Little America Hotel
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... you might ask? It was through a well known program employed by the Wounded Warrior Project called the Warriors to Work Program.
Back in early April, I received an email informing the warriors looking for work that this job opportunity was available. This was a job that was sponsored by KISS, Def Leppard, and Military.com to name a few. I applied as a shot in the dark, not thinking ...
... for two days in the Bahamas. Welcome to our world.
So that's the background for the trip, and now I can tell you what actually happened. :)
If you know anything about Amtrak, you know that they are incredibly prone to delays of the multiple-hour variety. In fact, if the train is only an hour delayed, you might say that it's "on-time." T had spent weeks doing research on the timing of the trains and diligently ...
... and counted 25 people that drunk, and massive segregations between those that did and didn't. I myself only had a couple of beers the whole day, but the whole atmosphere was strange and you could tell by the way the bands played and reacted to the crowd/atmosphere. For example, probably had seen the headliners 6 times before but just didn't seem right. I guess that's what happens when you put the 'Summer Slaughter Tour' in the most deeply religious part of the whole ...
... bird is the California Gull. there were thousands of them. The American Avocet is a beautiful bird. I would have chosen it for the state bird over the gull! We hoped to see herds of buffalo roaming the island but we only saw six or so single guys. We got a good video of a Pronged Antler Antelope that was standing on the road. He looks kinda thirsty. The island looks dry. There are springs but they are only fed by rain. Hopefully this antelope knows where they ...
... in Salt Lake City around 3pm and Jim and Andrew gave us a brief city tour on the coach with a 20 min stop at The Capital for photos - it's huge ... I have no idea why Utah needs such a big building but there you go.
Then they drove us around the Olympic site and up and down a few streets past a few buildings then we stopped at Temple Square ... well those of us who wanted to have a look around but several stayed on the bus and went to the ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Little America Hotel Salt Lake City
Ok Hotel with a Great Pool
This hotel is very varied in the guest experience it provides. As the other reivews suggest, the quality is very different depending on what part of the hotel you stay in, the main tower building or the low rises on the outskirts of the property. We ended up in one of the outside rooms, which were really large but were a little inconvenient. The furniture is kind of old, but nice, kind of like visiting a friend's house. However, the old fashioned radio in the nightstand did not work in our room. Also, it was a little confusing where our room was on the large property and the front desk agent was pretty unhelpful in giving us directinos. Also, there was no elevator in our building and we needed to lug our furniture up the stairs.
When we went to the pool we needed to leave the building and walk through the main lobby, which was a little awkward, especially when we were walking back outside in wet bathing suits and coverups. However, the pool in this property is why I gave it a rating of 4 and not 3. It's this really nice indoor/outdoor pool where you swim under an arched area from the indoors to the outside in the heated pool where the area is well lit. Also the hot tub is huge and has this nice paneling around it and mirrors to make the space look bigger.
Overall it was a good experience, but I would highly reccomend spending the extra money to get placed in the hotel tower. Also make sure to book online, the prices are much cheaper than what the reservations agents quote you by phone.
Good not great
While we did enjoy this hotel there were some things that could have been better. The carpets needed to be cleaned. The rooms need to be painted. They were painting the halls while we were there and it was a bit inconveneinant. The rooms were starting to wear but they were big. The pool was fun but crowded. It is nice but I think we will try somewhere else next time. I was told they had a great Sunday brunch but there were lines before it even opened and it was $25 per person cash only.
Like Staying at your Grandma's...In A Good Way
This is a huge complex. The tower is more a hotel...while other parts were motor courtish. Free parking was nice. The hotel is very well kept up. The furnishings were like you might find in your Grandma's house. Certainly not trendy....lots of flower patterns and a crazy chandelier, and a big 31" console tv, which I didn't even know they still sold. The beds rocked! Very comfortable. If you want hip/kool, go somewhere else, maybe the Monaco where we stayed last year. If you want a nice, comfortable experience, stay here in the tower. The tower suite (if that is what they call it) was huge and had plenty of room for two slobby guy skiers. Walk to the pubs and restaurants from here. Squatter's is especially recommended unless you don't drink (alcohol).
Our garden room was beautifully decorated, and spacious, and the beds very comfortable. We dined in the main restaurant and I had the best Prime Rib that I've had in years and it was very reasonably price. My only regret was that we could not stay longer.
What a hotel should strive to be.
