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Snow King Hotel and Grand View Lodge

Jackson, Wyoming

DSC_0145The Snow King Resort has a long, noble history attracting guests to this popular 203-room hotel for decades.  Today, toward the end of a $16 million renovation program, thanks to its acquisition by Benchmark Resorts and Hotels, the Resort is the town’s largest full service, year-round resort offering hotel-style rooms as well as luxurious accommodations in the Grand View Lodge.  Located just six blocks from Jackson’s historic Town Square, Snow King Resort has its own Snow King Ski Area, a well-known destination which opened in 1939 as Wyoming’s first ski resort.

Snow King Resort offers the perfect setting for couples, families, and groups to enjoy the very best of the Jackson Hole area.  Make yourself at home in the hotel, the nearby condominiums or the luxury resort lodges.  Groups may take advantage of the extensive event facilities.  Numerous mountain activities are just out your door, including skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing and ice skating in the winter.  In the summer there is hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, the alpine slide, scenic chairlift rides and mini-golf. Take a swim in the hotel’s outdoor pool. Catch a view of a bull moose in the Grand Teton National Park, enjoy a mountain bike ride along the Great Snow King trails, grab lunch and a world class brew at Snake River Brewery, and stroll over to the National Museum of Wildlife Art.  For those who have time to do more, there is rafting down the Snake River, riding the Alpine Slide, going for a horseback ride or a guided fishing trip, and ending the day with a chuck-wagon dinner.

The newly renovated Snow King Hotel features 201 guest rooms and two suites. Each room features lodgepole pine furnishings, cozy comforters and western-themed art.  King rooms offer totally renovated bathrooms and stunning views of the surrounding mountains from large windows or a balcony.  Double queen rooms also have views and allow for extra persons.    Amenities include modern refrigerators, flat screen TVs, premium cable service, free wireless internet access in guest rooms and public areas, and free transportation, both to the Jackson Hole airport and within the town of Jackson.  In addition to a free local paper, rooms are stocked with Gilchrist & Soames bath products, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, and iHome/iPod/MP3 clock radio.

Meeting spaces have been enhanced significantly, offering square footage from over 5300 square feet in the Grand Teton Room down to the Rafferty Board Room of 355 square feet, with several options in between.  The Grand View Lodge also offers several event space options from the 2640 square foot Ballroom to the 900 square foot Fireside Lounge, also with other mid-size options. In all, over 20,000 square feet of conference and convention space is local within the hotel and it can also arrange a 22,000 square foot events center located just a block away and operated by the Town of Jackson.

The hotel features a lively restaurant, Hayden’s Post, offering spectacular 280-degree views of the surrounding mountain landscape.  Hayden’s Post serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily and boasts a Happy Hour menu.  Please see our separate article on the delectable signature dinner entrees and a review of our dining experience at this exquisite hotel restaurant.

Olga’s Day Spa offers a variety of facial and massage treatments to refresh those tired muscles after a day of skiing, hiking, bicycling, or walking about town.  Please see our separate article on the Day Spa including a review of our experience there.

Other hotel offerings include The Clip Joint, a full service hair salon, and a Fitness Center, featuring state-of-the-art equipment including treadmills, elliptical machines, stationary bicycles, and free weights.  The year-round Activity Center offers ski, snowboard, mountain bike, and other rentals, as well as helpful information on other outdoor activities.  A new Business Center features state-of-the-art equipment including new computers and wi-fi-ready printers.  We made use of this center one evening, easily finding our airline boarding passes online and using the wireless printer to print our copies.  In a matter of seconds we were secure in the knowledge that our flight was on time and our reserved seat boarding passes were safely in hand.

The Grand View Lodge

Luxury, condominium-style units are also available at the Snow King Resort, as part of the Grand View Lodge.  Adjacent to the hotel and allowing full access to all its amenities, these spacious units come complete with regional-themed furnishings.  Our unit featured a large living room with gas fireplace, two sofas, an outdoor covered deck, and a beautiful kitchen with top-grade appliances, cookware, and service for 12.  In addition to a master suite, our unit had a second bathroom, laundry facilities, large dining table with six chairs, two TVs, two overstuffed chairs, two counter stools at the kitchen counter, and plenty of tastefully-appointed furnishings such as western-themed chandelier, lamps and artwork as well as drapes, plants, and amenities in the bath and kitchen.  The beautifully-appointed kitchen featured a Sub-Zero refrigerator, glass cook-top stove, microwave, toaster, coffeemaker, dishwasher, and granite countertops.

After registration, we drove around the hotel, up the road to the lodge area and into the lower level garage of our unit. In the garage we located a parking space corresponding to our unit and ascended the stairs to find a spectacular view out every window.  Our huge master bathroom had a jetted tub and glass door shower with a huge clothes closet large enough to be a kid’s playroom.  The jetted tub offered soothing relief to tired muscles at the end of a long day.   Extra pillows and blankets were available.  The custom-built bathroom boasted extended-height sinks (particularly welcome for taller folks) and several other upgraded features.

We made use of the washer and dryer, freshening up clothes from our luggage.  Putting on some hot water for tea or coffee was easy and enhanced our time of relaxation.  The two TVs made it convenient to use one room for reading and another for TV-viewing.  Reading lamps beside the two sofas provided a warm glow to the room, as did the gas fireplace, which provided extra warmth in the evening and in the chilly morning.

The large, spacious living room was double the size of the large master bedroom, allowing plenty of space for all the furnishings, including a large dining table over which hung a large, metal and glass chandelier.

Quaking aspens, gradually shedding a few leaves every few moments in the October breezes, surrounded our handsome wood and stone lodging, barely cloaking a view of majestic mountains in the distance.  Autumn comes to Jackson bringing enough chill to warn you that winter is on the way, but also suggests that the best of the shoulder season is not yet finished.  If you catch it right, October can be the perfect month to move freely around Jackson Hole, watching the leaves turn color on trees fronting a backdrop of snow-capped mountains, finding that serendipitous moment when a moose, elk, or bison comes into view, or finishing the day basking in a jetted tub, followed by a hot cup of tea and a good book.  This is the way to enjoy Jackson Hole, Wyoming—at the Grand View Lodge in the Snow King Resort.

Snow King Hotel and Grand View Lodge

400 E. Snow King Ave

PO Box 3250

Jackson, Wyoming 830011

Phone: (307) 733-5200

Websites:  www.snowking.com







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