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I spent a night in Salt Lake City last week and decided to try a different hotel than my last trip where I stayed at the Hyatt Regency Salt Lake City (more here). This time I checked out the AC Hotel by Marriott Salt Lake City Downtown. The hotel is well located, modern, and comfortable.
Anthony’s Take: If you’re in town for a convention or to explore the city, the AC Hotel by Marriott Salt Lake City Downtown is a modern and affordable choice. The staff was friendly and I was given both points and breakfast during my stay.
I was booked into a Guest Room, 2 Queens, City View room by my company for an expo I was attending. Had I booked directly from Marriott.com on a “Member Flexible” rate, it would have cost around $185 plus taxes per night. Most nights seem to be in this range. The hotel can also be booked with Bonvoy points (20,000-42,000 points per night) with rates varying since Marriott eliminated its award buckets.
Transportation to/from the Hotel
I took an Uber Comfort from Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) to the hotel. It took around 22 minutes for the 8-mile ride and cost $33. Heading home, I took another Uber Comfort at a similar cost and time.
The location of this hotel is near the Salt Palace Convention Center. There are lots of restaurants, shopping, and attractions nearby.
I arrived at the hotel around 5:00 PM and my room was ready. The agent was friendly, but told me that the hotel was sold out. There was not even a room with single king-sized bed to offer. I was told that I would receive points as well as a breakfast voucher for my welcome amenity. Late checkout was offered, but I did not need it. I had my keys and was off to my room in minutes.
The lobby has some seating near the front entrance as well as several other areas around the bar and lobby.
The bar is in the center of the lobby between the entrance and restaurant.
Elevators are located to the left when facing the check-in desk. They were incredibly slow and I ended up taking the stairs up and down most times.
The elevator lobbies on each floor were fairly muted, but clean and in good repair.
Tha hallways are a bit dark, but calming.
Guest Room, 2 Queens, City View (426)
There are 164 rooms and no suites across 8 floors at the hotel.
The bathroom is to the left upon entering the room. It had a vanity, toilet, and shower with a decent amount of space.
The vanity had a single sink and lots of counter space. A shelf below it held some toiletries and towels.
A bar of soap and a washcloth were next to the sink.
The toilet was opposite the vanity.
The shower was to the right. Water pressure was good and it was easy to operate.
Korres brand shampoo, conditioner, and shower gel were mounted to the shower wall.
An open closet area was across from the bathroom. It held an iron, ironing board, hangers, a refrigerator, safe, coffeemaker, and ice bucket.
The coffeemaker, tea bags, coffee, and condiments were found on top.
The refrigerator held two complimentary bottles of water.
A few steps away was the bedroom with two queen-sized beds.
There were plenty of outlets between the beds.
It also had a chair and table near the window.
A desk was on the wall opposite the beds. More water was for sale here.
A TV and lots of space for luggage was next to the desk.
A voucher for breakfast was provided at check in.
The dining room is not huge and was quite busy when I went to breakfast around 8:00 AM.
The breakfast buffet (without the voucher) costs $18 per person.
There are a few a la carte choices that may be purchased in addition to the buffet.
The buffet had a variety of choices both hot and cold including eggs, meats, fruit, pastries, cereal, yogurt, and more. The quality of everything was rather poor. I would have been annoyed if I had paid for it.
Bread and a self-serve toaster
Sausage, potatoes, and waffles
Yogurt, hardboiled eggs, and fruit
There were some pastries that were covered in plastic wrap.
All of the meats and cheeses were also left covered.
A deli slicer held some prosciutto.
A self-serve Nespresso machine
Brewed coffee and hot water
Tea bags and condiments
There was a nice selection of juices and milk.
Water was also available.
Public Areas & Amenities
The AC Hotel by Marriott Salt Lake City Downtown offers comfortable lobby seating, a fitness center, a pantry selling snacks and sundries, computers and a printer for guest use, and the restaurant/bar named AC Lounge in the lobby.
The computers and printer are directly across from the check-in desk.
The fitness center is on the second floor. It’s open 24-hours daily and holds an adequate amount of machines and weights.
Treadmills and bikes line the wall near the windows.
Other equipment fills the rest of the space. I was limited to the number of photos I could take because people were working out.
Towels and water was provided in the fitness center.
Overall Impression: The AC Hotel by Marriott Salt Lake City Downtown offers comfortable rooms and a convenient location. Would I return? Maybe. There are tons of hotels surrounding this one and I liked my stay at the Hyatt Regency Salt Lake City more.
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