Jackson Hotels and Motels
Two older motels—The Cottages at Snow King and Alpine Motel—offer the cheapest rates in town and have the same owners. Both are located in quiet residential areas, but they don’t take advance reservations and are often booked up by summertime workers. They’re a good last-minute option if you roll into town without reservations and not a lot of cash.
The modest rooms at The Cottages at Snow King (470 King St., 307/733-3480, $88-98 d) include one or two queen beds, a fridge, and microwave; full kitchen units ($120) sleep four. Pets are welcome at no extra charge. Alpine Motel (70 S. Jean St., 307/739-3200, $82-92 d, $110 for kitchen units) is just a few blocks from Town Square. The furnishings may not be the newest, but the rooms are clean, and a small outdoor pool (heated seasonally) is on the premises. Both motels rent rooms only on a monthly basis October-April.
Family-owned Kudar Motel (260 N. Cache Dr., 307/733-2823, www.kudarmotel.com, $89 d, early May-early Oct.) is a holdover from a quieter era when Jackson’s motels were simple and unpretentious. You’ll find 14 basic motel units with queen- or king-size beds and TVs; three rooms contain the original 1950s furnishings. Of considerably more interest are Kudar’s 17 rustic but nicely maintained and spotless log cabins ($109-129 d), built in 1938. The larger two-room cabins can sleep five. There are no phones in any of the units, but the cabins contain fridges, microwaves, air conditioning, and Wi-Fi. There’s a large grassy center with shady trees. Travelers love Kudar’s, with many returning year after year, including some who’ve visited annually since the 1950s.
Many Jackson accommodations fall in the $100-200 range, with pricing factors being location, type of room, quality of furnishings, and presence of amenities such as pools and hot tubs. Most are comfortable midrange options, not corporate lodging giants, but they offer good value and down-home friendliness.
Justifiably popular with families, Elk Country Inn (480 W. Pearl, 307/733-2364 or 800/483-8667, www.elkcountryinn.com) is a fine option. Choose from spacious motel rooms ($140 s or $146 d) with two queen beds, fridge, and microwave, or a room with three queen beds, one of which is in an upstairs loft ($166 d or $185 for six guests). (Add $10 to these prices for a kitchenette unit.) There’s also a luxury suite ($210 d) with a king bed and kitchen. Out back are two dozen modern log cabins ($194-214 d) with full kitchenettes, including dishes and lodgepole furnishings. Guests appreciate the indoor hot tub, exercise room, shady picnic area with a small playground, Wi-Fi, plus a free wintertime shuttle to Teton Village. Elk Country is one of the better bargains in Jackson.
Located in a peaceful neighborhood six blocks from Town Square, family-owned Buckrail Lodge (110 E. Karns Ave., 307/733-2079, www.buckraillodge.com, $111 d with one queen, $137 d with two queen beds) has faux-log-cabin units on immaculate parklike grounds; portions of Clint Eastwood’s Any Which Way You Can were filmed here. Relax in the large outdoor hot tub, then plunk down for the night in one of the dozen lovingly maintained motel rooms, all decorated with Western-style furnishings. There are no in-room phones (use your cell phone) and the walls are thin, but the bathrooms are spacious and guests can use the computer in the lobby or open a laptop for Wi-Fi. Buckrail is closed mid-October-April.
At Anvil Motel (215 N. Cache Dr., 307/733-3668 or 800/234-4507, www.anvilmotel.com), stay in a little room with one queen ($128 d) or relax in a larger unit with two queen beds ($148 for up to four people). A Jacuzzi suite ($192) and family suite ($310) are also available. All rooms include a microwave, small fridge, and Wi-Fi. The same owners run the nearby El Rancho Motel (240 N. Glenwood Dr., 307/733-3668 or 800/234-4507, www.anvilmotel.com, $104-137 d) with older budget units and no air-conditioning.
Ranch Inn (45 E. Pearl St., 307/733-6363 or 800/348-5599, www.ranchinn.com) offers a wide variety of accommodations just one block off Town Square. These include standard rooms ($115 d), tower rooms with balconies facing Snow King, fridges, and microwaves ($160 d), and suites with king beds, wood-burning fireplaces, balconies, and jetted tubs ($180 d). Amenities include an indoor hot tub, Wi-Fi, and a continental breakfast. Some tower rooms are wheelchair-accessible.
Golden Eagle Inn (325 E. Broadway Ave., 307/733-2042 or 888/748-6937, www.goldeneagleinn.com) is a quiet, out-of-the-way family motel with standard rooms for $140 d, and larger rooms for $160-190 d. All include a microwave, small refrigerator, Wi-Fi, and access to a heated outdoor pool. Adjacent is a two-bedroom house with a full kitchen that sleeps four for $275.
