SALT LAKE CITY -- Colorful chandeliers from Murano and Milan, Italy -- 52 in all -- preside over the 3-year-old Grand America boutique hotel here, designed as a haven for clients who want a taste of the grand hotels of Europe.

The property, which also boasts an exterior of hand-hewn granite from Bethel, Vt., mixes an Old World ambience with high-tech amenities. 

Guest rooms feature furniture, carpets and marble bathrooms from France, England and Italy, for example, along with high-speed Internet, 32-inch televisions and dual-line phones.

There are 775 rooms in all, including 395 suites.

High-end clients can stay in one of three presidential suites, measuring more than 2,000 square feet each.

The hotel also features a three-level, full-service spa with treatment rooms, an indoor lap pool, fitness equipment and salon services.

Because no luxury property is complete without a signature cuisine, the Grand America features a team of three chefs, including a pastry chef who specializes in such gourmet treats as a warm chocolate truffle cake at the hotels Garden Cafe.

Afternoon tea also is available in the Lobby Lounge, complete with gourmet, imported teas; pastries; and tea sandwiches. Teas, offered daily, are priced at $16 per person.

Outdoor buffs can take part in a series of Autumn Adventure packages, available from Sept. 1 through Nov. 15.

A hot-air balloon tour of the Wasatch Mountains, with continental breakfast and champagne, costs $709 per couple.

A River Retreat package, which features two half- or full-day fishing outings with a fly-fishing guide, also is available at $1,400 per couple.

The Best of Both Worlds package combines a day of shopping at Temple Square in Salt Lake City with a day of mountain biking, canoeing or whitewater rafting for $875 per couple.

Each Autumn Adventure package includes two nights accommodations, excursions and gourmet picnic lunch for two.

For the ultimate in luxury, guests can take advantage of a new bath butler service that combines tea service with specially designed bath scents.

Other promotions include wedding and ski packages.

Couples comprise most of the clientele, according to General Manager Bruce Fery, with about 25% of bookings coming from travel agents.

Rack rates for rooms range from $245 for a premier room to $4,500 for a presidential suite.

For additional information, call (801) 258-6000 or visit www.grandamerica.com.

To contact reporter Felicity Long, send e-mail to [email protected].

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