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Sun Valley Inn

1 Sun Valley Rd, Sun Valley, Ketchum, Idaho, USA
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  • The antique furniture adds to the historic charm.
  • The hotel was inspired by the movie set for I Met Him in Paris which was filmed near the resort in 1937.
  • There is a huge outdoor pool.
  • You’ll be close to the resort’s Disneyland-like mall, with retail stores and restaurants.

Scout tips

  • It’s easy to walk around Sun Valley resort. This hotel also offers a free shuttle bus from downtown Ketchum and to the area’s two ski hills.
  • The Inn has quite a maze of corridors.
  • The nearby resort movie house has daily movie screenings.


There are two main hotels in the Sun Valley Resort: the Sun Valley Lodge and the Sun Valley Inn. The Inn is used to playing second fiddle to its big sister, but during the 2014/15 ski season it will be plunged into the spotlight while the lodge is closed for renovations.

Ketchum is the name of Sun Valley’s downtown area, and this Inn is located on the outskirts of this town. Built in 1937, it was originally called the Challenger Inn – only to change its name in the Seventies to the Sun Valley Inn. These days it houses 105 hotel rooms, and it’s every bit as historic and quaint as the Sun Valley Lodge, just with a little less flair and fewer services.

Most of the rooms are a decent size, with décor and furnishings modeled on the Lodge’s old look. There’s antique furniture, floral and checkered fabrics, patterned wallpapers and marble bedrooms, which all work together to create a smart, conservative atmosphere. Those who are not used to old fashioned charm may find it dated, but we think it actually adds to the whole Sun Valley historical experience.

While the style is retro, the amenities are completely modern. Each room comes with a DVD player, flat screen plasma TV, high speed Wi-Fi and a refrigerator.

Similarly, the facilities at the hotel are first class. The hotel has its own gym, complete with a glass-enclosed swimming pool. Then there are several restaurants to choose from, including the historic Ram Restaurant and the family-friendly Bald Mountain Pizza and Pasta. Meanwhile, the lobby lounge serves light meals and cocktails.

The grounds of the Sun Valley Resort have the feel of a traditional Country Club crossed with Disneyland. There’s a pedestrian mall with restaurants and shops, a movie theatre, a huge ice rink with ice shows (featuring prominent Olympic athletes) and an amphitheater for performances.

Who should stay here

People who are looking for a good value, conservative style of room in the heart of Sun Valley Resort (not the ski resort).

Available: This selection is currently available for this price. Once you submit an inquiry our agents will confirm your booking via email and send you an invoice for a deposit. You will need to pay a 25% deposit within 7 days (unless otherwise specified) to secure the booking.

On Request: Our agents need to confirm availability of this room. Once you submit a request we will endeavour to get back to you by the next business day to confirm availability (some properties may take longer). If prices are listed they are the exact prices for your dates, room selection and room occupancy. Where prices are not listed we will confirm the price when we confirm availability. In either instance, you are not committed to your selection until after we confirm availability and price. Once you agree to that confirmation, you will be sent an invoice and will need to pay a 25% deposit within 7 days (unless otherwise specified) to secure the booking. If your requested room is not available, we will present alternative options.

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