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Directions and Hotel Information



Below are easy directions from the Salt Lake Airport to the School of Computing at the University of Utah, as well as some information on local hotels. The College of Engineering also maintains directions, including a map, to Merrill Engineering Building, where we are located.

Directions from the Salt Lake Airport to the School of Computing

Exiting the airport, follow the signs for I-80 East towards the city. Immediately after leaving the airport on I-80, take the North Temple Street exit off I-80, and go straight on it. You will be headed east, towards the mountains and the downtown area.

Stay on North Temple Street into the city, until you come to State Street (which is the same as 100 East Street). There will be a high-rise office building on the corner to your right when you reach State Street. Turn right onto State Street, and go two blocks to 100 South Street. Turn left onto 100 South Street. You should again be headed east, towards the mountains.

Stay on 100 South Street, heading east, through town and past the stop lights at 1300 East Street, then University Street, then Wolcott Street. After Wolcott Street, the road takes a 90 degree curve to the left, then another 90 degree curve back to the right. After this curve back towards the right, our building --- the Merrill Engineering Building --- will be the first building on the right, a low black glass box set back off the street. Enter the north parking lot, and park at one of the meters adjacent to the building.

The School of Computing Office is in the near right (northwest) corner, third floor, Room 3190. Go to the office and they will call one of our project staff who can get you a parking pass and escort you to our office area in 3490 MEB, in the northeast corner of the third floor.

Merrill Engineering Building map

Merrill Engineering Building (MEB) is the blue rectangle above. The large white area above it is your parking lot.

School of Computing Main Office: +1 (801) 581-8224
Eric Eide's Office: +1 (801) 585-5512
Mike Hibler's Office: +1 (801) 581-4593

Information on Salt Lake Hotels

Three suggestions follow. Two are close to the U but a 5-10 minute drive from commercial eating, drinking, and entertainment establishments downtown (yes, we have all of those). The third is a small downtown hotel. Downtown also holds numerous large, good quality hotels that you can find in your normal Web way.

University Guest House

The University Guest House is located on the University of Utah campus, in the Chapel Glen area of the former Fort Douglas. This is a scenic and quiet area, now preserved as a historic site by the University. The Guest House has a competent but basic feel, and is very inexpensive. It features 134 rooms equipped with refrigerators, microwaves, coffee makers, voice mail, Ethernet access, cable TV, and daily housekeeping. A complimentary continental style breakfast is offered daily in the lobby.

Because the Guest House is located on the University grounds, one can easily walk to anywhere on campus, or travel on the University campus shuttle. It's probably at least a long 15 minute walk from the Guest House to our building, MEB. There are zero commercial establishments anywhere near it. It is near some nice strolling in the old part of Ft. Douglas, and one could walk right up into the foothills.

University Guest House
110 South Fort Douglas Blvd.
Salt Lake City, Utah 84113-5036
Toll free: +1 (888) 416-4075
Phone: +1 (801) 587-1000
FAX: +1 (801) 587-1001

Marriott University Park

The major hotel closest to the University is the Marriott University Park. It is a nice hotel and has government room rates, but is remote from downtown Salt Lake City. However, downtown is only a 5-10 minute drive away. In good weather the hotel is within walking distance to the University, although the route is somewhat awkward or unpleasant for walking. It would likely take only about 5 minutes to drive from the hotel to anywhere on campus.

Except for the restaurant and bar in the hotel, there are no commercial establishments anywhere near it. It may be even closer to the foothills than the Guest House, and Red Butte Arboretum is close by.

Marriott University Park
480 Wakara Way
Salt Lake City, Utah 84108
Toll free: +1 (800) 637-4390
Phone: +1 (801) 581-1000
FAX: +1 (801) 584-3321

If you follow the directions from the Salt Lake Airport to the School of Computing, you can easily continue on to the Marriott University Park hotel. Here are the additional directions:

When you are heading east (towards the mountain) up 100 South Street, where you would normally turn right into the Merrill Engineering Building parking lot, don't turn, but rather keep driving east until you come to the next right, which is Mario Capecchi Dr. (formerly Wasatch Blvd., and still is on Google Maps). (There is no light at Mario Capecchi Dr.) Turn right onto Mario Capecchi Dr. Now you should be heading south, with the mountains on your left. Stay on Mario Capecchi Dr., and you will go through two stop lights. At the 3rd stop light you come to, you will be at Foothill Blvd., and you will have to turn either right or left. Turn left. At the very next light, which is Wakara Way, turn left again. You are now headed east towards the mountains again, on Wakara Way. The Marriott University Park is on the left side of the street, and should be the first building you come to.

Peery Hotel

In downtown Salt Lake there is the Peery Hotel. The Peery has 77 rooms with five different room styles ranging from your standard single to executive suites. The Peery also has a government rate. The hotel offers restaurants, a Jacuzzi, complimentary airport transportation, and a continental breakfast. Because the Peery is downtown, it is within easy walking distance of many restaurants and clubs --- for example, less than one block away are Baci's (Italian), Cafe Pierpont (Mexican), and Squatter's (brewpub). There are many more nearby. The Peery Hotel is also close to the Delta Center (NBA basketball, etc.), the Salt Palace, the Capitol Theatre (ballet, Broadway shows, opera), movie complexes, and downtown shopping. Don't expect NYC, though ....but I'm sure you didn't.

Peery Hotel
110 West 300 South
Salt Lake City, Utah 84101
Toll free: +1 (800) 331-0073
Phone: +1 (801) 521-4300
FAX: +1 (801) 364-3295

Public Transportation

UTA Trax

Salt Lake's small light rail system, Trax has service from downtown to the University of Utah campus. The two lines run down 400 South Street and along Main Street (which is the baseline for the East/West street numbers). This puts it close to the Peery Hotel, described above, as well as other downtown hotels such as the Little America and Grand America.

Tickets are for sale from vending machines at all Trax stops for $1.25, and trains run approximately every 15 minutes. The closest stop to our building is the Stadium stop on the University line. If you get on the North/South (Sandy) line, you'll need to change trains at Gallivan Plaza (at 250 South Main Street). The Rice-Eccles Stadium stop is on the south side of campus. You can then take the campus shuttle to the Merril Engineering Building (MEB) - the Red and Yellow routes are the most direct. Or, you can simply walk (map); the walk takes about 20 minutes. Follow University Street (1350 East) north (the direction in which the Trax train pulls into the station) to 100 South Street. Take a right up the hill, and follow 100 South around the 90 degree curve. Our building is the large black one set back from the right side of the street just after the curve.

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Last updated January 04, 2013.