The same owner has Four Winds Motel (150 N. Millward St., 307/733-2474 or 800/228-6461, www.jacksonholefourwinds.com, $125 d), just a few blocks from Town Square and across the street from a city park (with a popular children’s playground). The rooms are nothing fancy, but they’re exceptionally clean and affordably priced. Free Wi-Fi. Both Golden Eagle and Four Winds are open April-November.
A couple of blocks off Town Square, cozy Anglers Inn (265 N. Millward St., 307/733-3682 or 800/867-4667, www.anglersinn.net, $140-160 d) has pleasant rooms with Western-style fixtures, lodgepole beds and chairs, and small baths. All rooms contain a fridge, microwave, and free Wi-Fi.
Find a diverse mixture of room styles at Jackson Hole Lodge (420 W. Broadway Ave., 307/733-2992 or 800/604-9404, www.jacksonholelodge.com), where featured attractions are a large indoor swimming pool, a wading pool, two hot tubs, a sauna, Wi-Fi, a guest computer, and a game room on attractive grounds. Standard motel rooms cost $109-139 d. Condo-type units are much nicer, with an upscale decor that includes log furniture; they’re $169 for a studio unit, $269 for a one-bedroom unit (sleeps four to six) with a living room, fireplace, and full kitchen. Two-bedroom units cost $329 for up to eight people.
Antler Inn (50 W. Pearl Ave., 307/733-2535 or 800/522-2406, www.townsquareinns.com) is a large 110-room property just one block off Town Square. Many units contain two queen beds ($150 d), but also available are a dozen large family rooms/suites ($190-275) with three beds and space for six people. Most of these have wood-burning fireplaces. Rounding out the options are attractive (but small) log-walled rooms ($130 d). All guests have access to an exercise room, sauna, large indoor hot tub, and Wi-Fi. There’s a free winter shuttle to Teton Village.
Rawhide Motel (75 S. Millward St., 307/733-1216, www.rawhidemotel.com, $159 d) is a fine midtown place with large rooms containing handmade lodgepole furniture, plus Wi-Fi and fridges. Open early May-early October.
The rooms are a bit cramped, but guests appreciate the friendly service and extra touches at Sundance Inn (135 W. Broadway Ave., 307/733-3444, www.sundanceinnjackson.com). The motel is close to Town Square and serves a light homemade breakfast plus evening cookies and lemonade. Standard rooms cost $139-159 d ($129 for two twin beds), while two-room suites are $185 for up to four people. Wi-Fi is available.
On the north side of town, Cache Creek Lodge (390 N. Glenwood, 307/733-7781, www.cachecreekmotel.com) is another well-kept, moderately priced choice. All rooms include full kitchens (with dishes and pans) and Wi-Fi. Standard units start at $140 d, with two-bedroom suites that sleep up to six for $185 d.
A large heart-of-town place is 49’er Inn and Suites/Quality Inn (330 W. Pearl, 307/733-7550 or 800/451-2980, www.49erinn.com), with 142 rooms spread across several buildings. There are standard rooms ($165 d) with two queen beds and a nothing-special decor; newer and considerably nicer are five-person studio suites ($220, some include fireplaces); and two luxury suites ($245) with hot tub and fireplace. Final options include a three-bedroom apartment and two-bedroom house (both $339). All guests have access to outdoor and indoor hot tubs, sauna, and exercise room, plus a full breakfast and Wi-Fi.
On the south end of Jackson at the Y intersection of highways 89 and 22, Pony Express Motel (1075 W. Broadway Ave., 307/733-3835 or 800/526-2658, www.ponyexpressmotel.com) is an excellent family option. Kitchen units with a queen bed are $139 d, while family units with a queen bed and a bunk bed for the kids, plus microwave and fridge, cost $149. Free Wi-Fi, but the main attraction is a heated outdoor pool.
Right across the highway from Pony Express, Teton Gables Motel (1140 W. Broadway Ave., 307/733-3723, www.tetongables.com, $124 d) is another reasonably priced place with older rooms, all with microwave, fridge, and free Wi-Fi.
One of Jackson’s better deals for standard motel rooms is—not surprisingly—Motel 6 (1370 W. Broadway Ave., 307/733-1620 or 800/466-8356, www.motel6.com, $106 d), but even here the summertime rates are high. You’ll find humdrum rooms and an outdoor pool; reserve six months in advance for July and August. Off-season prices ($40 d) are a much better bargain.
Two mid-priced motels are adjacent to each other, one mile north of Jackson on U.S. 89. Both face the Elk Refuge (and the busy highway). Elk Refuge Inn (307/733-3582 or 800/544-3582, www.elkrefugeinn.com) is the smaller and more homey of the two, with a mix of rooms and friendly management. Rates are $135 d for downstairs rooms or $150 for upstairs units with kitchenettes and private balconies. A six-person family unit is $140. All rooms include drive-up access, fridge, microwave, continental breakfast, Wi-Fi, and guest computer.
