Cache House, a new high-end hostel lodging experience centered on the modern-day explorer and originally a former bunkhouse during the 1990s, has opened in Jackson Hole, WY. Located below the Anvil Hotel outside of the town’s central square, the new lodging concept features two shared living quarters with 50 bunks and a spacious lobby, offering a new high-design stay experience at an approachable price point. Owned by Eagle Point Hotel Partners and designed by Brooklyn-based firm Studio Tack, Cache House features shared accommodations and public spaces that are bright and minimalist in their design, but functional in their approach, creating a new home base for travelers to relax, find a sense of community and explore the surrounding area.
“Jackson, WY is the inspiration…its people, its history, its environment and its culture,” said Erik Warner, co-founder/principal, Eagle Point Hotel Partners. “Then, layered into this is the existing sibling property, the Anvil, and its identity. Cache House captures all of these components and has a familial feeling to the design of the existing hotel, while being warm, embracing and upbeat.”
Cache House’s lobby, which is the central gathering place for guests, features custom lighting and high-end furnishing, including a communal work table and seating, sofas from TRNK Studio and Lawson Fenning, and chairs from Fern NYC, along with a small library of guide and adventure books. The lobby also features community programming, and complimentary Snake River Roasting Co. coffee for travelers to start their day.
“Funnily, trying to describe to folks what we were creating, the hostel concept is not prevalent in the U.S. and then when you add in words like upscale and bunkhouse, folks become more confused. Yes, we are creating an upscale bunkhouse with private bathrooms where travelers can stay for half the price of a hotel room in town. We overcame this challenge when we opened,” Warner said.
Accommodations at Cache House include two shared rooms, with a mix of queen, full and twin beds. Each of the individual bunks are outfitted with custom wool blankets and feature eminently functional details such as built-in lockable storage, outlets for charging devices, individual fans, reading lights, ergonomic ladders and privacy curtains that block out light and sound. The property features three wash closets and 11 fully appointed private bathrooms that are stocked with Co. Bigelow bath products.
“It is all about guest interaction. In the hostel, our guests are all living together in a shared space, choosing to constantly interact with each other. In our hotels, guests have private rooms where not much interaction with other travelers occurs outside of common areas like the lobby. What is critical in designing a hostel space is creating an experience through design that allows guests to feel comfortable during indirect or direct interactions,” he said.
Cache House’s location is right below its sister-property, the Anvil, a 50-room hotel, and a short walk from Glorietta Trattoria, the wood-fire Italian restaurant, named after Jackson’s nearby Mt. Glory. Glorietta serves a seasonally rotating menu featuring modern rustic wood-fire Italian cuisine with a craft cocktail program from Proprietors LLC, which is behind New York City’s Death & Co., in a cozy, warmly furnished setting. Minutes from skiing at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and one of the closest properties to the southern entrance of both Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park, Cache House works with local guides to offer a variety of outdoor experiences for guests. For a more urban experience, the property is a block away from town’s diverse activities and attractions, including the Center for the Arts, dozens of art galleries, historic playhouses, and several music venues, along with a world-class dining scene and incredible boutique shopping.
“In all of my hotels, it is critical to design a space that feels like the environment in which the space exists,” Warner said. “Cache House is no exception. Our design team did an incredible job in examining the traditional bunkhouses of the West, the mountain environs of Jackson, and the culture of the area to create a space that allows our guests to always know where they are: Jackson, WY.”