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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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 just returned from five glorious nights at Alpine House. The accommodations are clean and cozy and everyone at Alpine truly wants you to have a good time and enjoy your time in Jackson. We stayed in a suite which was perfect for two adults and one tween. We loved that there is a sustainability focus and that all the soap/shampoo are naturally and locally made. Breakfast each morning was a delight and was a highlight. Tori was a special part of our experience - her sunny attitude and sheer joy filled the breakfast room each day. She gave us loads of wonderful recommendations for dining and local shopping. If a laid-back but gracious experience is what you seek in Jackson, look no further than Alpine House!
Perfect location, it’s a short 6-minute walk to Jackson Town Square. Or you can use the complimentary bicycles to get downtown quicker or enjoy the numerous paved bicycle trails. Bright rooms feature Scandinavian-style decor, gas fireplaces, Flat Screen HDTVs, iPod docks and complimentary Wi-Fi. After check-in, we discovered the Property’s Viking Bar where you can serve yourself to a craft beer or a glass of wine and record the use “per honor system” for billing upon check-out. Take your wine out to the property’s beautiful porch overhang and courtyard with its perennial gardens, lawn and numerous tables and chairs. We also discovered that there are always pastries and coffee available (for free) near the Viking Bar location in the afternoon and evening. In the morning, you have an option of having a Chef prepare you a hot specialty breakfast meal or a continental breakfast featuring baked goods, fruit, coffee, and freshly squeezed orange juice (this is included with your room rate). The property also features a gym and a spa area with a Finnish sauna and massage services. Parking is free.
We would stay here again. It’s a homey environment, made even better by a strong and friendly welcome and good staff. It’s not fancy but is clean and comfortable. Excellent breakfast buffet and a made to order dish too, in our case, baked eggs with cheese and veggies. Nice courtyard/porch for sitting. There is an honor bar with wine and beer. The room was on the small size - even with a grand king. The bed was soft, could probably be replaced soon, a little creaky. Quiet overall except for Jackson’s 6 am street sweeping. We’ve stayed at the Wort and Huff House in recent years and would definitely return to Alpine House first, although would ask for a room on a higher floor with a little view. Like staying in a small European hotel.