More about Jackson Lake Lodge
Loved our cottage room...
We are just returning from a wonderful trip to the Grand Tetons near Jackson, Wy. We stayed at the Grand Teton (Jackson Lake Lodge) in a cottage room. From start to finish, everything was enjoyable. Our cottage was away from the larger hotel and we had a lot of privacy. The room appeared to have been recently renovated and the furnishings and drapes were beautiful. The hotel staff was friendly and especially accomodating when we needed an extra cot and towels. The view of the Tetons from the main hotel was breathtakingly gorgeous and worth the stay alone. We would love to go back in the future.
Breathtaking beauty!!! Excellent Service!!!
When it came time to leave, we didn't want to go!! Our stay at Jackson Lake Lodge was fantastic, incredible, and we definitely want to go back! The first impression is always who is behind the counter at check-in. We were very excited to finally arrive after a very long drive, and the people behind the counter acted like they were excited that we had arrived. So...our visit started out perfect!
We stayed in one of the upstairs view rooms located past the cottages. The room was very clean and well appointed, and the beds were very comfortable. There was a wet bar area with a refrigerator (which worked great) and a very nice bathroom. But, what made this room spectacular was the big bay window with a view of the Grand Tetons. We spent many hours on our deck savoring the beauty of the snow-capped Tetons. The colors and shapes of the Tetons changed hourly. Wildlife was all around us. We often heard the honking of the elk and moose as well as the lonesome calls of the coyotes. There was just no other place we would have rather been.
We were surprised at how good and wholesome the food was at the Pioneer Grill. The young service staff were all great and very friendly. We felt right at home. We loved sitting in the Blue Heron lounge with our ice cold drinks observing the incredible view. We purposely planned our visit early in the tourist season. The hotel wasn't yet full, and the weather was fantastic!
We have travelled all over the world and stayed in some pretty incredible places. Jackson Lake Lodge is definitely is our top 10 list!!! We plan to go back just as soon as we can!
Not for the hard working family on vacation
Accomodations were very nice, although double the price of anything else in Grand Tetons or Yellowstone, Property itself was nice. Biggest diasappointment was that this National Park Resort has a banquet hall. After enjoying a nice quiet dinner overlooking the tetons we ventured into the lounge to have a couple of drinks and listen to the guitar player play and sing some quiet accoustic music. A perfect ending to a beautiful day in a National Park. UNTIL , 100 Very Rude and Obnoxious Corporate people from the RML Awards Dinner left the Banquet hall and took over what was supposed to be a quiet & relaxing lounge. They talked louder than the musician could play and sing and with NO REGARD OR RESPECT for the musician or other patrons.Every vacationer left the lounge shortly after this herd of animals stormed the room. Vacationers go to national parks to get away from the Corporate World and all the crap associated with it. Not to mention that the "street walker" attire was not appropriate for a family resort. With the room being double the price of all other accomodations in the parks, the possibility of being overwhelmed by corporate DONKEY'S and the fact that the resort has not responded to my complaint. I WOULD NOT RECCOMEND JACKSON LAKE LODGE TO ANYONE.
What a difference a view makes
We made a last-minute off-season booking in one of the "cottages" and obviously had a very different experience from those who stayed in the lodge. The "cottages" are really just rows of motel rooms in suburban-type cul-de-sacs. Ours truly lived up to its "no view" billing, as it looked out onto the parking lot on one side and an earthen berm on the other. While the room was pleasant and comfortable enough, it lacked any local flavor (except for the moose-adorned headboards) or extra amenities. The TV wasn't missed, but for the $140 we paid as an off-season special we could have had a full cabin with fireplace down the road at Signal Mountain. The view from the lodge is indeed spectacular and the food excellent, but I found the '60s-airport architecture strange and the bustling hotel (in the midst of an art show) more reminiscent of a suburban Marriott than a backwoods lodge. A crowd of about 50 people, many sipping cocktails and cappucinos, surrounded a female moose placidly snacking on shrubs out back. If that's your idea of a mountain getaway, Jackson Lake Lodge may well be your place, but next time we'll choose somewhere smaller and more rustic.
Thumb's Up to Jackso Lake Lodge
We spent several nights in a cottage room.
Rooms were nice except for chairs that were
stained- replacing arm chair with nice new
easy chair would do alot to upgrade rooms.
We thought rooms were otherwise very well
maintained but as referenced in another review
walls were NOT thick-was lucky to have quiet people next door.
That's it for negativity...
The staff was ALL very friendly which was amazing for late August. They give out comment
cards at every turn and maybe that's a factor.
I found the customer service rated EXCELLENT
and special kudos to gift shop, dining room
breakfast staff, and all those in the Grill.
The food was good and we wound up loving the
grill which we did not expect in looking it over the first visit. Only had breakfast in Mural Room.
The lodge was hosting large bank group when we were there but we never felt "second class"
The views were amazing and thought all the
public spaces were very well done.
