West - Lodging Around Yellowstone and Grand Teton
Jan 29, 11, 8:06 am
Anyone recently stayed at
1) Old Faithful Inn in Yellowstone
2) Signal Mountain Lodge in Grand Teton
3) Jackson Lake Lodge in Grand Teton
Interested in thoughts on the above as far as activities, food, quality of lodging. Thanks in advance
What time of year?
In general, I would rank Signal Mt as #3. Depending on how you weigh amenities (JLL) versus atmosphere (OFI, IMHO. YVMV) would impact which was #1 and which was #2. OFI has a lot of easy walking options in the immediate area. Boating options like float trips and rafting can be found south of the dam on Jackson Lake, though those depend somewhat on the flow through the dam, which depends on farmers that have control of the dam (and are downstream, I assume).
I don't know who is managing the GTNP facilities currently. If the same company that is managing OFI, expect similar food.
There are several threads in the forum within the last year that might provide some useful information.
Feb 17, 11, 8:13 am
Jackson Lake Lodge is reasonably nice. You're paying for location and the ability to stay in a National Park however. For the price of the room you would get a much higher quality room in a big city hotel in cities like DC, SF, Boston. That is, the room is a bit rustic. Good dining options, friendly staff, great view of Tetons.
The location is okay if you're touring Yellowstone. It's a long drive each day to get into Yellowstone-an hour at least to West Thumb. So it depends on what you are doing--if you want to stay in one place and see the Tetons and Yellowstone, it's okay, but if I were doing it again, I would stay in Yellowstone or here for a couple of days and then somewhere on the northern end of Yellowstone for a couple of days so you don't spend half your day driving into/out of park.