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Inside the beautiful mountain lodge where the biggest names in tech and media are staying for the annual 'summer camp for billionaires' and rooms start at $450 a night

Sun Valley

  • Every July, the biggest names in Silicon Valley and media gather at Sun Valley Lodge in Idaho for an exclusive conference hosted by investment bank Allen & Co.
  • The lodge is home to a full-service spa, cozy fireplaces, and stunning mountain views. 
  • The event is often called “summer camp for billionaires.”
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Every year in July, investment bank Allen & Co. holds an exclusive conference in Sun Valley, Idaho. It’s a time for the top executives of America’s media, technology, and sports industries to hobnob and make deals. 

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, Apple CEO Tim Cook, LinkedIn cofounder Reid Hoffman and Kering CEO Francois-Henri Pinault are among the 2019 attendees. The 2019 conference runs from July 11 to July 16, according to CNBC. The annual congregation of wealthy businesspeople has earned itself the name “summer camp for billionaires,” and it’s credited with kindling major mergers like that of Comcast and NBC Universal. 

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Below, take an inside look at the massive and beautiful venue that plays host to this star-studded event: the famous Sun Valley Lodge. 

Brittany Kriegstein contributed reporting to an earlier version of this article.

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The Sun Valley Lodge is a three-hour drive east of Boise, Idaho.

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Booking one night in the cheapest room in the lodge, with a single king-size bed, will set you back $459 on average. The resort’s most expensive accommodations, three-bedroom townhomes, go for $1,600 a night.

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Sun Valley Lodge’s grand entryway is complete with wildlife.

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The hotel’s impeccable decor complements its high-profile guests.

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The fireplace in the spa gift shop is a true design marvel.

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Incredible mountain views like these are just part of Sun Valley Lodge’s appeal …

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… while hiking and biking trails further enhance the camp-like atmosphere, and give the moguls quiet spots to talk business.

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This giant pool gives the billionaires and their families plenty of space to splash around.

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The Lodge’s amenities also include a full-service spa, bowling lanes, an ice skating rink, fitness center, yoga studio, a glass-enclosed outdoor pool, restaurants, lounges, and event space.

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The hallways are decorated with photos of some of the famous people who have walked Sun Valley Lodge’s halls.

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During this year’s conference, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, Apple CEO Tim Cook, LinkedIn cofounder Reid Hoffman and Kering CEO Francois-Henri Pinault will walk down those same halls.

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Rooms boast amazing outdoor vistas, sleek see-through gas fireplaces …

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… and spacious bathrooms.

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A terrace suite at the lodge went for $529 a night last year.

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Some of the rooms have private terraces that look directly out onto the Sun Valley ski mountain.

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One thing’s for sure: As much as it might look like they’re going to the perfect summer camp, the attendees of the Allen & Co. conference will be doing a lot more than just fishing and singing songs around the campfire.

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