Working for a museum in a similiar summer
tourist destination gives me a far more critical
eye in assessing resort properties than some
This visit far surpassed our expectations and
we look forward to returning at some time.
I stayed at this hotel in conjunction w/ a wildlife film festival, during which, I might add, the proprietors saw fit to jack the prices up even higher than normal. The setting, as many have commented, is of course extraordinary. And that makes up for a lot. But it still doesn't excuse the fact that both the rooms and common areas are in DESPERATE need of renovation. (Room walls are made of what appears to be exposed plywood. I'm all for rustic, but come on...) The restaurants were okay -- though if you try to get something late at night, (read: after 9pm), you'll find they're out of a lot. Which brings me to the service, which was some of the worst and rudest I've ever encountered. (I echo another's comment that they were "never made to feel welcome here".) Whoever runs this place appears to have cornered the market as they're one of the only places available actually in the national park. Still -- you're going to drive there or rent a car anyway. There are plenty of fabulous sounding resorts and alternatives in Jackson. May as well stay elsewhere.
Great classic style lodge with a spooky edge
My friends and I spent Memorial weekend at JLL. We selected the hotel because we found a good deal on Travel Zoo for an outside cabin at $99/night and it was located between Yellowstone and Jackson Hole. We were three single girls traveling together and were a little creeped out when we discovered the remoteness of our cabin and the fact that we were the only people in our area. Around 3 am something very large slammed into the side of our cabin that woke up my friends. We noticed the power was out and called the front desk to see what was going on. Apparently the power was out all over due to a snow storm and the main lodge was running on a generator. The front desk attendant assured us that it would be back on soon and also let us know that it was common for animals to be out roaming around. My friends slept nervously the rest of the night as they expected Big Foot to break down the door at anytime. The whole area had a spooky feel to it. The main lodge is an old classic style lodge with a huge lounge with comforable seating. We enjoyed visiting the gift shops upstairs. We ate at the Pioneer Grill for breakfast and dinner. I had the two eggs breakfast and the All-American burger and both were decent. We didn't use the swimming pool because the weather was so cold, but the pool looked very inviting when we drove past with the heat spilling out over the water. Our cabin was clean and comfortable. I expected the beds to be hard from what another reviewer said, but on the contrary both the beds and pillows were quite comfortable. We couldn't book the horseback riding trip because I was over the weight limit but it was too cold for that anyway. Apparently, they only have small horses to ride. Overall, I liked the lodge and would probably stay there again, although my friends felt uneasy and would prefer to stay someone not so remote.
Great place to stay in the heart of the Tetons!
We spent three nights at JLL in early June. We stayed in one of the cottages closest to the main lodge. Our family of four was quite comfortable in the cottage. The beds were comfortable and the clerks at the front desk were helpful. Our only problem was with the Snake River float trip we booked through the hotel. The clerk at the desk where we picked up our tickets gave us the wrong time for departure. He then ended up calling our room after the group had left and apologized for the mix-up. He then arranged for us to be transported separately to the launch site and we caught up with the group before dinner was served. The raft guides were great and didn't panic when we became lodged on a downed tree in the river. We also did the breakfast horseback ride and even my eight and ten year old kids enjoyed it (they had never been on a horse before). And the food at both of these excursions was fantastic! We were so busy on excursions that we didn't actually eat at the hotel but the restaurants looked well-kept. The best part, of course, if being right up close with nature. We loved watching the moose behind the lodge each evening. We even told people in Yellowstone who were looking for moose to head down to JLL!
You get little for a lot of money.
You get a basis motel style room, very old, but clean, and a small stone patio with 2 chairs for $180. Definitely not worth that much cash for a weeks stay, especially since we were hardly ever in the room. There's no TV nor internet which keeps you from sitting around the room too long anyway. It's a decent place to stay. Many of the Yellowstone attractions were a long drive away. The evenings on the back patio of the main lodge were nice. The view was great from there (not the view from the room). You could look out onto the Willow Flats and see animals. The sunsets were terrific. The breakfst in the Mural Room was excellent, but we were not impressed with dinner. Basic grub was in the Pioneer Grill, and a bar serving very overpriced drinks was also in the main lodge. Since you really have no other options inside the park besides camping, I would have to recommend it. I am just not happy about how little you get for the big price tag.
Beautiful view, and that is it
We decided to stay here based off everything I read online, big mistake!! They have a 4 o'clock room guarantee, but do not hold your breath! We first arrived at 2:15, I figured heck, even Vegas has your room ready by 2:00......it was not ready, but we were told "We guarantee our rooms by 4, and it looks like yours is almost done. come back in 40 minutes" so we drove around and enjoyed the view and the lake for over an hour, got back and 3:30 and a different person told us. "unfortunately your room is not ready, but we guarantee it by 4, come back right at 4 and it will be ready for you." So we drove around a little more, came back at 4:03 and guess what. Not ready!! this time they just looked at the clock and apologized. When we asked about the 4:00 guarantee we had heard so much about, they just laughed and said, "yeah we are just back logged sorry." nothing was done about it. I was not happy. So I thought the room would be spotless since we waited so long for it to get cleaned............wrong again. There were spider webs all along the floorboards. Hair on the back of the bathroom door and the room is very old looking. I was not impressed. Yes the view is amazing, but you can have the same view stopping at the lake and eating lunch and then staying somewhere else. The furniture does not fit in the room, they shoved this ugly table in between the two beds, and so you could not open the closet. This hotel is over priced, and they make promises they cannot keep. Take my advice......if you want to enjoy the Tetons do not pay $263.00 a night for it, enjoy them for free and pay less somewhere else.
