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The Historic Madison Hotel
Ranked #13 of 39 Hotels in West Yellowstone
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 26 August 2012

Pros: Centrally located near everything allowing guests to walk around the town instead of driving, except to Yellowstone of course.

Maintenance person was very nice and accommodating.

Cons: This hotel's pictures of the motel part (I cannot speak for the hotel or the hostels) make it look much more charming than what it is when you actually see the room. I have stayed in many older motels with lots of charm. This one is not worth the expensive rate they charge for what you get. The owner tries the log cabin theme with all the rooms. However, the motel rooms are 1/2 done. This means that the inside starts to look like a log cabin but the outside looks like an old 1950s motel needing lots of updates.

The refrigerators in both rooms could not be used as one was extremely old and nasty looking and both smelled like someone left spoiled milk in them.

The bedspreads were not what the picture shows. We had a fuzzy throw blanket on the beds in one room which is ok if they fit the bed properly and a person is not allergic to the fuzz.

The parking is atrocious! There are not enough spots for the rooms and very difficult to maneuver a vehicle to get out.

No breakfast included but free coffee, hot tea and hot chocolate.

I would not stay at this motel again unless the rates dropped significantly and more is done to the rooms and parking.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 9 August 2012

Great beds, lots of counter space for sink and microwave. Fridge in room. You can walk to restaurants, groceries, visitors center, Inaccurate, etc. The hotel part is an historic building with large gift shop, well-maintained and interesting. Only negatives for us, thin towels and noisy air-conditioning. Not important enough for me to not book there again. Love the friendly, casual attitude of the staff.


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Thank Paula H
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Reviewed 27 July 2012

The historic Madison Hotel is a throw back to West Yellowstone from decades past. The hotel gives you that "old Western charm" that is missing from many of its surrounding counterparts. The rooms are modest but clean. In order to meet the needs of customers, many rooms are being updated. The property serves both as a hotel and hostel. The large open porch and living room provide common areas where family and friends can gather in any weather. The reservation, check in, and check out processes are easy and simple. The owner is often on the property and willing to suggest local day trips and guides in Yellowstone Park. The price of the rooms makes vacationing on a budget possible because it does not provide all of the bells and whistles of their competitiors. Since rooms do not offer televisions, guests are able to embrace the views of the surrounding area and relax without the constant infusion of technology. We have stayed at the hotel for the past two summers while hiking and fishing in the greater Yellowstone area with family. On both occassions we used the hotel as our "base camp" while day tripping.

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  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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Thank Scienceonseven
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Reviewed 9 July 2012

I could not have been happier with my stay at the Madison Hotel! I stayed one night in a "Female Dormitory" room. I only had one roommate for the night which was nice, tho the room is big enough that three would have been fine. The rooms were quaint, with a couple log walls, antique dresser and chair, and a sink, which was nice. Down the hall was the restroom and there were two separate shower rooms that were quite roomy with places to put your things while you shower. For being a hostel type hotel I was surprised with some of the nice amenities - blow dryers in the restroom and shower rooms, individual shampoos, and didn't have to pay extra for sheets/towels (that were surprisingly good quality!). When I checked in the front desk was very friendly and helpful. Note that the front desk is not manned 24 hours a day so plan your arrival accordingly!! The hotel is older but if you think that means it has character then you'll love your stay here!

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled solo
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Thank ksrinlv
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Reviewed 15 September 2011

First, the +s are great location, homesy, shampoo supplied, good bed, nice ladies at the desk, community hot cocoa machine and microwave, and two rooms with the bathtub room being huge. The -s are no telephone in the rooms (community free phone by a door), no TV in the room, old western style oval, high sided bathtub with no shower of course (remember the bathtub that Eastwood got shot at by the woman in Hang Em High I think...that is this tub), lighting in the room not the best, and you have to park on the street (free though).

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled solo
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7  Thank tfberry
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Reviewed 4 September 2011

We checked into the upper hotel room. It was cute and fairly clean. Then the nightmare began. We were literally eaten for dinner by BEDBUGS! Then to start the morning we were awakened by power saws and hammering. I was told by a friend this place is constantly under construction...but rented anyway. I am certain the owners know about the BED BUGS and rent these rooms anyway. The construction is always in progress. DO NOT STAY THERE. Pay a little more and get MUCH nicer place to stay. The owner was rude and denied they new about the BED BUGS. Never again!!

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  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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6  Thank Bill C
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Reviewed 17 August 2011

We booked the Madison for our family vacation to Yellowstone. We were traveling with some friends so we booked three rooms in the old part of the hotel. We could not have been more pleased! The building is amazing -- old wood and amazing charm.
I've read all of the reviews on here and am totally baffled. It's not like the Madison claims to be a Hilton. It is exactly what it advertises -- an old, historic building.
The rooms are small but perfectly adequate. The decorations are charming.
There was coffee in the area by the refrigerator.
Everything was clean. Yes, the building is old...it's not full of shiny brass and granite. If that's what you're looking for, go elsewhere.
The staff was very nice.
We had absolutely no complaints. We will definitely choose the Madison again.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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Address: 139 Yellowstone Avenue, Box 1370, West Yellowstone, MT 59758
Region: United States > Montana > West Yellowstone
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Ranked #13 of 39 Hotels in West Yellowstone
Price Range: £98 - £175 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — The Historic Madison Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 32
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