I had to extend my stay in Salt Lake City one more night. The Hyatt Downtown/Gateway (Review) was sold out for that night and I wasn’t able to extend my stay. That’s why I had to move. I was looking for a hotel in the Downtown area and found the Holiday Inn Express. This one is located right next to the Convention Center and it has a 2-story parking garage attached to it.
Surprisingly for this location, parking was for free. To find the entrance with my car was kinda hard because it was always on the opposite side of the road. I used the small alley between the hotel and parking structure to turn around to the hotel front side.
The staff member at the front desk was super friendly and check-in was done quickly. I grabbed my bags and headed up to my room.
The only room available was a King Executive Room and this room was very spacious. The room almost looked too big for the furniture inside it but I liked the big space. Unfortunately, I would only stay one night here. After checking in, I toured the property to get an overview of the hotel.
Downstairs you have a big indoor swimming pool and a dry sauna. The pool size is just amazing. I didn’t expect that at all and then they also got a sauna, which is awesome as well. I didn’t get a chance to use either one. Right next to the pool is a Yoga Room but it was closed for remodeling during my stay.
Next to the front desk is a little market where you can buy some essential stuff like some food or drinks. The lobby was huge as well and had a staircase going up to the second floor, from where you could walk over a bridge to the top-level of the parking garage. To the right of the entrance is a lounge area to hang out and relax. The breakfast room is all the way in the back of the hotel. Throughout the day you can grab a coffee here.
The two staircases on either side of the hotel, connecting all floors, are on the outside of the building. I set up my camera on a tripod there to capture great night shots of the city and the Hilton Hotel next door. There was no glass obstructing the view or bringing some weird reflections into the picture.
As mentioned before, I had to depart right the next day and that early in the morning. I was not able to enjoy the breakfast here but I would assume you get the same great quality as usual in a Holiday Inn Express.