Since opening in 1941, The Wort Hotel has exemplified historic charm while providing luxury amenities and services making it Jackson Hole’s finest boutique hotel. The Wort, a non-smoking hotel, features 55 majestic guest rooms, including five sophisticated Western Theme Suites. All of our guest rooms combine the heritage and intimacy of a world-class western lodge, and the exceptional service of a grand hotel.
The inspiration for The Wort Hotel originated with Charles J. Wort, a homesteader who arrived in Jackson Hole in 1893. Staking claim just outside modern day Jackson, Charles and his wife Luella gave birth to two sons; John in 1900 and Jess in 1903.
In 1917, Charles bought four lots in downtown Jackson, Wyoming. For seven years, the land was used as a horse corral adjacent to a livery stable. From 1932 to 1940, the Wort family operated what is now Signal Mountain Lodge in Grand Teton National Park. Through the sale of this facility, the family financed construction of their dream; a luxury hotel in downtown Jackson, WY. Original construction costs were approximately $90,000, and the hotel officially opened in the late summer of 1941.
In 1950, the famous Silver Dollar Bar was designed and built by a German cabinet maker using 2,032 uncirculated Morgan Silver Dollars from the Denver mint.
Although gambling has always been unlawful in Wyoming, it was tolerated for many years as a tourist amusement in resort destinations. The Wort offered a variety of gaming options, which moved underground and eventually ceased after outside pressures and the postwar boom brought increased attention to this corner of the world.
The Wort Hotel is a member of Historic Hotels Worldwide®, which is dedicated to promoting heritage and cultural travel to prestigious historic treasures.
The Wort Hotel remains dedicated to the guest experience, enriched by our Western heritage, committed to the community and powered by our employees.