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
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
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
information, call (801) 258-6000 or visit www.grandamerica.com.
reporter Felicity Long, send e-mail to [email protected].