It is always hard to find affordable accommodations in Jackson (by affordable, I mean hotels with rates closer to $200 than $300) and it was even harder considering that I did my bookings less than a month before my planned arrival date. I think I believe I went from property to property and it took a couple of days to find the Parkway Inn. The Parkway Inn's rate was slightly over $200 with AAA discount. However, considering that the Motel 6 was selling for $130 a night for a room, I think that the Parkway Inn, with all its ammenities, was actually a bargain.
I would describe the Parkway Inn as a hybrid between a motel and a hotel. Each room has two doors, when leading to the parking lot, just like a motel, and the other leading to the internal corridor, where you can reach the reception and dining room. So if you ignore the internal door, you have your motel, but if you ignore the external door, you have those old hotels with walpaper and antiques in the corridor.
Rooms have good size, well appointed, decorated with wallpaper and antique furnishings. It has a kind of B&B feeling but you know it is a hotel room. Bathroom are on the small size but very functional. Rooms are middle of the road: not freshly renovated but also no urgency to be renovated. Wifi was ok. I did not experience big problems as reported by some other reviewer. The signal I got was about the same for most of the hotels we stayed for this trip: a bit on the weaker side but enough to read email and surf the net.
We were particularly fond of the indoor pool and spa area. There is a pool designed for lap swimming (one lane) which I found to be a plus. There are also two hot tubs in the same area, one of them seem to have aromatic minerals mixed in the water. This part of the inn almost feel like recently build.
The hotel offer continental breakfast. The options may be limited, and no hot items are offered, but I thought what was offered was on the better side: the coffee was stronger, the bagels seemed larger and fresher than the others we tried in other properties, and they have yogurt, milk and cereal. We thought it was pretty nice.
A lot has been said about its location so I will just reinforce. The location is ideal - far enough from the town square to be quiet yet close enough so we can easily walk to the shops and restaurants.
I was going to rate the service average, since most of our interactions were with younger people (probably students doing summer job) who may lack some experience than a more experienced concierge may help. Still, they were friendly and helpful. However, by the day we were leaving, we met someone who looked like either the owner or the manager, and she was extremely hospitable. She gave us detailed directions and offered to dispose an ice chest that we brought a week before and that we did not want to check as luggage for our flight back. This saved us a trip to a Goodwill store and some valuable time on our vacation.
There are a few negatives that I should point out. First, no microwave or mini-fridge in the room, but we did not need at that point of our trip. Second, rooms tend to be connected so it is very easy to hear your neighbor through the (locked) connecting door. This may be the biggest issue with the property but it did not bothered us too much, maybe we were lucky with our neighbors. Third, some parts of the bed look a bit fragile and were dismanteling. This is a cosmetic issue but I think in these types of properties, attention to details is fundamental. Finally, maybe it was available somewhere but we could not find pool towels so we had to run back to our rooms to minimizing drippings. No big deal as Jackson can be hot during the summer.
All in all, we had a great stay in Jackson, and liked the Parkway Inn very much. It had all the ammenities we wanted/needed and whatever missing was far from being deal breakers. My formal rate would be 4.5 but give the nice interaction with the owner (I think) to solve my cooler problem I am rounding it up to 5.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- On a quiet street just 3 blocks from Jackson Hole’s Historic Town Square, tucked among aspen and pine trees, stands The Parkway Inn of Jackson Hole. Locally owned and operated, The Parkway offers guests a friendly mix of modern comfort, old world charm, and warm hospitality for over 30 years, The Parkway Inn is just a short drive from Grand Teton National Park and the Jackson Hole Ski Resort, and less than an hour from Yellowstone National Park.Enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast in our fireplace lounge. Smell the freshly brewed coffee and sample a variety of cereals, bagels, granola, fresh fruits, yogurt and baked goods each morning.Join us in the afternoon for ice cold lemonade and cookies in the summer, or hot apple cider in the winter. Meet with friends and family and enjoy the board games and collection of books provided.Stroll along the wooden sidewalks of the historic town square and visit the unique shops, nightspots, and restaurants. Looking for artwork? Galleries galore. From classic to contemporary, there are over 25 art galleries featuring all of the big names in Western art.After a day of skiing, fly fishing, hiking, river rafting, sightseeing, or shopping, take a soothing soak in one of our two spas, go for a refreshing swim in the lap pool, or relax in one of our saunas and be ready for one of Jackson’s great restaurants. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Parkway Inn Jackson Hole, WY