The Anvil Hotel is the quintessential western experience for anyone looking to trade in urban grit for the rugged outdoors and experience some old-world charm from a high-end hospitality venue. Owned by Eagle Point Hotel Partners and managed by Filament Hospitality, the hotel's two buildings are located on Cache Street, the historic, picturesque downtown heart of Jackson, Wyoming, and were originally constructed in the 1950's.
Responsible for the deisgn is the New York-based Studio Tack. And naturally, a full renovation has occurred, with "upscale cozy" an accurately descriptive term to use for the design, as the entire property hints of the woodsy outdoor adventures to come - from the dark green, wood-clad exterior, to the inviting décor in each of the 49 guestrooms.
The scene is set upon entry to the lobby, a welcoming space that was envisioned as a fusion between a café and an old-fashioned mercantile, the latter of which is curated by Westerlind, a local outdoor boutique. The heart of the timber clad space surrounds a wrought iron, wood burning stove, encouraging guests to take off their (often) snow-covered boots and pull up one of the hand-made wood stools. If tummies start growling they can munch on some freshly baked treats, brought in from the local bakery, Persephone, and sip on a warm cup of jo blended by Jackson's Snake River Roasters - both more than ample hospitality incentives to get in the small town spirit and infuse guests with the energy needed to peruse the outdoorsy wares displayed in the carved wood cabinets and shelves of the shop.
If the majestic Grand Tetons in the hotel's backyard, the passing herds of imposing reindeer, and the slew of exciting outdoor recreational activities - which the hotel is ready to offer its guests year round - work up more of an appetite, then guests and locals alike are invited to take the short walk down the street to sample Chef Troy Furuta's seasonally rotating menu at Glorietta Trattoria. Inside this wood clad, slopped roof building patrons are greeted by the warm charm only naturally-finished materials can bring to a space, and everything from the wood paneling on the walls, the white tiles wrapping around the bar and wood-burning grill, and the glowing, globe lamps hanging from the ceiling are geared towards encouraging that feeling.
Meanwhile, the wood-paneled guest rooms nestled within the main two storey building look exactly like what a weary traveler is hoping will greet them at the end of their trip - an inviting amalgamation of custom made, wood or metal furniture sprinkled with tactile touches such as the warm blankets on the beds, the woven kilim rugs on the floor and the glossy black subway tiles in the bathrooms. In a fun, old-timey touch, the bathroom sinks are actually outside of the bathrooms and in the main part of the bedroom!
It's these special touches that make the Anvil Hotel seem like so much more than a place for a brief respite. In fact, we wouldn't be surprised if many of its guests book their return visits before their boots step out the front door…