Little America Hotel, Salt Lake City
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Nice Clean Retro Roomfrom BozemanLocal
Little America- One of the bestfrom workathome
Beautiful Placefrom dan2pat
Nice, but not recommendedfrom DesertBallplayer
My biggest complaint about the room itself was the bathroom. The toilet is very low--even being rather nimble, I felt like I was going to fall over trying to sit down. Older people or people who aren't so limber might have a hard time. The shower was horrible. I've seen better showers in a Super8. It didn't have doors--it had a pull curtain that wrapped around two sides. Some people might think that's quaint--I think it's cheap. The shower head was way too low--I'm 5'11" and the bottom of the head was at chin level. On the up side, hot water was abundant and quick to the faucet.
One nice feature is a sink outside the bathroom in a little niche with a mirror. As I stayed alone, I had no need for it, but it's a good place for women to do their makeup while someone else is in the shower.
Unlike even the most basic motel, you have to ask for a coffee maker. They'll bring one up for free, but why should you have to ask?
The thing that most made me want to go find another hotel was the alleged "high-speed internet" service, which can only be described as high tech--for 1986. There is no wireless internet connection, and no high-speed that you can plug into. If you want to use your computer, you have to plug it into a phone line. How 1993! The only thing they have is that "LodgeNet" service where you have an IR keyboard that you have to keep pointed at the TV. The internet service won't handle Java or Flash applets, and instead of giving horizontal scroll bars, it tries to squish everything onto the screen. There are also no vertical scroll bars. In short, many web pages (including my email) won't display properly, and the ones that do are so jumbled it's hard to read them. With no scroll bars, you have to use the cursor or PgDn keys to view the document. There's no way to sit at a desk and use the internet. And talk about slooooow. This isn't high-speed, it's not even keeping pace with dial-up. And they charge $9.95 for it--not for 24 hours, but "until noon tomorrow," regardless of what time you begin the service. Come on, people, even Holiday Inn Express has free WiFi! I can't imagine staying at this hotel on business again, because you can't get anything done. And forget about using the business center--unlike most places I've stayed, Little America charges $5 for 15 minutes of computer use--even if you bring your own laptop.
There are a lot of hotels in downtown Salt Lake City. I can safely say that I will never stay in this one again.
Great Value and Locationfrom TexasHouston_Texas
Hotel: Overall great. Love the free covered heated parking. Don't be put off my the curb appeal. The lobby and rooms are very nice.
Rooms: We have always stayed in a tower room and paid between $100 and $140 per night. Most places I travel you would pay this for a Quality Inn. Don't know the dimensions, but rooms are huge with 2 queen beds, a sitting area with a coach and chair, a very large bathroom, and a balcony. For an extra $20 per visit, they will put a mini fridge in the room which is great with kids. The only negative I have about the room is the TV, which are the old style cabinet models which should be updated. Turndown service, daily paper, and very responsive service are included in the price.
Pool-Spa: Indoor/outdoor heated pool,spa, sauna, and workout room are great.
Little America Steak House: VERY disappointing. For the second year we called and were told that the restaurant was booked till after Christmas but that we were welcome to come down and they would try to seat us. Last year we interpreted this to mean that we would never get a table and just blew it off. Wish we had this year. Around 8:00PM on Dec 21st we were seated in a nearly empty restaurant without reservations. While service was very good, and food was ok, I can't recommend this restaurant. First this place is very expensive. Think Mortons, Flemings, Palm etc. Without informing us, we were charged $5 per child to share an entree. One of my kids had ordered a Coke and the waiter keep coming by and refilling the glass. (Refilling not replacing.) When the bill came we were charged $3 per refill. Bill was $140 for 2 entries, salads for 4, 1 appetizer, and 2 soft drinks.
Location: If you ski, SLC is central to many surrounding ski resorts. Try SnowBasin and Deer Valley if you are middle aged and like to be pampered, (like me) and Brighton (kids 10u ski free) or Snowbird for value. SnowBasin is owned by the same family that owns the hotel (who also own Sinclair Oil and Sun Valley Ski Resort) and is a true gem. Think a smaller, cheaper Deer Valley, without the crowds. We skied at 4 different resorts which are all within a 40 minute drive of the hotel. Canyon Sports a block from the hotel has great deals on rentals. (rent 3 days, 4th day free.) Also a great place to buy discounted lift tickets.
BTW, I rarely will rate a hotel excellant. This one comes close however on the price/value ratio.
Little America Hotel - A piece of the Grandfrom A TripAdvisor Member
For most of my travel needs, Little America is fine. I rate it above average. It is a really good location -- right downtown, on the light rail line, in Salt Lake City.
The hotel appears to be under some renovation. There are two types of rooms -- the Tower and Courtyard. I had a Courtyard room. These are supposed to be for people who like private entrances. The outside of the building reminded me of an older-style "motor lodge". Inside, the room was quite spacious and very well laid out. Two comfortable chairs, a desk with high-speed internet connection, TV/DVD/Nintendo set-up and two beds with luxury linens. I was very impressed with the quality of the bed coverings and the comfort of the sheets. Some people might find the beds on the firm side, but I slept like a baby and hated getting up in the morning!
