We had a wonderful experience at the historic Sun Valley Lodge. From the moment we got to the hotel to leaving, we had a great time! The Bell Staff at the Front Door assisted us with our luggage and showed us where we could store our skis for the first night. (The other nights we stored our skis at the River Run Lodge Ski Storage which was complimentary with our SV Resort Fee which also included transportation every 15 minutes from the SVL to the Sun Valley Ski Area.). The lobby is beautiful with an enormous arrangement of flowers near the fire place.
Our room was on the 2nd floor. There is a large lounge right off the elevator on the 2nd Floor with views over the ice rink. The fireplaces at each end of the room were great. The room had a great view of the Ice Rink as well as Dollar Mountain. We did have maintenance take a look at the door latch which was loose. Also, as this is a historic building the shower head was at a lower level. Water pressure was also somewhat low. The room has it's own thermostat, but for some reason the heat seems to turn off during the night so I woke up very cool. It was never bothersome enough to complain. The Closet had plenty of space to hang our things as well as two large dressers in the room. One of the cabinets also housed a small fridge as well as Coffee Maker and a small safe to lock up our iPad and phones. There is a flat screen TV on the wall but I think we barely turned it on because there is so much to do. We are allergic to feather bedding so the housekeeping staff cheerfully switched out to Non Feather Pillows and Comforter.
The Duchin Room was fun for a glass of champagne but does get very busy in the afternoon and evenings. The Live Entertainment in the Duchin Room was really good. The Gretchen Dining is very nice on the inside with lots of pictures of Gretchen Fraser (who was the first American woman to win a Gold Medal at the 1948 Olympics). The prices for breakfast seemed a little high but the service was good. We loved the Hot Pool which is 10 feet deep in the middle. The Hot Pool is great after a long day of skiing. There are also changing rooms available near the Hot Pool and Spa, but people walk through the hotel in the White Robes provided in the room. We even saw White Robes in the Duchin Room where guests were enjoying a cocktail! There is a bowling alley near the Hot Pool, but we never had time to get to it. From the laughter coming from the stairs, it seems to be a popular spot for a little fun. I loved walking up and down the hallways looking at all the pictures of the stars who have stayed at the hotel over the years.
All in all, I really had a great time at the hotel and would definitely return. If you are looking for ultra-modern and high tech, this is not the place for you. This is a hotel built in a by-gone era but has been lovingly restored and maintained to appeal to the more modern traveler.
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- Also Known As:
- Sun Valley Hotel Sun Valley
- Sun Valley Lodge Idaho