Grant Village Lodge
Old Faithful Bypass Road, Yellowstone Lake, Wyoming, 82190, United States
To Pick Up Pax
We didn't stay here, but after we left Old Faithful and stopped at the Kepler Cascades, we stopped here to pick up additional passengers for the Ring of Fire tour. I went in to look at the gift shop (photo 3) but didn't buy anything.
West Thumb is near here and that's about the only place that we did not see in the lower part of the park. On our way here, we were hearing about the forest and trees in the area and how the trees don't rot but just stay there where they fall.
Unique Quality: Just as at the Old Faithful Inn, this is a non-smoking establishment and televisions, radios, air conditioning, and Internet service is not available. This is at least partly a practical problem as the mountains make reception difficult. My grandson couldn't get cell phone reception very well and could not send photos from his phone. You should not expect luxury spa type accommodations anywhere in the park. This is just a step above camping in a tent and not as luxurious as an RV. Rooms do have a private bath.
*Standard Room $152.00
Lodging rates are per night, for up to 2 adults and do not include tax and utility fee.
Felt like a hotel, but amenities are nice. Big bed, and nice bathroom which is why it was more expensive. Grant Village is not the most exciting area either, unless you're in to boating and kayaking. It's on the lake.
Lodge in Yellowstone
This was O.K. accommodation, nothing special. The lodging complex includes 6 two-story buildings each containing 50 rooms. All rooms have private bathrooms. We found the walls to be thin, were woken up very early by just the neighbours talking normally.
Also located in the area are two restaurants with lake views (one full menu and one specializing in a pub-style menu including a selection of burgers, beef, bison, chicken and black bean). There is a lounge and a small gift store.
The accommodation was non-smoking. Internet hook-ups were not available.
In addition to Grant Village accommodation, you can also camp in this area of the park. I walked a few of the trails, one to the beautiful lake in the photo. The meal we had at the restaurant here was outstanding.
Unique Quality: Call Reservations office 1-866-GEYSERLAND (406-439-7375) or direct at 307-344-7311 for further information.
Directions: The village is situated on the southwestern shore of Yellowstone Lake, approximately 20 miles from Old Faithful, and is the nearest location to Grand Teton National Park.
Oh why, oh why don't I listen? Every guide book I read said that Grant Village accomodations were UGLY. They didn't mince words. Some of them went so far as to say they were hideous....And I booked us a room there ANYWAY. Silly me! I thought "oh how bad can they be?" Well they were pretty ugly. I really felt as if I was sent back in time to my college days. Plain, boring, beige and tan buildings on the outside. But it was the room that really gave it the title of "hideous". 80's style through and though! BAD art posters of some abstracts in pink and turquoise, white formica ect... ugh yicky. But it was a good location for us to rest our heads in between adventures. (Not at ALL honeymoon romantic though!)
Unique Quality: On the plus side, the dining rooms were nice. Log Cabin structures with lovely lake views. They have a post office, general store, boat rentals and a museum.
One of the ammenities I though was very cute, was the bear shaped soaps they gave us with our toiletries.
it's run by Xanterra (like most things in the park are save the general stores) You can make all "in park " hotel reservations, dinner reservations, and activity reservations with one phone call.
If You Wish to Make a Drive Into the Tetons
Grant Village is near the lovely, small West Thumb Geyser Basin. All though, still far away, this is the best accommodation if you are planning on driving to Grand Teton National Park for a day. Grant Village is made up of six, two story buildings. Each building has 50 rooms, with private baths. There is a lounge, gift shop, and an ATM. Be aware, however, that it would be a long drive to visit anything on the northern side of Yellowstone. I have not seen the rooms here, but the buildings are fairly new. This accommodation is usually open from early May to early October.
Unique Quality: This is a good location to enjoy views across Yellowstone Lake. There is a general store, visitor center, and gas station nearby. The Grant Village Dining room overlooks Yellowstone lake, and offers a buffet breakfast, lunches of sandwiches and salads, and a varied menu for dinner. Reservations are required for dinner.
Directions: This accommodation is located on the south side of the park’s main road, near the southwestern shore of Yellowstone Lake, and about 20 miles from Old Faithful.
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Didn't Like Grant Village Hotel
We just returned from Yellowstone where we spent one night at Grant Village Hotel. The room was very small and was expensive for what it was. We would not stay there again. We ate at the restaurant at the hotel and it was terrible. For all the beauty there is to see at Yellowstone it is too bad there are not more places to stay there.
Sleeping in Yellowstone National Park!
Completed in 1984, this complex is located on the shore of Yellowstone Lake and provides the southernmost overnight accommodations in the Park. All units have private bathrooms with shower and are located in a series of six lodge buildings a short distance from the registration office and other facilities. Guest services include two restaurants, lounge, gift shop, and laundry facility. Sightseeing tours are available. Grant Village is open for the Summer Season only.
one fine state to camp
Wyoming is blessed with great nature and two fine national parks. I loved the place right from the get go when I arrived for the first time in 1994. I'll never forget camping at Jenny Lake in Grand Teton National Park. This very popular campground generally fills by 11 AM in summer and the only reason we got a spot was there had been a bear tearing into the tents. They wound up catching the beer that night.
