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Rustic, but not overly done, perfect. Afterall, this is a beautiful National Park and who wants to stay at the Ritz on this type of trip. Restaurant pricey but very good, reservations quite important.
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Parking at the Inn was a bit of a problem as it was kind of rainy and there was a veteran car rally there and the really old cars were under the porte cochere. But eventually I found a place and we walked in a registered. They gave us keys (real keys, not the ones like a credit card) and we were in the East Wing - third floor on the front. That meant walking along a corridor, turning down another corridor, walking half the length of the East Wing to the elevator and then walking all the way back to our room. It was quite a hike for me.
After I parked near the East Wing, I tended to go in the side door. If I was in the lobby, I would walk to the stairs near our room and climb one set of stairs and then rest or take some photos and then do the rest of the climb to the third floor. If I was in the room, I would go down one flight and then walk across the breezeway and then go down another flight to the lobby.
The lobby is amazing. It is almost impossible to do it justice in a picture (photo 4).
The Inn will be open May 7 - October 17, 2010.
Unique Quality: In our room was a felt buffalo that we could buy to support the park. There was a shrank/wardrobe, and this time it was not a TV cabinet (the one in Salt Lake City had doors that you could push back into the cabinet to reveal the TV), but just a place for clothes, and there was a little fan in there (photo 3). There was no televisions, radios, air conditioning, or internet available at all. There was a phone.
The bathroom was in a 20s style, and the sink and mirror was outside the bathroom so someone could shave while someone else was using the shower (photo 5).
Our window looked out toward Old Faithful and you could see if it was going off from the window. This was very convenient for my grandson who is much more mobile and he was able to run outside to take pictures very quickly
Directions: Inside Yellowstone National Park next to Old Faithful
Depending on traffic, about a 30 minute drive into the park from West Yellowstone, Montana.
a rustic old charmer
Unique Quality: As befits a national park with the pedigree of Yellowstone, its Old Faithful Inn breathes history, rustic charm, and the kind of homey cozy ambience noted of great American national park lodges. Built in 1904 of materials from the park, it stands as the largest log hotel in the world and was designed by Great Northern Railroad architect Robert Reamer. Its key feature is a massive log lobby centered by an equally massive stone fireplace that stands at 85 feet and weighs an astounding 500 tons! There is lots of gnarled wood from the park used in this stunning lobby.
Rooms vary quite a bit from over $500 suites with private facilities to more rustic ones without private bath in the original old building for as little as $98.
One great thing about US national parks are that the hotels are part of the park and many like the Old Faithful Inn are on the National Historic Landmark and hence open to all visitors to the national park. We used it quite a bit to write postcards, plan our days, and escape the elements. It was quite chilly in September of 2008 and without taking refuge in this great old rustic inn, it would have been a tough camping experience.
Directions: Located right at the Old Faithful so you can roll out of bed, see the festivities and climb right back in to warm up. I'll have to admit to being envious of those staying in this great old charmer.
National Historic Landmark
We (Barb's family) stayed at the Old Faithful Inn in 2008, and the extra price was totally worth it.
Barb recommended it to my grandmother so we (Beth's son and his grandmother) also stayed here in 2010.
The original part of the Inn, known as the "Old House" was completed in 1904 and includes an huge lobby with a 92 foot ceiling and a immense rhyolite stone fireplace. Everyone tries to take a picture of it, but it is very dark up there and hard to get a good picture
It is one of the few remaining log hotels in the US. The inn is currently operated by Xanterra Parks & Resorts. It has been remodeled during the winter for the past several years. It is very hard to get a reservation - you have to do it practically a year in advance.
We (Beth's son and grandmother) stayed in the East Wing which is quite a long walk from the main lobby
Unique Quality: One great advantage is the proximity to the Old Faithful Geyser. I was able to run out at practically any time of day to take pictures and we had an obstructed view from our room. I was also able to take a lot of walks around the hotel and see lots of other geysers
The bathroom was decorated with tiles with silhouettes of animals and they had neat soap (which I took to give to my sisters) in the shape of a bear. There was also a plush animal which they wanted you to buy to help support the Inn/Park.
There was no TV and one GREAT disadvantage was that we could not get the internet for the two days we were there.
Directions: Inside Yellowstone National Park next to Old Faithful
About a 30 minute drive into the park from West Yellowstone, Montana.
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Very comfortable accomodation. We did have a problem navigating around the various car parks to find the right one but it was obvious once we knew where we were going. You are on a hundred yards or so from Old Faithful. You have a choice of restaurants, stores, and there are laundry facilities also available.
Take the opportunity to do the guided tour of the main building, it's free and extremely informative.
