Oct 26, 2019 - Oct 27, 2019
2 guests - 1 room
Hailey is a major regional destination for outdoor fun, particularly skiing and snowboarding in the winter. Sawtooth Country (named for the adjacent Sawtooth National Park) is one of the country's most popular hiking destinations, and Hailey also sometimes serves a stopover for travelers on an extended trip to Yellowstone National Park.
Hotels in the area tend to be higher-end properties, and the regular year-round tourist traffic along with the lack of options (there are only about 10 in the city) mean that prices are regularly high. Expect rack rates of at least $80 for most of the year, though you can expect to get a room of good quality for that price. Hailey's position far from other major cities makes it difficult to find deals anywhere nearby; Butte City or Twin Falls would be the closest options for a greater range of properties and lower prices.
Hailey's peak season is summer, when families are taking their vacations, the weather enables the greatest range of outdoor activities and the local wildflowers are in bloom. Prices can be just as high in the winter when snow is on the ground, however, as snowboarders and skiiers base out here to for their trips to Rotarun and other Sun Valley slopes. The best prices will be found when the weather is cold, but also dry for an extended period of time.
Major annual events in the area include the Northern Rockies Folk Festival in August, the Trailing of the Sheep Festival in October, and the July 4 celebration in which Main Street is transformed into a scene out of the Old West.
The handful of hotels in Hailey will all be found along Route 75 near the center of the city. These will be your closest options for trips to Rotarun. There are a couple of outliers a little to the south in Bellevue, which grant faster access to Muldoon Canyon and Ironbog Lake (though usually at rates much higher than those in Hailey). All other options for lodging are very far away from the city.
For those considering stopping in Hailey en route to Yellowstone, you'll probably find better deals (and a wider variety of room options) by stopping off in Butte City instead, or by making a detour south to the Twin Falls area instead.
There are no real luxury hotels or resorts in Hailey, but the inventory does tend toward more upscale three-star properties such as the Wood River Inn and Suites, the AmericInn Lodge and Suites and the Inn at Ellsworth Estate.
Hailey does not have any of the usual budget chains at present, nor does it really have mom and pop motels. The closest thing to a budget hotel is the Airport Inn, a two-star property that is the closest option to the local airport (as the name indicates). Expect rack rates to generally be at least $75, however.