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Amangani might have the finer location, but the Four Seasons Resort at Jackson Hole takes top prize for hotels in and around Teton Village itself.
There are 156 rooms and suites in total, all with gas fireplaces; stone, leather and wood finishes and marble bathrooms with separate baths and showers. Most have a balcony or terrace, some of which overlook Teton Village.
The last few years has seen the Four Seasons undergo a series of rolling renovations, with the biggest improvement undoubtedly in the scope and range of restaurants and bars on offer. The Westbank Grill remains the signature restaurant, serving buffet breakfast, wholesome lunches and excellent dinners, but now with a state of the art 1,800 degree grill to cook meats (including elk and bison) and seafood to perfection. The wine list has also improved, while the heated terrace remains somewhere to enjoy al fresco dining even in winter.
Entirely new as of late 2012 is the Handle Bar, a funky (yes, funky) bar and beer hall with slick décor and serving even slicker contemporary pub grub (courtesy of superchef Michael Mina) alongside a wide range of cocktails, whiskies and craft beers. A retractable side wall goes up in good weather, turning the whole place into an open air après-ski haunt to rival the best bars in town.
Off the main lobby, the Ascent Lounge acts as the hotel's living room - complete with roaring fire - as well as another restaurant serving delicious Asian/Western fusion dishes and fine sushi. This is also the place for a late night tipple. Finally, summer sees the Pool Café take centre stage for al fresco dining with beautiful views of the mountains and a diverse menu of snacks, salads and sandwiches (ranging, in true American style, from the large to the ginormous) alongside smoothies, ice creams and cocktails.
If over-indulgence of the eating variety beckons, then head to the spa for indulgence of a different kind in one of the 16 rooms where guests can enjoy a wide range of treatments from native stone massages using warm river stones (a traditional technique used by Wyoming's Native American population) to high altitude body soaks with Himalayan pink salts to ease weary muscles.
Those muscles will most likely be weary in winter thanks to the superb ski facilities right on the Four Seasons's doorstep. In summer the action is more likely riding, mountain biking, fly fishing and trekking in the beautiful surroundings. For younger guests, the usual excellent Kids for all Seasons facilities are in place, including a Kids Club but also a nearby Kid's Ranch (at additional cost) where children can have ski and snowboarding lessons in winter and go walking, orienteering and riding in summer. Family-specific activities are also on offer, including winter sleigh rides and ice skating, and summer visits to the National Elk Refuge and nearby Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks or stargazing. Or you could all just lie by the lovely 75ft pool all day.
Why we love it
The heated pool is great even in winter, where the staff keep your dressing gowns and towels warm while you swim, and serve hot chocolate immediately afterwards.
Alexandra, Original Traveller