Wheelchair Jimmy Comments
Our visit in April 2019 was planned to visit the Family History (Genealogy) Library. There are multiple other choices including Marriott, Hilton, Radisson, Holiday Inn Express. These are all close to the Convention Center but the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel is the by far the best to visit the Library.
It’s located on the historic Temple Square and on the same block as the world renowned Family History (Genealogy) Library. It’s across the street from the Salt Palace Convention Center, the Mormon Tabernacle, and TRAX light rail system and kitty corner from the new City Creek Center. The Plaza hotel has a total of 250 rooms although 100 are allocated as dorms for nearby colleges. There are 7 wheelchair accessible rooms including 2 with roll-in showers.
While the outside pictures look like an older property, the lobby and rooms are beautifully decorated. We stayed in room 819 across from the elevator with 2 very nice queen beds with lots of space between beds and in the room. The beds were excellent with bed height at 27 inches. The bed sat on a solid frame so a Hoyer lift doesn’t work. The bathroom area has the sink located outside the shower toilet/shower area. The toilet/shower area is very large which works for all sized wheelchairs. The pull-down bench seat was nice but you cannot reach the shower controls.
The hotel entrance has a few steps but there’s an easy ramp. Parking is in the garage with 5 van accessible parking spaces and an automatic door for hotel entry. You must first check-in and obtain parking ticket.
The only issue is dining: JB’s Restaurant for breakfast, lunch and dinner is attached to the hotel, but the better dinner restaurants are mostly located 3-5 blocks away in the City Creek enter. I rolled above 5 minutes to the Brio Tuscan restaurant and the Cheesecake Factory for our 2 evening dinners. and from the Plaza to city Creek you’ll need to cross 2 sets of light rail train tracks. No big deal.
If you’re looking at visiting the Library, the nearby Marriott is an option and is close to everything but the room rate is far higher at over $200/nite. Our Salt Lake Plaza rate was $95/night. All other hotel options are a few blocks away.
On the WJAR index the Salt Lake City Plaza gets a 4. And when I visit the Family History Library again, I’m staying at the Plaza. Trust me it’s the best option at a great price and a very, very nice hotel.