Do you need a great hotel in a great location in Salt Lake City? We tried the University Guest House at the University of Utah and we would happily stay again.
My husband and I stayed at the University Guest House for an overnight romantic getaway. We chose this hotel for its location, and I would recommend the University Guest House to couples and families as an alternative to the downtown hotels in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The University Guest House is situated in the middle of Historic Fort Douglas on the campus of the University of Utah, but the hotel itself is new. It was completed as part of the Olympic Village for the 2002 Winter Olympics.
The hotel is located in the foothills overlooking downtown Salt Lake City. Downtown attractions are just minutes away by car or by Trax, Salt Lake City’s light rail train. The nearest Trax station is across the street.
The University Guest House is well placed to visit a number of Salt Lake City’s best family attractions. The Hogle Zoo, Natural History Museum of Utah, Red Butte Garden and This is the Place Historic Park are in the neighborhood.
For families seeking to visit some of Utah’s famous ski resorts in winter or summer, the eastern location of the University Guest House makes it a great hub for reaching Park City, Little Cottonwood Canyon or Big Cottonwood Canyon.
We arrived late on a cold night, but we were welcomed warmly by the clerk at the front desk. He made sure to give us a room overlooking the Salt Lake Valley. The twinkling lights of the city were so lovely against the night sky that I was sorry we could only stay for one night.
Our room was comfortable, spacious and tastefully decorated with a mix of modern furnishings and historic photographs of the University of Utah. Though it was only me and my husband this time, we could have comfortably stayed here for a few nights with our two children.
The hotel was quiet. I didn’t notice any sound from the neighboring rooms. It may have been that they were not occupied, as the University Guest House did not seem crowded on the November weekend we were there.
Our room included a complimentary refrigerator and WiFi.
Many hotels offer complimentary breakfast these days, but I found the hot breakfast at the University Guest House to be exceptional. Hot eggs, sausage links and fruit were offered in addition to the usual bagels and pastries. I’m sure the dining area fills up for game days and graduations, but we had our choice of seating.