Flat Creek Inn (307/733-5276 or 800/438-9338, www.flatcreekinn.com) is a large two-level motel just a few hundred feet north of Elk Refuge Inn. Rooms are functionally furnished, with microwaves and small fridges. Standard rooms are $169 for up to four guests, while spacious kitchenettes sleep up to five for $209. Three suites ($149-319) are more spacious, and the largest includes a separate bedroom with king bed, kitchen, flat-screen TV, and other comforts. Guests in the suites have access to an indoor hot tub, and all guests get a continental breakfast and Wi-Fi in the lobby.
It should come as no surprise that tony Jackson Hole has several elaborate, pricey, and sumptuous places to stay, with rooms starting around $200 and hitting the stratosphere at $4,000 a night!
Close to Town Square, the Wort Hotel (50 N. Glenwood St., 307/733-2190 or 800/322-2727, www.worthotel.com) has been a Jackson favorite since 1941. A disastrous 1980 fire—started by a bird that built a nest too close to a neon sign—destroyed the roof and upper floor. The hotel was completely restored within a year, and today it’s better than ever, with such amenities as a fitness center, valet parking, Wi-Fi, a business center, and two small hot tubs. The lobby, with its grand central staircase and stone fireplace with crackling fire, makes a fine place to meet friends. The Silver Dollar Bar and Grill serves meals, or you can sidle up to the famous curving bar—inlaid with 2,032 uncirculated silver dollars from 1921. The Wort’s spacious rooms are attractively decorated with a New West motif that includes lodgepole-pine beds and creative fixtures. Rates are $349 d for standard rooms (with two queens or one king bed), or $389 d for larger and more luxurious rooms. Spacious junior suites with king beds and wet bars cost $449, while the luxury suite will set you back $799 d.
Greatly expanded and updated in the last few years, The Lexington at Jackson Hole (235 N. Cache Dr., 307/733-2648 or 888/771-2648, www.lexjh.com) sprawls across four buildings with very comfortable guest rooms and a friendly staff. Large units with two queen beds or one king bed are $219 d, while two-room suites cost $269 d, or $289 d for units with kitchenettes; add $12 for each additional adult. Amenities include a small indoor family pool and hot tub, a filling hot breakfast, fridges, a computer in the lobby, and Wi-Fi.
An outstanding in-town choice is Parkway Inn (125 N. Jackson St., 307/733-3143 or 800/247-8390, www.parkwayinn.com). This immaculate, midsize lodge has a delightful Victorian ambience with antique furniture and quilts in many rooms, along with jetted tubs and flat-screen TVs in the some units. Guests will also enjoy a small indoor lap pool, two hot tubs, two saunas, and a gym in the basement, along with Wi-Fi. A light breakfast is served in the lobby. Rates are $249 d for standard rooms with two queen beds or a king bed, $329 for larger suites, or $369 d for two-room suites; $25 each for additional guests (maximum of four per room).
An excellent nine-room lodge just a few blocks from Town Square, Inn on the Creek (295 N. Millward, 307/739-1565 or 800/669-9534, www.innonthecreek.com) has a peaceful location beside Flat Creek. Standard rooms ($229-279 d) feature designer furnishings and down comforters. The deluxe rooms ($299-349 d) also include fireplaces and in-room hot tubs, while a gorgeous suite ($599) sleeps four and has a full kitchen, jetted tub, and private patio. A light breakfast is delivered to your door each morning, and there’s a private backyard, Wi-Fi, and guest computer.
Another downtown option is Grand Victorian Lodge (85 Perry Ave., 307/739-2294 or 800/584-0532, www.grandvictorianlodge.com), a “boutique hotel with a bed and breakfast ambience.” Choose from standard rooms ($199-219 d), deluxe rooms ($229-279 d), or a large two-room suite ($289 d) that features a four-poster king bed, jetted tub, and gas fireplace. A delicious full breakfast is a morning highlight, and guests can relax on the back deck or surf the Web wirelessly.
You’ll find outdoorsy owners at Alpine House Country Inn (285 N. Glenwood, 307/739-1570 or 800/753-1421, www.alpinehouse.com); both Hans and Nancy Johnstone were skiers for U.S. Olympic teams and are highly knowledgeable about adventure options in the Tetons. The timber-frame lodge is just two blocks from Jackson’s Town Square and has 22 guest rooms in two connected buildings. Both are bright and modern, accented by Swedish-style stenciling on the walls. All rooms have private balconies and deep soaking tubs, saunas, plus access to a central computer and Wi-Fi. A healthy full buffet breakfast is served. Rates are $175 d in the original rooms (no TV or air conditioning), or $215-260 d in the new building, which also features gas fireplaces in most rooms. The two suites cost $295 for up to four guests. The owners also manage four two-bedroom cottages ($400) nearby that sleep five comfortably; each cottage has two bedrooms, a sleeper sofa, washer, dryer, and kitchen. Closed in November and April.
