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Salt Lake City History

Until Brigham Young and his band of Mormon settlers arrived here in the summer of 1847, this vast and visually stunning region had lain empty apart from the roaming buffalo and the wandering tribes of Ute Indian, from which the state derives its name.

Before them the Pueblo People, travelling north, built communities through the south of the state during the first 100 years AD, and until a treaty ceded it in 1848, this land was still part of Mexico.

Many of the first Mormon pioneers here were European converts who brought their varying languages, skills and cultures to build a cosmopolitan community in this beautiful wilderness. Their peace was swiftly shattered as hordes of hopeful prospectors swept through early Salt Lake on their way to California during the 1850s gold rush. Infact, Salt Lake soon had its own share of silver, copper and lead mines, some of which remain open to this day.

Salt Lake City continued to thrive and expand during the early 1900s, which saw most of its grand state buildings erected, permanently changing Salt Lake from a pioneer town to a modern, functioning city. The city has continued to expand and strengthen economically ever since, with the last surge of major development occurring in the 1980’s and 90s with the arrival of many of the high-rise buildings that now sculpt its skyline.

By the time Salt Lake City hosted the Winter Olympics in 2002, it was the largest city ever to do so, and to date much of the city’s tourist economy is thanks to its proximity to the spectacular Wasatch Mountains.

Salt Lake City is also culturally rich. Robert Redford made this region his home and since the early 1980s, his Sundance Film Festival held here each January has become a fixture of the global film festival calendar.

Did you know?
• Salt Lake City occupies an area once covered by a prehistoric lake, with the original shoreline still visible in sections.
• It took over 40 years for the city's iconic Salt Lake Temple to be built.
• The Great Salt Lake is as much as five times saltier than the ocean.


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The Anniversary Inn

Popular with couples looking for a romantic getaway, this is a themed room hotel designed to fulfil an array of fantasies. Options include sleeping in a sultan's palace, an Egyptian chamber, or hunkering down in a covered wagon. The inn was once the old Salt Lake jail and every suite is now luxuriously equipped with themed spa baths and down duvets - there may even be a room that’s themed to look like the old jail. A romantic continental breakfast delivered to your room is included.

The Grand America Hotel

Built in time for the 2002 Winter Olympics, the Grand America Hotel offers 775 rooms, including four presidential penthouse suites. All rooms have balconies and views of the city skyline or exotic fountain courtyard, internet and 24-hour room service. The plush hotel is filled with antiques, and there's a full service spa, indoor and outdoor pools, and elegant lobby lounge and bar. It’s also within walking distance to all downtown attractions.

Hotel Monaco

This expansive property offers some of the most stylish accommodation among the category of boutique hotels in Salt Lake City. Seductive guest rooms and suites set in a meticulously refurbished landmark 14-story building are filled with dazzling décor flourishes, featuring bold geometrics that appear to be an extraordinary cross between art deco and Native American tribal. The establishment has an upbeat feel and staff are attentive and will able to arrange most facets of your stay.

Marriott Salt Lake City Downtown

This is one of the biggest hotels in Salt Lake City, offering 510 well-equipped rooms and suites, arranged over 16 floors right in the centre of town, and just a few steps away from Temple Square and Symphony Hall. All the reassuring comforts expected of this global chain can be found here, including a decent on-site restaurant, swimming pool, fitness centre, and internet access.

Radisson Hotel Salt Lake City Downtown

This is another classic high-rise hotel in the popular Downtown district offering reasonably priced contemporary accommodations. The hotel recently underwent a full-scale renovation and now provides modern, clean guestrooms feature luxury bedding, entertainment centers, high-speed Internet access and great views of either the city or the Wasatch Mountains. Additional hotel comforts include an indoor pool, a spa, a fitness center, a popular lounge and the High Rock Steakhouse.

Royal Garden Inn

A classic American-style motel set out over two floors around a central swimming pool, open seasonally, and terrace. The downtown location is just four blocks from Salt Palace Convention Centre, a complementary continental breakfast is served daily, and airport transportation and hotel parking are provided free.