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Sun Valley, ID on a budget

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 

I am searching for a possible trip to Sun Valley, ID.

The cheapest hotels I've found so far are:

Clarion Inn Ketchum, 600 Main Street, Ketchum, ID 83353

and

Airport Inn Hailey820 4th Avenue South, Hailey, ID 83333

 

Any suggestions for transportation to the ski resort and to the airport. I'll be researching their city bus system: http://www.mountainrides.org/

post #2 of 16

Airport Inn is the least expensive in the Valley. It is about 13 miles to tthe ski mountain, but ess than a mile from the airport. If you don't have a car, the bus is your best bet. You would probably have to change busses once, and I don't know how close it stops to the Airport Inn.

post #3 of 16

i stayed at the clarion last year.  accommodations were fine even for my wife, reasonably priced, and right in town.  there's a bus-stop right near the hotel, that route takes you to the sulphur spring side of the facility.  the main bus stop is about 3 blocks away if i recall correctly, so, in light of the reasonable prices at clarion, i think you are doing sun valley "on a budget" with the benefit of convenience.

 

dave

post #4 of 16

I see you also posted about Whitefish.  Are you trying to pick between them?

post #5 of 16

Sun Valley is my favorite resort. Ketchum is a great town. It has a great relaxed vibe. Good night life for a small town. I would definetely stay in Ketchum. I stay at the Tamarack Lodge. 

Its about 135 a night. Last time I went they gave me breakfast coupons to Moose's Cafe across the street. They have a good bus system that takes you right to the resort. 

 

Enjoy your trip

 

Steve

post #6 of 16

I've stayed at both the Clarion and Tamarack and agree, both are perfectly fine. If you can get a 3rd floor room at the Tamarack I'd give that the edge (you can get one facing Baldy, which is nice), though that works best if you don't plan on walking in ski boots (there's no elevator). The free bus is easy to catch from either place. There are plenty of good and inexpensive restaurants (and two very good groceries with premade food) in Ketchum, so it's no problem to eat cheaply (and all the restaurants are an easy walk from both motels). I can't imagine the Airport Inn is so much cheaper than these that it would make up for the fact that you're commuting 13 miles to ski. Also, and Bill Miles would know this for sure, but I think you'd need to walk a bit (maybe a mile) from where the Airport Inn is to the part of Hailey that has most of the restaurants.  

 

You might actually check to make sure the Lodge doesn't have a package that compares favorably to these motels. The ski free package includes free rides to and from the airport, free ski storage at Baldy, and a room+2 lift tickets for $269/night. If you are traveling with someone, that makes the room $129/night when you account for the cost of lift tickets. And it's even less when you consider what you save in rides to/from the airport.http://www.sunvalley.com/trip-planner/deals/

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You might actually check to make sure the Lodge doesn't have a package that compares favorably to these motels. The ski free package includes free rides to and from the airport, free ski storage at Baldy, and a room+2 lift tickets for $269/night. If you are traveling with someone, that makes the room $129/night when you account for the cost of lift tickets. And it's even less when you consider what you save in rides to/from the airport.http://www.sunvalley.com/trip-planner/deals/

This is a good tip--you should also check out some of the property management companies (i.e. resort quest) who also bundle lift tickets. 

 

If the packages are not attractive or unavailable, one other hotel to consider in Ketchum is the Best Western Tyrolean which is pretty old, not luxurious in the least, has no elevator etc. but comes with a free breakfast, has access to a pool, and is really close to the River Run Base area.  Using AAA, booking through Costco, something like that will generally save you a little money.  I have stayed there several times and it has always done the trick.

post #8 of 16

I was going to mention the Tyrolian as a possibility also. Somebody mentioned the distance from the Airport Inn to the restauarnts downtown. It is about 3/4 mile, depending on which restaurant.

 

There used to be some real bargain places in Ketchum, but they have all been torn down or converted to something else.

post #9 of 16
Once I stayed at the Lift Tower Lodge.Is it still open?
post #10 of 16
All those are great options. You should definitely check out www.sunvalleybudgetrentals.com. Not only do we have condos for as low as 125 per night, but we have free shuttle service to and from airport, we also offer free concierge services, mobile app (coldwell banker sun valley), and you get countless discount all over town.

Talk about full service and an Epic experience!
post #11 of 16

Stayed at the Bald Mountain Lodge a couple of season ago. Nice digs, inexpensive and a 3 minute walk to the Warm Springs base.

post #12 of 16

Lift Tower Lodge is still there and is a possibility. Bald Mountain Lodge is gone  (the one I am thinking of was near River Run, not Wafrm Springs).

post #13 of 16
Thread Starter 

Thanks for all the info, but I'll be going to Vail this season. I'll get back to this thread one day, as I'll certainly visit Sun Valley in the near future.

post #14 of 16

Bill Miles,

The Bald Mt Lodge where we stayed was on Picabo St, just a couple of minutes from the Warm Springs base.

It does seem to have disappeared from maps, and the website is gone, so I'm guessing it's no longer open.

post #15 of 16

Here is the whats left of the one I was thinking of, cabins on Main Street as you enter Ketchum from the south:

 

1000

 

A liitle Googling showed hits for the Bald Mountain Inn on Picabo Street. I was not aware of it.

post #16 of 16

Seems to be gone, or at least not open. Too bad.

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