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“Cheap alternative to West Yellowstone”
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Ponds Lodge
Riverside, CA
Level 6 Contributor
186 reviews
186 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 223 helpful votes
“Cheap alternative to West Yellowstone”
Reviewed 14 August 2013

We were tired of getting ripped off by motels in West Yellowstone, so we decided to stay in the Island Park area about a half hour down the highway. We paid $75 for a king room, which is a great deal compared to the high prices in West Yellowstone. There were four rooms in each "cabin" building. The room had pleasant western décor. The room contained a king bed, a nightstand with lamp, a storage unit with flat screen TV and DVD player, a ceiling fan, and a heater. That's all. There were no chairs to sit on! That was annoying, since there was room for a couple of chairs. There was no closet, no luggage rack, little storage, no desk or table, no bathtub (shower only), no tissues, no included breakfast, no hair dryer, no towel rack, not even a clock! The shower head was good, and there was plenty of hot water. The bathroom had decent counter space, but it was very poorly lit. The room was not very well lit, either. The bed was comfortable. A noisy family took the room next to us, and we could hear every word they said. We had a nice breakfast in the Ponds Lodge restaurant, but we had to pay for it. What it boils down to is: if you really want to save money and don't mind the bare-bones nature of this place, go for it. I don't think I'd want to stay here again.

Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Gardnerville
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Reviewed 12 August 2013 via mobile

What a wonderful place. Just the perfect little cabins out in the woods. Clean and cozy everything in the area that you need. The beds are very comfortable. Was on a motorcycle trip and it sets your mind at ease knowing your Harley is right there in front of the door.
The price is o reasonable you feel that the check in girl made a mistake. But after double checking she was right. What a still will return and return again.




Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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Salt Lake City
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Reviewed 28 July 2013

Rented a 4 Br for 3 days. Spacious, completely stocked with kitchen gear. Immaculate. At under $300 a night, great place for a large family or a group of fishermen. Staff most accommodating. If you are ever up that way, give it serious consideration.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Dallas
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Reviewed 26 July 2013

We recently rented a Cabin at Pond's Lodge for a fishing trip. The place was fantastic, I believe it was Cabin 33. Everything was new and clean, and we were astounded at how reasonably priced it was. If you're headed up that way I can't recommend this place enough.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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Holladay, Utah, United States
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Reviewed 21 October 2012

We arrived of a Thursday evening to find warm, spacious and very up to date cabins. The kitchen and bathrooms are very spacious and nice. Everything is clean and plenty of towels to be used. The restaurant is close enough to walk and the food is wonderful. The staff is very personable and very helpful. Our food came very timely and hot, the wings are to die for. I could have an orde now, thank you. R.J., Carl , Jon and staff, we can not thank you enough for a wonderful, fun filled weekend. The family had a great time, thanks to you all. I would recommend Ponds Lodge to everyone. We will return...watch out. Thanks again.

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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 17 October 2012

You wont believe the bar and restaurant! I swear they have 15 46 inch TV's at every corner not to mention a real 5 star menu. You wont expect how nice this place is. We stayed in a smaller cabin, i bedroom with a separated dining with a full kitchen. The cabin was a short walk to the restaurant, pizzeria, bar, spa and gas station.
Our stay was affordable and worth every penny

  • Stayed October 2012
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Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
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Reviewed 17 October 2012

wow! kudos to Ponds Lodge. the remodel brings the small town of island park up to the comfort and cleanliness of a high end resort. the food, the staff and the cabins are amazing. i am a father of 5 small children the oldest child being 6 the youngest being 1. i was worried about the condition and the cleanliness of the cabins from my childhood memories. I WAS WRONG. our cabin was amazing and slept my family of 7 more than comfortably. it was nice having our own kitchen until we had the pizza prepared by the ponds kitchen. i would almost drive up just for that. conveniently located to river for fishing or rafting not to mention that it is less than an hour to yellowstone. not only do recommend ponds to anyone reading this but i strongly suggest them. five stars. my wife and i just finished our first annual family trip last sunday. the bad part was coming home. see you soon ponds lodge, job well done!!!
thank you
ryan
utah

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with family
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Property: Ponds Lodge
Address: U.S. Highway 20, Island Park, ID 83429
Region: United States > Idaho > Island Park
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 13 Speciality Lodging in Island Park
Number of rooms: 18
Also Known As:
Ponds Hotel Island Park

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