The Alpine House Lodge & Cottages
What We Love
- Steps (or a ride on one of the free bicycles) from the Old West charm of downtown Jackson
- Free hearty breakfast daily (not included for Cottage rooms)
- Round-the-clock access to locally brewed beers and regional wines in the lobby Viking Bar
What To Know
- Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is 12.5 miles northwest of the town of Jackson
- This is not a ski-in/ski-out hotel
- No need to rent a car: Jackson’s bus system is incredibly comprehensive for a small town, with regular stops at both the airport and ski resort
- The hotel staff is small; call ahead if you are going to be checking in late
- No flat-screens here, just boxy old TV sets
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
A cozy European-style inn, this alpine lodge has fir beams, rustic floors and overstuffed sofas and armchairs by a roaring fireplace. The draw isn’t edgy design but an inviting stay with skier cred thanks to owners Hans and Nancy Johnstone, who both competed in the 1988 and 1992 Olympics (souvenirs of the games adorn the walls). Cozy up with a book from the library or, in warmer weather, relax on the deck and walk the perennial gardens.
Bed & Bath
Styled with Scandinavian simplicity, the guestrooms are modest in size and amenities, featuring pine headboards and desks, iPod docking stations, gas fireplaces and down duvets. Bathrooms feature plush bathrobes and all natural handmade products. Note: The stairs can be a little daunting if you’re carrying heavy bags; ask for some help.
During ski season the Johnstones can give you the lowdown on snow conditions and the best runs. During warmer months, take out one of the hotel’s free bikes to explore downtown Jackson. Afterward, unwind at the hotel’s “Little” spa with a massage, Finnish sauna and a signature Bubbling Mud Bath.
In the Area
Jackson balances Wild West fun with a sophisticated restaurant scene. Gavin Fine is the local restaurateur to know. Be sure to swing by his new wine bar, Bin22, or the buzzy Rendezvous Bistro. For something low-key, grab an award-winning locally made beer at Snake River Brewing. If you’re here in the summer, be sure to check out the ropin’ cowboys (and girls!) at the Jackson Hole Rodeo on Wednesday and Saturday nights. In the winter take a day off from the slopes for a wildlife safari to look for elk, moose, bighorn sheep and bison.
How to Get There
We really wanted to write a glowing review of the alpine house as there are many positive things to say about it. With that said, we cannot give it our endorsement. We spent a total of 3 nights at The Alpine House—2 in a basement room with a king bed before we departed for a backpacking trip and 1 night on the backend of said trip. The reasons we can’t endorse The Alpine House are as follows.
The rooms are very small . This was especially problematic for us as we were staging for a backpack and needed space to lay out and pack our gear. The light left a lot to be desired—the rooms were dark and especially in the basement room, there was little natural light to compensate. The basement room sorely needs updating, especially the bathroom. In contrast, the upstairs room was more modern with a well-appointed bathroom.
However, while there was no problem with the plumbing, the fixtures seemed poorly assembled; for example, the hot and cold handles/knobs on the bathroom sinks were not properly aligned, and in the case of our second room, the hot water ran from the right rather than left faucet. Also, the shower door in the second bathroom opened in a way that blocked the towel rack; therefore, the occupant needed to get the floor wet in order to retrieve a towel. The bath towel mat provided proved insufficient to keep water from getting on the floor. This presentation not only created some minor confusion, but also a poor impression as to the overall quality of these domiciles.
There was no a/c in one of the rooms we stayed in (we knew this when we made the booking), but the door that opened to provide ventilation blocked the passageway from the bed to the bathroom when it was fully open which, made a room that is already struggling for square footage that much smaller. And there was street noise when the door was left open. The WiFi was spotty in the basement room. My husband complained that the pillows were lumpy. He also complained that the bed in the upstairs room was poorly supported by a cheap bed frame; as a result, the bed sagged or contorted in ways that made it difficult for him to sleep. All of this suggested to us shoddy work, poor planning, and extreme frugality. This was especially frustrating when we were paying $250 (queen room) and $290 (king room) per night.
On the plus side, we very much appreciated the friendly and helpful service—the bags we left behind when we departed for our backpacking trip were moved for us from one room to another; a package that we had delivered to the hot was waiting for us in our room when we returned from our backpack. The breakfast was plentiful, fresh, and very tasty and there were baked goods available in the afternoons which was a nice treat. The property is located within easy walking distance of Jackson Hole and offers a nice front lawn as well as indoor seating area—both of which came in handy given the small room size.
We had nothing short of a great stay at the Alpine House Lodge & Cottages. The people who work there were outstanding and did everything they could to make our stay absolutely perfect. Their breakfasts are custom made every day by a chef who comes in in the morning. Some examples: waffles with strawberries and whipped cream, burritos with scrambled eggs, avocado, chorizo, black beans, cheese, etc., Frittata with Canadian bacon, red potatoes, leeks, asparagus and white cheddar. The day the chef made burritos, we asked for just scrambled eggs and cheese, and she obliged willingly. They also have a buffet with croissants, muffins, toast, cereal and more. Then, to top that, the chef made a special treat left out on the bar all day for anyone to have any time they wanted (pecan bars, chocolate cookies with white chocolate chips, chocolate chip cookies). And, they have an honor bar where you can pour yourself a glass of wine or a beer. Torrie was the woman who helped us most frequently, and she was a wealth of information about pretty much anything to do with Jackson Hole. We highly recommend the Alpine House and will definitely stay there the next time we go to Jackson.
Bikes available for guest day use in town, ample free parking, and an excellent breakfast with made to order omelettes were all included. Room was comfy and service was great! The location is perfect! a very short walk to town (2 blocks) and an easy drive to Teton National Park. This is a great value with everything in town being overpriced.
Very friendly hotel. Convenient walking distance to most of town. Charming garden and patio. Room tiny. Bathroom,sink, mirror, bedside tables all tiny. Housekeeping service noticeably minimal. Local heavy traffic to and from parks is a significant factor in planning all activities. We got up early to try to miss the traffic and missed breakfast- which does not start until 7:30. The hotel did make bear spray loaners available for guests - turns out that is a plus in this area!
We paid in June for a very small room, minimalistic equipped, mini TV, Queen Bed an extreme high price. My feeling is, that the price of $545.00 for 2 nights is way overprized. But we have to say, the breakfast was nice.