More about Painted Buffalo Inn
I'm surprised by the negative reviews
Stayed in the Painted Buffalo for 2 nights in September as part of an escorted tour (Jetsave) and will return.
Plusses include ... 1) The room was spotless, 2) the 24/7 coffee in Reception - hits the spot just nicely, 3) internet access (FREE), again, at reception, 4) location - a 5-minute ramble to the main square, 5) friendly personnel (at reception etc).
No negative points.
So - in a nutshell, I'd recommend it..
Great Time, Good Value (For the Area)
This was my second stop on a motorcycle trip through Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, and Utah. I was in need of some fun, so I chose this city to stay in Jackson Hole. I found this hotel to be clean, comfortable, and affordable--at least for the area!
But thought the $170 a night was pricey for what I got. They do offer a computer in the loby for use to check emails, etc. So I thought that was definately a PLUS.
I had a great time in the city. If your single and looking for a good bar with pool tables and entertainment, check out the Virginian!
Super Friendly Front Desk
The front desk agents were extremely helpful and friendly. It was very busy when we checked in because the hotel was close to sold out but the front desk was very efficient and personable when we made it to the front of the line. They gave great directions and recommendations for activities for the whole family as well as some excellent restaurant suggestions. The kids enjoyed the pool and it was nice to leave our car and walk downtown (which was even busier and had no parking within 3 blocks of the "town square"). The price is high and the cancellation policy is sort of strict but we found it comparable to other places in Jackson. On our second night we could not find a parking space right away but the front desk walked around the parking lot for us, found a spot, and stayed there while we moved the car. Though it wasn't right in front of the room, it was pretty close. The rooms were big and clean. Based on previous reviews we requested a second floor room and it was perfect for us but just to let you know there are no elevators.
The Worst Ever
We stayed here for one night in July with our dog. We got the "last" room available that evening. The carpet was worn so bare that they had put down runners and screwed them into the floor. You couldn't walk barefoot because the screws would hurt your feet. Not that you wanted to go barefoot, because it was so dirty. They charged us $200 for the room, that was with AAA discount! When I complained to the front office the next morning, the girl told me they were aware the room was bad, that's why they saved it for the last room to rent out. I would NEVER even consider staying here again.
Better than we thought
After reading the reviews of this hotel/motel this was the one we thought might be the worst of the 12 we were staying at on a Parks and Canyon bus tour for two nights. Needn't have worried, apart from some outside noise and the fact that our room was on the ground floor on the sidewalk and people could see in, it was ok. The staff were helpful and polite.The are no dining facilities here so meals have to be found elsewhere. We had breakfast at the family diner, a block or two away which was reasonable although at 7am the staff hadn't really woken up.
Had a chinese all you can eat buffet at a restaurant about half a mile away on the road going south out of town which was good.
Snake river ten mile float trip was fantastic, definitely recommended.
Jackson is a pleasant small town, tourist reliant with a small park area with the renown antler arches.
A nice place to stop for a few days.
Dog Friendly and overpriced!!
We booked this motel for the main reason that it was dog-friendly and we were travelling with our dog from California through to Colorado. The motel appeared shabby from the outside but surprisingly enough inside our room was pretty comfortable. The bed itself was pretty comfortable, the bathroom had recently been remodelled although the toilet itself was old fashioned and very small. The room was clean but furnishings were cheap and a little dated. Television was dated. Our room was also next to the ice machine and soda machine so was noisy. As with most motels when you are on the bottom floor you hear every little step, toilet flushing, shower turn-on from rooms that are above you. We also learned there was NO continental breakfast, nothing... and the price was absolutely outrageous at just under $200 per night. We would not return here!! We drove one day down to Steamboat Springs, Colorado upon leaving and booked into the Holiday Inn ,got a fabulous King suite with microwave oven, real cups, glasses, refrigerator, bigger bathroom for $129 per night!! AND it is dog friendly!!! No comparison -AND we get a free breakfast!!!
