The Lodge is a fine older property about 1 mile outside of the main town of Ketchum. As others have noted, you do need to take a shuttle to ski, but it doesn't take too long and they run regularly. Also, the staff at the Lodge were more than happy to run you into Ketchum whenever you felt like it.
The Good: Rooms were fairly small (actually, I thought the entire place was smaller than I had envisioned) but comfortable. Beds were great, shower has water pressure that could send you into the next room, but the shower head is mounted so that anyone taller than 5'6 is going to need to bend their knees! It was also quiet, no earplugs required. I'd give the service an A-. Staff was very friendly and accommodating, and while some of them do speak with accented English--they do speak and understand English, contrary to what you may have read on this site. If you have ever stayed at ski resorts around the country, you know that an international workforce is di rigeur. But perhaps the xenophobic should stay elsewhere.
The Not so Good: Price, mostly. The Lodge is historic, it has good service, and they have a hot pool you can SWIM in (where have you seen that outside of a hot springs?) But it is showing its age and there is a genteel shabbiness about the place. And it isn't on-hill or even in-town. If I was paying more than $150/nt, I would start to feel like it wasn't worth it. To be fair, though, Sun Valley is very expensive. It has something of an Aspen-ish feel. It also seems very popular with the active, wealthy boomer and older set.
Overall, I'd stay at the Lodge again--as long as my husband's company was still footing the bill!
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