Jackson Hole — Lodging
Choose from three locations: Teton Village at the base of the slopes, with fewer restaurants and nightlife options; the town of Jackson, with lots of eating, shopping and partying but 12 miles from skiing; or hotels, condos and some fine resorts between the two. Bus transportation between Jackson and the ski area is readily available.
We haven’t listed all of the available lodging, so call Jackson Hole Central Reservations (800-443-6931) for more information. This agency can book your entire trip, from airline tickets to activities. Too many hotels here have combined “Jackson Hole” with “Inn,” “Lodge” or “Hotel.” Another popular name is “Teton.” If you book one, pay attention to the exact name and the location, or your ground transportation could easily drop you and your luggage in the wrong place.
The following properties in Teton Village are all within steps of the slopes and each other, so the choice is on facilities or price rather than location. Most of these properties have ski packages.
The luxurious, ski-in/ski-out Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole (800-295-5281; 307-734-5040; $$$$; right) opened its doors in time for the winter 2003/04 season. Rooms and suites, with natural wood, stone and local art, reflect the region’s Western and Native American influences and include fireplaces, private balconies, down duvets and pillows. The hotel has an outdoor heated pool, three outdoor hot-spring-style hot tubs, a restaurant, two lounges, shops and a full-service spa. Children younger than 18 stay free if they’re in the same room with parents; discounted prices are available for children staying in a separate room.
One hotel that has changed names seemingly every other year has been completely renovated and morphed into the luxurious Snake River Lodge & Spa (800-445-4655; $$$–$$$$). Just steps from the tram and gondola, the lodge has double rooms to three-bedroom suites. There’s also an excellent restaurant and comfy lobby lounge. See Other Activities for information about its spa.
The Bavarian-style Alpenhof (800-732-3244; 307-733-3242; $$–$$$$; left) is the closest lodging to the lifts and a classic benchmark in Teton Village. It has an outstanding dining room. The casual Bistro, open for lunch and dinner, is also popular for apres-ski; snag an outdoor table in spring. Some of the 42 guest rooms have fireplaces. The hotel has a heated outdoor pool, hot tub, sauna, masseuse, ski shop, valet ski tuning, laundry and game room.
Extreme skier Rob DesLauriers opened a swanky condo-hotel on the edge of Teton Village in 2002. Teton Mountain Lodge (800-801-6615; 307-734-7111; $$$$; below right) is appointed in the classic Western style featuring stone fireplaces, elegant but chunky furniture, kitchens and jetted tubs. High-end amenities include indoor/outdoor pools, fitness facilities and spa, and a very good restauran.In 2006/07, Teton Mountain Lodge has partnered with the non-profit organization One Warm Coat to provide warm coats to those in need. Donate a “gently used” coat upon check-in and receive five percent off the entire reservation. Donate a maximum of four jackets and receive 20 percent off.
The Best Western Inn at Jackson Hole (800-842-7666; 307-733-2311; $$–$$$$) is about 100 yards from the tram, but despite updating in 2000/2001, it’s showing its age. Rooms are spacious, and many have kitchenettes, fireplaces and/or lofts. Two drawbacks: Soundproofing between rooms is minimal, allowing you to eavesdrop on conversations in the rooms next door, and exterior corridors mean that every time you leave your room, you step outside. It has two very good restaurants, a sauna, a heated outdoor pool and hot tub.
Village Center Inn (800-443-8613; 307-733-3990; $$), next to the tram, has 16 one- and two-bedroom units, some with lofts. Crystal Springs Lodge (800-443-8613; $$$) is a newly remodeled luxury condo property in Teton Village just 50 yards from the aerial tram. Condos have master bedroom suites with jetted tubs, gourmet kitchens, fireplaces and washer/dryer.
The Hostel X (307-733-3415; $) is family-owned and -operated and has some of the most inexpensive slopeside lodging in the United States. Rooms are spartan, but have private baths and maid service; amenities include a large lounge, outdoor grill, ping pong and pool tables, game area and laundry facilities.
Condominiums and private homes are available through Jackson Hole Resort Lodging (800-443-8613) and Jackson Hole Central Reservations (800-443-6931; 307-733-4005). Rates are about $115–$850 per night.
In the town of Jackson
Many of these accommodations in the town of Jackson also offer ski packages. All listed here are within a block of the public bus service to Teton Village unless noted.
One of the best, with a great location just off the main square, is the Wort Hotel (800-322-2727; 307-733-2190; $$$–$$$$), an 1880s-style, 60-room, four-diamond AAA-rated hotel. Inside is the Silver Dollar Bar, with its curving bar inlaid with 2,032 uncirculated 1921 silver dollars.
