Not to long ago Hyatt offered a status match for SPG Platinum members to become Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond members. I used the chance and got matched to Diamond level with Hyatt Gold Passport. Now it was time to check out my first Hyatt property ever. My next business trip brought me to Salt Lake City. I found the Hyatt Place Salt Lake City/Downtown/The Gateway with a good rate. The hotel is located in downtown Salt Lake City next to the Union Pacific Depot which serves now as an open air shopping mall.
I arrived late at night at the hotel, because my flight was delayed. Check-In was easy and quick and they recognized my Diamond Level with Hyatt Gold Passport and offered me either a complimentary drink or extra points. Of course, I went with the points instead of a drink. After that, I went up to my standard Room, with a sofa bed located at the right corner of the building. I can highly recommend that you try to get one of this four corner rooms per level. The room numbers are X01, X02, X26, and X27. For example on the fourth floor, it would be the rooms 401, 402, 426 and 427. These rooms seem to be a bit more spacious than the other once and have a nicer layout.
I like how spacious the rooms are and all the amenities offered inside. A great feature is the “connection panel” for the TV. It has a bunch of different connectors to hook up your phone, laptop, or whatever else you have to the flat-screen TV. No more needs for adapters are trying to get your cable connected behind the screen somewhere.
From the elevator area on the different floors, you have a view over the parking lot. The upper parking lot is solely for the hotel and you can only enter with your room key, the lower one is a shared parking lot. In case the upper lot is full, just show the attendant of the lower lot your room key and your parking ticket for the dashboard and you can enter for free. You already pay $10 USD a night by getting your parking ticket from the hotel.
The lobby invites you to hang out and relax. They had a hot chocolate bar, which was perfect for this time of the year. After a stroll through downtown, you can warm yourself up again here. To enter the lobby from the parking lot, you will need your room key every time. The front door is unlocked during the day, but at night you will need your room key again to enter. Next to the check-in counter is a little dining area. You either can have a freshly made meal (view menu) or grab something for to go 24/7. There are a couple of spots around the lobby to sit down and enjoy your food or you can sit at the counter too.
Just in case you forgot something essential don’t worry, they got you covered. From free items like toothpaste all the way to international power adapters and cell phone chargers. Just ask somebody at the front desk and they will help you out.
To the right of the counter is the breakfast room. Breakfast is for free at this property and you can choose from a variety of hot and cold breakfast items, like their breakfast sandwiches. I loved the sandwiches and had them every morning, just delicious. The best part is, they offer real dishes and silverware and not just paper plates and plastic fork and knife. This gives you a more upscale feeling.
Also out back is the swimming pool and hot tub. The pool was frozen and covered with snow but the jacuzzi was open. That’s for tough guys to jump in the hot tub during these freezing temperatures. Not far from the pool is the fitness center and it’s open 24 hours a day. You can work out whenever you feel like it.
This was definitely a great experience and it’s a great hotel. I can highly recommend this location to you. You are right downtown and close to a lot of attractions like Temple Square, The Gateway (Outdoor Shopping Mall), and the sports arena. Everything is within walking distance. I highly recommend you to check out the Gateway Shopping Mall – which has over 125 shops, restaurants, and various entertainment options on tap. The complex is centered around the historic Union Pacific Depot in downtown Salt Lake City.
Peter has a passion for Traveling, Photography, and Geocaching. These are the best ingredients for amazing adventures all over the globe. “Traveling is fun, no matter if you stay in a luxury hotel or travel like a backpacker.” Peter shares his experiences on his Blog www.gatetoadventures.com
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