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“Avoid the Breakfast Buffet”
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Sun Valley Inn
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Sun Valley
Certificate of Excellence
Portland, Oregon
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79 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Avoid the Breakfast Buffet”
Reviewed January 9, 2012

I want to be clear that this review is just for the restaurant, not the hotel. While the rooms may be nice, avoid the breakfast buffet at all costs. The food was horrendous and the service was every bit as bad. There was one other occupied table besides ours, but the several waiters could not be bothered to bring us coffee refills. The food in the warmers was only luke warm and had been sitting for quite some time. The pastries were drier and crumblier than day-olds. It's one of the worst breakfasts I have ever had. Avoid.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
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2 Thank Portlandia
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sunvalleyresort, General Manager at Sun Valley Inn, responded to this review, March 13, 2012
Dear Portlandia,

On behalf of Sun Valley Resort, we are deeply sorry for your poor experience at the Sun Valley Inn Lobby Lounge’s breakfast buffet. As our valued guest, you deserve exceptional service and delicious food, neither of which were provided during your breakfast experience. Please rest assured that I will address your concerns with my food and beverage team and we will work hard to ensure that this event is not repeated. We thank you for your feedback, as we strive for 100% Guest Satisfaction and it is through candid input from our guests that we are able to identify areas for continued focus.

We are grateful that you otherwise enjoyed your visit to the Sun Valley Inn. We hope to welcome you back again soon and to exceed your expectations in all areas on your next visit.

Warm regards,

Tim Silva
Vice President/General Manager
Sun Valley Resort
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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed December 26, 2011

The Sun Valley Inn was bewildering to find at 3 am among a mess of similar buildings. But when I woke in the morning, I discovered just how unique and charming this historical inn is. The room was well appointed, the bed comfortable. There is an outdoor hot water swimming pool that was very near my room, and a small gym which was enough to keep me occupied in my free time. The area around the Inn includes upscale shops and a pizza restaurant (decent) and it's a short walk into Ketchum. It's an expensive place to stay, even at the conference rate, but well worth it.

Room Tip: I was in room 42, which was just upstairs from the pool and gym.
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled on business
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2 Thank keflex
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Boise, Idaho
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21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed December 17, 2011

Room #69 is a suite that possesses a number of amazing attributes. A suite large enough to offer a doorbell to enable your friends to alert you to their arrival at your room, the nicely appointed suite offers a separate living room and bedroom with a dark wood bathroom. However, the feature that really sets this room apart is the expansive, bavarian style balcony that looks out onto the beautiful grounds, walkways, sitting area, and pond adjacent to the Inn. In the summer, the Petunias in the balcony long flower boxes add their fragrance to the ambiance. If this room is available, it is worth getting.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Eagle, Idaho
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138 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed November 29, 2011

Just having returned from another GREAT ski weekend I had to write about the Sun Valley Inn. I have stayed in many different hotels in Sun Valley, even the lodge and condos around the lodge. These rooms are the best bang for the buck when combined with the ski packages Sun Valley Resort has to offer. Very close to the heated outdoor pool and most of the resturants around the resort. What a blast to spend Thanksgiving with the family skiing, skating and partaking of the night life in the oldest ski town in America, but for $79.00 per adult and kids ski free WOW.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
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Boise, Idaho
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed November 9, 2011

How fortunate I am to live in Idaho, only a few hours from Sun Valley Inn. When staying at the Sun Valley Resort, I've enjoyed every moment. No reason to leave, as everything you need is all within walking distance. There is a peacefulness about the environment. It's also fun! Much to do, much to see.
Helpful, friendly service staff throughout.
The turn-down service with delicious chocolates is one of many special pluses.
I highly recommend the Sun Valley Inn, ANY time of the year.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled on business
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2 Thank magicjean
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West USA
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149 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed October 30, 2011

Spent the last weekend at the Sun Valley Inn. Very well maintained and managed resort. Front desk staff was very efficient. Housekeeping does an excellent job...rooms are immaculate. Our room was extremely comfortable. Great bed, good size bathroom, excellent shower, large table that was perfect if you wanted room service. Outdoor pool open year round. Nice exercise room. Had dinner at Gretchens...excellent waitstaff, good food. The only service that wasn't up to standard was room service. The first day we ordered a full breakfast. We called a minute or two before room service began at 7 AM and they told us to call back. The breakfasts arrived on time but were not very hot...lukewarm. The second morning we ordered continental breakfasts. This time the order was promised in 20 minutes and took over 30. They forgot the napkins and silverware so it took another 10 minutes to get those delivered. Not a big deal...but not as good as the rest of the hotel.

Room Tip: We prefer the Inn to the lodge...but must confess it has been a few years since we have stayed in th...
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled on business
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Santa Barbara, California
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113 reviews
92 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed September 24, 2011

The Sun Valley Inn (Resort) is a five star destination resort in a beautiful part of Central Idaho. Just celebrating its 75th anniversary, it is easy to understand why they have been so successful for so many years. The resort itself is a self contained full service “city” if you will that offers just about any type of recreation and shopping you could want. There is even a bowling alley on the property. I stayed at the Inn, and was immediately impressed with the old world décor and memorabilia that adorned the walls in the lobby/concierge area. The photos are a who’s who of a bygone era that really gives you a sense of the property. I had a spacious, well appointed, corner fourth floor room that overlooked the swan pond in the front of the property, and the wooded area to the east. It was very quiet with no traffic/business noise. The bar served a variety of heavy appetizers, and there is a full service restaurant across the lobby. Be sure to stay for the piano trio who played Sat and Sun evening. They were fantastic. I could go on, but suffice to say I was impressed with everything about the resort. While I was there during the summer season, I can only imagine the ambience that winter brings.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled on business
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Property: Sun Valley Inn
Address: Sun Valley Rd., Sun Valley, ID 83353
Location: United States > Idaho > Sun Valley
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Sun Valley
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Sun Valley Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 105
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