Please convince me, 2 night stay
Had some great luck today with last minute rooms opening up.
First time visitor to the park:
Staying 2 nights at OFI, old wing 1 queen room (private bath) before.
I expect this to be fairly basic room but excited for the location and convenience.
Last 2 nights either Queen lake view room at Lake Hotel $$$ or Canyon Lodge 2 double room in either Dunraven or Cascade $$
The money difference is actually significant but I am willing to pay the higher rate if it improves the trip overall. Both seem overpriced for the amenities either way but not willing to go more rustic.
Canyon: pluses: location seems more central than Lake and prefer waterfalls and canyon views to lake views.
really want to spend some time at the canyon overlooks and walk some trails there.
Like to try to get out early for a walk so canyon at first seemed best.
Canyon: minuses: don't think any rooms have views, rooms have 2 double beds which for a couple is not so great, have heard many of the viewpoints require driving anyway because area is very big, building and rooms do not exactly scream luxury to me and mainly to my wife that would be a negative.
Especially if the old house rooms at OFI are disappointing
Lake: pluses: room and hotel both have a view and place is definitely more of a luxury accommodation which my wife will appreciate. Queen bed. Likely would eat one dinner in their nice restaurant and will be nice to walk up to bed rather than drive
Lake: minuses: location will obviously require driving to get to Canyon lookouts and trails.
Also, last night have booked Cookout Dinner which leaves from Roosevelt, could be a long ride home that night from Roosevelt to Lake?, Cost is much higher ; not quite double but almost.
Does either often have wildlife right outside or visible from room/hotel? That would be a plus.
This is a surprise trip for my wife so want her to enjoy but at same time location is very important and having been there it is hard to tell if one location is much better or not.
Lastly leaving last day toward Jackson but have a late flight out so will spend some time in park last day so not much of a factor.
Need to pick one, don't want to do 1 night at each and not changing OFI 2 night stay, leaving toward Lake but worried about the location and missing out on staying at Canyon..