Nestled in Deer Valley’s Silver Lake Village, the Goldener Hirsch Inn has long been renowned for its old-world Austrian flair, authentic Bavarian furnishings, and elegant ambience. Recently lauded as the nation’s Best Ski Boutique Hotel by the World Ski Awards for the third year in a row and a AAA Four Diamond awardee since 2008, this premier luxury hotel has recently expanded.
Why tinker with such a legacy? “Creating memorable experiences and traditions has always been important to us,” explains Hope Eccles, president of the Goldener Hirsch, “and the new expansion enhances this.”
The European-style lodge now has 40 contemporary residences designed by acclaimed Seattle-based architect Tom Kundig. “The new residences are an evolution of the existing community of buildings, informed by local traditions as well as the surrounding natural context,” says Kundig. “The design contributes to the sense of a gracious mountain village and creates opportunities for visitors to engage with the dramatic landscape.”
Sophisticated interiors complement the modern architecture. “We designed spaces that delight the soul with surprise,” says Todd-Avery Lenahan, founder of TAL Studio. “We believe that beauty is essential to health and wellness and should never be for vanity or luxury.” The iconic inn and the new residences (studio to 3-bedroom dwellings, available for purchase or rental) are connected by Bridge Plaza, which offers outdoor gathering spaces.
From the rooftop patio of the new expansion, lodgers can enjoy views of seven ski lifts while soaking in the hot tub or infinity pool. Ski hounds can start their morning with a fresh cup of java and home-baked goods from the on-site café and take advantage of the ski-prep room, on-snow ski storage, and après-ski lounge throughout the day. And of course, all guests will have access to tried-and-true Goldener Hirsch amenities like boutique spa treatments, the cozy library lounge, festive courtyard fire pits, and the welcoming hearth (and perhaps a glass of wine) in the Alpen Stube.
Come dinnertime, the Hirsch’s beloved four-cheese fondue and wienerschnitzel still anchor the menu, and the award-winning restaurant supplements traditional alpine cuisines with seasonal and regional delicacies. “We’re proud of the accolades our team has achieved over the years,” says Ryan Burnham, executive chef. “Our priorities will continue to focus on exemplary service and highest-quality ingredients in our new café and lounge, poolside, and event spaces.”
The net effect of the expansion is to reinforce, not reinvent, the Goldener Hirsch Inn’s core mission. “We are eager to continue with that same attention to detail and provide an ultra-luxury, personalized experience,” says Tyler Mugford, general manager. “We’re honored that so many guests decide to make our destination a tradition for their family and are looking forward to them experiencing our expansion.”