This past weekend we had the pleasure of staying at Salt Lake City’s Grand America Hotel and attending their Christmastime tradition of Breakfast with Santa with our families! You don’t need to be a hotel guest to enjoy all the Grand has to offer, which we loved. If you’re local or planning on traveling nearby for the Holidays, here’s a quick summary of what you can look forward to!
The Grand America is the only AAA rated 5 Star hotel in the city, and with a pedigree of that rank, we weren’t sure how it would be with our… energetic… boys in tow.
When we checked in, we were amazed to find cribs waiting (for those who still use them!) and when left for dinner and returned for bedtime, we each had a bedtime story “Maurice on Holiday”, plate of warm cookies and milk on ice to share.
We also felt right about home on this particular weekend because families are everywhere you turn! Touring the Holiday window displays, peeking at the giant Victorian Gingerbread House shopping the flawless Jou Jou Hotel Toy Store, listening to the live Jazz band and sipping cocoa (get the Coconut Almond!) in the lounge. There is a feeling of festivity in the air that you can almost taste!
Each of the Grand’s many display windows have been transformed into Winter scenes, they have am “Eye Spy” scavenger hunt card that the boys loved walking from window to window checking things off their list.
Then on Saturday morning we surprised them with the breakfast of a lifetime! While they got to pick from chocolate chip pancakes, brioche french toast, an omelette bar, fresh fruit, every kind of smoothie and parfait, we had butterflies knowing any moment Santa would walk in!
Santa and Mrs. Clause came in ringing their bells and leading all the attendees in a Christmas song, our boys were stunned and so excited! Then The Clauses came and sat down by each table, talking to every kid and taking pictures. After the breakfast they had a special photo-op and we know for certain… that beard is real! It was such a special weekend and we’re so glad we were able to share it with our families! It’s definitely a new tradition around here!
For those of you who are local, next time you tour the Grand America Holiday windows, you might find yourself with a free stay! All you need to do is take a picture and put it on Instagram or Twitter with the #GrandWindows hash tag to enter!