Friendly owners set the tone for our stay at the Riverside Cottages. The cottages are old but well maintained and show that the owners take pride in their property. Location is on the main street, but traffic in this small town of 800 is light, so vehicle noise is minor. We had the Deer Cottage which had a queen bed and a rather unusual "bunk" single bed over the queen bed. This would be fine for a couple with a child. The cottage is small and there is no seating in the main room except for the bed. There was, however, a table and chairs in the well stocked kitchen which had a coffee maker, microwave, frig and stove as well as dishes, pots and utensils. There is a deck with chairs, grills and a hot tub overlooking the town and the river.
There is a grocery store within walking distance of the cottages which was full size and also sold wine. Next door is a rafting/zip lining company which is handy if you want other activities after spending time in Yellowstone. As mentioned, the cottages are located 5 miles from the north entrance of Mammoth Springs. As it was rutting season, on the lawn of one of the town buildings, the male elk was watching over all his female elk and presented a great photo op.
This is not a town for gourmet dining, so don't have high expectations on the food. Again, with the beauty of Montana and Wyoming all around you, food really isn't your reason for travel anyway. We ate at the Iron Horse which was a bar/restaurant with reasonably priced burgers, pasta, salads. We had good experience with the waitstaff -- friendly and responsive - and we liked the idea of the outside seating area (although it was too cold when we were there). The Cowboy Grill was another similar restaurant -- average food, same type. Both were in walking distance.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are located at the North Entrance to Yellowstone National Park in Gardiner Montana. We have efficiencies, cottages and suites that offer something for everyone. Our cottages and suites have full kitchens. Our efficiencies are smaller like traditional motel rooms. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Riverside Cottages Gardiner, Montana