Yellowstone Basin Inn
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... outdoor concert in the park for free the night before. How great would that be. She also waited on Michael Keaton. Activities: Movie, Snuggles, Mammoth Hotel: Cowboy Cabins (awesome!) Helpful hint: Definitely drive through Livingston (neat town and nice people) Stay in Gardiner because its small and quaint but has modern necessities right at the gate of Yellowstone. Restaurants: Hu Hot (mongolian bbq) , Northern Pacific Beanery (Livingston) Billings was a ...
... right before exiting the park and entering Montana, a small herd of Elk.
We entered Gardiner just after sunset and had pizza in a restaurant. After that, we drove to our motel, where we're staying in a little cottage.
Two more days of Yellowstone, and then into the Grand Tetons, which are also right next door. What an area!
As I write this sitting in the town of Gardiner just outside the northern gate of Yellowstone, the evening fireworks have just started for the 4th of July.
Officially we are now in the peak holiday season, and with a long weekend there were lots of people in Yellowstone. Today was our day to see the north of the park, but before we left Canyon Village we did an explore of the North Rim of the Canyon, and became one of those people we waved at from the other side yesterday.
... the Norris flagging operation for 20 minutes. People walked around during the long wait. After we finally got a pilot car we got through to the junction if the Gibbon and Firehole Rivers, which join to become the Madison River, named by Lewis & Clark. It was at this junction that the idea of a national park was first recorded in the 1860's. The Madison flows down wide and full of elk and fly fisherman until it leaves the park in the YNP border town of West Yellowstone, ...
... all the way up to Red Lodge Montana and come through the Beartooth Pass. We missed the turn and we were glad we did because the drive through the mountains was spectacular. It was after noon when we entered Yellowstone. We traveled through the Lamar Valley and very soon saw bison and in the far distance we saw a grizzly with binoculars. Also a black bear, a badger, and a prairie dog. We drove to Mammoth ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Free parking
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Historical Traveler Reviews Yellowstone Basin Inn Gardiner
Great base for a Yellowstone visit
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.
Although the Inn is in Gardiner, MT, at the north entrance to the park, we were still able to get "complete coverage" on all of the park attractions. Our method was to pack a lunch and head out for day trips. We would leave mid-morning, and return to the Inn in the early evening.
The innkeepers are friendly and knowledgeable, and very helpful in planning itineraries and in recommending places to eat.
The accommodations are first-rate ... upscale, clean and well-maintained ... and the view from the front of the Inn is spectacular.
I am happy to give the Inn a high and enthusiastic recommendation.
It Was Paradise
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.
Greg and Sabina were wonderful innkeepers. It is very obvious that they love what they are doing. Greg recommended some great hiking trails in Yellowstone along with other points of interest to see in the park. The Hot Tub felt great after a day of hiking.We enjoyed a fabulous dinner at The Lighthouse that Sabina told us about that is just 2 miles north of the Inn. The food was excellent with a nice atmosphere.
On our early morning departure, ( 5:30 AM was early for us), we were given a surprise gift. The "blue moon" was shining brightly and descending behind Electric Peak. What a beautiful sight.
We would highly recommend the Yellowstone Basin Inn and hope to return someday soon.
Extremely comfortable and pleasant
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.
Other than that, it's a lovely facility, probably the nicest we stayed in the entire trip. The kitchen has highly filtered drinking water (reverse osmosis, I think) - a nice touch. The couple that own the hotel originally lived in this suite, so it's quite house-like in its design and decor. The views are wonderful and it's so quiet and peaceful. Greg is very friendly and helpful, and quite knowledgeable about the area. He works hard at running a quality hotel and plans to expand in the future. Wonderful place and very liveable.
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.
Big Sky Country hospitality
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.
Warm welcome and great accommodation
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.
When we saw our room, we knew we had made the right choice. The place was meticulously clean, very spacious and Greg couldn't do enough to help out. The microwave and fridge in one of the closets were good additions and the bed was comfortable and TV line-up more than adequate. We found it hard to fault anything in the room.
Breakfast was a time to mix with other guests and chat with Greg about everything and anything. The granola was great and the muffins, coffee, croissants and bagels were good too. Plenty of coffee was served up and the conversation and craic (as we say in Ireland) was good.
In the end, we moved on to Jackson to see Grand Teton, but were sad to leave the Inn and the great accommodation it had provided. The whole experience was a testament to the difference a friendly and professional owner can make to your stay - I would warmly recommend the Yellowstone Basin Inn to anyone, with the sure knowledge that they won't be disappointed.
Great place to stay when visiting Yellowstone National Park!
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".
We were offered a cold soft drink or beer by our host Greg when we arrived. We stayed in room #4 called "Ridin' High". This room is on the second floor and does include a flight of stairs. It was clean, SPACIOUS, and nicely furnished. We only needed one of the two closets. The refrigerator was handy and we used the small microwave to reheat some left-overs one day. The bed was really FIRM and was by far the best we've slept on anywhere! Only improvement to the room we could think of was to upgrade the queen bed to a king.
A continental breakfast is available in the office with two small tables. If dressed for the cool morning, the porch was a great alternative with the view. The breakfast included croissants, muffins, bagels, and English muffins; as well as cereal and oatmeal. And coffee, orange juice, milk, and tea. Guests exchange information here and Greg is a good source of area information as well.
Some recommendations: (1) The "Lighthouse Restaurant" is just down the road and is nicer than it looks from the outside. The food was good, the service was more than attentive, and the background music was relaxing. Two of the waitresses are also housekeepers at YBI! And (2), Greg recommended "North Fork Outfitters" for a horseback ride. They are located about 5 miles up a gravel road from Gardiner just past the "town" of Jardine. We are novice horseback riders and there were some young children in the group who thoroughly enjoyed the outing. If you are more experienced, they would be a good choice as well.
The drive into Yellowstone from the North Entrance to the first junction (Mammoth Hot Springs) is very scenic -- mountains, a river, and winding road. We didn't mind traversing this same route several days in a row to/from the park!
On this trip we stayed at AAA three-diamond Best Western's in Teton Village ($200+/night) and Cody, WY ($130+/night); and a Holiday Inn in West Yellowstone ($145+/night). We would have skipped over Yellowstone Basin Inn (AAA only two-diamonds) had we not seen the other good reviews here on TripAdvisor.com. At about $120+/night, the Yellowstone Basin Inn was clearly the best experience and best value of the trip! AAA ought to take another look ...
Can't get much better than this!
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!
The rooms are immaculate. They do use natural cleaning products which does help for folks like me with asthma and allergies. The beds were the best of the trip (we stayed in 4 different places). Only problem was that you didn't want to get out of them!
Breakfast was continental and available in the office. Plans are underway to expand the dining area in the future.
Next trip to Yellowstone, I just might fly into Bozeman and make the YBI my base as it is only about 1.5 hours north. As other reviewers said, after staying here, I wish I had spent my entire vacation at the YBI!
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.