Red Lion Hotel Salt Lake Downtown
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We woke up early this a.m. for our 8 a.m. departure out of Jackson, WY to Salt Lake City, UT. We have a long journey today, a bit over 300 miles. We drove through Idaho, where Kristen pointed out where Butch Cassidy robbed a bank. We made a quick stop to take a picture of a local Mormon tabernacle.
We stopped at the Visitors Center at …
... We all enjoyed watching the athletes practice. At 1 pm there was an elite group that put on a performance and we were able to see part of that too. The kids got day passes and I purchased two single ride tickets. With the tickets I was able to go down a very long alpine slide track. The kids with their passes were able to do extreme zip lining and rope courses as well. There was a bob sled track as well but that was a bit too ...
... said that the airport had just moved me to that flight. I hustled over to the gate, and they printed out our new boarding passes. We were in the very back of the plane, but at least Alex and I had an empt middle seat between us. Thank goodness too, because he couldn't find anything to keep his attention for more than 5 minutes at a time. In relatively short order though, we made it to Reagan National airport (new airport for me, ...
... to (a little out of the ordinary but hey we're in Utah) and we were off. I would like to note the same as on the Grand Canyon hike, I am carrying a heavy backpack with Abi's stuff, i.e. mule. Now at first the sun was out and we were both in high spirits looking forward to our challenging yet manageable hike, in search of bison and spectacular views. As mentioned before there were flies buzzing around ...
... and purchase some drinks to warm us up. I got a regular sugar-free vanilla latte, and Tito Buds got their special mix Chai Tea - it was AMAZING! It will be the only time we would taste that tea, since they mixed the flavors themselves and admitted that once it's all gone, they can't remake it :(
After the gallery/coffee shop, we walked over to Sam Weller's Bookstore. The bookstore had a ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Red Lion Hotel Salt Lake Downtown Salt Lake City
I checked in at 1:30 pm and never went to the room until I was finished with the things I had planned. I got to the room at 9:45pm, and was very dissapointed. The ceiling had a water stain completely across the ceiling, it was a no smoking room and had butts on the balcony, when the drapes were opened all the way the carped had not been cleaned for a long time, there was all kinds of stuff there. The bathroom was a disaster, there was what looked like mold around the top and bottom of the tub. The grout in the tile floor was black except under the counter. I had ask for a nice room on the top floor and this is what I got. I feel I was ripped of at $114 a night.The desk clerk took a list of things and never even showed concern
Very Happy w/ SLC Red Lion
Friendly staff, clean room, nice view. Great value, close to downtown attractions! Would definitely return (also love the San Deigo Red Lion).
We stayed for four nights 3/6/05-3/10/05. We were very satisfied with our stay.
The hotel is very clean, particularly our room. Although we could see that the room wasn't brand new, the bedspread, mattress, carpeting, and furniture were new. Each bed was extremely comfortable with four pillows. The bathroom sink was in need of repair, but didn't leak and wasn't dirty in any way. The shower was clean. Free in room coffee maker, iron, and ironing board. There was also a hair dryer in the room.
Another nice feature of this place is the free shuttle. We received complementary transportation to and from the airport, as well as free rides to the Gatewood shopping center (very nice, open air mall) and the Delta Center to watch a basketball game. The driver gave us the hotel's business card and told us to call when we needed to be picked up. The hotel is also two blocks away from the train station and bus stop.
The Cafe Olympus restaurant on site was O.K., I had a VERY tasty omelet but it was pricey. I think breakfast with orange juice cost me $13. There's a Denny's about three blocks away that was the cleanest Denny's I've ever seen. That goes for the whole city. Salt Lake City is VERY clean and well maintained.
NOTE: The outdoor pool and spa is currently under renovation until approximately 4/1. The work is conducted during daytime hours only and never bothered us.
I would definitely recommend this hotel. For the $79 a night we paid, we couldn't be more satisfied.
In SLC area for a Ski trip with some buds. We got a fabulous rate for the Lion on price line. We were looking at $300+ to stay in Park City. Free wireless internet is amazing! My laptop was not equipped with a wireless pc card and the front desk provided both the software and card at no charge. The Sky bar is a nice convenience and there is a ski shop across the road that has discount lift tickets. Great location to both sights in SLC and ski areas, maybe 25 to 45 minutes depending on ski resort. Lobby is nothing special, rooms are average, but well maintained and very clean. Beds are very comfortable and come with four pillows each, a nice touch. Parking is free and close to the hotel. This property is not a Four Seasons, but offers excellent value for your dollar.
Well im sitting in the room writing this review on the free wifi the hotel offers...great room....great location ....great rate.....really really pleased that we booked this hotel....would recommend it to anyone .
Nice Hotel. Great Price!