Snow King Resort (800-522-5464; 307-733-5200; $$–$$$; above left) is a find for families. The full-service hotel and condominiums are slopeside to the Snow King area. Relax in the lounge while the kids burn excess energy night skiing, snow tubing, skating on the regulation indoor ice rink, splashing in the outdoor heated pool or hanging in the arcade. Babysitting is available. It’s an easy walk to Town Square, and free shuttles to the airport and Jackson Hole are provided. Love Ridge Resort Lodges (800-533-7669; 307-733-5200; $$$) are the newest luxury condos at Snow King, with all the amenities you’d expect in a high-end property plus those of the nearby hotel. Ask about “Ski 3″ packages that allow you to ski at Snow King, Jackson Hole and Grand Targhee.
The Quality Inn 49er Inn and Suites (307-733-7550; $$–$$$) is a three-building complex conveniently located at the edge of town and a stone’s throw from an express bus stop. Suites are spacious and feature fireplaces, large bathrooms, excellent fitness facilities and a hot tub. At the Parkway Inn (307-733-3143; $$–$$$) bed & breakfast, the decor is decidedly Old World Victorian. Don’t miss the granola and fresh-squeezed orange juice for breakfast, and check out the fitness center and pool, a great place to unwind after a long day of skiing.
Teddy bears slumber upon fluffy white duvets at the Rusty Parrot Lodge and Spa (800-458-2004; 307-733-2000; $$$$; right), a classy, in-town B&B with a renowned restaurant and spa. Rates include a full breakfast, perhaps apricot-glazed Belgian waffles, and all-day refreshments served fireside. The bus to Jackson Hole (passes provided) stops outside the front door.
At The Grand Victorian Lodge (800-584-0532; 307-739-2294; $$–$$$), you get breakfast in bed so you can laze away the morning (or gulp it down while you rush to get ready for a powder day). The Victorian decor and down comforters make for inviting rooms, some with fireplaces. The lodge has an outdoor hot tub and is three blocks to downtown, just a block to the bus stop.
The Bunkhouse Hostel (307-733-3668; $), a no-frills dorm in the basement of a motel, comprises one 25-bed room, a separate room with couches for lounging and a kitchen area with microwave and refrigerators. There are separate men’s and women’s lavatories, and a laundry is available. The rate is $25 per night, first-come/first-served.
Between downtown and the ski area
The Wyoming Inn of Jackson (800-844-0035; 307-734-0035; $$–$$$$; right) and The Best Western Lodge at Jackson Hole (800-458-3866; 307-739-9703; $–$$$) are across the street from one another on Broadway (Hwy. 89) heading toward Teton Village from downtown. Red Lion Wyoming Inn is decorated with antique reproduction furniture, but has no pool or hot tub (though some rooms have jetted tubs). It serves a continental breakfast, but there is no restaurant. The Best Western Lodge at Jackson Hole (there also is a Jackson Hole Lodge, which is quite different) is a delight for children, because its exterior is decorated with carved, painted bears and raccoons that hang from poles and peek from behind benches. It has a swimming pool and hot tub, and the Gun Barrel Steak House is next door.
Spring Creek Ranch (800-443-6139; 307-733-8833; $$$–$$$$; below left) is distinguished by jaw-dropping views, primo service, one of the area’s best restaurants and a secluded location atop the East Gros Ventre butte. Choose from hotel rooms, condos and luxurious executive homes. The decor is understated elegance with a Western flair. Despite the seclusion and amenities, it’s not stuffy or pretentious. Also on site are a spa, Nordic center and stables. Free airport, town and ski shuttles provided. Hotel rates include breakfast.
Next door is the ultra-exclusive Amangani (877-734-7666; 307-734-7333; $$$$). If you’ve got mega bucks, stay here; it has everything you could imagine wanting and then some, but if you have to ask, fuggedabowdit.
On Teton Village Road a few miles from the ski area and town is Teton Pines Resort (800-238-2223; 307-733-1005; $$$–$$$$). Though it is better known for its summer activities, including a stunning 18-hole golf course, it is open in winter and has ski packages. The amenities list goes on and on: free pickup from the airport, shuttle service to and from both Jackson and Teton Village, free indoor tennis, use of a neighboring athletic club, daily continental breakfast, an excellent gourmet restaurant, 14 km. of cross-country trails, pool and hot tub.
The Jackson Hole Racquet Club (800-443-8613; $$–$$$$) is a popular and relatively inexpensive condo cluster. It’s just 4 miles to Teton Village, and there’s a grocery store on the premises as well as a restaurant, bar and liquor store. The resort runs a free shuttle to the mountain.
Just below Teton Village is the log-cabin-style Wildflower Inn Bed & Breakfast (307-733-4710; $$–$$$$), with in-room fireplaces, a shared hot tub and fitness area, and fabulous breakfasts. Recognized as one of the top romantic inns in the nation, it’s just five minutes from the ski area and Grand Teton National Park.
Accommodations Legend: (double room) $$$$–$200+; $$$–$141–$200; $$–$81–$140; $–$80 and less