night at the Holiday Inn Express Salt Lake City Downtown during her visit and had a great experience. Below, she shares why she chose the property and her experience: 

I spent one night at the Holiday Inn Express Salt Lake City Downtown in a King Room. My main reasons for booking this particular hotel were the location and price.

My room was on the 5th floor and it was spacious. Room amenities included a microwave, a small refrigerator, and coffee-making facilities. The room had a bathtub, a desk, and a sizeable closet. Free WiFi was included for IHG members and it was easy to sign up for the program with a QR code provided with the room key. The room was spotless and quiet, and the bed was comfortable. 

The hotel also has an indoor pool, hot tub, and sauna, but I did not use them. Other services include a parking garage (USD 20 per day), a fitness center, and a mini market.

The hotel is located in a safe area with many nice restaurants and bars within a short walking distance. It takes 5 minutes by foot to get to the Salt Palace Convention Center and 15 minutes to walk to the Temple Square from the hotel. The City Creek Mall with several stores and restaurants is also close.

The room rate includes breakfast, which was basic, but offered quite a good variety from a cooked breakfast including eggs, sausages, pancakes, etc. to bagels, toast, yogurt, cereal, fruit, and so forth. This was a great add-on for a busy morning.

All in all, I found the hotel offered a nice stay and is a good option, especially if you are looking for a hotel with breakfast included in the room rate.”

Hyatt Regency Salt Lake City 

170 S W Temple St, Salt Lake City, UT 84101

View of the surrounding area from the Hyatt Regency
Photo Courtesy of Dannaliz Mieses
View a young woman posing with the background of the surrounding area from the terrace.
Photo courtesy of Dannaliz Mieses

The Hyatt Regency Salt Lake City is one of the area’s newest hotels, which opened in October of 2022. It features 700 rooms, beautiful views of the Wasatch Mountains, a cocktail lounge, pool, and rooftop terrace. It’s also next door to the Salt Palace Convention Center, making it the prime location for conference-goers. 

Dannaliz Mieses of Destinations with Dannaliz (@dannaliz) called the hotel home during the WITS conference and here’s what she had to say about the property and her stay: 

Recently, I had the pleasure of attending WITS Utah and chose to stay at the Hyatt Regency Salt Lake City, utilizing a free night certificate that was on the brink of expiration. Little did I know, this decision would unfold into a delightful escape filled with comfort, modernity, and impeccable service.

Upon arrival, I was upgraded to a Mountain View room, offering a breathtaking view of the surrounding peaks. The room itself was spacious and equipped with a desk, allowing me to blend work with pleasure. One of the highlights of my stay was complimentary access to the club lounge, where I could work in peace while indulging in stunning mountain vistas. The continental breakfast spread was a surprise, featuring hearty eggs, bacon, fresh fruit and pastries. Throughout the day, a variety of snacks like chips, granola bars, and cookies were available.

In the evening, I enjoyed the hotel bar’s diverse beer selection and basked in the sun by the pool, admiring not only majestic mountains, but a also a captivating mural nearby.

In retrospect, my stay at Hyatt Regency Salt Lake City was nothing short of exceptional. Comfortable accommodations, modern amenities, and unparalleled service combined to create a truly memorable experience. Whether you’re in town for business or leisure, I recommend this hotel for an unforgettable retreat.

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SLC Hostel 

143 W 800 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84101

For those looking to try a hostel experience, Becca Schmitt of Becca at Home and Abroad (@beccahomeandabroad) tried one for the first time during her stay in SLC and shares her experience as a solo female traveler:

Being a budget traveler, I’d never actually delved into the wonderful world of hostels. However, on a solo trip to Salt Lake City, I was looking for accommodation on the cheap and SLC Hostel caught my eye. You don’t see too many hostels in the US and I wanted to try one out!

SLC Hostel offers traditional dorm-style rooms separated by gender, as well as single, double, and triple rooms. I stayed in a single room with access to the shared bathrooms. At only $50 per night, this was a steal of a deal. Their shared rooms start at $32.

The hostel offered easy check-in, with a code to enter the building and a key provided for my individual room. I believe they used to offer online check-in, but the self check-in was much preferred. The website does mention check-in must be between 4 pm – 9 pm, but I’m not sure if that’s up-to-date information.

I had mixed thoughts about the location. While it was downtown and only a two-minute walk from the train station, the area felt a little unsafe to me and I wasn’t very comfortable walking alone at night. Now, I don’t travel solo often, so I may just be extra cautious on this front!

Having nothing else to compare it to hostel-wise, I’m not sure how SLC Hostel stacks up in amenities. My single room came with a towel for the restroom, and a tray to set my toiletries on, but otherwise it was pretty sparse. The bed had one pillow and a thin comforter. There is no AC, but the fan proved adequate for my visit mid-spring. 

I didn’t end up using any of the common space outside of the restroom as I was so busy, but I saw a full kitchen with access to coffee, plates, and cookware. There was a section with left behind supplies and I’m sure on a stricter budget, it would have been helpful to me!

