The most popular tourist attraction in Utah, according to the "Daily Herald," Temple Square attracts upward of 5 million visitors each year. The headquarters of the Mormon religion, Temple Square also is home to the world's largest collection of genealogical records, which are open to the public. Since Temple Square covers 10 square acres in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City, staying nearby means being close to everything the city has to offer.
Salt Lake Plaza Hotel at Temple Square
Mere steps from Temple Square, the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel also is directly in front of the South Temple light rail stop, making it easy to see not just Temple Square on foot but also most of downtown and south Salt Lake City. The Family History Library, one of Temple Square's most popular buildings, is just around the corner from the Plaza Hotel, as are the Museum of Church History & Art and the North Visitors' Center.
Salt Lake City Marriott Downtown
The founder of the Marriott hotel chain, John Willard Marriott was a Mormon, so it's particularly fitting that Marriott has a property less than a block south of Temple Square. Walk north on West Temple and you'll be at Brigham Young's former residence, The Beehive House, and his former farm, now Brigham Park, within minutes. The Salt Lake City Marriott Downtown also is directly across from the Salt Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau and kitty-corner to Abravanel Hall, home of the Utah Symphony.
The family-owned Carlton Hotel provides an alternative to cookie-cutter guest suites at chain hotels, as every room at the Carlton has a unique decor and size. A half-block from the southeast edge of Temple Square, the Carlton Hotel provides easy access to the Church Office Building and the popular Garden Tours, one-hour guided tours of more than 700 varieties of plants across 250 flower beds. The tours run from April to September.
Radisson Salt Lake City Downtown
Located at the corner of 200 West and South Temple, the Radisson is one block from the southwest corner of Temple Square. A brief walk eastward on South Temple brings you to the Family History Library, where genealogical records are kept, and Assembly Hall, which hosts hour-long concerts and art exhibits each Friday and Saturday night for guests 8 and older. The Radisson also is next to the Salt Palace Convention Center, a structure so large that the adjacent block of 200 West runs through a tunnel underneath the building.
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