For a small town, Ketchum is home to actually 2 Best Westerns and the more highly rated property is the Kentwood Lodge located closer to town centre and usually slightly more expensive. However for the 2 nights I was staying, the Tyrolean Lodge is more suitable due to the proximity with the River Run Plaza where I would board the gondola for a day of snowboarding. While it meant it is located further from town, I had no problem with that since I could easily drive out and in a small town like Ketchum it is just a 5-10 minute drive into the nearest restaurant or supermarket.
The entrance of the hotel is quite run down for sure and the floor of the hotel does creak at times. Though for a rate of $108++ per night, I am not complaining. Check-in is conducted in a small alcove on the right of the main entrance. Sometimes this counter is not manned and guests need to ring a bell for service. Service is very friendly for a small town and I find it to be more hospitable to travellers.
The hotel itself is pretty small and spread over 3 storeys with all the suites located on the 2nd and 3rd storey. Beside the lobby there is a decently sized lobby lounge for socializing with other guests by the fireplace. There is a coffee machine and a shelf stocked with magazines, newspapers and board games so it was a nice lobby to hang out in. There is also a work station with a printer on a small room beside the lobby.
While I booked the lowest tier of room which includes just one Queen bed, I seem to have gotten an upgrade to a King bed on the second floor. A lack of elevators meant I had to carry my luggage up the stairs though I was able to use the stairs on the left side of the building for easier access. Another thing to note is this hotel is quite uneven in its construction such that the right side is higher and the corridors can have partial ups and downs and can be confusing to guests who are directionally challenged.
Room No: 243 Category: King Bedroom
The guest room I was assigned was a standard looking one. But its location on the second floor means it has a high ceiling due to the sloping roof, since the 3rd floor of the hotel exists only on the right side of the building.
Inside the room there is a very soft King-sized bed, a small work desk, a TV cabinet and an open closet. Not walk-in but as in a closet without doors. On the corner beside the air-conditioner there is an armchair. Inside it feels more like an inn, and the pillows on the bed are really small and inadequate!
There was nothing worth reminiscing about the bedroom. And there was no fridge inside the room either, though fortunately the weather was cool enough I could leave some beverages out on the balcony, as that was what my room neighbour did as well! Speaking of which, the balcony is a common balcony without any divider so it makes it easier to socialize I guess. The only good part is at least it had a good view of Bald Mountain!
The old decor continued into the bathroom with brown porcelain tiles and fittings that looks like it came from the 80s. While it had a walk-in shower, it felt dark with the curtains closed to prevent water from messing up the floor. The bathroom was also kind of small though I am not sure if it came from the furnishings or the dark sombre colours. Fortunately enough, it was clean so all was still good I guess.
Amenities are Best Western standard so I did not use them. There was also adequate towels and bathrobes for occupants of the room. I guess that is all I can talk about of the room.
The good part was that for such a small hotel, they still did have some facilities like a games room with a table tennis and a foosball table. The games room is located one storey down in the basement along with a small fitness centre, a sauna chamber and some public restrooms. There are also a couple of guest rooms in this storey though I shudder of staying in the basement, that is something guests should possibly check when booking this hotel.
As an old hotel, there is also a laundry room in the same floor as the games room and fitness centre but guests need to pay as it is coin operated. Given how old it looks and how dirty it felt, I felt lucky to have washed my dirty laundry the day before at the Wyoming Inn which provides new washing machines for free.
While it has been disappointing so far, the hotel at least had an outdoor swimming pool and hot tub, and guests need to obtain a key for the gate door which is just beside the main entrance. That allowed me to get a good warm soak in the hot tub which is surprisingly empty.
Another benefit is the complimentary breakfast that is served at the room on the first floor at the other end of the hotel closer to my room. On the key card sleeve that the hotel provides, it is also marked as a meeting room thus I wonder what happens if there is a meeting? Where would their breakfast be served at?
The room was quaint with a fireplace and vintage skiing posters that is probably from the Austro-Hungarian empire or something. These vintage posters are all around the hotel and is probably tied to the European name of this lodge. Breakfast selections in the morning was good with a couple of hot food including biscuits and gravy, something that I rarely seen before as a breakfast item.
There was also scrambled eggs and bacon which are better than some Sheraton Club lounges breakfast so maybe Best Western is a little bit better here after all. There is also a DIY waffle maker on the same table beside the hot food items.
On another table there is the continental selection of pastries, toast, yogurt and cereal. And no breakfast is complete without juices and coffee. Though these were served from a vending machine, which generally just means crappy tasting juices and coffee.
For my 2 night stay in the hotel, it was adequate but I would hesitate to return unless major renovations are made to the hotel. While there was complimentary breakfast, wireless internet and parking, the price is somewhat high for the low quality of the bed and the room. I would suggest topping up and heading to the Kentwood Lodge and not be bothered with the distance from the River Run Plaza as I believe it is convenient enough to take the bus or even drive to the parking lot and walk a short distance to River Run.