hi. we are flying into jackson from the east coast and will arrive around 6pm. instead of trying to reach the elephant head lodge near cody the first night, we are thinking about driving an hour or so and getting a good night's rest before heading out early the next morning. any ideas where that might be or ideas on lodging? we will be driving through the parks to the northeast entrance/exit of yellowstone. thanks, gatorgirl
There is not very much between Jackson and Yellowstone if my memory serves me correctly. There is Jenny Lake Lodge in Grand Teton and Jackson Lake Lodge between Grand Teton and Yellowstone and then you are into Yellowstone with all the park lodges there until you get just outside the East entrance when there is Pahaska Lodge (I think). Try the above names in Google.
Overnight trips to Yellowstone
I have been searching the internet for any company that offers 3 or 4 day trips to Yellowstone NP from Jackson, Wy. Would be staying in Jackson upon arrival and before leaving. Do not want to rent a car. Prefer to go on the mini-bus trip, preferably something like a photo safari. Not looking for adventurous type trip.
RE: Overnight trips to Yellowstone
As an ex tour bus driver in Yellowstone, there use to be 3 and 4 day tours of the park. You would be picked up from Teton Lodge and transported to Old Faithful for a night, then on to Mammoth Hot Springs, for a night and then on to The Lake Hotel. They were great tours. I don't beleive they are offered any longer, only as a few day trips. You might contact Teton Lodge and see what they might have or go to the National Park service web site regarding Yellowstone as there will be information regarding the concessionaires in the park and what is offered.
RE: RE: Overnight trips to Yellowstone
The only lodge I can find resembling the name you mentioned is Teton Mountain Lodge. Is that the one you were talking about?
RE: RE: Overnight trips to Yellowstone
It could very well be, the name may have changed since I worked in the area which was 1965 to 1970. The lodge was very upscale, and was built by the Rockerfellers, if that is any help, it is between the entrance to Yellowstone and the town of Jackson Hole
RE: RE: Overnight trips to Yellowstone
Just took a quick look at the website, it is the Jackson Lake Lodge.
Ok the plans are made and now we are having second thoughts...we will be arriving in Yellowstone on May 14. We were planning on staying in gardiner and spending 6- 7 days in and around YS. Now everyone we talk to who has been there is saying we need to spend some time in the Tetons. I am up for that as we had planned on visiting the park on our way home. So, heres the question. How mnay days should we spend in YS and how many in the Tetons? We have 7 days (this does not include our travel time as we are making this a cross country road trip). Any help would be appreciated as we will have to change our reservations depending on what we decide.
I stayed 3 in Yellowstone and 3 in Jackson (and then 3 more in Utah) If I only had a week. I'd spend 3 in Yellowstone and then explore for the other 4 days. Regardless of how you divide your trip you are sure to see an abundance of wildlife and truly beautiful scenery.
Everyone is different. I love the Tetons, but I have never spent more than a day or two at a time exploring them. I'd say 5 for Yellowstone and 2 for Tetons. JMO.
RE: RE: Yellowstone/Teton
Def. 3 in Yellowstone (1 in Lake or Canyon area), 1 in Mammoth area so you can see Gardiner Montana as well, and 1 in Old Faithful.
4 in Grand Tetons.
You will absolutely love the serenity of Grand Teton national Park.
Go to Elk Island in the evening and watch the Elk appear out of the forest as they move between their day/evening feeding ground.
Go to Colter or, Moose junction to look for bear and other large mammals in the early morning/late evening.
Go horseback riding through the mountains.
White Water rafting on the Snake River
Hiking to Hidden Falls or, Jenny Lake trailhead
Go up into Lower Slide Lake, study the geology of this region and drive back into Red Rocks area to look for bighorn sheep and be amazed by this little known area of Teton National Park.
Drive through Kelly (this town was destroyed when Lower Slide Lake was formed from the giantic rock slide which dammed the river) and look for the buffalo herd and the old cabins. Stop and study Colter's Cabins, still standing.
Go on a fly fishing trip on one of the rivers which include lunch!
If you're there on a Sunday, make sure and stop at Jackson Lake Lodge (early) and have their famous all you can eat breakfast buffet overlooking Oxbow Bend!
the views will take your breath away!
Finally, spend time in Jackson, souvenier shopping, attending the evening's free gunslinger show, visiting the Million Dollar Cowboy bar or dining in one of it's many well known restaurants.