KETCHUM • Ketchum soon will see its first new lodge in about 20 years. Sun Valley-based developer Trail Creek Fund LLC is building a downtown boutique luxury hotel and residential development at River and Main streets, and Auberge Resorts Collection, of Mill Valley, Calif., will run the hotel.
The 155,000-square-foot project will feature about 90 hotel rooms and penthouses. The building also will feature a restaurant and bar, spa and and underground parking, a news release says.
Construction is expected to begin next May, with the hotel to open in late summer 2017, said Garrison Belles, of Trail Creek.
“The land is fully purchased and entitled,” he said.
Project Director Jack Bariteau, of Trail Creek, and his investor partners are responsible for several other mixed-use projects in Ketchum, including The Shops and Residences at the Colonnade.
“Our affiliation with Auberge Resorts will have an enormously positive game-changing impact on Sun Valley,” Bariteau said in the release. “We’re confident that this project will further support Sun Valley’s reputation as an iconic all-seasons American resort destination.”
Auberge’s commitment comes on the heels of new regional, non-stop service from Salt Lake City, San Francisco and Denver directly into the nearby Hailey airport.
“Sun Valley has the enviable legacy of being the first winter destination resort in America, and it has a rich history as a magnet for local and seasonal residents and discerning guests from both coasts,” said Auberge CEO Craig Reid.
Construction is expected to generate 100 full-time jobs during the two-year build, with more than 80 hotel positions created once opened.
The hotel will be within walking distance of attractions, including the high-speed lift and gondola to Bald Mountain. Guest rooms will offer views of the mountain’s east-facing slopes
Fourteen for-purchase luxury residences on the hotel’s upper floors, including six penthouses, will offer views of Bald and Dollar mountains. The residences will be accessible by private elevator with underground parking.
The hotel has been designed by San Francisco-based hospitality architectural firm Hornberger + Worstell.