Holiday spirit in the stately Hotel Utah.
The Westin Hotel Utah, at South Temple and State streets, is Salt
Lake City's finest old hotel, built in 1911 in the English
Renaissance style. With its classic ornate lobby, chandeliers,
stained-glass ceiling, and wall coverings of red and gold, it always
appears in a holiday mood; the decorations just get a little thicker and
more seasonal this month. As this grand public space glows with holiday
spirit, you can listen to free programs of Christmas music at lunchtime
and evenings; a second-floor balcony provides a good view of the lobby
Weekdays from December 9 through December 24, you can listen to
choral groups, bell ringers, and other musicians from 11:30 to 12:30.
Every evening (weekends included), strolling singers in Victorian
costume perform from 5 to 10. If you're planning a holiday visit
to the hotel, remember afternoon tea service each weekday from 3 to 6
P.M. (cost $2.50) for a soothing respite from the rigors of shopping.
And the restaurant upstairs offers a special holiday menu for Christmas
Eve and Day (reserve well ahead).