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Katie from Los Angeles asked

What's the best neighborhood in Salt Lake City for a first time visitor?

I've never been to Salt Lake City and I'm a little overwhelmed by all the hotel options. I'd like to stay in a hotel that is central and gives me good sense of what Salt Lake City is like. I'd love to know where locals tell their friends to stay when they visit, and why those areas and hotels are special. thanks!

Salt Lake City (Utah)

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Jarica

Salt Lake City Marriott City Center is always a great hotel or Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City - a Kimpton Hotel is great but more on the pricey end. I'm sure you could also get an affordable, cute and cozy Airbnb located in the avenues which is near downtown where you will find shopping, yummy restaurants and bars. Good luck! 


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Neal from Valley Center, California

The Little America Hotel - Salt Lake City in downtown is pretty central and should be cheap.  Also Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City - a Kimpton Hotel is nicer and the grand america is a nicer one.  I would also check park city ski resorts especially in the summer.  The grand summit in park city is nice in summer. 


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Ed
The Little America is not cheap, unless you are an astronaut!
 
 
 
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Ed from Salt Lake City

Katie, I've lived here 36 years, and the thing that will never change is that Salt Lake City was first established in the north end of the valley, and the city has sprawled outward around that original center, which is not in the center of the valley, you need to keep close to the north end.  The sprawl is bedroom communities for commuters, life centered around the automobile, and, outside of downtown, everything will require an automobile to do, including getting something to eat.  Not convenient, and not much to see out there anyway. For every reason you can find to stay near something outside of the downtown area, there are dozens of reasons to stay downtown.  Closer in, the Avenues, Liberty Park, and Sugarhouse neighborhoods, are good examples of the preserved early growth of Salt Lake and are all within a three-mile radius of downtown. 

Stay downtown where the history, the transportation, the sights, the services, entertainment, the University, Temple Square, the shopping, entertainment, everything is highly concentrated to get the most out of your time and energy. On the other hand, if you are looking for the local flavor, stay out of the hotel zone where most of the hotels downtown are located.  If you have a room surrounded by a 3 block radius of nothing more than more hotels, it won't matter what city you are in, it won't be any different than any hotel zone in any city.  That's by design.  The purpose is to isolate and make it too much effort to not use their jacked-up services and franchise restaurants, especially if you don't know where to head, anyway. That's for timid people who don't want to know what getting outside their comfort zone is like. Good for those businesses, but not what you are looking for.


To get the most out of your trip: stay downtown, but out of the hotel zone. That is why we established our guesthouse, Off-Broadway Studios, as close or closer to the center of downtown than most of the hotels, but on the east side, surrounded by locally owned and operated restaurants, access to the UTA free-ride zone for buses and light rail, and convenient to the most likely reasons people come to this city, as well as all the services at a few paces. You will be treated like a local, because they will assume you are a local, this is where locals shop, eat, bank, attend festivals, etc., etc. For things to do in and around Salt Lake City, please visit our web page http://off-broadwaystudios.com/area-information-etc.html for a good start to filling out your itinerary!


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