Downtown Salt Lake has become a dining and entertainment capital, boasting over 1,000 restaurants and over 15 luxury hotels to choose from. With so many options, it can be hard to decide which hotel to book. In the past two years alone, five unique hotels have been introduced to the downtown area with amenities and experiences that vary just as much as guests' reasons to visit - here's a quick rundown of the newest and greatest additions to the Salt Lake portfolio of places to stay.
Hyatt Regency: Salt Lake's Convention Center Hotel
Connected to the Salt Palace Convention Center by a hallway in its lobby is the Hyatt Regency, a 25-floor hotel with 700 rooms, five levels of meeting spaces, two ballrooms and two restaurants. The Hyatt Regency offers a number of unique amenities to satisfy any tourist or convention traveler including but not limited to a rooftop heated pool, valet parking, a gym on the sixth floor, and Salt Lake's only rooftop curling as a nod to the 2002 Winter Olympics hosted in Salt Lake City.
Convention Center Convenience & Downtown Access
“Salt Lake has a four-season climate, so whether it’s raining, snowing, or 110 degrees outside, you don’t have to leave the building to get to your convention,” says Hyatt General Manager Pina Purpero. Since the hotel’s opening in October 2022, over 75,000 guests have chosen the Hyatt. “The Regency brand is an open invitation to several types of guests, so not only do we welcome convention delegates here for a conference or a meeting, we welcome the local that’s coming downtown for a staycation,” says Jarrod Finley, Hyatt Director of Marketing.
Amazing Food & Drink Options On-site
Located on the sixth floor is Mar Muntanya, the hotel’s featured restaurant. With specialty tapas and other northern Spanish cuisine options, guests can dine inside or on the rooftop terrace year-round through the restaurant's specialty dining globes which keep parties safe from the elements. Guests can also dine on the first floor at The Salt Republic, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner from a wood-fired stove. Just across the main lobby is the Contribution Lounge—a full-scale bar with tables and couches—where groups can come together or guests can use the space for meetings or to enjoy a drink.
Le Méridien & Element: SLC's First Dual-Branded Hotels
Less than a mile away from the Salt Palace Convention Center and just across the street from the Delta Center, home to the Utah Jazz basketball team, is Le Méridien and Element, Salt Lake’s first ever dual-branded hotels. The purpose of the two hotels is to provide a space for a variety of guests, whether they’re planning a short, luxurious trip or a long-term stay. As phase one of the mixed-use development project The West Quarter, the two hotels are five-year predecessors to the second phase of the plan which will add shops and restaurants, transforming the space into an accessible urban complex in the heart of downtown.
Le Méridien: A Premium-Brand Hotel
Le Méridien is the premium-brand section of the hotels, offering a finer experience for guests. Those who book a stay here can enjoy the hotel’s library, meeting spaces, and access to their Unlock Art program which allows guests to use their room keys to gain access to local art museums and galleries at no cost.
Southern & French Cuisine, and a Gorgeous Rooftop Bar
Their first-floor restaurant Adelaide is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, serving a hybrid of Southern and French cuisine with “Cajun undertones.” In the evenings, guests can enjoy a raw oyster bar station and enjoy their ever-changing menu. Van Ryder, a modern-upscale, western bar found on the rooftop of Le Méridien/Element, offers lasso lighting and handcrafted furniture to create the perfect cozy atmosphere. Locals often gather at Van Ryder to enjoy rooftop drinks before attending events at the Delta Center.
Element: Extended-Stay in Downtown
Element, on the other hand, was designed as an extended-stay residence. “The whole ethos of Element is to create a home away from home. It’s also really big on health and sustainability,” says Chau. Element offers both kitchenettes and full-sized kitchens in their rooms, as well as free breakfast everyday. Element hosts a regular “Relaxed Reception” with wine, cheeses, beer, and bread, offered to guests Monday through Thursday. Their “REST” tea program offers an array of teas to enjoy in the lobby, where guests can also find water stations to fill up water bottles, a live moss wall, and bicycles available to rent to sustainably traverse around the city.
Great Amenities and Packages Included
When there’s too much snow for bike rides, guests can use Element’s multiple Peloton bikes found in their gym, as well as other cardio equipment and weights. On the rooftop, guests are encouraged to enjoy the heated pool year-round. During the winter months, the heated floor and fireplace are always on in full force, and guests can enjoy packages partnered with local ski resorts to get passes included with their stay.
evo: An Outdoor Adventure Friendly Hotel
If Salt Lake’s snow and outdoor recreation opportunities are what drew you to the city, there may be no better place to stay than evo, a unique hotel created by the action sports retail company of the same name in April of 2022. “We like to think of ourselves as a launchpad to adventure. To be able to come downtown and have an urban element but [also] be able to launch to any of the canyons and resorts,” says General Manager Garrett Clements.
Outdoor Adventure Activities/Amenities Like No Other
Evo offers 50 rooms at a broad price range, offering gear storage and other amenities that suit outdoor-minded travelers. Each stay comes with access to evo’s Campus Salt Lake City, which includes their many outdoor-focused activities, including the All Together Skatepark—evo’s indoor skate rink—and Bouldering Project, their indoor climbing gym.
Guests can also take advantage of evo’s gear repair and rental shops and receive 10% off purchases at the evo store and 30% off rentals from their fleet of skis and snowboards. Yoga classes and regular gym access are also included.
Experience the city through the first floor community gathering space which includes local brands such as Publik Coffee Roasters, sold and brewed through evo’s coffee shop. Even their rooftop Crown Bar features beers from local breweries and authentic cocktails. Events are ongoing and open to guests and the public, including screenings for film premieres, gear trade shows, and evo’s masquerade ball they held earlier this year.
Asher Adams: Coming Soon!
Salt Lake’s up-and-coming Asher Adams hotel is set to open in the Fall of 2024, taking the place of the historic, 1908 Union Pacific train station. The station will be transformed into a eight-story, 225-room Marriott Autograph Collection Hotel called Asher Adams while still highlighting and capturing the historic beauty of the previous station’s French architecture and stained glass windows among other features.
What You Can Expect at Asher Adams
Amenities for the hotel will include a fitness center, 13 historic guest suites, multiple dining and bar options, and The Depot, which is a local concert venue found at the base of the hotel. Asher Adams offers multiple meeting and conference spaces and is also within walking distance to the Salt Palace Convention Center for those who are traveling for business. It also offers fast-access to nearby dining, shopping and entertainment options found at The Gateway, an open-air mall in the heart of downtown Salt Lake, or the Delta Center.
Experiencing the City - Stay Downtown on Your Next Trip
No matter the reason for your stay, Salt Lake’s myriad hotels, especially those having opened in the last year and those opening in 2024, offer plenty of luxury amenities and opportunities that allow guests to uniquely experience the city. See them and more great hotel options on the Visit Salt Lake Places To Stay page.