This visit to Little America followed shortly on the heels of a visit to a hotel in San Antonio and the experiences couldn't have been more different.
First, the van driver met me at the airport gate, greeted me by name after obviously glancing at my luggage tags, and made sure I was aware that even if room service was closed he was personally available to go get me something at any hour of the evening if needed.
I got to the front door of the property, which is right across from it's more recent and appropriately named, Grand America hotel, and was greeted by the staff and ushered up to the desk. The driver had called ahead to have my paperwork ready and I was upgraded to a tower room on the 11th floor. The lobby was beautiful, spotless and the entire place looked fantastic.
I went to my room and found a huge room with a king bed, big desk, table, sofa, chairs, two large closets, a dressing area with mirror and sink, and then a large beautifully tiled and appointed bathroom. It was spotless, had every thing you needed and the view from the windowed looked out over the valley and was outstanding. The room was quiet, the room service excellent and in the morning the hotel has a great coffee shop or dining room for breakfast.
I love this place and wouldn't stay anywhere else on my next visit back. I hated to leave. My rate on Travelocity was $124 for the night which was outstanding for the quality of the room and the service you get here.
We stayed in a garden room- very misleading that this was a hotel--we were in the motel section. Whoever gave them 4 stars didn't see our room. First the sink wouldn't drain, the toilet wouldn't stop flushing, there was a centipede in the tub, hair and blood on the sheets. When we complained about this, they moved us to a new room and said they would give us a 25% discount on only the first night. On checking out, this discount was not given to us. find somewhere else to stay.
Choose this hotel...you won't be disappointed
This was our first trip to Salt Lake City. We would most certainly stay here on ANY further trips!! The lobby is grand and the shops were full of unique items that were reasonably priced. We arrived Sunday afternoon just in time for a magnificent Sunday brunch: fresh crab legs, shrimp, crepes made to order, huge salad selections, breakfast items, & lunch items..while a baby grand piano was being played and with excellent buffet service!! It was worth the price of $25/person. The rooms could not have been more lovely - spacious and really pretty. We stayed in 1404 with an incredible view of the mountains. The bath room is also spacious with a very large tub. There was a delightful turndown service every evening, involving a chocolate & warm robe. The indoor/outdoor pool and jacuzzi caused us to buy swimsuits at the hotel shop and we enjoyed a trip to the pool everyday. The ladies locker room & warm sauna was also sparkling and filled with all the amenities, big towels, hair dryers, etc. They also have a large open clean gym. Room service was quick and good also well priced. Even the coffee shop was well staffed, efficient & smiling. Our drive to various mountain ranges was never much more than 30-40 minutes and by staying in town we also enjoyed Temple Square, local ski shops, great shopping malls. Check-in and check-out was quick. I can think of absolutely nothing negative to say, other than....I wish this hotel was available in every city!!!!
Up there with some of the best, except for...
From the outside this hotel doesn't look like much, but walk inside and you'll find this place up there with some of the best. I stayed in a Tower room and was pleased overall --- spacious, nice bathroom, clean, and updated. On the other hand, I had several unpleasant experiences on the customer service side. I called the day before check in to confirm my reservation and request a room "away from any noise" because I had to be up for an important business meeting the next morning. When I checked in I was told that request had been honored. Unfortunately after getting off the elevator I only had to walk a couple steps to see my room was right next to it! Needless to say, it was not the quietest of nights hearing the ringing of the elevator bell, people talking, and the mechanics inside. I woke up to a nice view of Salt Lake and the mountains, but my breakfast was lacking. Slow service coupled with a smoked salmon platter served with a blueberry bagel didn't quite make my morning. Come on, who eats smoked salmon on blueberry bagels? All in all, this hotel is worth the cost so there's no complaint from that angle. If they want to compete with the big players in the hotel industry the staff may need some better training.
A Wonderful Hotel!
My room in the Tower was fabulous and lacked for nothing! The bath area was gigantic as was the dressing area (yes, there was a separate dressing area with a sit-down vanity). Two sinks. The room itself was more like a junior suite with 600 square feet of space. Self parking was a pleasure and very convenient. The TRAX trolley stops at the corner and makes this hotel very convenient to the LDS Temple and the downtown area. I wouldn't stay anywhere else but here in SLC!
Little America is the best
Recently spent 2 nights at Little America.
Excellent service from all the staff.
Wonderful coffe shop and great location for visiting downtown SLC.
Close to free TRAX stop.