Old Faithful Snow Lodge and Cabins
Old Faithful Bypass Road, Wyoming, 82190, United States
Old Faithful Area More Tourist-y
We stayed in the Snow Lodge (not cabins) for 3 nights at the end of our weeklong trip. My father, who is more of a tourist by nature liked this much better than our cabins at Canyon Lodge. The rest of us preferred the cabins. This lodge is in the middle of the tourist-ridden Old Faithful Village, so there were people ever-y-where. So if you are someone who mainly stays in nicer hotels with lots of amenities in tourist hot-spots, this is probably the closest you will get inside the park.
Beware: the Geyser Grill is awful.
Directions: Old Faithful Village, adjacent to General Store
The best (and only) winter time hotel
I can't say enough great things about our three night stay here. So I'll just say it couldn't have been better. Great rooms, great lobby, nice people, good food, fun entertainment, excellent location.
The hotel has cabins, but I'd choose the main hotel, the rooms are new, nice and the walk to the lobby and restaurant are indoors (a nice thing in the winter).
Unique Quality: Rent cross country skis or snowshoes from the gift shop
Unique Quality: The interior is built from local trees, which were barked and then used for the interior support structures. You can still see the shapes of the trees holding the building aloft.
Directions: Southwest corner of the loop road.
Quiet if basic
We spent our first night in Yellowstone in this cabin at the Old Faithful Snow Lodge. The facilities were fine, if fairly basic. The cabin was right at the edge of the huge Old Faithful complex, which meant a bit of a walk when we wanted to go out for dinner (at the Old Faithful Inn) but had the bonus that it was very quiet. Our window looked out to the surrounding pine woods so it was easy to feel comfortably detached from the tourist melee of the complex.
Ours was a Frontier Cabin, described as "Duplex motel-style unit, simple but comfortable with a bathroom with shower, toilet and sink" - which is fair enough.
The lodge itself has an attractive modern design. There’s a restaurant (we didn’t dine there but had a good breakfast the next morning though service was a little slow), and a small but comfortable bar with good cocktails. All in all it’s a bit more peaceful than the more famous Old Faithful Inn and I felt better value for money, though not a patch on the Lake Hotel where we stayed for the remaining two night of our visit.
Simplicity with Class at the Snow Lodge
We were fortunate to get rooms at three of the National Park lodges. (I had called in April- three months before our trip and lucked out with some cancellations.) Our favorite spot was the Old Faithful Snow Lodge. The rooms are simple but very clean and uniquely decorated. The lobby is especially attractive and well designed. If you're near Old Faithful, even if you're not staying at the Snow Lodge, take a moment to pop into the lobby for a look. It is a beautiful design. The restaurant was excellent. We made a habit during our trip of ordering one entree and splitting it between the two of us. The staff always accomodated graciously and we had more than enough to eat. The stuffed pork was very tasty.
Unique Quality: We had hoped to stay at the historic Old Faithful Inn but were glad that our luck placed us in the Snow Lodge. (It is a short walk to the historic inn which offered a great breakfast and another wonderful dinner. The view of the lobby of the Old Faithful Inn is not to be missed.)
The no TV policy for all of the park accomodations was a welcome "addition" to the room's assets. The decor was of a great snow lodge. Note the furniture and the lighting fixtures. Every aspect of design was cared for. Don't miss the comfortable balcony level.
A Lodge and Cabins in the Old Faithful Area
The entire Old Faithful area is designated as a National Historic District. Because of this designation, Snow Lodge was designed to harmonize with the landscape, and blend in with the historic buildings in the area. The lobby of this accommodation, has a pleasant, modern western atmosphere, with an overhead curved balcony. The Snow Lodge that you see today, opened in 1998. Located in the Old Faithful area, but generally less expensive than the grand Old Faithful Inn, each room has a private bath. This lodge has gotten good reviews in various publications. The lodge contains 100 rooms that are advertised as casually elegant. You will find an excellent restaurant, a lounge, a grill, and gift shop inside the lodge, as well as an information desk.
If you prefer a cabin, inquire about the nearby Frontier and Western Cabins. Most of these cabins have two queen sized beds and a full bath.
It is important to make reservations as far ahead as possible.
Unique Quality: The area around Old Faithful, where Snow Lodge is located, includes a gas station, general store, post office, medical service, as well as the famous Old Faithful Inn, and Old Faithful Geyser nearby. Do be aware, however, that this is a very crowded area, with a huge paved parking lot to hold all the visitors that come to the Old Faithful area.
Directions: In the Old Faithful Area on the south west side of the park road.
Old Faithful Snow Lodge
Very nice, modern hotel with lots of charm. However, there are no tv's or radios in the rooms so bring entertainment. There's a comfortable lounging area in the lobby with lots of places to play cards, etc. The Lodge is adjacent to Old Faithful geyser, so it's easy to go hiking, snowshoeing, etc. There's a large souvenir shop that sells some backcountry supplies and rents skis and snowshoes (and backpacks, too!) There's a small gift shop that sells coffee and film, too. And the front desk is chuck full of helpful knowledgable pleasant people if you need anything at all.