In 2008, we camped quite a bit in Yellowstone and extensively in Grand Teton National Park. We enjoyed every spot we had, though some obviously more than others. In Yellowstone, I would say Tower Fall was the nicest place we camped though far from most of the park's "sights" aside from the Lamar Valley. We also camped at Norris & Grant Village.
Everywhere in the Grand Tetons is wonderful. While Jenny Lake was great (no bear this time!), Signal Mountain was very much its equal. The very best experiences we had were in the backcountry of Grand Teton National Park. We spent five nights and it was one of the highlights of our entire six-month trip. Camping with no neighbors does have its merits! Wyoming is a state with lots of space and the campgrounds of its two renowned national parks are spread out with large sites offering good privacy. Restrooms vary from rustic to modern, and as with most things, the better the amenities, the higher the price. Sites are well-treed and you get a great feeling of being in nature.
Prices range from $12-20 and just because a campground has pit toilets does not make it a bad place. Actually, these simple campgrounds are often more scenic. Camping in the backcountry of Grand Teton National Park is free, all you have to do is carry all your gear to them. The rewards are great, bringing you into the heart of one of the most beautiful places on the planet.
A place to sleep but no & I mean no customer service
We spent to nights at the Grant Village Yellowstone in June 2006. The rooms is sparsley decorate but adequate. The bathroom, especially the shower, is small, very very small. The biggest issue we had we with the nearby dining room. There is a casual dining place & next to it the more upscale. the 1st night we dinined at the upscale. Because of the busy season we went at 8pm. I was dining by myself. This is a huge issue. You must be in groups of 4. They will not seat you with someone else. You are simply told to sit & wait until someone else in a small party comes along that you can eat with. When friends in a group of 4 came along we asked for a larger table to seat all 5 of us. They were reserved. We then asked to put 2 tables of 4 together. No going. We then asked to be seated at a table of 4 & we would squeeze 5 in. Again even a manager would not allow it. The issue here is they are not willing to work with you or give any service. I guess being a captured audiance does not help. Finally we were broke into a group of 3 & 2 & seated. The food was good, but slow & while dining the waitress hit me in the back of the head with her tray not once but twice! After talking to others, this small group or single diner thing is a big issue & emabarassing for the single traveler. The next night I simply went to the cafeteria.
We stayed at Grant Village, as it was the only property available. We had the high range room, but I wouldn't classify it as 'high end'. The rooms were pretty tiny - so we felt cramped. Bathroom was small: sink and shower in the same unit. You can feel the wear and tear of the hotel.
Grant Village is a good location is you've just entered the park or are planning to leave. Its right next to the South entrance. Not too much to see around Grant Village itself.
That said, its better to be in the park, than out. So if nothing is available, you're still better off staying with the premises.
We really wanted to stay in the park and found that the Grant Village was the only availablity at the time. Were a little worried as we have stayed at hotels in other National Parks. The room here was very basic, with small bathroom. Sheets, towels and bathroom were clean but the rooms could stand for some updating. Make sure to get dinner reservations early as they book up. Ended up eating at the restaurant on the Lake Yellowstone which had a nice view but the food was just okay. The breakfast at the general store was much better. Overall for one night it was fine and we got the rest and quiet we were looking for. So nice with no TV or phone.
Packing up at Grant Village
Day 0 - Arrive Salt Lake city
Day 1 - Get an early start on the day - rent a car and drive the 300 odd miles to Jackson, WY. Spend the day in Jackson and check out the Grand Teton National Park. Overnight Jackson (undecided as to where to stay. suggestions welcome!)
Day 2 - Drive to Yellowstone National Park. Overnight Grant Village
Day 3 - Yellowstone National Park. Overnight Grant Village
Day 4 - Yellowstone National Park. Overnight Grant Village.
Day 5 - Midafternoon drive back to Salt Lake city to catch flight back.
The reason we are flying into Salt Lake instead of Jackson or something closer is because it was the best deal we could get at this time.
I browsed through a lot of replies here in the forum for itinerary questions similar to mine, but I'd still appreciate some feedback on the itinerary, suggestions for hiking (something a bit challenging!), places to eat etc.
Re: Yellowstone Itinerary
Day 3 - Overnight at Mammoth Inn
Daty 4 - Overnight at Canyon Logde
Re: Yellowstone Itinerary
When you buy the pass for Teton National Park, it is good for Yellowstone also (for a 1 week period of time). All of Yellowstone is beautiful. Seems to be more geyser type basins to the west, but the east has bison and the "grand canyon of Yellowstone". It looks like you are there for several days. You should be able to see it all. I love the paint pots!
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Grant Village Lodge
We've found that other people looking for this hotel also know it by these names:
- Grant Village Yellowstone
- Grant Village Hotel Yellowstone National Park
Address: Old Faithful Bypass Road, Yellowstone Lake, Wyoming, 82190, United States