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Sawtelle Mountain Resort
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Island Park
Chicago, Illinois
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64 reviews
37 hotel reviews
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“Yellowstone discount, but not the Ritz”
Reviewed 9 November 2013

Sawtelle offers guests a deep discount compared to hotels in West Yellowstone, but this is a "you get what you pay for."

While it tries to play up its "resort" name, unfortunately it's more like a decent motel. The good part is it at least accomplishes what a decent motel should be...clean rooms at affordable prices.

We arrived late after spending the day in the park. As others have indicated the front desk closes early, but I found our key inside a small box with my name on it.

The room provided an adequate night's sleep as we navigated Yellowstone.The furnishings were certainly dated, but it met our needs.

In the morning we settled up with the staff and were on our way.

The hotel offers a great discount for AAA members and for a hotel priced slightly higher than an in-park campground spot it's well worth it.

It should be noted this hotel is about 30 minutes outside of the park, but the savings more than made up for the gas.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Hastings, Minnesota
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Reviewed 10 October 2013

I booked the Sawtelle after searching prices/locations, etc., close to Yellowstone. Even though it was after Labor Day, there were lots of 'no vacancies' so I extended my search and found the Sawtelle. The prices are lower than West Yellowstone, and even though it is a little out of the way, we were really glad we chose this hotel. The staff was polite; and while our room was missing a few items over the 4 nights we stayed there, staff replaced what I needed right away. The room was comfortable, the bed was nice, the internet was handy. I would ask staff leave some directions for TV use however. We have DISH Network at home, so kind of knew how to maneuver through the remote, but I can see it would be confusing for others. Instructions would be great, but guests can sure ask if they need help. We stayed in a 'deluxe' room; upstairs on the end. It was very quiet and we were never bothered by any loud neighbors or noise. Would stay here again! Also a plus, if you are part of a group camping or RV'ing and you would rather have a hotel room, this is the place for all your group's likes, there is an RV park area and looks like perhaps tent camping too...

Room Tip: Ask for a deluxe room; larger! Room windows face the wooded camp area, so highway noise is not an i...
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Lehi, Utah
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Reviewed 10 October 2013

This place has good people to work with. we arrived late evening and had nowhere to stay and they helped us tremendously by giving us a great rate and somewhere to stay. we were only going to stay one night but because of the hospitality, we stayed an extra night. Very nice place to stay and has great cabin condos to stay in.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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Phoenix, Arizona
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Reviewed 3 October 2013

Sawtelle is not fancy, but is clean, comfortable and affordable. It's nestled in a woody area about 20 miles from the entrance to Yellowstone. There was a little confusion upon check-in, because I thought I had requested a 1st floor room because we have an old dog who doesn't do stairs. The front desk staff juggled reservations and we got a 1st floor room early the next morning. The restaurant across the street, the Island Park Lodge, was great. I ate Idaho trout 3 nights in a row and my husband got a wonderful filet. Unfortunately, my retina detached mid-stay, and we needed to return home a day early. Despite their no refund policy, they were kind enough to refund our last night. I would definitely return.

Room Tip: Go for the luxury. It's very basic, but comfortable. Request 1st floor, if stairs are a proble...
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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La Verne, California, United States
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 October 2013

Planned our honeymoon trip to Yellowstone and Grand Tetons, but couldn't get through the mountains because of snow. We were past the cancellation date, but called the hotel to see if they would issue us a credit to use during the Summer instead of just taking our money. The manage was rude and refused to work with us. The hotel just took our money. We will not book with this hotel ever again.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Travellers are raving about these Island Park hotels

Falls Church, Virginia
1 review
Reviewed 24 September 2013

The staff couldn't have been nicer or more helpful. We stayed here and in Yellowstone and both experiences were great, but we were able to take a longer vacation because the rates at Sawtelle were so much more reasonable. Very friendly environment, beautiful setting. The basic rooms are basic but good for the price. The three-level log cabin-style townhouses are amazing and still cheaper than staying in Yellowstone. Plenty of outdoor activities right in the area. Though a bit of a drive to Yellowstone, it is worth it if you want a good value for your lodging money and a nice setting.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Bellvue, Colorado
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11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 September 2013

Stayed one night on the way from Stanley to Jackson area. A small room with worn carpet, tiny sink, and dim lighting. Even the artificial plant looked tired. No nearby restaurant except for the Island Park Lodge across the highway. There is a reason the price is relatively low - you get what you pay for. Will not stay there again.

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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled on business
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Property: Sawtelle Mountain Resort
Address: 4133 Quakie Ln, Island Park, ID 83429-5501
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Region: United States > Idaho > Island Park
Amenities:
Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Island Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Sawtelle Mountain Resort 2.5*
Number of rooms: 55
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sawtelle Mountain Resort offers room to fit any size and any budget. From a Single room to large 25 person groups. We have luxury family cabins for a party of 22 fully furnished. We have a large park for reunions with an indoor swimming pool, and spa. We have rentals of canoes and mountain bikes also. ... more   less 
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