Unique Quality: It's very secluded and quiet, which took a day or so to get used to, but which I came to appreciate.
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Old Faithful Inn
This is someplace I would definitely stay! It's beautiful...a national historic landmark and one of the few remaining log hotels/inns in the nation and among the biggest log inns in the world. It was built in 1904 (just celebrated its 100th anniversary) and some of the orginal furniture pieces still exist. When you walk in the front door, look up. It's pretty incredible. The old Faithful snow lodge, which is pretty close to the inn is open all year, while this place is closed in the winter This place would be beautiful overlooking a landfill, but the fact it faces Old Faithful basin, makes it probably one of the most incredible Inns in a National Park (The Ahwahnee in Yosemite is just as striking, but more expensive) Additionally, there's a bar, restaurant and plenty of other things to do and see in the area.
Great location, pricey for the accomodations
The location and lobby of Old Faithful Snow Lodge were great. There was a short walk to the geysers, we felt safe letting the kids play cards in the lobby (they had a little shock, no TV and limited cell phone reception), and it was absolutely beautiful. The price was interesting. We had 5 rooms and each room paid a different price. Varied by just a few $, we believe it is due to the inexperienced staff they have at the main lobby desk. With one person making reservations and others paying for them the little punkins got confused. All had really great attitudes and were delightful, just could use a little more training (I'm sure they'll have it figured out by July). If you are like many of us and sleep on a king size bed, going to the double bed accomodations was a slight challenge, synchronized sleeping worked for us. Not sure where some of the others stayed, but the room was not spacious or special, it did meet our needs and we had 2 adults, 1 teen and one pre-teen in the room. With luggage for a 9 day trip and a couple of coolers it was pretty crowded. The general grocery store was a nice surprise and the prices were better than expected. Not as bad as the airport, but not quite your local grocer, more in the middle of the 2 and they had fresh produce. The food in the dining room was hit or miss. We had a great meal one night, ordered the same dishes another night and they were miserable. The grill was consistently OK and the ice cream upstairs at the general store was worth the walk up the stairs. We had 20 people, all had a great time, the geyser area is wonderful and we would definitely stay again, it's not like there are a lot of choices in the area, if you can get any of the accomodations in the park, take em, you can't beat the location!
How disappointing !!
Don't stay at The Snow Lodge when they first turn on the heat for the year (early Sept. this year). How a 6 year old facility can have a heating system that shakes and gurgles ALL NIGHT is beyond me. When I called to complain about the noise I was told it was the vent system and all rooms had the same noise. I said it wasn't the vent -- we couldn't hear the vent over the rattles from the hot water heat system. We were able to create some "white noise" by placing an oscillating fan on the nightstand between the beds and turning it on 'high' -- despite an outside temp of 35 degrees. A request for a room change was denied as the Lodge was "full".
Not every room had the heating noise, but several others in our group complained about the vent noise saying it was loud enough to keep them awake. Two of 12 rooms had the heating system noise.
Now a report on the Old Faithful Snow Lodge Restaurant where we had breakfast. They had a buffet -- poor quality as reported by a couple at our table. We opted for the menu but waited about 1/2 hour for four breakfasts which arrived over a 15 minute time-frame once the first arrived. I secured carafes of coffee from a coffee station, as we didn't see our waiter for almost a half hour and other staff were well trained at not making eye contact,
You and I might expect the college kids to go back to school around Labor Day, but it appears that no one at The Snow Lodge thought it would happen. Severely understaffed and unprepared for a weekend influx of visitors, we felt sorry for the few hardworking staff who tried their best with the limited resources management had provided them.
Overall the facility was bright, clean and upon arrival we were quite impressed with the Lodge...too bad it didn't live up to our first impression. This impression keeps this review from being ratred "terrible".
I think the Lodge in-season with a full staff could be a very nice stay, but we had anything but.
The Obsidian Dining Room Inside the Snow Lodge
Yellowstone Winter Packages
Has anyone participated in any of the Yellowstone winter packages? We have reservations for January 2008. Currently looking into the Nordic Heaven or Snomo Package. Any information would be very helpful. We will be staying at Old Faithful Snow Lodge.
Re: Yellowstone Winter Packages
Did you mean you have res for 09? We had a fabulous stay in Jan 08 and would highly recommend any chance you get to enjoy a Yellowstone winter. We took a snow coach from Flagg Ranch into Old faithful, stayed at the Snowlodge and then snowmobiled up to Mammoth and back (took two days). It was a fabulous experience which we would highly recommend. If you have any questions I'd be glad to answer or fill you in more.
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Old Faithful Snow Lodge and Cabins
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Address: Old Faithful Bypass Road, Wyoming, 82190, United States