When it comes to finding the perfect hotel in Jackson Hole, you first have to decide whether you will stay in town or at the mountain resort, which is located about 10 minutes away.
Both options have their pros and cons. Staying at the base offers you convenience and easy access to the mountain, while staying in town offers you a wider variety of restaurants and nightlife within walking distance.
I would definitely recommend staying at The Wort Hotel. It is in the heart of downtown Jackson and is absolutely charming! The historic hotel is both quaint and luxurious, with western-themed furniture and decor. The hotel has the loveliest smelling Lemongrass Sage toiletries, which can be purchased in the hotel store. There is a a great restaurant, The Silver Dollar Bar and Grill, inside the hotel, but if you don’t want to dine there, The Wort is within walking distance to a ton of great restaurants and saloons.
There is a bus that runs from town to the ski resort. It costs $3 a person to ride the bus to the resort, but of course, that means hauling your gear on and off the bus to and from your hotel to the bus stop, if you plan to ski or snowboard.
Although staying in town is much cheaper, I do love the convenience of staying at the base of the mountain, especially with children.
We have stayed at Hotel Terra twice. The ecologically friendly hotel is a ski-in (but not out) hotel located inside Teton Village. We first stayed there in 2013, and then again in 2016. Honestly, it was MUCH better the first time. I’m not quite sure what has changed at Hotel Terra, but the quality of service has seriously gone down, despite the fact that you will still spend $400 a night during the ski season for a typical room with two queen beds.
I like the concept of the hotel and the convenience to the mountain. But this time around, I was a bit disappointed in Hotel Terra.Our room was not ready at check in, and we ended up waiting an hour and a half, until 4:30 to get into our room. (Not fun when you have been traveling all day and have a baby who needs to take her afternoon nap.) The second day, we returned to our room after skiing and the room still hadn’t been cleaned. And on day three and four, the elevator broke and we had to climb three flights of stairs with our luggage and ski gear. In 2013, Hotel Terra also had a ski valet right at the back door of the hotel where you could drop off your skis at the end of the day and pick them up in the morning. That has since changed. Now, you can store your skis in the rental shop next to Hotel Terra, but that rental shop is located by the front entrance to the hotel, so it is less convenient. Maybe we caught them on a bad week this go around, because we didn’t have a single issue in 2013, but for the cost, I expected more.
On the plus side, the rooms are nice; the hot tub on the roof is cool, and I love that it is an environmentally friendly hotel.
We will definitely return to Jackson Hole and will likely stay in the Teton Village again if we are skiing. Next time, however, we will consider staying at the comparably priced Snake River Lodge instead.