Hotel Review: AC Hotel by Marriott Salt Lake City Downtown

by Anthony Losanno
AC Hotel SLC

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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.

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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.

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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 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.

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The location of this hotel is near the Salt Palace Convention Center. There are lots of restaurants, shopping, and attractions nearby.

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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.
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The lobby has some seating near the front entrance as well as several other areas around the bar and lobby.

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The bar is in the center of the lobby between the entrance and restaurant.

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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.

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The elevator lobbies on each floor were fairly muted, but clean and in good repair.

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Tha hallways are a bit dark, but calming.

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Guest Room, 2 Queens, City View (426)

There are 164 rooms and no suites across 8 floors at the hotel.

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The bathroom is to the left upon entering the room. It had a vanity, toilet, and shower with a decent amount of space.

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The vanity had a single sink and lots of counter space. A shelf below it held some toiletries and towels.

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A bar of soap and a washcloth were next to the sink.

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The toilet was opposite the vanity.

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The shower was to the right. Water pressure was good and it was easy to operate.

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Korres brand shampoo, conditioner, and shower gel were mounted to the shower wall.

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An open closet area was across from the bathroom. It held an iron, ironing board, hangers, a refrigerator, safe, coffeemaker, and ice bucket.

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The coffeemaker, tea bags, coffee, and condiments were found on top.

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The refrigerator held two complimentary bottles of water.

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A few steps away was the bedroom with two queen-sized beds.

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There were plenty of outlets between the beds.

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It also had a chair and table near the window.

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A desk was on the wall opposite the beds. More water was for sale here.

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A TV and lots of space for luggage was next to the desk.

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A voucher for breakfast was provided at check in.

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The dining room is not huge and was quite busy when I went to breakfast around 8:00 AM.

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The breakfast buffet (without the voucher) costs $18 per person.

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There are a few a la carte choices that may be purchased in addition to the buffet.

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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.

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Bread and a self-serve toaster

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Sausage, potatoes, and waffles

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Yogurt, hardboiled eggs, and fruit

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There were some pastries that were covered in plastic wrap.

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All of the meats and cheeses were also left covered.

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A deli slicer held some prosciutto.

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Various cereal

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A self-serve Nespresso machine

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Brewed coffee and hot water

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Tea bags and condiments

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There was a nice selection of juices and milk.

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Water was also available.

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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.

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The computers and printer are directly across from the check-in desk.

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The fitness center is on the second floor. It’s open 24-hours daily and holds an adequate amount of machines and weights.

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Treadmills and bikes line the wall near the windows.

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Other equipment fills the rest of the space. I was limited to the number of photos I could take because people were working out.

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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.

Anthony’s Credit Card Pick: When I’m staying at a Marriott hotel, I want to maximize my points earned. My card of choice is the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant® American Express® Card. With it, I earn six Marriott Bonvoy® points for each dollar spent at hotels participating in the Marriott Bonvoy program. It also includes up to $300 statement credits per calendar year (up to $25 per month ) for dining in restaurants worldwide. Plus, a free night award that I can redeem at any Marriott hotel with a redemption level at or under 85,000 Marriott Bonvoy® points. Rates & fees. Terms apply.

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