The world-renowned Sun Valley Resort – home to the upcoming 2015 LiveRez Partner Conference – just completed its massive $51 million renovation of the iconic Sun Valley Lodge.
After a 10-month hiatus, the Lodge re-opened on June 16 – bigger, better and more luxurious than ever, but with the same aura of historical significance.
“In the 37 years I’ve worked for Sun Valley, this is the most exciting thing I’ve ever seen,” Sun Valley Marketing Director Jack Sibbach told the Twin Falls’ Times-News. “It’s a complete rebirth—not just a remodel. We took the lodge down to its 13-inch pillars and everything is new while keeping the Sun Valley feel. The design of the re-imagined lodge respects the history of this iconic building while being very contemporary.”
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The 80-year lodge has played host to some of the world’s biggest celebrities for decades. Prolific writer Ernest Hemingway completed “For Whom the Bell Tolls” while staying at the lodge. His typewriter is on display in one of the Lodge’s new celebrity suites – which also include rooms celebrating regular guests such as Marilyn Monroe, Gary Cooper, Sonja Henie, Averell Harriman and Clint Eastwood.
These new celebrity suites only break the ice of what was accomplished in the renovation. Also included in the remodel were:
- The addition of a 20,000 square foot spa and salon
- An expanded lobby
- Bigger rooms
- A larger, re-designed bowling alley
- And much more!
But, it’s not just what they added, it’s how they added it that makes this renovation so special. No detail was spared in elevating this already iconic building. Materials were brought in from around the world. Granites were imported from India, Brazil, Italy and Jerusalem, and gold limestone was secured from Portugal. The new rugs are custom designed and handwoven. And, the new heated pool is salt water, to be gentler on the skin than chorine.
All this was done with a commitment to preserve the look and feel of the legendary building. The history of the building is highlighted by 250 classic photographs that adorn the walls of the resort, showcasing its famous visitors throughout the years.
A short list of famous guests include: Clark Gable, Errol Flynn, Lucille Ball, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mark Zuckerberg, Mats Wilander, Warren Buffett, Walter Annenberg, Adam West, Tom Hanks, Oprah Winfrey, Steve Miller, Demi Moore, Peter Cetera, Clint Eastwood, Bruce Willis, Ashton Kutcher, Richard Dreyfuss, Jamie Lee Curtis, Steve Wynn, Justin Timberlake, Mohamed al-Fayed, Barbara Kent, Bill Gates, and Tony Robbins.
The lodge was originally designed by Stanley Underwood in 1935 and was built in just nine months, opening in December 1936 as America’s first destination ski resort. The renovation, however, took even longer than the original construction, with an estimated 150 to 250 workers on hand every day for 10 months. The resort even got a special noise permit, so it could work late into the evening hours.
LiveRez partners will be one of the first groups of guests to experience the historic re-birth of the lodge, when they attend the 2015 LiveRez Partner Conference, Oct. 19-23 at the Sun Valley Resort.
To learn more about the conference and register online, visit Conference.LiveRez.com.
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