Jackson Hole isn’t a place you come to spend time inside. But chances are, you don’t want to camp every night, either. How about picking a hotel that celebrates the views outside while offering interior touches such as heated floors, overstuffed down comforters, high-thread-count linens, and terrycloth robes? And if the hotel happens to have a heated, outdoor infinity pool with nothing but clear mountain air between it and the Tetons, all the better. Because the best views of the Tetons aren’t always from the Tetons, and also because there are more mountains to admire here than just the Tetons—such as the Gros Ventres and the Snake River Range—for the following list I’m including hotels in Jackson and Teton Village, in addition to lodges in Grand Teton National Park. Before planning your trip, know that the lodges in the park are only open from late May/early June until late September/early October.
Spring Creek Ranch
The inn rooms, townhomes and mountain villas at Spring Creek Ranch—on a 1,000-acre hillside wildlife refuge between Wilson and Jackson, and 1,000 feet above the valley floor—all have Teton views. (Alas, however, the hotel’s hot tub does not.) In summer, surrounding meadows are full of wildflowers and you can go horseback riding.
On a 7,000-foot butte in the middle of the valley, all of the rooms and public spaces—including the heated, outdoor infinity pool—has direct, unobstructed views. Those views include the entire Teton Range, the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and, on clear days, 60 miles away into Yellowstone National Park.
Jackson Lake Lodge
You can't miss the 60-foot tall panoramic windows in the lobby, framing Jackson Lake and Mt. Moran, but be sure not to miss the west-facing patio, too, which is beneath the biggest and most striking peak in the northern part of the Teton Range. Either way, there’s nothing shy or subtle about the views from Jackson Lake Lodge, designed by Gilbert Stanley Underwood. And if you're dining at the restaurant’s Mural Room? Make sure to ask for a window table.
Jenny Lake Lodge
Jenny Lake isn’t immediately visible (it's a five-minute walk) from this historic lodge in Grand Teton National Park, but the craggy Cathedral Group—the main peaks of the Teton Range—is. Walking to the main lodge from the restored and updated cabins, which date from 1920–1950, your path goes through a pine forest with the peaks looming overhead.
You won’t see the Tetons from this 155-room hotel (including cabins) in downtown Jackson. But sitting here at the base of Saddle Butte—with spring- and snowmelt-fed Flat Creek flowing through the back of te property—you will see Snow King, Crystal Butte, the National Elk Refuge, Sleeping Indian and, if you’re lucky, resident wildlife such as deer, swans, geese, and coyotes.