Asher Adams, an Autograph Collection Hotel, gets new management

The Athens Group, along with its partner, Hatteras Sky, a commercial real estate firm, have selected Pivot, the lifestyle operating vertical of Davidson Hospitality Group, to operate and manage Asher Adams, its 225-room Marriott Autograph Collection hotel in downtown Salt Lake City.  

“We are excited to partner with Pivot along with Marriott Hotels as we complete the Asher Adams,” Kim Richards, president and CEO of The Athens Group, said in a statement. “Asher Adams will be the first Autograph Collection hotel in the city, and we expect it to be the finest hospitality experience in the market.”  

Opening in the fall of 2024, Asher Adams, which recently topped off construction, features the adaptive reuse of the historic Union Pacific Depot Train Station, which first opened its doors in 1909. The hotel will consist of the historic train station as well as a new, eight-story guestroom tower. It will also have a signature restaurant, a patisserie and two bars including a specialty bar located on the second floor of the Union Pacific building that will enjoy expansive views of downtown and the Wasatch Mountains, a fitness center and meeting and event spaces. The Depot, a 17,000-square-foot live entertainment venue managed by Live Nation, is located immediately adjacent to the hotel.   

Named after Asher and Adams, one of the first cartographers to depict railroad routes on maps, the hotel’s concept is inspired by the former train station, as history and a classic destination are brought together with a variety of culinary and beverage experiences and entertainment options that will serve travelers and locals alike. The hotel will focus on providing highly curated experiences and thoughtful design as the train station’s irreplaceable French empire architecture is preserved and showcased with its original stained-glass windows, oil on canvas murals and more.  

“As champions of immersive, independent hotels, we are delighted to partner with The Athens Group and Hatteras Sky on this remarkable project. It’s an honor to contribute to the enhancement of the city’s burgeoning arts and culture district for visitors and locals alike,” said Thom Geshay, CEO of Davidson Hospitality Group. “Our experience with adaptive reuse and historically significant hospitality projects runs deep. From successfully overseeing conversions of a former fire station and bank to reinvigorating century-old landmarks, we consistently create value for owners while also delivering an exceptional and authentic guest experience.”