As Temple Square itself is centrally located, there are scores of hotels near Temple Square that are also quite accessible to all the city's many other attractions and numerous shopping venues. While a substantial number of the hotels near Temple Square are fairly high-end properties, it is possible to can find cheaper hotels, although most of these are a bit further away from the site. Additionally, as there is excellent public transportation in the city, you don't have to have the more expensive Temple Square lodging if you're on a budget but still want good access to the Mormon Temples and other sites.
However, many people stay in Salt Lake City only for a day or two to see the main sites before heading off to ski Utah or explore its many national parks and beautiful natural wonders. In this case, it pays to book centrally located Temple Square hotels so you can see the sites in the shortest and most efficient amount of time. Some of these are almost literally steps away from the state's most popular tourist attraction.
The Temple Square hotels run the gamut from motels and luxury resort type hotels to charming bed and breakfast inns. Be aware, however, that a bed and breakfast in Salt Lake City is not necessarily cheap Temple Square lodging since many are quite deluxe and are, in fact, former mansions. For instance, the Ellerbeck Mansion is a historic Victorian mansion. This Temple Square lodging is in a quiet residential neighborhood that is located only five blocks from the famous Square, and offers six spacious rooms tastefully furnished with period antiques. The Inn on the Hill is even closer to the things to do in the Square, and is an opulent 1906 mansion with lovely grounds. It is modeled after the old English manor houses of the time; there is even a lovely paneled billiards room. Twelve grand rooms boast the names of the state's national parks and other attractions, including Canyonlands, Sundance, Bryce, Wasatch, and Arches. The former carriage house is an entire two-level apartment with kitchen, and is a great Temple Square lodging for families.
Most of the best Temple Square hotels will be of the Hilton variety. In fact, one of the best (and closest to the Square) is the Hilton. It is both pet and family friendly, and offers a wide range of amenities, including swimming pool and fitness center and two restaurants. A similar hotel is the Plaza Hotel and Convention Center, with luxurious rooms and suites, all with microwaves and refrigerators. It boasts an outdoor heated swimming pool, indoor Jacuzzi, fitness center, and souvenir shopping area.
If you're looking for less expensive hotels near Temple Square you will find a number of well-known national chains, such as Holiday Inn Express, Red Lion, and Embassy Suites. While these are a bit further away from the Square, they are still close enough for quick access, often only a few blocks further away. The Embassy Suites is family friendly, but does not allow pets. Each suite has a full, made-to-order breakfast included in the rate. If you want a taste of history with all the amenities of a four-star property, you might consider the Peery Hotel, a beautiful historic hotel quite close to the Square. This is a lovely turn-of-the-century hotel, with a sumptuous period lobby and deluxe rooms furnished with antiques.
Image: Salt Lake Plaza Hotel