Unique Quality: I'd say the whole experience was unique. You can even stay in a room that remains almost as it was when the hotel was first built.
Directions: In the heart of the park
This is one hotel that will simply amaze you. Seeing this monster of a hotel from the inside and looking out to see the Old Faithful geyser in full steam, you really feel as if time has stood still.
Built during the winter of 1903-04, this hotel reflects the surrounding natural display of the parks woods. Designed by Robert C. Reamer, the lobby alone has an unbelievable design of wood that soars upward to the 65 foot ceiling. A huge stone fireplace is the centerpiece, and the zig-zag maze of wood staircases keeps your head bent upwards to take it all it. This property is unique and worth seeing, if you are not able to stay overnight.
Unique Quality: Built to blend into the surrounding park, a monster of wood craftsmanship. Just a short walk to be right in front of Old Faithful Geyser. Close by to gasoline and tourist market/center.
Directions: About a 30 minute drive into the park from West Yellowstone, Montana.
A Large, Historic Inn
The Old Faithful Inn is such a grand, large, old log structure, that it is the most requested lodging facility in Yellowstone. When you enter the Inn be sure to look up! The ceiling is 85 feet above you, and there are a series of overhanging balconies working their way toward the ceiling. The lobby also contains a huge, rough stone fireplace, which has a fire going when the weather is chilly. The railings and poles are made of interesting twisted, gnarled logs. None of the other hotels in the park can equal the size and grandeur of this log structure. I have not seen the rooms, but they are advertised to be a blend of rustic history and elegant renovation. Some of these rooms have a private bath, others have shared baths. These are all non-smoking rooms, as are all accommodations in the park. There are a variety of types of rooms to choose from ranging from suites, to single rooms and shared baths. If you choose a suite, you will have a sitting room with a refrigerator, a private bathroom, and a bedroom with two queen sized beds. Even if you do not stay here, you have to step inside the Inn just to see it. See my third photo for a look at one section of the Inn’s ceiling.
Be sure to make your reservations as early as possible.
Unique Quality: The Old Faithful Inn is a National Historic Landmark. Within this inn you will find a restaurant, deli, espresso service, a lounge, gift shop, ATM, and an activity desk for arranging interpretive sightseeing tours. Nearby you will find a general store, service station, medical service, and a post office. Be aware that this is one of the most popular areas in the park, so it is crowded. Make your reservations as far in advance as you can.
Directions: In the Old Faithful Area on the south west side of the park road.
Yellowstones most famous Inn
We rented a premium room. It was rather simple, but nice. It had 2 queen beds, a small table and 2 chairs and a bathroom. No tv, and to try and make a long distance e-mail with our laptop cost $8 for the one try (and it didn't go through).
The lobby is huge with 2 balconies around it. On the 2nd level, there's access to a porch for overlooking the upper basin geysers, including Old Faithful. On the porch are many benches, tables, and chairs. There are also several writing desks and lounging chairs along the walls of the balconies. There's even a catwalk on the top of the lodge, but earthquakes have made that unsafe for visitors to assend to now.
There are several levels of accommodations in the lodge. There are 6 suites available for about $330/night and some semi suite for about $250. The rooms without bathrooms were $69, and there were 1 bed rooms with bathrooms (like we stayed in) for $92 or $123. Plan on reserving any of these accommodations months in advance through the booking company for the whole park---Xanterra Parks & Resorts at 307.344.7311. I reserve our room for the end of June in March. At that time, only 2 other rooms were showing availability.
Unique Quality: The construction of this old inn is fascinating.
Old Faithful Inn at YNP
This picture was taken the Old Faithful Inn from the rear. The hotel terrace is open to the public, and there is a nice view around up there.
Old Faithful Inn more than a hotel a museum.
Opened in 1904, and built all out of virging timber, the only power tool used to contruct this marvel was a steam driven saw. This is a must see and stay. This place is one of our national treasures. Even though only five of the original 148 rooms have private bathrooms, the rooms are captivating. All covered in wood, it is a true experience to stay here. It is like living history. They also have the Old Faithful Snow Lodge and some cabins. The Snow Lodge is very pretty and new, opened in 1999, but it does not have the history or view of the Inn. The cabins are quite rustic and away from the action.
Unique Quality: One can see Old Faithful from the second floor terrace. I recomend this as one of the must do activities here. Just get yourself a drink and seat patiently for the geyser to errupt. I guarantee you you will make some friends while you wait. The Inn also has new wings with rooms with private bathrooms. These are nice too but not as authentic as the original rooms.
Directions: Geyser County
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Address: Old Faithful, Wyoming, 82190, United States
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