In planning for our Yellowstone/Teton trip, I reserved a 3/2 "bed and breakfast" for two nights at Slip and Slide Ranch in Gardiner, MT. What a mistake that was! If you have the desire to vacation in the basement of a strangers home, this is the place for you!
Upon arriving to the mud and horse mess covered front porch at the owners home, we were instructed to pull around the side of the house so the owner could show us where to go. I had a pit in my stomach when we pulled around and saw no other buildings. The owner escorted me to the back door of the basement where she led me through the house showing me our me our access to two of the bedrooms (who knows what was behind door number #3). The laundry room happened to be their personal laundry, stored with their muddy boots, coats, dirty clothes, cleaners, etc. The entire basement was used as a storage place for their personal items and had no privacy from their main living area. (The door leading upstairs had no lock on it.) Their grandkids were running amok upstairs, which was horribly loud in the basement.
The grill that was offered for our use looked as if it hadn't been cleaned in months! The sheets were dirty, (a dead bug was even found in one bed), as were the bathroom rugs, and the furniture had potato chip crumbs all over them. The more we looked around, the more disgusted we got. We decided to go back into Gardiner and find another place to stay, even if it was in a small hotel room. When we tried to reason with the owner and explain in a reasonable manner that we felt that she misrepresented her "bed and breakfast" on her website, she became offended and refused to refund our deposit.
When we decided to leave, the husband came down the stairs, quitely entering through the unlocked door, following us around room by room, which really creeped my kids out.
When I pointed out that it looked like they used their basement as a living area themselves, that their food was even down there (a loaf of bread and plastic container of cornflakes were sitting in the kitchen), the wife offered the explanation that those were for her guests breakfast as part of her "bed and breakfast" set up. Unreal!
After talking to some people in town and sharing with them some digital pictures that I took at the "B/B" , I found out others had complained around Gardiner about Slip and Slide also.
If you're considering staying at this place, you might want to get the details in writing! This woman honestly thinks her website represents them well and considers her basement to be a Bed and Breakfast!
- Also Known As:
- Slip And Slide Ranch Gardiner, Montana