The room decor is kind of ornate -- which contrasts with the plain jane motel exterior. The room was very clean and furniture in perfect condition. The only flaws were some stains on the wall paper along one wall, the bathroom sink looked well-worn, and the room had a slow flushing toilet. Everything worked. And housekeeping does a fantastic job. Wish I could make a bed up so tight!
At under $90, the room was a great buy. And you can definitely get a deal at the breakfast buffet in the hotel steakhouse! You get almost exactly the same choices as guests across the street at the Grand, but the price at Little America is more reasonable! For $10.95 the breakfast buffet included glorious fresh raspberries, blueberries and strawberries -- and made to order omelets, cereals, pastries, etc. Very good coffee, too..that's saying something in Salt Lake City.
Remember: breakfast in the steakhouse...The food in the other restaurant (the coffee shop) is passable/acceptable. Service was not too great the night I ate there, and my meal was hot in spots and cold in others. The pork loin with dijon crust came drenched with gravy -- that definitely wasn't the type of presentation across the street at the Grand. The baked potato I ordered was "subbed" with mashed, and the steamed vegetables included some very funky looking cauliflower. Worst of all -- the service staff disappeared as shifts got over.
The hotel has some nice items in their upscale gift, sundry and clothing stores. Again - the Little America gives you a bargain buy on the same candies stocked across the street in the Grand minibars (devine candies at 1/2 the minibar price.)
The hotel shuttle routed through the airport ground transport area on time -- it runs every 30 minutes. I booked through Travelocity, and was glad I had called the hotel that afternoon to confirm. My reservation had been "cancelled" -- but everything ended well -- the hotel had rooms and honored my pricing. Still haven't figured out how that happened (since I'd given a credit card to hold the spot -- and I book lots of travel on-line.)
The biggest difference between going "Grand" and "Little" is definitely the quality of personal service. At check-in at the Little America I was given a key and instructions on how to locate my room. No offer of help to move my bags to the distant building after dark. When going through the lobby doors you are on your own at Little America -- at the Grand, I could barely touch a doorknob without having someone as if they could help!
However, overall, this was a good spot to stay. I'd recommend it to others.
Very nice and cleanfrom Warri
Second review of LA because it merits itfrom RFCMod
From the friendly courteous staff which greet you to all the polite staff who go out of their way to help
Had a fantastic room on the 17th floor which had a great view over the mountains of Utah
The room itself was huge and spotlessly clean
As always the selection for breakfast was second to none and is served in a very relaxed atmosphere which starts your day off perfectly
In the evening food from both the Steak house and the bar is perfect for filling the gap after a long day and the bar staff are extremely reliable and polite and have a good memory for drinks
All the facilities such as the gym and the pools are perfect for relaxing after a long days work
This hotel has got to be in my top 3 favorite hotels around the world and believe me I stay in many hotels around the world each year
A must for anyone travelling to SLC
Little America has BIG charmfrom A TripAdvisor Member
The hotel and the courtside rooms were decorated wonderfully. Very soft and soothing. Our beds were extremely comfortable and we were very happy. Our only issue was a toilet that just didn't want to work. They sent a repair man to our room 4x before we finally checked out. We spent so little time in the room we didn't want to have to move, so they gave us a discount on the room for having to call for a repair man so much. Even with the bathroom issue we still loved it and would stay again.
We did get to eat at Little America's Coffe Shop twice and thought it was great. We ordered lunch one time and breakfast the other. They gave you so much food and the prices were reasonable. Plus they are open from 6:00 am - midnight everyday. We wanted to have brunch at the Little America Steakhouse, but ran out of time. We did check it out and it looked so yummy.
We really had a great experience and would stay there again. We stayed in the cheapest rooms, so I can imagine how wonderful the rooms in the main hotel are. We'd recommend this hotel to anyone staying in Salt Lake.
Liked Little America but beware excess chargesfrom elainedh
Other than that, the garden room was very large. Had turn-down service without requesting it, which was nice, except all the blankets were then piled on the floor. The bathroom was very large as well, but the showerhead was very low and not adjustable. I had to bend all the way back just to wash my hair. Stayed there when girls from across the nation were competing in some national volleyball competition, and they were quite loud and omnipresent, as teenage girls tend to be. The hotel did not attempt to quiet them or rein them in at all. Glad I had rented a car, as coworkers I was traveling with had negative experiences with the shuttle service to and from the airport. If hundreds of screaming girls are not staying there, pushing you off the shuttle, and your interests lie downtown, it might not be necessary to rent a car. The light-rail system runs right outside the hotel, and the hotel falls within the free fare zone, so one can hop on and ride to Temple Square and the Delta Center and 2 different malls without having to pay a cent.
Top Local Tips for Salt Lake City
Stay off the streets Downtown Salt Lake City is a surprisingly rough place and I was told they are about to embark on a massive rebuilding project which has left many buildings empty. Use taxis to get around.
use the TRAX, the light rail You can get the shuttle from the airport and use the light rail to get almost anywhere in SLC. If your business is in SLC, no need to rent a car.
UTA Trax Good way to travel around the city. The free zone includes the station by the Little America Hotel, but make sure you buy a ticket if you plan to go beyond the free zone.
Other names for Little America Hotel
- little america salt lake city
- hotel little america
- Address: 500 South Main Street - Salt Lake City - Utah - 84101 - United States
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