My wife and I just returned and I will say I was afraid I made a mistake in picking the Red Lion Hotel. I booked our room before reading the reviews on this site. Then after reading the mixed reviews, I really thought I made a mistake. Well the only mistake I made was believeing all the negative reviews. We found our stay wonderful! We checked in on Wed night (11pm) and our room was on the 2nd floor. Which was fine until we woke up the next morning and looked out our window.
What a view!! Being from Florida, we're not used to seeing snow capped mountains. We went down for breakfast (a buffet, very good. Great bacon). and I asked the clerk if we could move room to a higher floor.
No problem! We moved to the 8th floor and our view was just incredible!!! The staff was incredible, free shuttle transportation anywhere in SLC. Free admission to the Sky Box Lounge (Private Bar/Rest. on the top floor of the hotel, with even a better view of the city and mountain range). We only ate breakfast @ the hotel, so I can't rate the other meals, but the local beer on tap was fantastic @ both bars @ the hotel. Anyway, why would anyone eat @ a local hotel without a chain rest attached! There are so many wonderful resturants in the area. I recommend the following. Spencer Steak House (The best steak I've ever eaten.. Bar none!!!). Salt Lake City Brewing Co. (Squatters Bar.. very good beer and food. Comfortable atmosphere). A Mexican Rest across the street from the convention center. I can't remember the name, but the food was fantastic! I only have one complaint. No ac! I know SLC was having warmer than normal weather. The room was fine when the window was open, but it did get in the 30's @ nite so that was not an option. We had friends staying @ other hotels and they had the same complaint! I guess they don't turn on the ac until later in the year.
If you are someone who is a little pickie (like me) or someone who goes with the flow. You will enjoy your stay here. If you are the type that complains about every little thing, you will find fault here, but most likely find fault any you stay. Just like the lady who was given 1st class tickets (along with us) and she yelled @ the flight attendent because they asked her to put her carry on bag in the over head compartment. She complained that the seat she had, she was allowed to store it under the seat in frnt of her.. geez.. some people.
Stay Away from the Red Lion in Downtown Salt Lake City
On 2/12/04 we arrived to the Red Lion and went to our room to find it cold as an icebox. We turned the heat on high but it was blowing cold and never heated up. The blankets on the beds were also light so we spent a chilly first night. Day 2 I woke and jumped in the shower. The water was knob was turned as high as it would go and the water remained luke warm. By time the water hit your body it was cold- real quick shower. I then proceeded to dry my hair with a hairdryer and the electricity in the entire room went out. Had to call the front desk to restore power. After a hard day of skiing we came back to the room to shower and the water was actually hot; however, again the electricity went out in the room. Front desk upgraded us to a different room; however, by this time we had our belongings spread around the room and had to pack in partial dark until maintenance came up to fix the electricity once again. On Valentines day in our "upgraded" room we came back to shower and again had problems with the water temperature- ice cold. We had to wait for maintenance to come up to fix and as a result we missed our dinner reservations at Christophers and had to call and cancel. Valentines day dinner was spent at a local brew pub since we were unable to secure another reservation prior to 10PM at night. Needless to say, we will never be staying at the Red Lion Hotel in Salt Lake City again. There is a definate problem with the plumbing and even though te rate was good it's not worth the hassle and aggrevation. Do yourself a favor and book someplace else in Downtown.
Great place to stay
I was afraid to stay there after reading the other reviews, but was pleasantly surprised when i got there. I got a great rate through expedia. It was worth every penny. The rooms were slightly above average but were huge with a sofa. The service was excellant and their shuttle service took us everywhere for free, the lobby was great with my wife spending most nights there next to the big fireplace reading. Highly recommended, i am going again in two weeks but am having trouble getting reservations there because they are sold out. M.M.
Love Hate Relationship
The only reason I am not rating this hotel more poorly is because we got a great rate on Priceline of $30 per night.The worse things about the hotel were: It was very noisy in the morning. This hotel is VERY popular with tour buses and we were awaken at 6am every morning to back up beepers on the busses and we were on the 7th floor! This lasted for a few hours each morning.The beds were also the more uncomfortable I had ever slept in. I could feel every spring and there were not extra pillows or blankets in the room.The elevators (which I normally don't care about) were hideous. They stunk, were very poorly decorated and felt like you were under the lights of an operating room.Location was OK. About a 5 block walk to downtown. We could have stayed closer.It did have a good diner for quick meals in the hotel.I would not stay here again, but was OK for only $30 a night.
Hotel was not what we hoped for. Room was smoking when we were reserved for none. Slightly diryt and dated, carpeting an wall paper needed fixing. We also got two beds instead of the ,king we were promised. Not worth it when you have so many other fine choices in Salt Lake.