In a valley surrounded by mountains, you will find Salt Lake City nestled away in Northern Utah. This outdoors paradise is what draws so many travelers (including myself) to this beautiful & unique city.
Because nature and snow sports are such a huge draw to Utah, you might find the majority of travelers are headed to Salt Lake City specifically for some outdoors time. Because the nature of the wilderness & snow depending on the environment, I like to think that the average traveler to Salt Lake City would have sustainability and more awareness of their carbon footprint a bit more on their mind.
However to my shock, besides glamping and camping options in the summer, I could only find one hotel in Salt Lake City that fit my standards as a ‘green option’ for eco travel during the winter, the Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City.
Hotel Monaco was originally built between 1923-1924 as The Continental Bank Building, it housed a series of banks before it was renovated in 1999 as Hotel Monaco. Keeping with the sustainability of Kimpton Hotels, the creative director and Senior VP of design Ave Bradley stated over a phone interview “When we do a renovation of a hotel, nothing goes into the landfill. It always gets liquidated, and somebody reuses it at another hotel or motel down the line.”
So you can sleep knowing that when Kimpton Hotel renovated the bank and created Hotel Monaco, sustainability and zero waste was even at work. And I musy commend Hotel Monaco for being the perfect winter and summer eco travel destination that is surrounded by dozens of national parks and many world class mountains including Snowbird, Brighton, Alta, Deer Valley, Solitude, Park City, Powder Mountain, Sundance & Park City.
vegan pizza & a movie in bed
One of my favorite things about travel and staying in a hotel, is comfortable bed and vegan takeout. I was super lucky to find a vegetarian & vegan called Zest Kitchen & Bar that was only a half mile from Hotel Monaco.
Hosted happy hour at Hotel Monaco
One thing that I absolutely loved about Hotel Monaco, Salt Lake city was many of the amenities that they included. These amenities included cute red bikes to explore downtown, snowshoes for exploring the 12 nearby national parks in the snow, ski storage so you don't have to drag your skis or boards up to your room & down the next day, and even yoga mats for the yogis who don’t want to travel with a mat.
13 min bike ride from Hotel Monaco
350 State St, Salt Lake City, UT www.UtahStateCapitol.utah.gov +1 801-538-1041
For yoga I went to a few classes at Salt Lake City Bikram Yoga in Sugarhouse. I discovered this studio because of one of my favorite apps, ClassPass. Thanks to the app ClassPass you can check this studio out for free (or any studio around you), when you sign up you’ll get $40 in credits (which equals about 4-5 classes).
1924 S 1100 E Salt Lake City, UT www.BikramYogaSLC.com +1 801-488-4681
Bambara - Hotel Monaco’s restaurant
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The Vault - Hotel Monaco’s cocktail bar & lounge
The Vault is located in Hotel Monaco’s restaurant Bambara
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Please note that my stay at Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City was complimentary, however all my thoughts about the hotel are my own. The standards of the hotel are also both ethical and green, which fit into Florum Magazine's own ethical standards.