Utah is home to the founders of the Marriott chain of hotels, and its accommodations are plentiful, varied, and reasonably priced throughout the state. Chain motels are everywhere. The ski resorts along the Wasatch Front—especially in Park City—cater to the wealthy jet set, and there are posh resorts in Deer Valley and pampering spas at Green Valley or Red Mountain. Salt Lake City has hotels in every price range. National chains like Holiday Inn, Marriott, Hilton, Best Western, Super 8, and Motel 6 are dependable in Utah, and are sometimes the best beds in town. The gateway towns to the national parks usually have a large range of accommodations. There are also more bed-and-breakfasts, as international tourists often prefer to meet the locals at such places. Independent motels can also be found all over the state. Look for guest ranches if you're trying to find an authentic cowboy experience. They often require a one-week stay, and the cost is all-inclusive. During the busy summer season, from Memorial Day to Labor Day, it's a good idea to book hotels and bed-and-breakfasts in advance. Some motels and resorts have off-season rates. Take advantage of these, since hiking is best in the south in cool weather and the mountains are beautiful even without snow.
Assume that hotels operate on the European Plan (EP, no meals) unless we specify that they use the Breakfast Plan (BP, with full breakfast), Continental Plan (CP, continental breakfast), Full American Plan (FAP, all meals), or Modified American Plan (MAP, breakfast and dinner), or are all-inclusive (AI, all meals and most activities).
Utah Hotel & Lodging Association. Box 176, Roy, UT, 84067. 801/359-0104. www.uhla.org.
Apartment and House Rentals
Increasingly, condos and private homes are available for rent. Rentals range from one night to month-long stays. Enjoy slope-side accommodations with all the amenities of home such as multiple bathrooms and kitchens at most ski resorts. Condo and home rentals are also available outside Zion, Bryce, Arches, and Canyonlands national parks. There are, ultiple national services, but Vacation Rentals By Owner is tried and true.
Vacation Rentals By Owner. www.vrbo.com.
Charm is the long suit of these establishments, which generally occupy a restored older building with some historical or architectural significance. They're generally small, with fewer than 20 rooms. Breakfast is usually included in the rates. Call ahead to determine the extent of ADA compliance; most B&Bs do not have elevators, for instance.
BB Getaways. www.bbgetaways.com.
Bed & Breakfast.com. 512/322-2710 or 800/462-2632. www.bedandbreakfast.com.
Bed and Breakfast Inns of Utah. www.bbiu.org.
Bed & Breakfast Inns Online. 615/868-1946 or 800/215-7365. www.bbonline.com.
BnB Finder.com. 212/432-7693 or 888/547-8226. www.bnbfinder.com.
Hostels are almost too scarce in Utah to serve as a useful way to see the mountains and the desert. Salt Lake City has a couple, but one long-standing location was subjected to an investigation recently to determine its safety owing to its dual use as transitional housing for locals. In Moab the Lazy Lizard is an old standby. Check with the national hosteling networks for other Utah locations.
In some 4,500 locations in more than 70 countries around the world, Hostelling International (HI), the umbrella group for a number of national youth-hostel associations, offers single-sex, dorm-style beds and, at many hostels, rooms for couples and family accommodations. HI is also an especially helpful organization for road cyclists.
Hostelling International—USA. 301/495–1240. www.hiusa.org.
The Avenues Hostel. 801/359-3855. www.saltlakehostel.com.
Most Salt Lake City hotels cater to business travelers with such facilities as restaurants, cocktail lounges, Internet, swimming pools, exercise equipment, and meeting rooms. Room rates usually reflect the range of amenities available. Most other Utah towns and cities have less expensive hotels that are clean and comfortable but have fewer facilities. A popular accommodations trend is the all-suite hotel, which gives you more room for the money; examples include Courtyard by Marriott and Embassy Suites. In resort towns hotels are decidedly more deluxe, with every imaginable amenity in every imaginable price range; rural areas generally have simple, and sometimes rustic, accommodations.
Many properties have special weekend rates, sometimes up to 50% off regular prices. However, these deals are usually not extended during peak months (summer near the national parks and winter in the ski resorts), when hotels are normally full. Salt Lake City hotels are generally full only during major conventions such as the Outdoor Retailers Show (winter and summer).
All hotels listed have private bath unless otherwise noted.
Ski towns throughout Utah such as Deer Valley, Sundance, and Brian Head, are home to dozens of resorts in all price ranges (but primarily high-end); the activities lacking in any individual property are usually in the town itself—in summer as well as winter. Off the slopes, there are both wonderful rustic and luxurious resorts bordering the national parks: Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort near Zion, Sorrel River Ranch and Red Cliffs Lodge near Arches.
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