First, the good news: they are remodeling this property, and the new rooms look amazing.
Now, the problems with this property....
Parking: this hotel offers only surface parking, and none of it is secure. It's not in the best neighborhood, so park at your own risk.
Misleading advertising: to look at the promotional pictures, you would think that this hotel has balconies. They do, but you can't use them. They're sealed off.
The website said there was a top floor restaurant with views of the city and mountains. That is long gone. The only restaurant/bar is a diner on the ground floor.
Based on the website, It was my hope to have a nice romantic dinner at the hotel, with maybe a glass of wine on the balcony of our room as the sun set. None of that was possible. Due to Utah's ridiculous liquor laws, you can't even buy a glass of wine at the bar and take it to your room, nor can you buy a bottle of wine at the corner store. You can have a bottle of wine delivered by hotel staff, at a ridiculous markup and 17% surcharge, but even I'm not that dumb.
Plus, at check-in, they charged me an extra fifteen dollars for a room with a view, even though I had already paid for a "tower" room. And the pool was closed.
All in all, I was very disappointed in this hotel. Salt Lake City is a backwater town in a backwater state, and if this is an "upscale" hotel, you might as well save your money and stay at the Motel 6 across the street.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in the heart of Utah's state capitol, our downtown Salt Lake City hotel is ideal for groups of urban adventurers or intrepid solo travelers-anyone looking to experience the area like an SLC native. Welcome to the brand new Hotel RL Salt Lake City. Guests can make themselves at home with our great on-site amenities and satisfy their wanderlust with the sights and sounds of the city. Grab a cup of artisanal coffee from the on-site Victrola Coffee Roasters and help yourself to a free bike rental for an eco-friendly way to explore nearby attractions. Uniquely positioned near Temple Square, our hotel in Salt Lake City offers unrivaled access to this thriving city. Discover the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, check out the views from the Ensign Peak Hiking Trail, or learn about the cosmos at Clark Planetarium. In the evening you can catch a show at the Living Stage, our recently launched on-site venue featuring local artists and performers. Sit back and swap stories with other guests while you enjoy the laid-back atmosphere. These unique facilities, along with our prime location and comfortable accommodations, make Hotel RL an ideal starting point for your Salt Lake City adventure. THE LIVING STAGE From lectures to performances to hands-on demonstrations, the Living Stage at Hotel RL invites people from all walks of life to share their knowledge and passion for community awareness, health, creativity, and innovation. Designed to ignite conversations and promote a deeper understanding of the world around us, The Living Stage incorporates authors, artists, musicians, community leaders, local start-ups and more. PROJECT WAKE-UP-CALL We believe everyone deserves to sleep with a roof over his or her head. That's why we started Project Wake Up Call, a philanthropic initiative to help end homelessness one new hotel opening at a time. Learn more about Project Wake Up Call and our Salt Lake City partner: The Road Home. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Red Lion Salt Lake City
- Salt Lake City Red Lion
- Hotel RL By Red Lion Salt Lake City North America