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Limelight Hotel Ketchum

by Lauren Dana Ellman
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Sun Valley’s appeal owes as much to its unpretentious, come-as-you-are vibe as to its steep mountain, fluffy powder, and gorgeous views of Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountains. Despite being a historic hotspot for A-listers, Sun Valley has a hometown feel and there’s zero pressure to dress up. Among the area’s handful of hotels, the Limelight Hotel Ketchum is a standout. Centrally located (Ketchum is the historic mining town that serves as the resort’s main gateway) and packed with amenities, a stay here is the best way to experience Sun Valley for yourself. Here’s our full review.

What You Need to Know

The Look of the Limelight Hotel Ketchum

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The hotel’s cozy, lodge-like aesthetic extends from the stone and wood exterior to the light-filled lobby with plush seating and a roaring fireplace. Picture windows offer postcard-worthy views of the surrounding peaks. Part bar, part lounge, part entertainment venue, The Lounge is the heart of the hotel, where guests mingle over cocktails (try the signature Limelight Lemonade) and share pizzas, wagyu beef chili, and fresh-cut Idaho truffle fries at communal tables. There’s live music during summer and winter peak seasons. Just outside, you’ll find fire pits, a sparkling swimming pool, and several hot tubs. 

All rooms and suites have modern furnishings and decor, along with fully stocked kitchenettes, a dining nook, and floor-to-ceiling windows. Select accommodations have bonus features like balconies, mountain views, gas fireplaces, and soaking tubs. 

The Vibe at the Limelight Hotel Ketchum

Laid-back and welcoming: The ample indoor and outdoor common areas are often filled with guests of all ages — from families to couples — looking to eat, drink, and unwind in a buzzy yet unfussy atmosphere. 

Who Will Love the Limelight Hotel Ketchum

Skiers will love the hotel’s proximity to the slopes, while outdoor enthusiasts in general will appreciate the free snowshoes and bike rentals. The hotel is family-friendly, and those traveling with furry friends in tow will love the Limelight’s pet-friendly accommodations. 

Who Might Not Love the Limelight Hotel Ketchum

If your après-ski activity of choice involves a massage, bear in mind that the hotel does not have an on-site spa. That said, guests get preferred pricing at a nearby health club/spa.

Best Amenity at the Limelight Hotel Ketchum

Sturtevants, Ketchum’s premier adventure outfitter, has an onsite store that rents a wide variety of skis and snowboards gear in the winter and mountain bikes in the summer. The hotel also has a fleet of cruiser and fat bikes you can borrow to explore the area’s many trails. 

Money Matters

What’s Included at the Limelight Hotel Ketchum

The hotel’s complimentary shuttle service to and from the airport, town, and ski area means you don’t need to rent a car. Also included in your rate: breakfast; ski storage, lockers, and boot dryers; use of the outdoor fire pits, pools, and hot tubs; snowshoes and bikes; fitness center access; and live music in the lounge. 

Extra Fees & Costs You Should Know About at the Limelight Hotel Ketchum

The property charges an 8% resort fee, which is added to your room rate.

How to Get a Deal at the Limelight Hotel Ketchum

Check the offers tab to browse seasonal promotions and packages, including 25% off stays of four nights or longer. 

The Sweet Season 

Book your stay outside Sun Valley’s peak seasons (June-August, December-February) to score lower rates on lodging — plus fewer crowds! Don’t fret, skiers: Sun Valley has the largest automated snowmaking system in the world.

Getting There

In the Neighborhood of the Limelight Hotel Ketchum

The property is located in downtown Ketchum, which is teeming with bars, restaurants, and shops. Bald Mountain, part of the Sun Valley ski resort, is a 15-minute drive. The serene Sawtooth Botanical Garden is a 7-mile bike ride or drive away. 

Nearest Airport to the Limelight Hotel Ketchum

Hailey's Friedman Memorial Airport (SUN) is 12.5 miles from the hotel. 

Nearest Public Transportation to the Limelight Hotel Ketchum

While public transportation here is limited, the hotel offers free shuttle service to and from the airport, town, and ski area.

The Bottom Line

The Limelight Hotel Ketchum is a stylish, value-packed stay in Sun Valley that captures the area’s laid-back atmosphere.

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