Old Faithful Inn
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Historical Traveler Reviews Old Faithful Inn Yellowstone National Park
We enjoyed the Inn and the history all around us. The scenery was beautiful and it was great being so close to nature.
A wonderful Yellowstone experience
My husband and I visited Yellowstone and the Old Faithful Inn for 3 days in September of 2003, and I can't adequately express how wonderful our visit was. We stayed on the second floor in the "old" section of the hotel. Our room was what I would describe as very "rustic" with no private bath, only a sink. We thought this might be an inconvenience, but the shared baths were just a few steps away and were warm and spotlessly clean. The room was a bargain for Yellowstone, only $90 per night. The ambience of this hotel is incredible, after busy days of hiking and sightseeing, we thoroughly enjoyed relaxing in the unbelievable lobby, listening to the pianist, and wandering around admiring the architecture. We had dinner one night in the restaurant, and found it to be very good as well, again with wonderful ambience. We explored the hotel, and found the "new" sections to lack the charm and historic feeling of the original inn. I remember this as one of my favorite national park experiences, and look forward to returning someday.
Roll of the dice...
We stayed at the Old Faithful for 1 night on the second floor in the old building. We arrived late so we didn't have a choice of rooms. Our room was right next to the lobby but our problems weren't just with the noise (lots of creaking). The radiator was on high and we spent several hours trying to turn it off (didn't work) and opened the windows (too cold). We also heard a neighbor fighting with the manager at midnight with the same problem. Luckily my husband found the secret valve and turned the whole thing off. The bathroom down the hall wasn't terrible if we had been able to sleep decently. I wouldn't stay here again just visit because it is a lovely old inn just very uncomfortable...
A Magical Place
We spent 5 nights in the East Wing, (the newest section of the Inn), and found it to be clean, comfortable and very nicely appointed. Two double beds, desk & chair and a sparkling tile and marble bathroom. We did not have a view of Old Faithful, but we were on the third floor and it was very quiet. The entire staff was pleasant and friendly but especially Harry in the info booth and the bell service. One of the bellmen is allowed to take 2 people up to the crow's nest to bring down the flags. Ask at the bell desk when you arrive. We found the meals at the Snow Lodge dining room much better than at the Inn and the diner/grill at the store was great. The park itself is truly a place of wonder and deserves more than a one or two day cruise through it. The sooner you make your reservations, the better.
Unlike other reviewers, we did not have the best experience here. Yes, the architecture is wonderful, the ambience is great in the original part.Our room in a "new" wing, however was not up to par. A double bed, a single nightstand with a lamp that didn't work, a dim room with a great view of a pine tree. This from a premium reservation made ten months in advance, but fouled up by the operator of the hotel.We moved to the Snow Lodge just across the parking lot and had the well-appointed room you expect at these prices and no crowds. Snow Lodge is attractive and has a great restaurant.If we are lucky enough to return to Yellowstone and Old Faithful, we will stay in the Snow Lodge and enjoy the Inn with all the other tourists.
A wonderful Experience!
If you would like to "step back in time", this is the place to do it!
Obviously, we stayed in one of the original rooms (w/bath "down the hall") and enjoyed it immensely! I really liked the fact there were all types of people wandering about and congregating around the glowing fire to warm up. We experienced snow the night we were there and there were lots of travelers stopping in to read a book or just warm themselves at the fire. It gave a wonderful ambience to a building steeped in history.
We only had one night's stay at Old Faithful Inn and it deserves to have 2 nights at least! In the evening, a quarter moon hung over the Inn, Old Faithful was faithfully doing its geyser thing and the entire sky was rosy red as the sun set. This moment in time will stay with me always - it was one of those most beautiful scenes that can only be seen here and sometimes only once in a lifetime! We particularly enjoyed the food at the fountain grill in the General Store. I was pleased that all the restaurants throughout Yellowstone Park were affordable - I was worried with a captive audience that prices would be much higher. Xanterra has done a nice job with their staffing and their services. I would go back in a heartbeat.
LOVED OLD FAITHFUL INN!!
This was our first stop during our 8 day tour of Yellowstone Park and we loved it!! The hotel itself was beautiful, and our room was lovely!
Being from "the air conditioning capital of the U.S.", we enjoyed being able to open our windows for fresh air, and slept quite warmly during our June stay. All of this aside, we have never encountered a more friendly and accomodating staff ANYWHERE! The people were anxious to be of help, but not overbearing, and were just very happy! Even when they weren't attending to guests directly, you heard them whistling while cleaning the room next door!!
The grounds were exciting, as you can imagine with the hotel being in a geothermal area, but it was also exciting to see buffalo grazing in a grassy area mere yards away from the entrance to the hotel.
We enjoyed the hiking trails surrounding the hotel, and the food at the Old Faithful Snow Lodge was spectacular! The chef for Xanterra Resorts, which manages the hotels in the park, has created a wonderful menu at pretty reasonable prices. Even the kids menu has some imagination beyond the ordinary!
The laid back atmosphere and the ice cream shop in the hotel practically beg you to kick back and read a book or play a board game in their beautiful open lobby, on any of the open levels - or take a break on the veranda and watch for Old Faithful to make an appearance.
We highly recommend that anyone travelling to the park stay here for at least one night!!
The best of all National Park Lodges
We spent several nights at the Old Faithful Inn as part of a Western excursion. Had I known what a wonderful time we were going to have I'd have spent the whole vacation there! Set directly adjacent to the Old Faithful Geyser and the Geyser Basin this Victorian era Lodge is a masterpiece of rustic elegance. As attractive as the exterior and the setting is, the truly jaw-dropping experience awaits inside. As you walk through the massive entry doors with blacksmith forged hardware a four-story high lobby of rough hewn logs and stone expands before you.
Even non-guests come to stare in awe at it's massive stone fireplace and balcony overlooks. The lodge has "older" and "newer" sections with rooms ranging from basic to suites. We had choosen a "Semi-suite" which is a room with two double beds and a small sitting area, in the "new" wing. The room was clean, good-sized and furnished with simple yet attractive rustic furnishings. Old Faithful was close enough to see, (and hear), from our windows. The bathroom was large, bright and better appointed than some hotels we've stayed at. All of the staff members we encountered, bellmen, front desk, restaurant, lounge, gift shop, etc., were professional, helpful and cordial. Playing board games on the lobby balcony, listening to an impromptu violin and piano duet from other guests, sipping hot drinks and star gazing on the outdoor balcony overlooking Old Faithful Geyser; I simply cannot adequately express what a wonderful experience was had by the entire family. Forget the "House of Mouse", THIS is where families can reconnect and make life-long memories. A few tips: Make your reservations EARLY! During check-in I was amazed at how many people were disappointed to find rooms had been booked up to a year in advance. Rooms in the older part of the Lodge are charming, but tend to be smaller and may not have a bath in the room. Those that do may not have a shower. Make sure to ASK before you commit. Meals at the Lodge restaurant were good but can be expensive, (particularly dinners). We enjoyed a few tasty, (and reasonably priced), meals at the Grill in the Hamilton Store adjacent to the Lodge. Don't waste time fighting the Old Faithful Geyser sightseers for parking in the small lot in front of the Lodge. There is a much larger lot directly behind the Lodge. As with many National Parks, rooms do not have televisions or air-conditioning. However, we found we missed neither.
Old Faithful Inn was awesome! The bathroom had the decor of outdoors!
From our room we could see Old Faithful and the Inn also has really good tours about the history of it. The food was really good too. Take my suggestion even though the price is steep stay at Old Faithful Inn its worth your money!!
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