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Colter Bay Village
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Indianapolis, IN
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35 reviews
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“Not Clean”
Reviewed 4 November 2013

I knew the cabins would be rustic but that doesn't mean they should be dirty. If housekeeping would put more time into keeping the cabins cleaner, it would be a big improvement. The reading lamps above the beds were installed too low so every time you rolled over, you knocked the lamp - very annoying. Also the location within the park isn't the greatest. We did enjoy the onsite restaurant though.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 October 2013

Traveling as two couples, we stayed in a 2 bedroom / 1 bath cabin. Cabins are definitely rustic. What you would expect when staying in a campground. The price was a bit steep given the rustic accommodations, but that is to be expected given that they are located in the National Park.

Upon arrival we were informed that all of the restaurants had already closed and that the gift shop / grocery store would be closing the next day at the end of the day. Given the number of vehicles we saw, it was obvious that the cabins were mostly occupied. Therefore, you would think that the restaurants and shops would remain open to provide services to the paying guests. Especially when the overnight rate is the same whether you stay at the end of the season (like we did) or a the height of the summer (July/August). The rate should have been reduced given the lack of available services.

As others have noted, there was virtually no water in Jackson Lake.

The description on the website for Colter Bay Village included: that the mountain cabins are located on a beautiful lake; that there is a museum (was closed), lake cruises, guided fishing trips and canoe rentals. None of which were available, yet we were charged the full rate. If the guest services are going to be closed and the lake is bone dry, then the rate should be heavily discounted... at least 20%.

We were fine with the cabin itself... but, were disappointed with the lack of services and the false advertising...

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 26 October 2013

My wife, sister-in-law and I were at one of the private 2 double bed cabins for couple of nights. We enjoyed our stay at the hotel. Rooms were decent size and our room was very close to dining areas so that helped immensely. Room had good wifi connection, room service was very good and can't really complain about anything as such. We had bed and breakfast room so got vouchers for a full size breakfast buffet. That was nice since the buffet by itself is about $12-13 per person. The cabins are little hard to find it in the dark since there are hardly any road lights. Its little far from main Teton park attractions and the price wise its above average. The only little fuss we had was with thermostat for heating which was not good enough and room used to get too hot or too cold. Overall, a great stay in the park.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Helena, Montana
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Reviewed 24 October 2013

Visited here in late September so it was perfect weather. We stayed in a cabin - these are authentic log cabins - not fancy but they are large, with simple bathrooms and bedding. And very clean. The cabin's locations spread throughout the woods is perfect. Even thought the place was nearly full, it wasn't noisy and felt private. We saw some deer at night and in the morning, just hanging around our cabin. Just a short walk to the marina and shore of Jackson Lake and to nearby restaurant and small bar. We intended to go hiking in the Tetons so this location was a short drive from several trailheads.
My only gripe is that because we were staying near the end of their season they didn't let us know that the restaurant and bar was only open one last night and breakfast was only open one morning. If they could have communicated this to us before we arrived, we could have done some food shopping so we'd have a better breakfast than what you can buy at their little general store.
Nonetheless, everyone was friendly and helpful and seemed to enjoy working there. Why wouldn't you, in such a lovely environment? Great for couples or families too.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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Houma, Louisiana
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Reviewed 19 October 2013

We chose Bay Cabins over Lake Jackson Lodge because the rate was about $100/night less. I really expected to be a short walk from the water, but was not. As others have said in September the bay was bone dry. I was told this was unusual. The log cabins looked great from the outside, but the inside was disappointing. There was no carpet and the floor was cold. Lotion, shampoo and conditioner were not supplied. The room was a tight fit, but the bathroom was larger than other park cabins we stayed in. The bed had a hard mattress.

There is a community room on the grounds which has wifi, ice and soda machines. It has sofas, chairs and tables.

The front desk staff was friendly and helpful when I had to return for something I'd forgotten in the room.

We drove to the Lake Jackson Lodge for dinner which turned out really well. We planned to go sit outside on the bar's patio for a drink and then go into the dining room. But the view was so spectacular we ended up ordering sandwiches from the bar and stayed outside for 4 hours. There were moose and elk and a gorgeous sunset!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Dallas, Tx
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Reviewed 18 October 2013

We stayed in the cabins at Colter Bay Village. The room was huge with 2 full size beds, an end table, and a small desk. The bath was large in comparison to other park cabins. It is the location that ticks all of the boxes, with it being very close to both Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons. There are two restaurants in the area (one was closed for the season) and the food was very good. The convenience store/gift shop was, also, stocked with all of the things that you forgot to bring. Unlike some of the other reviewers, we found the people at check in and in the gift shop to be very pleasant and helpful. The only suggestion that I could make as an improvement is that they supply a coffee maker in the room or have coffee at the check-in area. A nice warm cup of coffee would make it a perfect stay.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Fort Wayne, IN
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Reviewed 10 October 2013

This is a rustic cabin in a campground. Don't expect anything fancy. My cabin had two units, my unit had a double bed and bathroom. There was also a small desk and a couple of wood chairs. The bedspread, while appropriately western, felt quite grimy. I could see daylight around the lower edge of the doorjam. The heater and water heater both worked (but, the water heater takes up about as much room in the bathroom as the shower does). It was a place to sleep. Unfortunately, there is no place to sit outside to enjoy nature; and you must go about a mile away to find a place with grills. Don't count on the grocery store having much in stock if you go the last weekend of the season (like I did) -- otherwise, it looks like it would be quite adequate. You might want to check what the water level in Jackson Lake is; it was so low (Sept 2013) the entire marina bay was dry. Very overpriced, but Jackson is about an hour away, and the lodges in Grand Teton National Park are considerably more overpriced. You cannot see the lake or mountains from the cabins; just the trees and other cabins; but you are within a mile or few from awesome views of either.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled solo
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Property: Colter Bay Village
Address: Grand Teton National Park, WY 83013
Region: United States > Wyoming > Grand Teton National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #5 of 14 Speciality Lodging in Grand Teton National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Colter Bay Village 2.5*
Number of rooms: 209
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