From this experience, I realized I am not a big hostel fan. While the price can’t be beat, I prefer to have my own space to get ready in the morning — no mirrors in the rooms, so I can guarantee it wasn’t designed by a woman! I would stay here again in a similar situation, where I’m using it as a base to shower and sleep, but wouldn’t book for a more leisurely stay.

The Little America Hotel – Salt Lake City 

Image of hotel room including king-sized bed and seating area at the Little America Hotel Room in Salt Lake City
Photo courtesy of Adrian Gentilmore
Image of the outside of the Little America Hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah
Photo Courtesy of Adrian Gentilmore

500 Main St, Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Utah native, Adrian Gentilmore of Adrian’s Crazy Life (@adrianscrazylif), took the opportunity to stay at one of her favorite local hotels during the recent WITS Utah Conference: The Little America Hotel – Salt Lake City.  The hotel features well-groomed grounds, spacious rooms, and delicious dining options. Adrian shares details of her top-notch stay below: 

I was SO delighted when I heard that WITS was going to be holding their annual Women in Travel Conference right here in Salt Lake! As a Utah native, I know that our state has a ton of great opportunities for travelers to experience.

The Conference was held in Downtown Salt Lake City at the Marriott City Creek, so I decided to treat myself to a room at our local landmark, the Little America Hotel. I’d stayed there for conferences several times and I knew that they were a high-quality and gorgeous location that would treat me right.

I noticed that the air conditioning in my room wasn’t working great, so I contacted the front desk and asked for a maintenance person to take a look at it. No problem – they actually had a pair of maintenance techs at my door within 5 minutes! However, when I came back from my first day of the conference, my room was still super HOT, so I knew something had gone wrong. I spoke with Victoria at the front desk and told her what was going on.

Turns out the A/C had gone out for that whole section of the building, but she had a great solution for me. She re-booked me into a much nicer room – a king-size room with a private sitting area, and even better, she dispatched a bellhop with a motorized cart to personally bring me the new keys and transport me and my luggage to the new room. It’s a good thing I can pack in a HURRY because he was knocking on my door in less than 10 minutes. What outstanding service!

Hilton Garden Inn Salt Lake City Downtown

250 W 600 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Tory Mather of My Trails are Many (@torytalkstrails) booked a room at the Hilton Garden Inn Salt Lake City during her stay in Salt Lake City and shares her thoughts on this lodging option below:

The Hilton Garden Inn Salt Lake City Downtown is a well-run, comfortable and quiet spot to stay when visiting the SLC area. The staff was incredibly friendly and the room setup was great for remote work, with a dedicated desk space, lots of outlets, and strong WIFI. The gym was small, but had a Peloton bike- perfect for catching a quick workout in the morning! 

The one main drawback was the lack of included breakfast (it was $18!). The location was also about 20 minutes walking or under 10 minutes via Lyft to the conference location, with not much to see around the hotel. However, overall, this hotel was a great place to stay when having a work trip to Salt Lake City!

Kimpton Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City

15 W 200 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84101

View of bed and sleeping arrangements at Hotel Monaco in Salt Lake City
Photo courtesy of Marika Flatt

If you’re looking for a boutique hotel in downtown Salt Lake City, consider staying at the Kimpton Hotel Monaco. Read what Marika Flatt of Texas Lifestyle Magazine (@texaslifestylemag) has to say about her stay at the Kimpton Hotel Monaco: 

Kimpton Hotel Monaco in SLC, ideally situated downtown, was my calm after the storm of a busy day. I absolutely loved walking only two blocks from my conference to The Monaco, passing through the bustling lobby (their restaurant, Bambara, was always hopping in the evenings), on the way to my quiet room. The rooms are perfectly-sized and have a closet that includes a steamer, robes, extra pillow, umbrella, and even a yoga mat.

The library sitting area near the lobby featured chilled citrus water and coffee in the morning, and in true Kimpton fashion, the hotel offered plenty of small travel items that included razors, mouthwash, and a hair straightener iron.

Hyatt House Salt Lake City/Downtown

140 S 300 W, Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Image of the hotel lobby at the Hyatt House in SLC
Photo Courtesy of Genni Franklin

Genni Franklin of the Traveling Franklins stayed at the Hyatt House Salt Lake City/Downtown and had great things to say about her stay. Read her review below: 

Hyatt House Salt Lake City/Downtown is conveniently located near many restaurants and downtown attractions like the Delta Center, City Creek Center Mall, and the Clark Planetarium. The location made it easy to catch the light rail from the Delta Center to explore the downtown “free fare zone”, where riders can take the light rail for free within a 4-5 block radius of Temple Square.

The Hyatt House is a beautiful property, with a clean, modern lobby that featured several unique areas for studying or working. There were always people hanging out with their laptops or enjoying takeout. There’s also an outdoor kitchen area where you can grill with utensils provided by the front desk.

One of the highlights of our stay was the complimentary breakfast every morning with eggs, breakfast meats, fruits, pastries, and bagels. The complimentary wifi was also convenient and although it could be spotty at times, it worked just fine for checking emails.

