Old Faithful Snow Lodge and Cabins
Travel Blogs from Yellowstone National Park
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We set off for Old Faithful Village this morning. The road was not plowed, so we transferred to snow coaches, which run on tracks rather than tires. Our luggage traveled separately and arrived before we did. Our driver told us to think of the trip as a "4-hour massage." The description wasn't far off, except the duration was more like 7 hours. We …
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Today we continued our tour of Old Faithful by starting with breakfast at the Old Faithful Inn. The historic hotel is famous for its location next to the geyser and for its architecture. After breakfast, we started our hike to the top of the observation point, which provided an excellent perspective of the geyser eruption.
After a break …
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Given that nearly all its business comes from tour groups who don't have many options, the accommodations were very nice. Meals in the main restaurant were tasty and varied. The café was only open for lunch and operated like a generic fast food restaurant. Easy walking distance from Old Faithful, and even a small ice skating rink.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Old Faithful Snow Lodge and Cabins Yellowstone National Park
Great location, fun experience
Spent 3 days in Yellowstone (mom & 2 kids, 10 & 12), each in different accomodations.
The Old Faithful Cabins were really fun, and a great deal (compared to hotel/lodge prices). The room was comfortable & well located. (#214 on the outer edge). We had a double & a twin bed, and a sink. Bathroom was close. Only there one night so having the showers in the main OF Lodge wasn't a bother.
The OF Lodge cafeteria was good, but unfortunately not open for breakfast. Good kids menu at all the Yellowstone restaurants (pretty much the same menu at all "restaurants", for adults & kids).
We have stayed in Xanterra properties in other National parks - Death Valley and Grand Canyon, to be precise. The Furnace Creek Ranch at the Death Valley was superb, to say the least, while the Yavapai lodge at the Canyon was ok. But The Snow Lodge disapponted me. We went there on the memorial day long weekend, and the price was okay as per Xanterra standards. However, the room (cabin) we were in was not upto the mark. The upholstery (including the carpet) was shabby, the bathroom was very small (I don't know why anybody would be miserly about space in such wilderness, it was small even for us, who are from the congested Connecticut). The worst part was that the drive from the reception to the cabin was like a bumpy coaster ride on a dirt road. If you had a full dinner, I suggest you walk back to your cabin.
A Great Winter Vacation!
The Yellowstone Snow Lodge is a beautiful resort which provides all types of winter vacation possibilities. The rooms are warm and comfortable and the food is excellent. Families need to bring games, reading materials, as there is no television for the kids. It provides an excellent background for a family reunion.
Loved the look, location
Much is made (deservedly) about the public spaces at the Old Faithful Inn, but I found those at the Snow Lodge to be equally charming in a less dramatic way, with the rooms much more comfortable. The cozy couches, writing desks, ambience won me over...no better place to relax after a day exploring the park. And the location was perfect, just far enough from the maddening crowds at Old Faithful to feel removed, but only a 2 minute walk to get there. The room itself was nicely decorated with two comfortable double beds and a modern bathroom (in stark contrast to the Old Faithful Inn bathrooms!) My only complaint was that we could hear every step the occupents of the room above us made.
Had to make a last minute reservation over Labor Day weekend. Actually stayed in one of the Old Faithful Lodge Cabins. The room was nice, with 1 double bed and 1 single bed, a sink and a desk. Of course there was no T.V., phone or bathroom, but the restrooms were just a short walk down the road. Had to take a shower up at the Lodge itself, but that was no big deal as it was within walking distance. Old Faithful Geyser was also within walking distance, and the entire area was just beautiful! The little cabin was cheap for that area ($55.00/night).
The Snow Lodge is the place to stay at Old Faithful if you're wanting the best room and no crowds. It is modern with the look and feel of a ski lodge, and is well appointed with a good bar and restaurant.
The Old Faithful Inn is a three-minute walk across the parking lot, so you can go there with all the other tourists to admire the architecture, watch Old Faithful and enjoy the dining room if you wish.
The rooms at the Inn don't measure up to the price charged, whereas you get what you pay for at Snow Lodge.
Contrary to what another reviewer stated, breakfast is served beginning at 6:30 at both the Snow Lodge and the Inn; also, complimentary coffee for guests is available outside the dining rooms.
Old Faithful Snow Lodge
We stayed at the Old Faithful Snow Lodge on August 21, 2003. It is a very nice hotel. The rooms was clean and comfortable - no AC or TV, but they weren't needed. The staff was very courteous and service oriented.
We had a great reasonably priced breakfast in the hotel restaurant. Its a perfect location - about 100 yards from Old Faithful. My only complaint is the signs directing you to the hotel can be difficult to follow at night.
Old Faithful Snow Lodge and park
My wife, 2 kids, ages 16 and 11, and I just returned from a week at
Yellowstone, 6/28/03-7/5/03. We stayed at the Snow Lodge. Very nice
rooms. Only problem was the noise. We were in room 2039 which was over
the rear entryway. With the windows open at night, you could hear all
sorts of noise, from those annoying tour buses to people just talking.
Be sure to ask for a room away from that side of the lodge. We reserved
a year in advance but that didn't seem to matter. Staff wasn't any help
in dealing with it either. I had to tell a bus driver to turn off his
idling bus! But other than that complaint, our vacation was wonderful.
Yellowstone is a magnificent gem that must be experienced at least once
in your lifetime.
The Old Faithful Inn Snow Lodge was modern, close to Old Faithful, and expertly staffed. The only minus to the room was the lack of in-room coffee, so if this is a must to your early morning, take your own.Also, Park facilities do not open early, so if you are planning on leaving on another leg of your trip and are out before 8:00 a.m. make sure your gas tank is full and you have breakfast snacks to tide you over.
Four Stars for Obsidian Restaurant
We stayed at the cabins at Old Faithful Snowlodge and found them clean but very spartan. I would have preferred to stay in the Hotel itself. The cabins, I'm sure, are alot of fun for skiers and kids, but the cabins have no amentities. The Hotel was very nice. The Obsidian Restaurant was outstanding. The bar was also great. Our waiter said that the bartender was from the bar "Cheers" in Boston. The food was excellent. We were traveling with family members who own an upscale restaurant and they agreed the food and atmosphere was excellent. Worth the trip. Yellowstone is amazing with a new vista every 15 minutes, stay in the Old Faithful Snowlodge not the cabins.