Tough to rate this one. If I simply compared it to a name brand full service hotel, I'd give it 1 or 2 stars. But this place is one third the price. It's all about expectations and what's important to you. We stayed for 2 nights after a backpacking trip, knew what to expect, and it was fine. The walls are thin, the floors are thin, people are friendly. Don't expect isolated privacy. You will hear your neighbors and you will hear people walking past the property. If you leave your door open for ventilation, expect other guests to stop by while you're sorting your gear. Every single guest and staff member I saw was friendly and considerate.
The place quiets down around 11p and gets going again around 7a. If that's the time window you like to sleep in, you should be okay.
This is not a typical hostel with shared rooms and baths, although there are a few choices like that. Most rooms are 1 king bed (actually 2 twins shoved together) or double bunk beds, both types with private bath (nice new fixtures this year).
There is no AC, no TV, no shampoo, no hair dryers, no phone, no alarm clock. They provide soap, towels, pillows, and linens. Simple.
First tip: Try for the top floor away from the stairs. The stairs and external walkways are old, wooden, creaky, and shaky.
Second tip: if you're driving, bring a small window fan and a 25 foot extension cord (there are no outlets near the window). It will really help cool the room down in the evening. Otherwise, there is very little air flow.
Third tip: If you like coffee, bring some quarters and a cup. There is surprisingly good coffee in the lobby in the mornings for $0.25 with your own cup and $0.50 if you use their cup.
Fourth tip: Ask the staff for retaurant recommendations in the Village and in Wilson. Tell them what you want and they'll give you good advice.
Say hi to the mountains for me. I miss them already!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hostel, a classic slope-side ski lodge at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, and a great summertime base for exploring the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone. Newly renovated rooms in Spring of 2011 for an affordable, clean and comfortable vacation. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Hotel Teton Village
- The Hostel Jackson Hole/Teton Village