It was fourth of July. We spent the day in Yellowstone and we were tired and wanted to find a place that we could park the car and relax and have dinner and see fire works without having to drive anymore. We hit the jackpot here. First of all when we drove into Cooke City it was a real western cowboy type of town . Just quaint and in the mountains you could just picture a gun fight in those streets and hitching posts for horses kind of like the old western tv shows. Then we parked our car and went into Soda Butts lodge . It was an old building it reminded me of the bars on gunsmoke without the swinging doors. We walk in and there is a real open room with tables a couch and fire place . I was looking for a piano and a girl with skirt and garters that's the feel of the place. Walk up to the desk and were greeted warmly by a real nice man he was busy in the restaurant which was behind the desk and said he would be with us shortly. He came right over and we asked if they had any rooms and he said yes I asked how much and he said $88 including tax! I about fell over we had been paying at least $200 a night . We said we will take it. We got a room on the first floor they have two floors I think. Remember this is an old hotel it was clean not fancy and a nice view of mountains. Sure walls were thin and furniture old but it was just fine had air which alot of motels don't near Yellowstone. We took a nap had dinner in the bar which was good and inexpensive. Then we sat out on the great porch and the owners had quite a display of fireworks it was great right in front of us front row seating. We also could see fireworks from a nearby town. Everyone was friendly. We left early the next morning with a hot mug of coffee from the kitchen and off we went to Lamar valley to see the wildlife. Just a great stay! Also after driving 50 miles into Yellowstone I realized I left my purse in the room, panicked I called them and they had found it and shipped it to my home. It came the day after I got home with everything intact. Thank you Soda Butte Lodge for everything! If you need a place to stay by Northeast entrance this is the place!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Cooke City is situated in the Beartooth Absaroka mountains. Accessible via Montana Hwy 212 Beartooth Scenic Highway, Chief Joseph Scenic Hwy 296 and Yellowstone National Park. Soda Butte Lodge is located on Main Street in the center of town. Our 32 guest rooms are located on two floors of the motel. We are also, the only full service motel in Cooke City with 3-meal restaurant and sports bar full liquor. The large lobby is a great place to relax, by the fireplace or by the windows to "people watch", play cards, read or visit with friends. We are just 3 1/2 miles from the north east entrance to Yellowstone National Park and the infamous Lamar Valley where "wolf watching" is very popular. The area is ideal for wildlife viewing, horseback riding, fishing, hiking, 4 wheeling and many photo-ops. Winter in Cooke City is unlike no other. Extreme snowmobiling, snowboarding and cross country skiing at its' finest. Winter, the lodge, is only accessible through Yellowstone Park (Mammoth) or drive over Chief Joseph to Pilot Creek parking lot and snowmobile in the last 9 miles. Our area is rich in the things money can't buy: history, beauty, wildlife and hospitality. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Soda Butte Hotel Cooke City
- Soda Butte Lodge Cooke City, Montana