Since retiring we have spent hundreds of nights in hotels from budget lodgings to five star resorts, but our favorite place on earth is still the Sun Valley Lodge. There is simply no place that is more perfect. It is a magnificent and historic property nestled in magnificent mountains with carefully landscaped and spacious grounds. The hotel has the feeling of "old money". It is exceptionally luxurious without being showy or trendy. One feels the substantial weight of history while still enjoying every modern convenience.
From the ironed linen and down comforters, to the heavy towels and crystal drinking glasses, to the tasteful arrangement of every element in the room this property is designed to sooth the soul.
There is nothing that I do not love about this fantastic property. I love the decor. I love the furniture. I love the massive and welcoming lobby. I love the uniformed and professional hotel staff, and the occasionally charming European accent. I love the amazing floral displays in the lobby.
I love the rooms with deep carpets, marble bathrooms, endless hot water, magnificent decor, turn-down service with yummy chocolates. There is simply nothing more this hotel can do to please a guest.
I also indulge in room service, which is always swift, hot and delicious. The hotel restaurants are so good that we often dine in them even if we are not able to get rooms in the Lodge. Sunday brunch is the best of its kind in the US and Europe. Not only can you gaze at celebrities while enjoying your mimosa, but the hand-made omelets and delicious crepes meet traditional breakfast needs while smoked salmon and exotic concoctions appeal to the adventurous appetite.
The property supplies every amenity any guest would wish from spa services, ski lift tickets, magnificent heated swimming pools with pool side service, even in the snow. Tennis courts, ice skating rink, bike paths, hiking and walking trails....one need never be bored here.
Finally the property would not be the same were it not for the exceptionally professional nature of the staff. From desk clerk to waiter to bell boy to maid, every single person appears professional and greets each guest with a genuine and sincere welcome. Over the years I have had some unusual requests, and they have never failed to satisfy them.
Sun Valley Lodge - my favorite place on earth. It does not get better than this!
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- Also Known As:
- Sun Valley Hotel Sun Valley
- Sun Valley Lodge Idaho