The Marriott City Center may not be as decadent as Grand America, but it occupies more centrally located real estate, costs less and provides the best hotel workout room in Salt Lake City. In the heart of downtown, this Marriott's 359 rooms are modern and equipped with down comforters, pillow top mattresses and complimentary high speed internet access. Our recent stay was more than comfortable in one of the newest hotel's in SLC.
The onsite exercise option is better than most rivals. It is perched on the 2nd floor overlooking State Street through floor-to-ceiling glass windows. Fitness fiends will feast on the ample cardio and strength equipment comfortably distributed across the "L" shaped room. This hotel's owner is a fitness enthusiast, and it shows in the "open all night" gym. We especially appreciate the abundance of free weight equipment, which hotels rarely stock. Though it would be nice to see more than one upright bike, it is easy to let this small deficit slide since all other apparatus is solid.
Swimmers, Marriott has no lap pool, but the JCC is a quick 5-minute drive away. The Gym at City Creek also has a pool (20 yards). En route, stop at the grande-sized Starbucks located in the hotel lobby for a hot cup of joe to take along. Finally, do not confuse this preferred Marriott with its sister hotel, the Marriott Salt Lake City Downtown. The quality differences are huge despite a similar name and pricing.
Joggers should consider an outdoor jaunt (seasonal) at the nearby track.
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