We didn’t use the fitness center, but we walked past it every day and it was clean with state-of-the-art equipment. There was also a heated outdoor pool and if we preferred an indoor pool, we could visit the Courtyard by Marriott next door.

We had originally booked a standard king bedroom, but it was unavailable when we checked in, so they upgraded us to a one-bedroom suite with a full kitchen and living area. The room was spacious with a luxurious and large bathroom. I love a hotel bathroom!

We are members of World of Hyatt’s loyalty program, so they were happy to accommodate us. Joining the loyalty program is free! We booked the room using credit card points that we transferred to World of Hyatt so our stay was $0. We had rented a car, but since we booked with points, parking was also free!

Comfort Inn Downtown Salt Lake City

171 W 500 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Brenda of the Traveleira (@traveleira) stayed at the Comfort Inn Downtown during her time in Salt Lake City and enjoyed her stay, especially with an upgrade to a suite.

I stayed at the Comfort Inn in Downtown Salt Lake City during WITS. When I checked in, I was lucky enough to find that the only available rooms were suites. I knew I wouldn’t spend too much time in the hotel since the rhythm of WITS is always hectic, but it felt really nice to return to my suite after long days.

What I liked the most about the Comfort Inn, besides my suite, was the complimentary breakfast, which kept me going through the day during the conference. They had scrambled eggs, sausages, bacon, cereals, bread, and waffle-making machines that, if you ask me, are always tricky to use, but those waffles taste amazing!

After breakfast, I quickly realized that walking to the WITS conference wasn’t the best option. I utilized one of the trams to get back to the Comfort Inn during the evening since it was only two stops from City Creek (the location of the conference).

Sheraton Salt Lake City Hotel

150 W 500 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Image of view from the Sheraton SLC
Photo courtesy of Teva Sweet

Located conveniently between Pioneer Park and Washington Square Park, Sheraton Salt Lake City is a beautiful pet-friendly hotel complete with all the amenities, including a full-service Starbucks. Teva Sweet of @shetravelsshereads chose to stay at the Sheraton Salt Lake City during her stay for the WITS conference and shares her thoughts below: 

While attending a conference for women in travel, I decided to stay at the Sheraton Salt Lake City hotel as I had a Marriott Bonvoy Certificate that would cover one night’s stay and points that I was able to pair with cash for my second night’s stay. From the hotel, I could walk to my conference in under 20 minutes and do some sightseeing at Temple Square.

I booked a traditional guest room with a king bed and balcony from which I had breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. The Sheraton has a lovely entryway with a staircase leading upstairs to the rooms, and a well-manicured courtyard with a firepit and benches. Some of the hotel’s guests gathered in the spacious lobby, dining and relaxing in the evenings. Other hotel amenities included the fitness and business centers, along with an outdoor pool that will reopen for the season on Memorial Day.

I did not try the Sheraton’s restaurant or the Starbucks, but I purchased bottles of water, an ice-cream bar, a magnet to take home, and some postcards to send to friends from the fully-stocked convenience store.

I recommend the Sheraton Salt Lake City hotel for the views and proximity to downtown attractions. Salt Lake City’s downtown is quite walkable and the views from the mountains surrounding the city, along with the cool weather, made the walk to my conference enjoyable. I could have also taken the TRAX green line without paying as my conference was in the “free fare zone”. The Sheraton charges $15 per day if you park a vehicle.

VRBO – Downtown Penthouse Living w/ Sleeper Sofa & Views

View of inside living area of the SLC VRBO
Photo courtesy of Sophie Ann
View of outside area, including Salt Lake City mountains, from SLC VRBO balcony.
Photo courtesy of Sophie Ann

Salt Lake City is home to numerous beautiful VRBO options, including single rooms, condos, and full homes. Sophie Ann of The Traveling Sopha (@thetravelingsopha) stayed at the Downtown Penthouse Living w/ Sleeper Sofa & Views and enjoyed her stay:

While in Salt Lake City, I stayed at a VRBO downtown and the location was perfect. It’s less than a mile to Temple Square, which makes it a very easy walk, and is flat the whole way. If you want to Uber/Lyft, it’s about $6-7 each way.

This apartment is in the penthouse of the building, which is on the 4th floor. Since Salt Lake City doesn’t have very tall buildings in general, it has incredible views (see photo). A big bonus to this space is the 2 balconies. Although one goes out to the building next door, it provides a really nice breeze through the apartment. 

There is a large TV with all the apps on it for guests to use, a full kitchen if you need it, and a nice shower/bathtub in the bathroom. If you wish to use amenities on-site, the building has a gym and a hot tub! I also had a rental car for this trip, so having parking on-site was a huge perk! It is an added $10 a day, which is cheaper than anywhere else I parked in the city. I also appreciated the code-locked outside door and garage.

Although I didn’t have a ton of time to explore the area, there are lots of restaurants right near the apartment building. The host is very responsive and accommodating and I would definitely stay here again!

Where Will You Stay?

As you can see, Salt Lake City has hotel and other lodging options for every taste and budget. Which hotel will you book first?



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