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Pony Express Motel
Ranked #35 of 39 Hotels in West Yellowstone
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Reviewed 25 September 2011

You get a bed, a small tv with terrible reception and very few channels,( I want my ball games). The lighting is a joke, impossible to read or work puzzles. Price is expensive for what you get. Cannot in any good faith recommend this place.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 August 2011

If you want to look at Yellowstone by night from your hotel - choose Pony Express Motel
Just across the street from the park.
The hotel : Nothing fancy, but it's clean / no bugs. We stayed in the 2 bedroom unit. Nice large bathroom.
Ice - can be collected over by Brandin' Iron hotel (where you check in). Not a problem.
We would stay there again, if we come back to W. Yellowstone.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 August 2011

We stayed here for four nights, the first two nights we stayed in a room that was across the street from YNP. The room was clean and very cozy had wooden walls, two rooms with queen size beds. Only one tv in the main room, no microwave or telephone oh yeah if you are from the south like me dont expect an air conditoner cause there are none in this motel. My two issues with this room was first the shower i am 5'6 and was taller than the shower head and had to bend down to take a shower, however the water stayed
nice and hot forever so i guess it
worked out :) anyway here is the biggest problem with this place the
first two nights my husband and i
felt like something was crawling on
us at night, in fact there was... we thought it was roaches the first night and my husband complained to the front desk. The maid came and sprayed while we were out that day. Second night same thing.... So hubby caught one and showed the front desk the next day we were told it was beatles. Ok so we switched rooms to the one we had originally wanted that had a small kitchen for our second two nights. This room wasnt as homey as the first room it looked just like a regular hotel room but with a small kitchen. It had a microwave, toaster, fridge, stove, sink, some dishes, dish towels and dish soap. I didnt have a issue with this room until i tried to use the stove, the baking sheet that was supplied didnt fit all the way in the oven so the door was cracked open while cooking and the knob seemed to be wrong i had it at 400 for 25 mins to cook dinner just like i always do at home and it way over cooked and burned our dinner we went out that night. Beware of the stove :) there was one mattress in this room that needed to be replaced it was very uncomfortable. Good things about this room was it was nice to sit at a table and enjoy a meal together without being in a resturant, it had a tub/shower, laundry area was across the street. Oh yeah on saturday evening we had our windows open and were trying to sleep but there was loud music coming from down the street.....
We ate breakfast every morning at the brandlin iron inn (thats where u check in for pony express) let me say this about the breakfast, there truly needs to be a sign in front of the toasters that reads: be curtious of others and dont touch their food if its in the toaster before yours. There was two morings where i had put a bagel in the toaster, walked over to get my children some cereal and some rude a** french guy got my bagel out and sat it on the counter and then proceeded to cook his toast. By the third day i stood right there and guarded my food while it cooked he still did this to other people. Other than that
breakfast was enjoyable.
I would stay here again if the beatle problem was fixed.

  • Stayed: August 2011
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Reviewed 26 July 2011

This is a basic room, we paid just over 80.00 for two and it seams a little steep for what you get. Don't expect anything other than a small tv, old matress and thin pillows. No hidden gem here.

  • Stayed: July 2011
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1  Thank luv_maui_hi
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Reviewed 4 July 2011

We stayed for 3 nights in room 2 of the Pony Express motel and loved it. The knotty pine walls made us feel like we were in a cabin in the north woods. Directly outside our door was Yellowstone National Park. How often can you stay directly across the street from a national park??
When I walked in, I initially flipped because I only saw one queen bed - but we had a whole other bedroom with the additional queen bed. Probably one of the biggest hotel rooms I've been in. Would be perfect for a family (it was just myself and my husband).
The shower was a square stall and rather small but that is the only down side I can think of for the hotel. I used the laundry facilities next door at the RV park and was pleased at only $1 to wash and $1 to dry.
Don't hesitate to stay here - but request one of the rooms overlooking the park. You won't be disappointed.

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  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with family
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BrandinIronInn, Owner at Pony Express Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 5 July 2011

We are happy you enjoyed your stay at the Pony Express Motel! Thank you for letting everyone know about your positive experience with us. We look forward to seeing you back in West Yellowstone soon.

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Reviewed 20 June 2011

Nothing fancy and no continental breakfast, but you can't beat it for what it costs. We stayed in the 2 bedroom unit. It was very clean and comfortable. The best part was that it only cost us $79 a night. Other hotels in the vicinity were $120 to over $200 a night. Highly reccommend, especially if you are not fussy

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with family
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BrandinIronInn, Owner at Pony Express Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 21 June 2011

Thank you very much for your positive revew, and letting other travelers know about the Pony Express Motel. We hope you enjoyed your visit to Yellowstone, and look forward to seeing you again soon.

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Reviewed 9 January 2011

Okay. So we're on our annual fly fishing trip to MT. In year's past we camp every night for 9 nights with no showers/kitchens/etc. We want to get a shower this year and are near Yellowstone. Decide to grab a hotel, get a shower, and grab a few beers. First off.....Yellowstone is a "touristy" spot and can be expensive. I figured we could get a Super 8 or something for $50-60 mid-week. Nope.....we called a bunch of places and a few were sold out. Regardless, with the Pony Express you get what you pay for. It looks a little sketchy and the rooms are super retro. But if you're paying $70/night in a touristy spot what are you expecting to get? There a bunch of cool bars in the area and we found one with an open jukebox and PBR on tap. :) Regardless, the hotel had all sorts of late night noise, but we were paying $70. Beat sleeping in a tent and a shower was nice. The Pony Express is for people who don't want to spend $125 on a Holiday Inn. Yes it's less expensive so expect less.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Pony Express Motel

Address: 4 Firehole Avenue, West Yellowstone, MT 59758
Region: United States > Montana > West Yellowstone
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
#7 Green Hotel in West Yellowstone
Price Range: £44 - £51 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Pony Express Motel in West Yellowstone, next to Yellowstone National Park. Rustic hotel motel lodging. ... more   less 
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Pony Express Hotel West Yellowstone
Pony Express Motel West Yellowstone, Montana

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