Hotel Terra Jackson Hole Rating: 4,0 Pearls
The 132-room Hotel Terra is a trendy, eco-friendly ski lodge that offers a nice break from the often-standard mountain-lodge decor found in other area hotels. The lobby has the characteristic fireplaces and antler-adorned walls, but they're complemented by pops of color and modern furniture. The rooms are sleek, with flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, free Wi-Fi, and organic toiletries in the bathrooms (complete with heated floors), though standard rooms are a bit cramped. Perhaps most importantly, the hotel is just a short walk from the slopes and has on-site ski rentals and a ski valet. But it feels a little more geared toward couples than families, and lacks some of the kid-friendly amenities you'll find at the Four Seasons.
Rusty Parrot Lodge and Spa Rating: 4,0 Pearls
The small 32-room Rusty Parrot Lodge is decidedly upscale for the area and notably quiet despite its central location. The property embraces a rustic chic decor, including in the super spacious, bright rooms (some with fireplaces) with clean, white-tile bathrooms. It hits all of the requisite apres-ski offerings: an ornate reading room with heavy leather chairs, an outdoor lounge deck with a Jacuzzi and fire pits, and a stylish bar manned by knowledgeable mixologists. Even though the on-site restaurant Wild Sage has delicious food, guests are still only steps away from Jackson's restaurants, shops, and bars.
Spring Creek Ranch Rating: 4,0 Pearls
Set in a wildlife refuge more than 700 feet above the Jackson Valley, the Spring Creek Ranch has arguably the most stunning views of the Tetons in the area. It has a wide array of room categories, from standard hotel rooms to immense two-bedroom condos, but the quality and design of each unit varies greatly, making it a game of hit-or-miss. While some condos are ultra-luxurious in every possible way, others are plain and come with more basic amenities. Most standard hotel rooms are in need of an urgent renovation. The delicious, popular restaurant and the excellent heated outdoor pool are not to be missed though.
Snake River Lodge & Spa, a RockResort Rating: 4,0 Pearls
The Snake River Lodge is a convenient, clean retreat tucked in the ski-centric but sleepy location of Teton Village. The rooms swap the standard alpine theme that other area hotels tend to overdo for basic carved wood furniture, comfortable beds and (in some cases) gas fireplaces (the fully decked-out Penthouse is the most impressive). It's located just steps away from the chairlifts, and its on-site wellness amenities like the large fitness center and yoga studio should attract the active crowd. However, the hotel falls flat on outright luxury considering the price. If you're looking for a higher-end experience, consider the nearby Four Seasons.
The Sassy Moose Inn Rating: 3,0 Pearls
As is typical at bed & breakfasts, the five rooms at the Sassy Moose Inn vary in style: The Cowboy Room is large with sparse log cabin decor, a small tube TV, and soaking tub, while the Wildflower Room is tight with low ceilings and a kitschy early-90s style bathroom. But the inn has a genuinely homey vibe throughout the breakfast area and living room, and what it lacks in surrounding restaurants and shops it makes up for with stunning views of the Tetons (and, of course, the occasional moose). It's a nice, casual option for anyone seeking to be surrounded by the great outdoors.