September 5, 2003
The lobby area of the hotel is very quaint, with all the furniture etc made of wood, featuring animals, such as racoons and baby bears. We had a Deluxe King room which had a very comfortable bed, strewn with cushions. There was also a small table, a couple of chairs and a large wardrobe and dresser. There was also a TV with pay per view movies, coffee maker, alarm clock and a mini bar. They provided fluffy white dressing gowns too, although we never used them, as it was too warm. Another nice, though expensive feature was the basket of souvenirs. These included items such as Yellowstone teddy bears (these were cheaper in the actual park), sweets, biscuits etc.
The bathroom was beautifully decorated with slate tiles on the floors and walls, large vanity area, bath and shower.
The hotel provides a turn down service, so whenever we got back at night, our bed was turned down, music put on and lights turned down low.
Our room overlooked the hotel pool, which as you can see from the picture below was very pretty and beautifully landscaped. The outdoor pool ran into another indoor pool. The hotel also has a spa for which some items are free to guests, others chargeable.
We ate breakfast in the hotel restaurant every morning, which consisted of an extensive buffet with the usual items such as fruit, yoghurt, bacon, sausage, hash browns, eggs, muffins etc.
We had pretty good service throughout our stay, but did see some other guests who had complaints about different things. I’m not sure whether they had genuine reasons to complain, or they just wanted to make a fuss. We certainly didn’t have anything to moan about.
Parking for the hotel was located in the large car park area at the front of the hotel, which accommodated the whole village. We never had any problem parking though and it was free. You can choose to have valet parking, but they only park the car in the same car park, so not worth the payment really, unless you are really lazy.
I would recommend this hotel, although if I was planning to visit Yellowstone again I would make sure I had my accommodation either inside the park, or to the East or West entrances. We had to travel 60 miles to get to the southern most point of the park and then you still have to travel the park itself to see the sights. By locating yourself on either side of the park, you could cut down on wasted travelling time and more easily travel both the north and south loops.
From journal Yellowstone Treasures