Hey, it's me again,
Yes, the annoying first-time road-tripper seeking more help with my 35-day trip out West next September.
I was all set with staying at the Hostel in Teton Village during the first weekend of my trip (Fri., Sat. and Sun. nights, 9/7, 9/8, 9/9), excited that this part of my trip would save me lots of money right off the bat. Then yesterday, I read a couple of recent reviews of the Hostel and now I'm worried. It wasn't just the thin walls (expected that at a hostel) and one working bathroom, but someone said the "kitchen" is nothing but a microwave, and I was hoping to prepare some basic stuff to snack on during my two full days in the park.
So now I'm re-thinking this, but - unlike other areas of my trip - there's no chance of finding a clean (or even dirty) $50 a night motel anywhere in or near Grand Teton/Jackson, as I'm sure most of you know. I've read good things about Motel 6 in Jackson, but even that's $90 a night. Then I called about Colter Bay cabins, and while it's still much more than a dorm room at the Hostel, I can get a small cabin with shared bath for $70.
So, since it would be nice to stay in Jackson that Friday night after driving all day from Fort Collins, CO, and then drinking a couple beers at Snake River Brewery and not wanting to drive after, I thought maybe Jackson the first night, Hostel the second night and then the Colter Bay cabin the third night, which would work out well since that would put me very close to Yellowstone to get an early start that Monday morning for the first of my three days there.
This will put me over my lodging budget for the trip, but if the alternative is being miserable, sleep-deprived (I'm very noise-sensitive) and prone to some strange bed-bug disease, do you think this is a good plan? Or, since I'll be spending sunrise to sunset in the park both days, should I just suck it up, stay at the Hostel two or all three nights and save the money?
Thanks a lot for any feedback.