Terribly noisy and overpriced
This place is awfully noisy. You hear everything the dog's neighbour barking,even the neighbourg snorring, ... The walls seem to be in paper. The plumbing is terribly noisy. Impossible to sleep you hear everything. You go to bed with the last person who takes a shower and you wake up with the first .On the top of that it is extremely overpriced. 170 USD per night frankly you can find a better accommodation in Jackson.
When I told the receptionist that we had had 2 terrible nights due to the noise, she seemed not to care at all about the remark.
Good & Bad
We were booked for three days, ground floor room, new section of the hotel, and away from the street. The reservation was completely screwed up. We were given a second floor room, and right next to broadway. When I objected we were moved to the old section of this hotel. I have traveled extensively through out America and the far east. Never have I encounted a hotel room inwhich the worn out carpet was covered with carpet runners screwed to the floor. We spent one night in the old section. We were moved to the new section and found the room appropriate to the $80 per night charge. If they try to put you in the old section, go somewhere else.
Good location for Jackson
We stayed here two nights on a Tour, pulling into the parking lot it didn't look great, not bad just pretty ordinary.
The 'Inn' is bigger than it looks with a 'n' shaped front part and two other sections behind here.
The room was quite dark but did have a cool 'Moose' light, with moose on the shade and cut out of the metal stand!
The room was not a bad size, it was clean. The bathroom was very small even taking into account the basin was outside of the bathroom, again this was clean.
The Inn has a decent size pool, apart from a lobby (the staff were very kind when enquiring about a dentist), that is about it.
The Inn is 2 mins walk to the beginning of the shops and restaurants of Jackson and 5 mins to the middle of the town.
There is no bar or restaurant at the Inn but there is a Village Inn and Bubbas BBQ just behind and down from the hotel for Breakfast. The local bus also stops just behind the hotel, taking you round the town and further afield.
Friendly Staff, average room
Visited during the first week of Decemeber. Snow and ice was all over the city. We called a few places in the area and found this was the most ideal location with the lowest price (paid about $89 using AAA discount).
We were assigned one of the front rooms on the bottom floor. Very convenient for us, so we didn't have to haul our luggage up stairs or to far from the car.
The room was average. There was one neat thing though,,, the bathroom had a heater in it. It was nice to take a hot shower in the cold weather and not freeze once you were done. The bed was comfy, and the pillows were good.
The staff was super friendly. Very quick to check us in. Gave us lots of choices locally for a nice meal. The next morning gave us great directions for getting to The Grand Teton.
We did that at sunrise (about 7:30 am in December). When we noticed that we would not make it back in time to check out at 11:00 am, I was offered a free late check out at 12:30. Perfect.
Again, friendly staff, lower end of the price scale for the city, and a warm comfy bed, made for a good winter photo trip.
Bull Elk and Two Cows Along the River in the Fall
Silent Pursuit by Kenneth R. Bunn
the obligatory shot, tripod comes in handy
View of the Tetons from Photographer's Point
When do the ski resorts open?
How early does Jackson ski resort open? Any snow, skiing around Thanksgiving?
RE: When do the ski resorts open?
You will find that the Jackson ski resorts will open when it snows. Perhaps you should direct your question to mother nature. The Jackson area is a fantastic place to ski, enjoy the beautiful outdoors and all the Jackson area has to offer.
RE: RE: When do the ski resorts open?
Jackson Hole Mtn Resort opens Dec 3 for the season. Grand Targhee opens when they have enuff snow.
The other responses were right- the answer is "When there's enough snow". Targhee usually opens around Thanksgiving. Google JHMR and Grand Targhee and check out the webcams and reports. Here is a link to some -
It's been raining in the valleys, snowing in the high country for the last couple days- god wet heavy base.
RE: RE: When do the ski resorts open?
Thanks for the great web cam sites. It's great to see snow on the mountains.