Acclaimed Rusty Parrot Lodge and Spa (175 N. Jackson, 307/733-2000 or 888/739-1749, www.rustyparrot.com) features sumptuous accommodations just two blocks from Town Square. All 31 rooms are highlighted with handcrafted furniture, original artwork, oversize tubs, and goose-down comforters; some also contain wood-burning fireplaces or jetted tubs. Rates are $400-475 d for standard rooms, or $635 d for the luxurious master suite, and include an unforgettable breakfast (it’s never the same) served each morning in the cozy dining room. (Deduct $40 from the rate if you don’t want the breakfast.) Guests can relax in the hot tub on a deck overlooking Jackson, borrow a book from the library, or pamper themselves with a massage, aromatherapy session, or facial from Body Sage Spa (extra charges). The lodge also serves epicurean dinners at Wild Sage Restaurant (daily 5:30-9:30 p.m.). It doesn’t get much better than this.
One of Jackson’s newest lodging places is Homewood Suites by Hilton (207 N. Millward St., 307/739-0808 or 800/225-5466, www.jacksonwy.homewoodsuites.com, $359-389 d). All units are two-room suites with separate living and sleeping areas, top-of-the-line beds, a fireplace, two TVs and phones, free airport shuttle, an indoor pool, fitness center, and hot tub, plus fully equipped kitchens, Wi-Fi, and a big breakfast buffet. Guests are served a light dinner Monday-Thursday evenings.
The Point Inn & Suites (1280 W. Broadway Ave., 307/733-0033 or 877/547-5223, www.thepointjh.com) has comfortable rooms at the south end of town. Standard rooms cost $189 d, while Western-style suites with fireplaces and hot tubs go for $239 d. Amenities include a light breakfast, large hot tub, fitness facility, sauna, Wi-Fi, guest computers, ski racks, plus microwaves and fridges in most rooms. (The hotel was formerly a Days Inn.)
A modern hotel with an ostentatious lobby and southside location, Wyoming Inn of Jackson Hole (930 W. Broadway Ave., 307/734-0035 or 800/844-0035, www.wyoming-inn.com) has large and comfortable rooms for $299 d, including a big hot breakfast. The finest rooms ($349 d) also include fireplaces and jetted tubs. Guests appreciate Wi-Fi, guest computers, laundry service (a big hit with families), and a free airport shuttle, all at no extra charge.
A three-story building sandwiched between strip malls on the south end of Jackson, The Lodge at Jackson Hole (Best Western) (80 S. Scott La., 307/739-9703 or 800/458-3866, www.lodgeatjh.com) has big guest rooms featuring a fridge, microwave, safe, Wi-Fi, and two queen beds (or a king) for $259 d. Hotel guests are treated to a buffet breakfast, a unique indoor/outdoor heated pool, hot tubs, and a sauna, plus access to the Jackson Hole Athletic Club and a free winter shuttle to Teton Village.
Log Cabin Motels
Several local motels offer log-cabin accommodations for a step back into the Old West while keeping such newer amenities as TVs, private baths, and Wi-Fi.
Set amid tall cottonwood trees along Flat Creek, Rustic Inn (475 N. Cache Dr., 307/733-2357 or 800/323-9279, www.rusticinnatjh.com) has a sprawling mixture of cozy log cabins, log-motel units, and newer log-sided units. The website details all cabin choices, ranging from older cabins (containing two queen beds and a fireplace for $229 d) to larger ones (with flat-screen TVs, fridges, and microwaves for $329 d), up to “superior” cabins with private decks, rain showers, flat-screen TVs, and king beds ($399 d). Add $10 per person for additional guests (max. four persons). All guests have access to the sauna, gym, outdoor pool, and hot tub, plus Wi-Fi, concierge service, and a hot breakfast. Guests sometimes complain of the lack of electrical outlets and limited storage for skis and other winter gear.
Near a busy Jackson intersection, Cowboy Village Resort (120 Flat Creek Dr., 307/733-3121 or 800/962-4988, www.townsquareinns.com) has 82 modern but jammed-together cabins with kitchenettes and sleeper sofas. The cabins cost $178-198 for up to four people in a studio unit with two queen bunk beds, or $218 for a cabin with a separate bedroom (one king or two queens). Two hotel rooms are available: one with a king bed ($208 d) and a larger unit with two queens, a bunk bed, and full kitchen ($278 for up to six). Guests have access to a covered outdoor pool, an indoor hot tub, office computer, and Wi-Fi. In winter a continental breakfast is available, along with a free shuttle to Teton Village.
© Don Pitcher from Moon Yellowstone & Grand Teton, 5th Edition