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“Regal and Comfortable”
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Sun Valley Lodge
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Sun Valley
Certificate of Excellence
Washington, D.C.
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31 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Regal and Comfortable”
Reviewed 6 January 2014

My boyfriend and I stayed at the Lodge during the first weekend of January, 2014. When you arrive, you are greeted by a lovely heated pond with swans and ducks and polite doormen offering assistance. We had what I think was a regular bedroom overlooking the ice skating rink. The room was clean and comfortable. The bedding, pillows, and curtains were made of fine fabrics and tapestry. There was antique wood furniture in our room as well. The bathroom was somewhat old fashioned, but had marble and was very clean. The provided bath products are Gilchrist & Soames and the shower had excellent water pressure--sweet! The lounge and bar areas of the Lodge are beautiful--finely carved wood, fancy furniture, brass fixtures, vintage black and white photos of Sun Valley from the 1930s-1970s. The Lodge and beautiful and classy. The heated outdoor pool was amazing. We also loved the Sunday champagne brunch. It was $32 per person, but well worth the price. There was snow crab, shrimp, eggs benedict, rosemary-crusted eye of round steak, crepes, huckleberry infused quinoa salad, every kind of fresh fruit you can imagine, etc, etc. You get the point. It was probably the best brunch I've ever had. Everything was fresh and delicious.

The one negative thing we noticed about the Lodge related to service. A good portion of the staff who work there don't really speak or understand English. You expect that the maids might not speak English fluently, but at least will understand things like "no service today." We encountered a maid that really had no idea what we were talking about when we said that. There was another maid vacuuming the hallway who spoke absolutely no English. There was an attendant staffing the spa desk by the outdoor pool. He didn't understand us when we asked where the towels were and sent us outside for the towels when they were actually inside in changing rooms. Sort of annoying when it's freezing cold outside. I also encountered several employees sharing personal stories about rude customers while other customers were in the area. The chefs staffing the crepe station at the buffet were going on about a drunk customer they had recently encountered. The women working the gift shop were talking about another coworker who was fed up after a guest almost spilled a drink on her. When you are staying at a $350 a night resort in the United States, you should be able to expect that the staff will speak English and will be observing basic customer service etiquette. Some of the staff at the Sun Valley Lodge need some training in these areas.

The Lodge is probably less than a mile from downtown Sun Valley and perhaps a 5 minute drive from Bald Mountain ski area. The location is great.

Overall, I still gave the Lodge 5 stars because overall it is an excellent place to stay. Our visit was enjoyable. I would definitely stay there again.

Room Tip: Make sure to stay in the Lodge not the Inn.
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Ketchum,Idaho
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 December 2013

Terrible food quality at dollar lodge,which it's for kids and at least the food should be fresh for the amount of money that they charge. I'm a nanny and I've been getting attitude over and over by the main guy in the kitchen when I ask for fresh fries or mac&cheese,I'm hispanic as well as the "chef" but that doesn't give him the right to treat me bad and especially yelled at me in Spanish when I was speaking in English. Is Sun Valley discriminating? Racial profiling? I hope not.Watch out Sun Valley how you treat locals since we are a source of income for your company too. I've looked for the manager but he wasn't around.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Palm Beach, Florida
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Reviewed 2 December 2013

Upscale and first class......all the way. I'd definitely go again~ It was just at the end of ski season so the rates we're more affordable. The staff had coffee for us every morning. The rooms were luxurious and quiet and I didn't want to leave. Didn't get to enjoy the bowling alley (not up my alley) or the spa (darn!), but next time! Can't give enough good reviews, I fell in love with Sun Valley in part, due to the Lodge.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
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Boise, Idaho
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 November 2013 via mobile

Great ski-town and 40's era glam!! Not modern by any means, but classic European flair. Great shops & restaurants. Fun, happy staff.Festive during the holidays! I will be back every year!! Especially enjoyed the President Cottage and also Lodge Apartments each with kitchens and hotel amenities. Short drive or shuttle to World Class skiing!

  • Stayed November 2013
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 November 2013

Sadly I stayed here just before the snow season started (Conference) and during the ski season it must be simply great. The hotel is lovely and the staff were all perfect in every way. Rooms big and really nice (only complaint would be that the AirCon could not be turned off).
It's not a cheap place to stay so for me it would be a special occasion but a really nice place, spacious, welcoming and friendly.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled on business
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Bloomington, Indiana, United States
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Reviewed 2 November 2013

We've been to Sun Valley many times (always in the summer) and this time decided to splurge and stay in the Lodge. A real treat and loved the history of the lodge and photos of celebrities, skiers, and skaters along the hallways. We stayed in Rm 403 overlooking the rink - a real treat taking coffee or wine breaks out on the balcony watching the skaters. Got paired up with a skating coach for my daughter and I and skated twice a day all week long - Kim Navarro is a great coach! Had dinner and watched the fabulous 4th of July skating show - the ice show is a wonderful SV tradition! Swam at the pool every day, played tennis, went horse back riding, went bowling, went to the spa while husband went fly fishing, and cycled into Ketchum for shopping and dining on occasion. I think we did almost everything that SV has to offer - what a great vacation spot and will definitely be back. Maybe sometime even in the winter.

Room Tip: Room 403 has a great view of the rink. 2 queen beds for a family. The room is a bit small but view...
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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St. Petersburg, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 October 2013

It's difficult to find any fault with Sun Valley Lodge. Of course such perfection comes with a hefty price tag. The main lodge seems like a club complete with a roaring fire for even chilly summer nights, excellent food and relaxing bars. The outdoor swimming pool is heated to 90 degrees F all year. You can ice skate year round. The grounds are landscaped to take advantage of natural streams and the mountain environment. The rooms, especially the apartments, are huge. The staff defines accommodating. If you can afford the Lodge it's heaven.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled on business
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Property: Sun Valley Lodge
Address: 1 Sun Valley Rd, Sun Valley, ID 83353
Region: United States > Idaho > Sun Valley
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Sun Valley
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Sun Valley Lodge 3.5*
Number of rooms: 94
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