Yellowstone Basin Inn
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hello there! so we woke up at approximately 5:05 AM. Eww! That was super early in my book! I normally sleep in rather than wake up super early, but we WERE on a very tight schedule. I can't control that! haha. so we had a continental breakfast at Ramada Inn, but it took forever for us to get and eat the food because there was some confusion and …
... learnt a lot about the areas plant and wildlife. We were also entertained by the well dressed lady in a dress, cardigan, hiking boots and Yves Saint Laurent pink parasol who was looking for the spirit bears and wouldn't trust her husband with bear spray. There were wonderful views of the Yellowstone Lake from Storm Point. After a picnic lunch came the Mud Volcanos. This was quite possibly the smelliest area we ...
Today was a day just spent driving and walking around Yellowstone. We've seen boiling rivers, boiling pools, geysers and lots of volcanic steam. On the animal front, we have seen more bison, and for the first time, a large male moose, as well as elk and deer. Back at our small 8 room inn, the Basin Inn In Gardener, we have just had calf lassoing lessons from the owner Greg. Tamara just too stiff to ...
At about five thirty we had turned off the main loop at Yellowstone on the way to the Fountain Pot, a bubbling pool of hot mud and sulphur. Emma saw something out the window. I braked the car and we ran for it. Over the line of shrubs it was a white spire. As we rounded the loop of the trail, we saw it clear: the Great ...
... or not.
Then as we were coming down the hill from Grizzly Overlook, a ranger was escorting a bison down the road to keep it from running to the side and falling off the drop off.
What an evening. Got back to Bridge Bay and there was still plenty of people moving about, campfires going and got to drive through the Avenue of the Slideouts to get to our site. At one point it didn't look like we were going to be able to pass through but made it.
How has this inn rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Yellowstone Basin Inn Gardiner
The Yellowstone Basin Inn is a great place to stay if you're visiting Yellowstone. We made a week-long visit to the park, and stayed at the Inn the entire time.
Our stay at the Yellowstone Basin Inn was in the Paradise Cabin for 3 nights. It was Paradise! The room was very spacious, immaculately clean and tastefully decorated.
Exceptionally clean with nice attention to detail. We rented the largest suite, I think it's called the Cottage Suite. For the size, caliber, and the price, it really needs to have another bathroom downstairs. Another half-bath is available in an inconvenient location, but it's not much use without a shower. It has three queen beds and a twin - that sleeps 7 people, and one shower? Difficult when sharing with 2 teenagers, as we were, heh heh. Greg (the owner) does plan to add a bath downstairs when finances permit.
A beautiful home away from home
We stayed at the Yellowstone Basin Inn May 20-27 and it was a wonderful experience. Our suite (The Yellowstone Suite) was spacious and had wonderful views, both from our bedroom and the living room. The rooms are well kept and spotlessly clean, which I really appreciate. The innkeepers Gregg and Sabina are very helpful. It was a wonderful place to come back to at the end of a day in the park. Can't say enough about our experience at the Yellowstone Basin Inn. it was perfect! We can't wait to come back.
Although there's not much around, and oh those clear (cold!) Montana skies beckon me, it's really that hottub at the end of the building that's the "pièce de résistance" after the sun goes down at the Basin. A very nice, well situated, quiet and accommodating Inn it is. Perhaps the most valued asset is the management. Courteous, friendly and hospitable (very customer oriented) the Inn is operated more as a b&b than a hotel/motel. The LaDuke unit was ours for a few nights in the Fall. It is conveniently located to the northern entrance of Yellowstone NP. Services are scant. Gardiner is quaint in it's own right. The people are very midwestern-ish (kind, caring and genuine, hard working and pleasant). However, there's not much there. The LightHouse restaurant was recommended at the front desk (along with several "area" dining options, complete with menus! Nice touch! Very nice...) which we partook of and it was indeed a pleasant surprise. Hosted very graciously. Pizza at the K-Bar across the river was very decent (the atmosphere was a little un-nerving at first sight, but the place grows on ya') The real entertainment is next door watching the inebriated tumble down a half flight of stairs into the parking lot!). Back across the river and up the road "a ways", The LaDuke room is well appointed, cozy (in a western way) with wrought iron king-size bed framing. Clean and spacious, reasonably priced. And I slept well after a couple of very long days hiking the Park. Nice place to stay (one of the few places to stay, by the way!) and experience that late-night hottub under Montana's Big starry Sky.
My wife and I stayed here on our recent trip to the US, where we travelled from Chicago to Seattle and took in a number of National Parks in between. We arrived at the Inn after a journey through some pretty rough wildfires and smoke on the I-90 and were glad to get to the Inn, which is really well signposted and easy to find. Upon walking up to the office, we met Greg, the owner and manager, who welcomed us warmly and got us a complimentary (and much needed!) drink. He was really helpful in suggesting places to go in the park, places to eat outside the park (the Lighthouse Inn was a really good recommendation and makes fantastic coconut soup and Phad Thai) and during our stay we came to appreciate that Greg added a lot to our enjoyment of Yellowstone.
Located just 5 miles north of Gardiner, MT and the North Entrance to Yellowstone Park (5 mins on RT 89N). The mountains on either side of the highway offer different looks depending on the time of day. The hotel rooms provide a view of "Electric Peak" and stepping just outside offers a view of an interesting vertical reddish-orange slice in a nearby ridge that is called "Devil's Slide".
Stayed at the Yellowstone Basin Inn earlier this month. It is only 5 miles north of Gardiner and Yellowstone National Park. Gardiner is a small town anyway, and it only took a few minutes to get to the YBI. My husband and I rented the main floor of the cottage suite. What a view! We looked out onto Electric Peak and when you walked out the door, there was the Devil's Slide. It was hard to tear ourselves away to go into Yellowstone. Greg and Sabina are excellent hosts and their dog, Sam, is a sweetheart! Greg is interested in travel himself and wanted to hear about Virginia. Sabina is working on a novel and was quite helpful with dining arrangements. First night we wanted someplace close by, but good, that didn't require any dressing up. She recommended a place just 2 miles north of the YBI that without her suggestion, we would have easily passed by. Ended up being one of the best meals we had!
Small inn, good value, away from the park
Although it was outside the park, it was worth the drive to spend a couple of nights in this clean and pretty inn. The owners keep the place very nice, and make it clear that they expect guests to do the same. If you want a specific room (pictured on their website), do make that clear, as the owners sometimes do some reassigning around of rooms AFTER confirmations are sent out. (In my case, they upgraded me -- but each room is different and you may have your heart set on a particular room.) Continental breakfast is okay but not great. Overall, very good value -- especially compared to prices inside the park.
Yellowstone Basin Inn-Great little motel
We spent 2 nights here. Clean, comfortable and a good value. Rooms are very modern and show no sign of wear. Nice continental breakfast served. Would certainally stay here again, especially after seeing what the other motels look like in Gardiner. Great hosts with alot of area insight.