I have been staying at the Peery for over 10 years. This isn't the only hotel I stay at when I travel to Salt Lake City, but since the first time I stayed here in the early 2000's I thought this place was a real charmer. From the outside you can tell that it's historic, with its classic design and intricate moldings and features. The hotel was commissioned by the Peery Brothers to attract the very best customers traveling to the west in the early 1900s, and is so elegant which is what makes the place so great.
When I first started to stay at the Peery some 10 or so years ago it had different managers. The doorman, Joe, and others were quite social and always greeted you and took great care. The desk staff were great and there was a fantastic restaurant called Christopher's that was famous for steak, but also served 3 meals a day and even provided room service. Coffee makers were in each room, plus a couple bottles of complementary water, and Starbucks packs if you want coffee in the room. In the morning, coffee urns were placed on each of the floors with already brewed coffee so you could get a cup before heading out. Eventually they took away the coffee makers and moved the brewed coffee downstairs to the lobby where it still is today, although there's a poor showing of guests. The restaurant is long gone.
The hotel also used to offer various stay packages, and would make arrangements for skiers to stay with transportation to the resorts. This trip, the place looked deserted, and no skiers were in sight. The old fashioned carpet always looked old, but it was clean and in good shape. Now it is worn and dirty, and the floor is need of repair. The rooms always looked nice and quaint, now they look bleak, and to deal with aging windows they put storm windows on the inside of each window. A real tacky solution to the problem. The plumbing in the tub/shower was askew and none of it looked appropriate for the style of the hotel. There is picture molding around the walls, yet there is not even one picture in the room. There was a stain on the comforter, and rust around the faucet for the sink. The sink plug wouldn't open much causing water to drain too slowly, and the furniture is now too old even for the Peery, including the old tube TVs that don't work too well anymore. I tried to warm the room up by turning up the heat, which caused the fan to run to the point that I could barely hear, but it barely made any difference in the temperature. While I like the Tempurpedic mattresses, the noise from the heater woke me up several times making the overall score for the room a negative number. Certainly not what I recall.
I once had a company meeting here, but I certainly wouldn't plan any type of event here now. This place was so elegant that in the day Salt Lake City's elite would get married here, just to descend the staircase during the wedding march and having a grand reception in the hotel lobby. I have enjoyed wine and cheese for the guests on Wednesday evenings in the lobby when the previous management ran things, and there were plenty of guests in attendance. During my stay this time I walked through an empty lobby and went to the bar because I thought they served food. There were 4 people in there and the only food available was from a scant bar menu. I went across the street instead. The hotel did offer a continental breakfast consisting of cereal, granola bars, yogurt, apples and bananas. Again, I went across the street.
There are other signs of neglect, but at this point, why bother? David and Joseph Peery built this hotel about 100 years ago with some of the most satisfying design elements in mind, such as adjoining bathrooms, every room having windows, a dining room, and more. It was to attract a business client and it also attracted people looking for the best. It is a sad thing to see a historic property like this going down the tube. I doubt I will be back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Peery Hotel, established in 1910, is a historic landmark hotel whose architecture is rooted in the Early Prairie and classical revival styles of the time. The renovation of this Grand Dame pays homage to the many time periods during its operation, thereby creating true American Heritage style. The interiors have a "collected over time" feel with unique and unexpected art throughout. Many vintage inspired pieces are mixed with some of the original antique pieces creating a fresh historic feel that is more unique than the heavy traditional hotels of old. The hotel is inclusive and accessible to the business and vacation traveler alike. The Peery is a historic hotel with a modern spirit. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Peery Hotel Salt Lake City, North America
- Peery Salt Lake City