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Sun Valley Resort is excited to announce plans to enhance the Sun Valley Lodge, originally constructed in 1936 as America's first destination ski resort. The project will refurbish guest rooms as well as update the lobby, restaurant and other guest amenities. Some of the smallest rooms will be combined to create suites with fireplaces and expanded bathrooms with large showers, baths and vanity areas.
The lobby will be enhanced to provide space for more gathering and visiting while enjoying the views of the terrace, ice skating and the ski mountain. With these improvements, the utmost care will be taken to maintain the character and essence of this magnificent historic building that was originally designed by Stanley Underwood in 1935. For nearly 80 years the Sun Valley Lodge has been recognized as an icon of architecture, hospitality, comfort and entertainment. As the pictures in its hallways display, it has been a place where movie stars, dignitaries and other celebrities come together with kids, families, locals and visitors of all walks of life throughout the world to enjoy the beauty and recreation that Sun Valley has to offer.
An adjoining 20,000 square foot full service spa and salon will also be constructed, offering resort guests and the local community access to a wealth of relaxing treatments, health and wellness activities, salon services and more. The spa will be built to harmoniously interact with the beautiful Lodge pool and the spectacular views of Baldy. It will include 15 private treatment rooms for both individuals and couples, large locker rooms with steam and sauna facilities, relaxation lounges, a yoga studio and a large fitness facility with the most up to date aerobic and strengthening equipment. The Sun Valley Spa will add a new dimension and attraction for the entire community.
"There are few more enduring icons of quality and hospitality in the world than the Sun Valley Lodge." said Carol Holding, resort owner for the last 37 years with her late husband Earl. "Our family has loved Sun Valley for over three decades. We have always tried to make it better while maintaining the personal and intimate feeling that makes it so special. We want to keep the wonderful feeling of the Lodge while at the same time providing the modern comforts and conveniences that our guests expect, fitting the Lodge for the next 75 years of fun in the sun."
Sun Valley has retained the Boston design firm of Frank Nicholson Inc and local architects Ruscitto, Latham, Blanton to oversee the project. Having worked together for over two decades for the Holdings in Sun Valley, this design team is very familiar with the needs and character of the resort. Their prior projects include: River Run Lodge 1994, the Sun Valley Inn and Ballroom expansion 2003, Carol's Dollar Mountain Lodge 2004, the Sun Valley Lodge improvements in 1996 & 2004 and the Sun Valley Pavilion 2008.
"Construction of the spa is scheduled to begin in April 2014, with the full Lodge renovation to follow in September," said Tim Silva, Sun Valley's General Manager. "We anticipate completing both projects by June 2015. We are pleased that during construction the Sun Valley Inn, cottages and condominiums as well as restaurants, retail shops and entertainment venues will be fully operational to accommodate Sun Valley's guests."
What specifically is being done to the Lodge?
This will be one of the most extensive renovations ever done, and will include the following:
• All guest rooms will be upgraded and refurbished, and many combined to create larger rooms (king and double-queen suites).
• All bathrooms will be enlarged & modernized, with plumbing upgraded throughout.
• The public areas (i.e., Lobby, Gretchen's, Duchin) will be refurbished to make them brighter and more welcoming.
Will the style and interior design of the Lodge change with the renovation?
The style will not change, but the Lodge will feel fresher and more refined. At this point we cannot offer details with regard to specific design elements in the public areas, but the final "look' will still be traditional, cozy and warm.
Will the historical aspects of the Lodge be maintained?
Absolutely. Mrs. Holding is personally overseeing the designs for the Lodge renovation, and no one is more committed to the traditions and history of Sun Valley than she is. The integrity and character of the Lodge will be maintained, while the necessary upgrades are implemented in order to enhance the guest experience.
What will the new Spa look like?
We will greatly expand and move our existing salon, spa and fitness facilities into a new and separate 20,000 square foot building adjacent to the Lodge, and into a first floor extension of the northwest Lodge wing along the pool. The main entrance and reception for the spa will be in the new building, which will also contain our salon, treatment rooms, and, on the top floor, a few guest suites. Some of the spa facilities will be housed in the adjacent wing of the Lodge. The spa will also be accessible from the first floor of the Lodge.
Will the Lodge exterior change at all?
The exterior of the Lodge will remain the same. There will be a one story addition to the pool side of the northwest wing of the Lodge.
For how long will the Sun Valley Lodge be closed?
For approximately 9 months, beginning after Labor Day, and until the beginning of June 2015.
How will the construction project affect Christmas celebrations in the village?
Our Christmas festivities will be as marvelous as usual, including the Christmas Eve Nutcracker on Ice, the Torchlight parade, Tree Lighting, Holiday Window Stroll, etc. The only change is that the LDR will be closed, and the Christmas dinners traditionally served there will be hosted at the Clubhouse. The Konditorei, the Ram, Trail Creek Cabin, the Roundhouse will also welcome guests for special holiday dining experiences.
Will the ice rink still be available continuously during the construction? Will Ice Shows and dinner buffets still be held this summer?
Yes. We will have a great Ice Show line-up for this summer, and will continue to serve our popular ice show dinner buffet on the Lodge Terrace.
Will the Lodge and new Spa Building be energy efficient?
As with all recent construction on the Sun Valley property, the Lodge renovation and new spa building will be designed in an environmentally conscious way, and with a view towards achieving increased energy efficiencies and water savings.
What pool will guest of the Lodge be using during the renovation?
Sun Valley Lodge guests are welcome to use the Sun Valley Inn pool now and the Olympic pool starting May 30.
Where has the Sun Valley Beauty Salon and Spa been relocated?
The Beauty Salon and Spa is now open behind the Post Office on the east side of Sun Valley Village.
Can I place a reservation for a room in the newly renovated Lodge?
If you are interested in making a reservation in the Lodge for June, 2015 or beyond please contact our Reservations Department by phone (888) 786-8259. Online reservations and descriptions for the new Lodge rooms will be available in the near future.